Daily Meditation Experiment

The Experiment:

Every week, I will practice one type of meditation (listed in my Meditation Crash Course, which is currently in development) every day for 20 minutes.

I will track my progress using Momentum, and report back here weekly on how I practiced the previous week’s meditation & what my thoughts/feelings are on it.


It seems like nearly every single person I admire meditates. Tim Ferriss, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Neil Strauss, Rick Rubin, Steve Jobs, Jerry Seinfeld, Elon Musk, Colin Wright, Tynan, Eben Pagan, Sebastian Marshall, Josh Waitzkin…the list goes on. And they all espouse the benefits that meditation has brought to their life.

When enough people you admire all say the same thing, it’s wise to listen. So I’m trying meditation out for myself.

The Hypothesis

I’ve already been loosely doing meditation for a month now. (more…)

Mum's Basement Hustle

  1. Asha is more mature than I.
  2. The truth sets you free. When you know sometihng is wrong, and you truthfully figure out what it is, it will be better.
  3. While one should strive to understand everything, one should not structure and SOP everything. Some things, like passionate love making, are killed by structure.
  4. While staying in touch with reality, always assume the best and act accordingly. Remember that, no matter what you assume, as long as it’s based on objective evidence, you’re equally likely to be wrong as any other assumption. However, if you assume the best, you are most likely of all scenarios to actually achieve the best.
  5. While remembering the first, always know & plan for the worst.
  6. Sexually, don’t always grab. Flirting & chasing & teasing is fun!
  7. Always striving to impress each other, dress up for each other, surprise each other. This is a cornerstone to an amazing relationship.
  8. When someone earns your trust, and asks for it, give it to them.
  9. When stressfull things are happening, strive to stay even and calm. Deal with what is.
  10. If you are frusturated, do not take it out on others
  11. Focused meditation, where you do not explore your body & emotions nor calmly think through problems, is extremely difficult. Your mind will wander to the most unrelated places in literally the space of two breaths.
  12. Never accept free drinks from the bartender/owner unless you are prepared to pay for them. You probably will.
  13. Being a creative, fast moving, calm, optimal version of myself is just as hard/easy as being a lazy, tired, stressed, basic version of myself. The difference is that being optimal is hard in terms of having the willpower and energy and sangfroid to power through the hard parts with calm enjoyment. It is easy in terms of enjoying my life and loving what I do and who I am. Being basic is easy in terms of not having to try hard to do anything. It is hard in terms of disliking my life and who I am and being very restricted by my failure to create.
  14. People can forget the importance of not editing my copy. I have to immediately remind them when this happens. Nip it in the bud.
  15. When Asha and I are highly emotional in a fight, we need time to cool down.
  16. I LOVE google analytics. It’s so fucking powerful.
  17. Resepct other’s privacy, even if you don’t have much of your own.
  18. The Don’t Break The Chain method is extremely powerful in the face of rationalization.
  19. Willpower goes down as sleep debt goes up.
  20. I can do great work even when sleep deprived. In fact, I have a theory it helps with certain types of work. I should do a Sleep Deprivation Productivity Experiment.
  21. Elon Musk is probably the most impressive human I’ve ever heard of.

Daily Meditation Experiment - Momentum - Pre-Experiment


Meditation Method: Free Style

I sit or lie down, eyes closed, for 5-20 minutes.

I listen completely to a song OR feel my body’s emotions and focus on accepting & solving them OR I do a century count of 100 deep breaths OR try not to focus on anything at all OR something else.

Adherence: On & Off

I practiced free style meditation from April 28th to May 24th. My longest streak was 9 days, and I meditated for a total of 22/27 days.

Results & Thoughts

I’ve seen some impressive results. I’ve gotten perspective on a lot of seemingly huge emotional problems, had entire days where I was calm simply because I had meditated, and discovered how hard it is to quiet the mind and not be taken over my thoughts or emotions.

  • Increased & lasting calm.
  • Reminded that everything will be okay.
  • Big problems made not so big. Solutions created.
  • Almost always feel better after meditating than I did before.
  • Learned that quieting the mind is difficult.

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  • Don’t eat mindlessly. Especially when the meal is in any way special.
  • When you’re talking with someone, focus 100% on the conversation. If you fall off-side to research something, tell them and include them.
  • When I feel the desire to work, work! Don’t do anything else and wait for that desire to go away. Work.
  • Mom and Asha just had a major misunderstanding of eachother. Mom saw Asha’s introvertedness as rudeness, Asha saw mom’s affront as dislike.
  • Asha had gotten emotionally abusive after I hurt her. I hadn’t realized this and neither had she. When Joy pointed it out, we acknowledged it and she stopped. It feels so much better.
  • Follow the inspiration. Even if it leads off-project. Follow it.
  • Asha’s weed tolerance is such that truly potent bud is too strong for her. She enjoys, much more, a mellower weed.
  • Asha has her feet more firmly on the ground than I do. She should be in charge of final financial decisions.
  • Asha is an AMAZING copywriter. Fast, wonderfully worded, skillful. Wow.
  • Don’t get greedy when pricing. Too high = no sales.
  • Asha needs more sleep than I do. Probably because she works out. Which means that there will be times I go to sleep after her.
  • Cutting on a diet can be HARD. I’m craving food every damn night.
  • How to make begedel (tater tots)

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.


About 5 weeks later, I’d fallen in love with a girl who is still the best match for me I’ve yet met.  (more…)

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. (more…)

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. (more…)

  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.

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

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?
  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


  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