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.

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