I’m taking a break.


I’ve written almost 312 days in a row at least 25+ words.
I’ve gotten to the point where its easy to spit out the words. But, I’m not happy with the comprehensiveness of the writing.
I’ve been wanting to write longer more well researched posts since the beginning of this year.
I haven’t put the time into it and have nothing to show for it yet.
So I’m stopping these daily posts until I create a habit of writing longer more informative pieces.
I have 312 days of ideas to work from and prefer to spend the time on developing some of them further.
Thanks for reading and maybe I’ll come back to daily writing in a bit.
^Day 312/90 127 words

How turbulent is our current time?

Or is it just that the present always seems turbulent.
Is our decade crazier than the 1930s during the rise of fascism in Europe?
Is our time more unstable than the 400s when Rome was sacked?
Is our time scarier than when the Mongols tore across an entire continent?
Its hard to pull yourself out of the daily news cycle and put events in perspective.
But it helps to do so to focus on the right things.
^Day 310/90 88 words

Its better to get started than it is to get the perfect start. 

The momentum that you will build will get you to your goal faster and you will be committed for longer.
Start slowly and you will build a habit and then you will blow your larger goals out of the water over time.
Alternatively, start with a huge goal and you’ll give up within one week. 6 months later you’ll be where you started, with nothing.
^Day 309/90 83 words

Your actions are a series of ongoing reactions.

The reactions will only end when you die.
And then only the conscious reactions will end. Your body will continue to react to the world.
Every time you see a friend you react to their presence, whether positively or negatively.
When you learn of a new task, you react.
When you accomplish a goal, you react.
To get where you want you must tame these reactions so that they automatically move you towards your goals instead of away.
React when you see good opportunities by taking advantage of them.
React when you see poor opportunities by staying away.
Realize that every action is a reaction.
^Day 307/91 117 words

Triggering behavior change on non-tactile decision points is tough but important. 

An example of a non-tactile decision point would be “Every time I delegate a task” or “Every time I’m feeling un-motivated”. 
They’re non-tactile because you can not attach an automated action to these points. 

A tactile decision point like “6pm” is easy to attach an action to. You can set a reminder on your phone or an alarm that will go off at that time and give you a text reminder. e.g. “Take supplements”. 

There isn’t yet a tool that you can attach to your body and will notify you when you are feeling angry. 

Instead, you must cultivate mindfulness and over time use your brain to create this trigger. 

Its much tougher as there is no clear way to do it. If you can do it consistently, you will receive big benefits. 

^Day 307/90 150 words

Presentation is the key knowledge work skill. 

Its the skill that distinguishes the good from the great. Being able to convince people of a path that you want to take forward. 

Its not enough to be right. If you’re right but can’t convince anyone of the fact you will gain no benefit from it. 

Instead, you must polish your presentation skills to the point that you can be right and convince everyone. 

^Day 306/90 77 words

A good method is better than a new method.

We have an obsession with things that are brand new. Things that are innovative.
And although innovative techniques help move us forward, make sure that you’ve discovered all the good things out there before trying to re-invent the wheel.
The truth is that we, as individuals, don’t know most of the things that humanity has learned.
Internalizing as many of those lessons as possible will get you ahead.
Learn the successes and failures of the past.
Don’t draw an interface from scratch, draw from the best examples.
Don’t write an article by staring at a blank piece of paper, draw from the best articles.
Don’t make a presentation by drafting new slides, find the best presentations and copy them.
^Day 306/90 133 words

The most common piece of advice is to treat others like you want to be treated.

The golden rule.
It sounds easy enough to follow. But to make it really work for you it must become a habit.
You must think in every moment, how can I actually help someone?
Before every time you speak you must forget about what you want and instead ask what the other person wants.
Then you’ll see changes.
^Day 304/90 79 words

Is our generation special?

Looking back thousands of years to the Egyptian, Indian, Roman or Chinese civilizations we see societies that functioned socially more or less similarly to our own.
People played, joked, ate, worked, read, married all in the same sort of ways that we do now.
So much so that Indian civilization decided that we all had past and future lives and that the key to happiness is not anything in the material world but rather complete disconnection from it.
Are we at a moment where this might change?
Where we will fundamentally evolve as a species through combining with artificial intelligence?
Or are we just another incarnation of Alexander the Great?
A bright but ultimately short lived phase in history.
^Day 303/90 128 words