Fuck Ads.

Fuck Ads.

Fuck fitting into a budget. Fuck the bottom line. Fuck the pursuit of money.

Each of these things results in creating something that is not as awesome as it had the potential to be. Each of these causes failure of human creativity, a surrender to fear and ego.

The HTC One Mini had the potential to be the best phone of it’s time. A true game changer. But some profit chasing assholes who work there decided to ‘increase profits’ by ‘cutting costs’ to ‘fit their budget’. So, they gave this wonderfully designed piece of technology a shitty RAM set up, so that it cannot handle it’s software and instead runs slowly and glitchy.
Fuck them.

I will not do this.

I will never sacrifice even the tiniest part of my creations to get a larger audience or increase my profits. I will make the best thing I can possibly make, and I will share it in a way that improves everyone who discovers it and doesn’t get in anyone’s way.

Will I make profits? Yes. I will make profits because people love what I have created and want to pay me in exchange for sharing it with them.

“The key to making money, and therefore living a life of less stress, is to cause someone to joyfully give you money in exchange for something that they perceive to be of greater value than the money they gave you. The key there is ‘joyfully’.” – Frank Kern

RadNomad will never have ads.
I don’t give a shit about Google Adwords.
I won’t write a favorable gear review because I got a free product.

I swear to myself, and to you dear reader, that everything I make will improve the world as much as it possibly can. And I will let nothing get in the way of that improvement, no matter the cost to myself.

Because nothing could destroy me, or even hurt me, the way selling my passion for dollars can.

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Photo is: A ‘camera bush’ I stumbled across in Singapore. Orwell almost got Singapore right. Except that they are not enslaved by the government. They are enslaved by capitalism.

Multi-Orgasmic Man

Becoming Multi-Orgasmic – The Experiment

The Experiment:

So, I’m learning to become multi-orgasmic.

First off, you may not know what I mean. See, there are different types of male multiple orgasms.

  1. You orgasm and cum, and manage to stay (at least half) hard and keep going. This is a valid type of multiple orgasm, but not as beneficial as the one I am pursuing.
  2. You orgasm and cum, then start having sex within a few minutes. This is not a multiple orgasm, but a bunch of guys say that they’re multi-orgasmic even though what they actually are is quick recovering.
  3. You orgasm, but nothing comes out of your penis. This is called a retrograde orgasm, and it is caused when a man has strong PC muscles and manages to hold them tight during orgasm (not easy). He still dispenses sperm however, which are dumped into his bladder. Which means he still experieces the tiredness and loss of sexual appetite.
  4. You orgasm, and do not cum. At all. This is the real multiple orgasm. The multiple orgasm whose discovery is most attributed to the ancient Taoist monks (cool monks, by the way). Done right, this gives you an orgasm that does not incite ejaculation. Sounds unbelieveable (After all, aren’t they the same thing? Turns out the answer to that is no). Once you look at some of the studies and experiments in the multi-orgasmsic practice, you see that it indeed possible. It’s not even incredibly difficult.

 

‘He [Taoist Master Zhang San Feng] traveled extensively, and like any sensible long distance walker in those days, was skilled in martial arts for self defense (probably including using the sword and/or staff).  He enjoyed learning from different Taoist, Confucian and Buddhist teachers.  He likely stayed for some length of time at the Shaolin Temple and at Taoist centers on Mt. Hua and finally at Mt. Wudang.  He was very reclusive, and disregarded social proprieties.  He was a highly respected Taoist master of internal energy arts, a defensive and “internal” style of martial arts, alchemy, mysticism, and philosophy.’

From the above Taoist monk link. Like I said, cool monks.


Why

I’ve got a strange sexual set up. See, I am able to have intense sex for hours, giving my lover multiple orgasms before I have mine. I am also able to cum in less than 30 seconds.

What I am not able to do is have control over which of these two I am able to do. I used to have pretty good control when I was 17-18 (the result of a LOT of practicing of self-invented techniques while masturbating).

However, I have not practiced in years, and my control is sporadic.

I do not enjoy the ‘distract/disgust yourself’ to last longer technique. What is the point of having sex if you are making it gross? Rather, I like to be able to know that lasting longer feels better, that a satisfied partner will give me much more sexual love in return, and that I love it when my lover is in ecstasy. Especially when it is I who have brought her there.

With Asha, I am not up to par with her sexually. She has been with hundreds of women, and has learned more about her pleasure and body than almost anyone else I know. She also knows a LOT about how to turn men on (massages, dirty talk, flirting, touching, etc are all transferable skills here).

She is able to make me come quite quickly. I’ve been having trouble making her come.

I want to bring her to ecstasy. And I think that learning to be multi-orgasmic and control my level of arousal is the best way to do this.

The Hypothesis

As of writing this, I have been practicing for a few weeks already, have been able to have a real multiple-orgasm once, and have made her cum 5 times in a session. So I am improving. But it is still more sporadic than I like, and I seem to need weed to be able to pull this off at the moment (weed puts me more in touch with my philosophy, focus, and body…all of which help me last longer).

When I began, I had some skepticism. However, the book I am using to learn the skill (The Multi-Orgasmic Man by Mantak Chia & Douglas Abrams), has been recommended to me by Ze’ev (a trusted mentor and sexual master).

I expected that I would, within a few months of practice, be able to have near complete control over my arousal levels, be able to last as long as I wish, and also be better at feeling my partner and learning how to bring her pleasure.

Expected Results:

  • Able to have 3 or more orgasms per sex session.
  • Able to focus and deeply enjoy my sex, with confidence and focus.
  • Able to better read my lover’s body and bring them more pleasure.

The Plan

Following Tim Ferriss’ Meta-Learning method, I have deconstructed the skill into it’s building-blocks, selected which will 80/20 my learning efficiency, and how to learn them.

I’ll publish that in full, updated with what I’ve learned and how to do what I did (assuming I am successful) at the end of this experiment.

What I am following now is this:

  1. Do daily PC exercises (tracked on Lift.do). Build up to:
    1. Holds: 4 Sets of 20 Reps (10 seconds/rep)
    2. Flutters: 5 Sets of 40 Reps
  2. Time every sexual encounter and graph it (I’ll publish this, embarrassing as it is sure to be).

Once I’ve mastered the PC exercises and am always, at the least, achieving retrograde orgasm, I will…

  1. Practice breathing calmly while having intense sex.
  2. Focus on her pleasure.

The Targets

  • Able to have 3 or more orgasms per sex session.
  • Able to focus and deeply enjoy my sex, with confidence and focus.
  • Able to better read my lover’s body and bring them more pleasure.

Experiment Journal Entries / Experiment Data

My first (and second) multiple orgasm.

 

The Results

In progress…

Final Statement

As yet unknown.

Taoist Sex

Becoming Multi-Orgasmic – Update: My First (and second) Multiple-Orgasm

Note: So, I’ve been teaching myself to become multi-orgasmic. It’s only been a couple weeks, and I haven’t yet gotten around to writing an official Lifestyle Experiment post here (like I did for the Marijuana Productivity Experiment).

Here is the Becoming Multi-Orgasmic Experiment itself, with Hypothesis, Why, and Results.

However, I just had my first multiple orgasms. Here’s a field report.

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So, yesterday I had my first (and my second) intense multiple orgasm.

I’ve had about 5 total, but before this the intensity was…minimal. I felt pleasurable contractions (which I later learned was my prostate squirting sperm into my urethra), but held my PC muscles tight so that they did not contract and push the cum through my penis.

I think that I had a retrograde orgasm in those. Mostly because, while no cum came out of my penis, I felt a marked decrease in my sexual urges. I felt sated.

However, yesterday was interesting. Asha and I smoked a sizable joint with our dealer and, when he left, I kind of attacked her.

She was on her period, so a few interesting differences were present. We used a lot of coconut oil (amazing lubricant), she was extremely horny (apparently that’s a side effect of being on your period. Which is awesome.), and we had anal sex for the first time (not for long or deep, but it still turned me on like crazy). And, of course, we were high (a state in which I am both extremely sexual and extremely in touch with my body).

All in all, a recipe for amazing love making.

Anyway, at one point in the in the session, I started feeling these amazing pulses through my body, originating from my penis area. I’ve never felt anything like it before, and I had no idea what it was. When it ended, I had to slow down a bit and just breath. I was stunned.

I asked Asha if she had felt anything. She hadn’t. No contractions, no squirting, nothing. Whatever that was, it felt as intense as any orgasm I have ever had…and after a short slow down (still sex and still extremely horny, but a bit stunned) I was even more sexually excited than before. A lot more.

It happened again a little later, after we tried anal (extremely sexy). Same thing. A pulsing through my body, an intense feeling that overcame me, a stunned slow down with heavy breathing while I recovered from that intensity.

The third time felt familiar. I was coming the way I always have. I pulled out of her and came harder (and perhaps with more volume) than I ever have in my life.

For a while after, I felt this ringing throughout my body. I know that’s a strange description, but the best I can relate it to is feeling like my body was a high frequency tuning fork. I could hear it!

Thing of note: besides amazing sex lasting about 45 minutes, Asha didn’t notice anything particularly different. No ‘transmission of sexual energy’, no contractions, nothing except me being a bit stunned when it happened. Interesting.

Love by MVP Experiment - Results

The Love by MVP Experiment – Results

The Hypothesis/Reason: 

A few months back, I realized that I was doing a horrendous job at interacting with women. So I broke it down to take a look at the cause.

Turns out, if you looked at it like a sales funnel (which it is), mine was utterly unplanned. So I took a MVP approach to it, and found out what would bring me the desired results with as little time and effort spent.

I predicted that the results would look like the funnel on the left (as opposed to my default funnel on the right).

The Love by MVP Experiment - Hypothesis

The Plan:

It’s outlined here: The Love by MVP approach.

Results:

About 5 weeks later, I’d fallen in love with a girl who is still the best match for me I’ve yet met. Doesn’t mean the experiment is over (we’re polyamorous), but I’m not nearly as driven to find girls now as I was then.

The stats (I will keep them updated here) are interesting. It turns out that my love funnel looks a lot like I predicted it would.

Love by MVP Experiment - Results

Of all the girls who caught my attention (47), I found myself having sex with 4.26% of them.

There is a significant drop off between girls who caught my attention and those whose attention I caught. From there, about half of those girls were interesting and interested in me, and half of those were sexually interested.

Surprisingly, only half the girls with whom I had mutual sexual interest actually lead to sex. Though that’s not so surprising when you consider that I usually don’t have a home of my own.

WoT

Books are psychedelics

A good book can be a formidable thing.

It must be handled with respect and wariness. With full knowledge that, while it has great power to inspire and teach, it is also as addictive as any video game.

Left to the care of willpower alone, the book will win. It will always win. It’s siren’s call of just one more paragraph, chapter, hour, will expand to fill as many hours as it possibly can.

What is the purpose for which I read the Wheel of Time?

I read it because I deeply enjoy it. Because it captivates me, inspires me, and stirs up in my a distinctive lean towards the epic.

None of these things is more important than creation or direct inspiration/learning however. These are long-going pleasures. Things that will improve me on the macro, but only when used properly. And are additive and damaging if not controlled.

Books are psychedelics! To overuse or to misuse them is to knowingly bring about my own disaster. To use them with consciousness and respect is to ensure growth and a powerful centeredness.

I know how I must use them, in this mindset. This book is to be a wonderful immersion in times of complete relaxation. After the day’s creation is done (or at rest for a period). This includes pomodaro breaks, so long as I am sure of my ability to immediately close the book at the ringing of the bell.

If I am using it during times of creation or learning, however, I am misusing the book, damaging myself and my ability to enjoy it.

ValAsha Halloween

Asha

Asha kinda amazes me.

The amount she cares for me is…unprescedented. Nearly incomprehensible. I sometimes feel guilty being cared for so much.

Except that she’s not doing it out of anything other than her own enjoyment. She nurtures me for selfish reasons. Which are the only reasons I could possibly accept for something this intense.

And her experience. Oh my god, she is one of the only people I have ever met who rivals me in culminative ‘memories per day’. She’s done a long standing social isolation experiment. Her first sexual experience was with her friend’s mom! Jesus. She hasn’t just been with more women than I have…she’s outnumbering me by a factor of 10!

She could be a fucking marine, the way she handles misery. It’s unconsicous. She just rolls with pain, naturally refusing to even acknowledge it.

She is so amazing that I am not sure I am worthy of her. I KNOW that I am not sexually up to par (which is why that will be the focused area of learning for the next months). I strive even more than usual to be nothing less than excellent for her, because I know that she is doing the same for me and we are in a race to the top. Should one of us fall behind, our relationship may not survive. So out of a desire to both be absolutely amazing and to be with someone so amazing, we improve. Voraciously.

This. This is as close as I’ve yet gotten to an ideal love.

And, fascinatingly, its gets progressively closer as it ages.

Asha

Lessons from Hypnosis

So, I was hypnotized. Past life regression hypnotized to be specific.

In keeping with my subscription of the religion of “I don’t know”, I’ve got no idea what happened here. Could be placebo. Could be imagination. Could be that I got in touch my soul, and it’s memory of past lives.

I don’t know.

What I do know is that the advice I got from my ideal self is excellent.

So, well, here it is:

Note: to see my past lives, check out the Word of Focus post here.

Why did Eddy see these particular past lives? The life as the tribe member, the life of the dog, and the life of the merchant.

Because they were all adventuring, and exploring, and not stressing. None of them were stressful.

Eddy gets lost in the pursuit and forgets the enjoyment part. He’s trying so hard to control things that he’s not able to appreciate them. He’s not able to let things go wrong so that he can actually live.

If he’s gonna live that life that we wants to live, it’s not gonna come through plans and execution, it’s gonna come through experience and adventure and learning.

Did I have past lives? Who/what was I?

I was usually adventuring.

What is the biggest obstacle between my current self & the self that enjoys & creates deeply & intensely?

I just need to start adventuring and get out there. To move. To experience things.

Why does my back + neck ache?

He just needs to take a break every now and then. Spend a few days drinking tea and reading books and cuddling with someone beautiful and just…not working.

He’s working to hard. Not too much, but he’s trying to force it. He’s not able to just let it happen. He’s not able to trust himself. He doesn’t trust himself at all. He thinks he has to fight himself or force himself.

How can I internalize the ability to focus 100% on the moment and what I have devoted it to?

To try not to control it. To have an intention. To have a reason why he’s in a place. To hold onto that, know that’s what he wants, really be in touch with it, and to just let it happen. To trust that if that’s what he wants, it’ll happen.

He just has to know that right now he wants to create something. And he can just sit back and let it happen.

It’s not a fight. He doesn’t have to control himself, he doesn’t have to trick himself, he does’t have to fight himself. He just has to know what he wants. And if he’s right, he just has to say ‘Okay, I want to do that now’.

He has to be able to flow more. He doesn’t have to sit down and plan every hour and force it into pomodaros. He just has to flow. He has to be like “I wanna do this” and do it.

How can I instinctually act in congruence with my deepest desire; my ideal self?

Same thing. Stay in touch with the why.

What is the meaning of my life?

To enjoy things and to make things. Super simple.

He has to get inspired. Which is super easy. He just has to remember why he’s making what he’s making.

The other stuff doesn’t matter. If he does a good job and it fails, that’s fine. That the best thing he coulda done. And it’s not gonna fail.

What comes after death?

Probably more of this. He might – I think it’s a choice for him. And he keeps choosing to replay the game. Take another life. This is fun.

But it’s optional? Like if he’s having fun, why not continue?

Yeah, exactly. He likes to take shit that’s broken and stupid, and shake it up and then destroy it and then fix it. And he just keeps doing that.

Is immortality possible? How?

Yeah. Maybe not he way he’s thinking of it though.

He wants to live this life for a long time. And he might be able to but I doesn’t matter if he does or doesn’t. Because he can just go live another life.

He’s going to keep doing this. It might have an end day, he might choose to stop. But he gets to go as long as he wants.

What is the best place in the world for him to be right now?

He has to follow the words of Jarlaxle. “How can I know where I most want to be when I haven’t seen everything that there is?”

He needs to get out of Bali. He needs to go somewhere new and different and weird.

He needs to get out of the normal. He doesn’t thrive in normal. He thrives in that adaptation stage. He need to try to keep himself in ta area where hes’ trying to adapt.

Don’t let him get comfortable. Don’t’ make it so that it’s hectic. Don’t always moving always changing. Stay somewhere. Get the place, find the friends, meet people, fall in love. But the moment it becomes routine, it’s time to go. Don’t the the routine build up.

It’s not so much routine, as that feeling of routine. If he likes the routine, then stay. He usually doesn’t like routine. Routines are not his style.

What does my ideal romantic relationship look like?

Supportive. Like really supportive. And warm and in love and with an understanding that we care about each other and we love each other and that nothing is going to get the way of that and there there’s no rules we need to impose to make that the way it is.

The ability to be free and do what you want. To just enjoy life and know that you have this person and that they have you.

It’s not just one of these people. It’s many.

What type of person am I most in sync with?

People who are skilled and intuitive and able to just immerse themselves and be in a thing and have fun. And just be in a thing. Fully. And not worry and not freak out and just be in the thing.

How can I tap into my deepest desires & most prolific energy, so I am always exploring, creating, learning &/or enjoying?

Refuse to do any work that does not light him on fire. Whenever he does do work, remember why it lights him on fire. Spend a lot of time taking things in. Read blogs, talk to amazing people. Learn about cool things. Don’t entertain yourself. Don’t ‘learn’. Just find cool things. Hear about people’s dreams and initiatives and future goals and what they’ve done and their stories.

It’s not a goal to get something concrete, just immerse himself in the world of people creating awesome things, and remember what he’s creating and why.

Oh, and also, track it. Focus.

Always know what he’s doing right now. Don’t half ass things.

Like if he’s gonna do an experiment, write it down and make it official and put it on the blog and track it and do a real thing. No half assing. Make sure that if he does something he commits 100%. And he can leave on the turn of a dime if he wants to. But he starts committed. If he decides to leave then fine, but he doesn’t half ass…

Do you have any additional advice for Eddy before we close up the session.

Yeah, stop with the bullshit. He knows when he’s lying to himself. He know when he’s lying to himself, he knows when he’s fooling himself, he knows when something is wrong.

Whenever that happens, just listen and figure out what is he’s doing and figure out what he’s doing that is stupid and stop it. Because he can do that.

His biggest obstacle is just not listening to me. He can hear me all the time.

He can?

Yeah. Yeah he just tells himself that – he’s scared of the risks. Because listening to me means that he might not make money or a while or his business fails or whatever.

But that’s not gonna happen?

It might. But it doesn’t fucking matter. It’s worth it. He’s gonna enjoy it. That’s the point.

Yeah but he wants to be successful too.

He’s gonna be. His business won’t ultimately fail. The next one might. He might be poor for a few more years. But he’ll end up fine. He just has to do it. And he knows this.

Trust his impulses. Because they’re rooted in me. And remember why he’s creating things. And if the why doesn’t light him on fire and get him leaping, don’t do it. There’s other whys.

Is there a way that you can activate your creativity? Is there a way he can turn on this creative energy when he wants it?

Uhm. Yeah. But it’s not like a switch. It’s like a feedback loop. He has to take in awesome creative stuff, a lot. All the time. Just awesome things. Things that are made with care and with a conscious desire and a purpose.

He has to fill his life with these things. With these people. People who have that vibe and who are creating things and things being created by these people.

Like there’s a reason he likes this pen so much. It’s one of the rare things in the world that are almost perfectly designed. That have obviously been created with powerful intention and thought.

He has to surround himself with these thing and people and experiences and these blog posts and these books.

It’s kinda like, if shit was creativity, then that’s the food. He needs the food.

What’s the deal with Jarlaxle?

He’s like a chaotic neutral.

He just creates things and destroys things and whatever but it’s never negative. He’s a chaotic slightly better than neutral. He lives for himself. Doesn’t have a god, doesn’t have a master, doesn’t have some kinda religion he follows. He lives for himself.

Most people he interacts with…well not most people. Most things he interacts with are better for the experience. A lot people get hurt and dead, but that’s kinda cause they’re assholes.

The world is better because he fucking rips through it like he goes through like a fucking whirlwind and by the time he’s gone everyone is kinda dazed and confused and like ‘what the fuck just happened?’.

Eddy wants to be a lot like that. Eddy should be. Yeah. With a few differences.

Eddy’s a little bit warmer than Jarlaxle. Jarlaxle doesn’t trust anybody. Jarlaxle has no friends that he’s ever not on his guard with. He’s always aware that someone might be trying to kill him.

Eddy, that’s not his style. Eddy should be like a Jarlaxle who gathers a tribe. A Jarlaxle with a tribe he can trust and love.

Yeah Jarlaxle with a  tribe.

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He has to take better care of this body. He’s a little bit to cavalier with it.

Because he thinks that everything in his body is gonna be fixable, he doesnt really maintain it as much as he should sometimes.

He should invest in massages and take days off and eat healthy food and don’t smoke and brush your teeth every day and do yoga and meditate and spend time and effort to maintain his body.

Which he enjoys. He loves to do that. But he looks at it like ‘Oh it has to be hard because it’s beneficial’. He has to remember that doing yoga feels awesome.

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Eddy has to stop giving so much. He’s giving so much energy to other people’s projects and he’s not asking anything in return and he’s being taken advantage of. He’s not getting the time to devote time to his own shit.

People will underpay him or try to give him a raw deal and because he’s so psyched about their project and because he likes them as people, he kinda lets himself be under valued.

They’re not trying to rip him off. They’re just undervaluing him and he’s letting it happen.

What he should do is have confidence that his writing is fucking amazing and it makes sales and he’s great at what he does. He’s a good growth hacker and an excellent copywriter. And he should be paid accordingly. And he shouldn’t be working on shit he doesn’t love. And if he is working on stuff he does love, he should be paid accordingly.

He shouldn’t be accepting deals that don’t recognize this. If people are creating amazing things and they can’t afford him, them somebody else can. And a lot of the people he’s working with, he knows they could afford him. But they don’t because they’re bootstrapping or some bullshit. But they can afford him.

So stop that. Stop dealing with those people. If they’re cool, be friends. Love that they’re doing. But don’t’ give your time and your effort to them when you could be giving it to you.

Does he know what he’s worth?

Nah. I mean, he wants to get like solid statistical proof, which he doesn’t really need because…

Like the vibram five fingers, those cool shoes he has. There’s this fucking law suit that sued them because  there isn’t enough poof that those shoes are good for you.

But he know the shoes are good for you because he wears them and they feel awesome. And so do all the other people who wear the shoes.

And so it’s like, everyone who wears his shoes loves them. If that makes sense. Just because there isn’t statistic hard data (which there also is a fair amount of), everyone loves the shoes.

Is there anything that we didn’t ask, that we should have asked?

Hmm. Yeah he didn’t ask about love.

He should know that he’s not obligated to stay with anybody or to love them or to anything. And that, he is first of all, the reason he’s not getting laid is because he doesn’t belong here. In Bali. He doesn’t belong here. He has to move.

He never really belonged here. It was always a transitionary place.

He has to realize that he is desired by women and he is a good looking guy and he’s really fucking cool. He just has to not be here and that will show itself.

This is not the place for him. He’s in a place in his life where he needs women and he needs sex and he needs love and he needs friend and he need intense creation and exploration and discovery and this is not the place.

What Did I Learn This Weekish (Sep 24 – Oct 5, 2014)

  1. I learned that the best way to get into a hugely productive mindset is to make it so that you no choice. You’re either in hustle, or everything fails.
  2. I have put myself in a position where i must either be excellent or fail. There is very little safety room here. I must be excellent.
  3. On the plus side, I enjoy nothing more in life than being excellent.
  4. I learned that, sometimes, the only thing that matters is who you’re spending your time with, even when you’re not doing anything.
  5. Tight deadlines with real stakes are a huge help to this. Tim Ferriss already told me this.
  6. I do need to scale back on my workload just a bit. I’m at
  7. I have trained myself to escape from thought and focus. To be able to, in dance and social interaction and whatever, switch my mind from hustling & creating to flowing and exploring. I love this.
  8. I must consciously guard my focus agaisnt programmed self-distraction. To actively pause myself when I am doing something off, write it down if it must be done later, and focus on the thing I have devoted my time to.
  9. Momentum is huge. If you can get that thing running, you get a flywheel. If you let it stagnate, you get a big flat bottomed block of heavy stone. Get intertia in your favour, and you’re golden.
  10. Eating filler is a waste of time. Stuff like packet ramen noodles don’t cure hunger for long or provide energy.
  11. Creative writing and planning tends to take far longer than planned.
  12. Talking with friends is HUGELY rejuvinating.
  13. Sleep has a huge and noticeable impact on all my functions. Creativity, playfulness, memory, focus.
  14. I can go a day without sleeping and still kcik ass, though. But I’m lower energy. I can’t go 3 days.
  15. I learned that being real and honest works. It almost always results in my having what I desire, and it has never yet harmed me.
  16. I learned that passion consumes all barriers. No thing will stop a person who is insanely passionate in their pursuit of a goal.
  17. There truly is a beauty to the stillness of the world at night. I doubted it, but it is true that the absence of humans around you allows you to zone in.
  18. Focus is not a universal problem. I have it, but a ton of people don’t.
  19. I fucking LOVE dancing when I am able to change my mindset into my instinctual and primal and playful self.

All the quotes I like

A growing database of the best quotes I encounter here: https://www.evernote.com/pub/eddyazar/commonplacebook

A few favorites:

“If it seems too good to be true, drop everything and check it out.” – Tynan

“Hard is easy” – Colin Wright

“Focus. Focus on Focus.” – Paul Graham

“I felt like the world was made up of a mad tangle of options, and all I had to do was pick which strand I wanted to follow and then weave my way along the path I chose until I saw one I liked better” – Colin Wright

“A master in the art of living draws no sharp distinction between his work and his play; his labor and his leisure; his mind and his body; his education and his recreation. He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision of excellence through whatever he is doing, and leaves others to determine whether he is working or playing. To himself, he always appears to be doing both.” – Francois-Rene de Chateaubriand

“Everything is designed. Few things are designed well.” – Brian Reed

“Avoid using the word ‘very’, because it’s lazy. A man is not very tired, he is exhausted. Don’t use very sad, use morose. Language was invented for one reason, boys: to woo women. And, in that endeavor, laziness will not do.” – Robin Willaims

“I cannot know where I most wish to go because I have not seen all that there is.” – Jarlaxle Baenre

“Formidable is close to confident, except that someone could be confident and mistaken. Formidable is roughly justifiably confident.” – Paul Graham

“For him, it seemed, being in motion came as naturally as being still” – Ayn Rand

“What is the opposite of happiness? Sadness. No. Just as love and hate are two sides of the same coin, so are happiness and sadness. Crying out of happiness is a perfect illustration of this. The opposite of love is indifference, and the opposite of happiness is – here’s the clincher -boredom.

Excitement is the more practical synonym for happiness, and it is precisely what you should strive to chase. It is the cure-all….

The question you should be asking isn’t, ‘What do I want?’ or ‘What are my goals?’ but ‘What would excite me?'” – Tim Ferriss

“You have to decide that being unreliable, even to yourself — especially to yourself — is completely unacceptable. It’s weakness, and examined weakness should not be allowed to survive.” – Tynan

“Because your own strength is unequal to the task, do not assume that it is beyond the powers of man; but if anything is within the powers and province of man, believe that it is within your own compass also.” – Marcus Aurelius

“Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it’s time to pause and reflect” – Mark Twain

“An inconvenience is an adventure wrongly considered.” – Gilbert Chesterton

How to Start a Startup Notes – Part 1 & 2: Why To Build A Startup

Full video at: http://startupclass.co/lecture/85763/-92314-project-1-log-problems-you-encounter-in-life

You need…

1) A great idea

“Wait to start a startup until you come up with an idea that you feel compelled to explore.”

“If you have several ideas that all seem pretty good, work on the one that you think about most often when you’re not trying to think about work.”

“A company should feel like an important mission.”

“The hardest part about coming up with great ideas is that the best ideas often look terrible in the beginning. The 13th search engine…most people thought that was pointless (Google). The 10th social network, also terrible (Facebook). A way to stay on stranger’s couches, that just sounds terrible all around (AirBnB, CouchSurfing).”

“You want an idea that turns into a monopoly.”

“You need a market that’s going to be big in 10 years.”

“Think about the market first. Find the demand, then create an appropriate supply.”

“The best reason to start a startup: You can’t not do it.”

Idea includes:

  • The size and growth of a market
  • The growth strategy
  • Defencability strategy
  • Etc.

A good idea has these qualities:

  • The business must, someday, become difficult to replicate.
  • There must be a reason ‘why now?’
  • It’s best if you’re building something that you yourself need.
  • You can’t not build it.

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2) A great product

Step one is to build something users love. Everything else is secondary. In the beginning, 90% of your time should be spent building something amazing and talking to customers.

“A lot of good-on-paper startups fail because they merely make something that people like. Making something that people want, but only a medium ammount, is a great way to fail and not understand why you’re failing.”

“It’s better to build something that a small number of users love, than a large number of users like.”

3) A great team

  1. CoFounder

If you, as founder, take it easy, so will your team. You are always working. Always.

Always always always have a cofounder that you have a past history with.

Be relentlessly resourceful. Be James Bond. Make sure your team is too.

  1. Try Not To Hire

Lots of employees = a high burn rate and a lot of time spent managing.

“Some of the top funded YC companies had no employees besides the founders for the first year.”

Ask: “Would you work on this company if you had 10 years left to live?”

  1. Get The Best People

The best people have a lot of options. They want to join a rocketship, and you have to convince that your mission is more important and more likely to be successful than anyone else.

When you are hiring, it should be 80% of your time.

“If you compromise and hire someone meagre, you will always regeret it.”

Hire people you or your employees already know.

“For most early hires, experience doesn’t matter very much. Apptitude does.”

Before hiring, ask:

  1. Are they smart?
  2. Do they get things done?
  3. Do I want to spend a lot of time around them?
Also
  1. Good communicaton skills
  2. They like risk
  3. Maniacally indefatigable
  4. The animal test – You need to be able to describe them as ‘an animal’ at what they do.
  5. They must be someone you’d be comfortable reporting to

Don’t interview; Work together on a small project.

Also, always call refrences.

Employee Equity: Give aprox 10% of the company to the first 10 employees

“Founders seem to be very stingy with equity to employees and very generious with equity to investors. I think this is totally backwards. Employees will give more to your company as time goes on.”

“You have to let your team get all the credit for everything good that happens, and you take all the responsibility for all the bad things.”

  1. Fire Fast

Don’t hope that an employee will pick up and get better. They won’t. Fire them.

Also, fire anyone who is negative or creates politics.

4) Great execution

The 5 jobs of the CEO

  1. Set the vision
  2. Raise money
  3. Evangelize
  4. Hire and manage
  5. Make sure the enitre company executes

Focus on growth & momentum

  1. ALWAYS know your metrics

Be INTENSE

  1. Move fast & break things
  2. Have VERY high quality standards
  3. Be fast
  4. Do whatever it takes.
  5. Show up to everything that needs you. Go to ridiculous lengths.

Always keep momentum.

  • If you lose it, remember that ‘Sales fix everything’

“The secret to startup success is extreme focus and extreme dedication.”

“You generally need to be willing to outwork your competitors.”

“When there is disagreement among the team about what to do, ask your users.”

“The competitor to be feared is one who never bothers about you at all, but goes on making his own business better all the time.” – Henry Ford

INDICATOR OF SUCCESS: Every time you talk to them, they’ve gotten new thing done.

5) Luck