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Tools of Titans

Tools of Titans

Date read: 2020-09-25
How strongly I recommend it: 8.61/10
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Tools of Titans

Successful meditation

“What if you think of your to-do list, past arguments, or porn for 19.5 minutes out of 20? Do you get an F in meditation? No. If you spend even a second noticing this wandering and bringing your attention back to your mantra (or whatever), that is a “successful” session

“As Tara Brach pointed out to me, the muscle you’re working is bringing your attention back to something. My sessions are 99% monkey mind, but it’s the other 1% that matters.”

Seth Godin on starting small

“My suggestion is, whenever possible, ask yourself: What’s the smallest possible footprint I can get away with? What is the smallest possible project that is worth my time?

Scott Adams on communication as an essential skill mix

“Capitalism rewards things that are both rare and valuable. You make yourself rare by combining two or more “pretty goods” until no one else has your mix. . . . At least one of the skills in your mixture should involve communication, either written or verbal.”

Scott Adams' hypnosis origin

“Scott’s mother gave birth to his little sister while under hypnosis, which was offered as an option by her doctor. She did not take any painkillers, did not feel pain, and was awake the entire time.”

Tony Robbins on Morning Priming

“Upon waking, Tony immediately goes into his priming routine, which is intended to produce a rapid change in his physiology: “To me, if you want a primetime life, you’ve got to prime daily.”

Cold-water plunge

breathing exercises

Naval Ravikant on 3 options in life

“In any situation in life, you only have three options. You always have three options. You can change it, you can accept it, or you can leave it. What is not a good option is to sit around wishing you would change it but not changing it, wishing you would leave it but not leaving it, and not accepting it.”

System thinking by Scott Adams

“choosing projects and habits that, even if they result in “failures” in the eyes of the outside world, give you transferable skills or relationships. In other words, you choose options that allow you to inevitably “succeed” over time, as you build assets that carry over to subsequent projects”

Seth Godin on leading and solving interesting problems

“I think we need to teach kids two things: 1) how to lead, and 2) how to solve interesting problems. Because the fact is, there are plenty of countries on Earth where there are people who are willing to be obedient and work harder for less money than us. So we cannot out-obedience the competition. Therefore, we have to out-lead or out-solve the other people”

Naval Ravikant on the important things

What you choose to work on, and who you choose to work with, are far more important than how hard you work.”

“Free education is abundant, all over the Internet. It’s the desire to learn that’s scarce.”

“We waste our time with short-term thinking and busywork. Warren Buffett spends a year deciding and a day acting. That act lasts decades.”

“You get paid for being right first, and to be first, you can’t wait for consensus.

“A busy mind accelerates the passage of subjective time.”

Loving Kindness exercise

identify two human beings in the room and just think, “I wish for this person to be happy, and I wish for that person to be happy.” That is it. I remind them to not do or say anything, just think

Tony Robbins on life

“It’s a belief: Life is always happening for us, not to us. It’s our job to find out where the benefit is. If we do, life is magnificent.”

Scott Adams on blogging as a system

“When I first started blogging, my future wife often asked about what my goal was. The blogging seemed to double my workload while promising a 5% higher income that didn’t make any real difference in my life. It seemed a silly use of time. I tried explaining that blogging was a system, not a goal. But I never did a good job of it. I’ll try again here.

Writing is a skill that requires practice. So the first part of my system involves practicing on a regular basis. I didn’t know what I was practicing for, exactly, and that’s what makes it a system and not a goal. I was moving from a place with low odds (being an out-of-practice writer) to a place of good odds (a well-practiced writer with higher visibility).

“The second part of my blogging system is a sort of R&D for writing. I write on a variety of topics and see which ones get the best response.”

Kevin Kelly on writing and ideas

“What I discovered, which is what many writers discover, is that I write in order to think. I’d say, ‘I think I have an idea,’ but when I begin to write it, I realize, ‘I have no idea,’ and I don’t actually know what I think until I try and write it. . . . That was the revelation.”

Sufferring and focus

“The reason you’re suffering is you’re focused on yourself.”

“Suffering comes from three thought patterns: loss, less, never.”

Tony Robbins on State Story Strategy

“prime” your state first. The biochemistry will help you proactively tell yourself an enabling story. Only then do you think on strategy, as you’ll see the options instead of dead ends.

“Priming” my state is often as simple as doing 5 to 10 push-ups or getting 20 minutes of sun exposure

“I’ve wasted a lot of time journaling on “problems” when I just needed to eat breakfast sooner, do 10 push-ups, or get an extra hour of sleep. Sometimes, you think you have to figure out your life’s purpose, but you really just need some macadamia nuts and a cold fucking shower.”

Meditate the easy way

“I tell my students that all they need to commit to is one mindful breath a day. Just one. Breathe in and breathe out mindfully, and your commitment for the day is fulfilled. Everything else is a bonus.”

If you commit to one breath a day, you can easily fulfill this commitment and preserve the momentum of your practice

having the intention to meditate is itself a meditation

React and anticipate

“Losers react, leaders anticipate.”

Tim Ferris on maximizing efficacy

“Write down the 3 to 5 things—and no more—that are making you the most anxious or uncomfortable”

“ask yourself: “If this were the only thing I accomplished today, would I be satisfied with my day?” “Will moving this forward make all the other to-dos unimportant or easier to knock off later?” ”

“Look only at the items you’ve answered “yes” to for at least one of these questions.”

“Block out at 2 to 3 hours to focus on ONE of them for today. Let the rest of the urgent but less important stuff slide.”

“Block out at 2 to 3 HOURS to focus on ONE of them for today. This is ONE BLOCK OF TIME. Cobbling together 10 minutes here and there to add up to 120 minutes does not work. No phone calls or social media allowed.”

What you do is more important than how you do everything else, and doing something well does not make it important.”

“**Being busy is a form of laziness—lazy thinking and indiscriminate action.

Being busy is most often used as a guise for avoiding the few critically important but uncomfortable actions**.”

Kevin Kelly on being prolific

“I really recommend slack. ‘Productive’ is for your middle ages. When you’re young, you want to be prolific and make and do things, but you don’t want to measure them in terms of productivity. You want to measure them in terms of extreme performance, you want to measure them in extreme satisfaction.”

Tony Robbins on Mastery

“Mastery doesn’t come from an infographic. What you know doesn’t mean shit. What do you do consistently?

Naval Ravikant's Maxims

“If you can’t see yourself working with someone for life, don’t work with them for a day.

Reading (learning) is the ultimate meta-skill and can be traded for anything else.

All the real benefits in life come from compound interest.

Earn with your mind, not your time.

99% of all effort is wasted.

Total honesty at all times. It’s almost always possible to be honest and positive.

Praise specifically, criticize generally (Warren Buffett).

Watch every thought. (Always ask, “Why am I having this thought?”)”

Learning, action and wealth

“If you let your learning lead to knowledge, you become a fool. If you let your learning lead to action, you become wealthy.”

Seth Godin on choice

“The phone rings, and lots of people want a thing. If it doesn’t align with the thing that is your mission, and you say ‘yes,’ now your mission is their mission.”

Warren Buffett and knowledge application

“when Tony asked Warren Buffett what his all-time best investment was, the answer was a Dale Carnegie public speaking course, taken at age 20. Prior to that, Buffett would vomit before public speaking. After the course—and this is the critical piece—Buffett immediately went to the University of Omaha and asked to teach, as he didn’t want to lapse back into his old behaviors

Life's magnificent

“It’s a belief: Life is always happening for us, not to us. It’s our job to find out where the benefit is. If we do, life is magnificent.”

Scott Adams on Affirmation

“what matters is the degree of focus and the commitment you have to that focus. Because the last affirmation I mentioned was primarily done in my head while driving, but continuously for years, about 3 years.”