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December 2016 + Overview of 2016

The Rabbit Hole by Blas Moros 
     
Jump In. 
 

My monthly newsletter covers the books I have read over the course of the month, the challenges I undertook as well as some other interesting articles, blog posts, interviews, tools, hacks, etc. 

This month’s newsletter also reflects on some highlights from 2016.

 

Books

Teacher’s Reference Guides

  • Working through Bruce Lee and will have the compiled notes for next month’s newsletter


Monthly Challenges

  • 3 day fast
  • Decaf tea with apple cider vinegar and honey before bed
  • Learn about Bruce Lee, his life and philosophy
  • Learn the basics of drawing
  • Get creative and experiment with Joule, a sous vide by ChefSteps
  • Year-End Challenges:
    • Napoleon Hill’s 28 questions 
    • Revisit my 1, 5, 10 year goals
    • Pareto Spring Cleaning – weeding out the bad and doing more of the good
    • Read BestSelf journal entries from past 3 months


Other

Best of 2016

  • The War of Art by Steven Pressfield
    • Taught me how to face and embrace The Resistance
  • It’s Your Ship by Captain D. Michael Abrashoff
    • Taught me leadership and the power of seeing through other’s eyes
  • The Autobiography of Andrew Carnegie by Andrew Carnegie
    • Taught me about generosity and hard work
  • The Gorilla Game by Tom Kippola, Geoffrey Moore, Paul Johnson
    • Taught me about investing in technology
  • The Loyalty Effect by Fred Reichheld
    • Taught me the power of creating loyal stakeholders
  • Give and Take by Adam Grant
    • Taught me the power of generosity and reciprocation
  • Plain Talk by Ken Iverson
    • Taught me about effective management principles
  • The Power Broker by Robert Caro
    • Taught me what true power looks like and the toll it can takes
  • Men and Rubber by Harvey Firestone
    • Taught me the power that simple business principles can have
  • Buffett and Munger by Peter Bevelin
    • Taught me some of Buffett and Munger’s principles via dialogue
  • The Lessons of History by Will Durant
    • Taught me the power of learning about history and its cycles
  • Deep Work by Cal Newport
    • Taught me the importance of long periods of undisturbed work
  • How Nature Works by Per Bak
    • Taught me fundamentals of complexity and its application in nature
  • Thinking in Systems by Donella Meadows
    • Taught me some tools to become a better big picture thinker
  • Investing: The Last Liberal Art by Robert Hagstrom
    • Taught me how various disciplines play into investing
  • Walt Disney by Neal Gabler
    • Taught me the effect a grand vision can have
  • Never Broken by Jewel
    • Taught me how persistence can overcome almost anything
  • Bruce Lee: The Tao of Gung Fu by John Little
    • Taught me about the impact authentic self-actualization can have

Full list of books read in 2016, 2015, 2014

All great books should be immediately re-read

I always enjoy my monthly challenges but I got the most out of the following and many are now part of my daily routine:

Thank you for your support and I wish you the best in 2017!

Amor Fati

Blas

“Yes, there is a difference between self-actualization and self-image actualization.” – Bruce Lee

Peak: How Great Companies Get Their Mojo From Maslow by Chip Conley

Summary
  1. Chip Conley, founder of a boutique hotel chain called Joie de Vivre, describes his business principles and how they can help you reach your full potential and self-actualize
Key Takeaways
  1. Peak companies create the most loyal relationship with consumers, employees, shareholders and other key stakeholders
  2. By properly applying Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, you and your company can reach its full potential
  3. Most companies are organized based on a certain premise of human nature but most companies aren’t even aware of this
  4. Companies have a habitual tendency to focus on the tangible and focus on financial results over relationships but more companies are starting to focus on the more intangible
  5. Karmic Capitalism – Good businesses create good karma because they properly deal with key stakeholders, act in good faith and think about second and third order consequences
  6. Must see all relationships as a type of account where you deposit and withdraw favors, goodwill, trust, emotions and more
  7. Both profits and highest personal development are best reached when not aiming directly for them. Rather, they come as a result of a collection of other activities which you can guide and inspire but not control
  8. Relationships truly do create the greatest wealth in life. Today, the only sustainable competitive advantage in the new age economy is loyalty from customers, employees, investors and all other stakeholders
  9. Employee pyramid – Companies often don’t understand what motivates their employees. Money is the base motivation but recognition and finding meaning in one’s work are the higher and more sustainable motivators
  10. Customer pyramid – customer satisfaction is at the base of the pyramid but by tapping into customer’s desires and unknown desires companies can engender great loyalty and trust
  11. Investor pyramid – A strong rate of return is the base of the pyramid but above that are aligned relationships and at the top collaborative ones. The relationship is the core of interactions rather than solely making money
  12. Conley survived a very difficult period after the bursting of the tech bubble and 9/11. To make it through this difficult time, he took a different approach and cut his salary to zero, got top management to agree to a two-year 10% decrease in salary and all salaried employees agreed to a two-year pay freeze. Unusual in business but makes a lot of sense if you think about it – in the hotel industry, bellmen and other salaried employees often have the most direct contact to customers but are almost always are the least motivated and secure in their jobs. They often aren’t as friendly to guests as they can be since they are worried about paying bills or being fired
  13. One of the largest differentiators between a good company and a great company is the motivation of the employees
  14. One of the important and impactful perks Conley gives his employees is a one month paid sabbatical for every three years of service. The employees love this because they get to travel and learn and come back refreshed, renewed, with extra motivation and are more loyal to the company than ever. They also offer a $200 per month subsidy for fitness classes such as yoga or a gym memberships or for any other hobbies that the employees want to do
  15. Customizable employee benefits and perks are increasingly important and can go along way in making employees feel valued and recognized
  16. Employee turnover and satisfaction is correlated more highly than nearly anything else to their relationship with their direct supervisor
  17. Great institutions set up rewards programs and incentives to help them achieve their goals and objectives. You get what you reward for
  18. Employee recognition should be given in person and feedback should be direct and immediate. Praise should be given in front of others, in person and should be immediately available so that there is instant gratification
  19. Creating non-monetary, fun incentives to reach a goal, such as the CEO shaving his head in front of everyone, is a great way to reward and motivate people. This is especially true during difficult times
  20. Moving from a one-size-fits-all culture to a one-size-fits-one
  21. Can best understand a customer’s desires from memory, editorial inferences based on memory and customer’s behavior and patterns and comparison with other customers (like Netflix and Amazon)
  22. Help customers meet their highest goals, give customers the ability to truly express themselves, make customers feel like they’re part of a bigger cause, offer customers something of real value they hadn’t even imagined
What I got out of it
  1. I really like Conley’s focus on some more intangible factors like goodwill, trust, employee motivation and meaning rather than solely profits
Visual image of Chip’s 3 pyramids and heart

The Book of Joy by Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu and Douglas Abrams

Summary
  1. A dialogue between the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu on how to turn ephemeral joy into an enduring trait
Key Takeaways
  1. Joy is much bigger than happiness, it is not dependent on any external circumstances.
  2. Joy is something we can cultivate and find inside even if experiencing external difficulties
  3. Reflecting on the pain and suffering of others help lessen our pain and suffering. So much depends on where we place our attention. Are we self-absorbed and focused on our individuality or do we look at the bigger picture and how we are connected to everything else
  4. Painful events are bound to happen and when they do, you must ask yourself how you can profit and grow from it
  5. Trying to achieve lasting joy through the senses is like trying to hydrate with salt water
  6. Developing deep relationships with others and showing them love, understanding and compassion is one of the best ways to cultivate joy
  7. Perhaps counterintuitive to many people is that the best way to help yourself is to help others.  You also must develop trust by showing them genuine care for their well-being
  8. The more we feel our own pain the more we can help others but the way to heal our pain is through helping others
  9. You must realize that emotion, anger and other negative states are inevitable but we should not overly beat ourselves up because of them
  10. Stress and anxiety mostly come from too much or poorly placed ambitions and expectations
  11. Stress itself is not damaging to our health but how we respond to it may be. Turning a threat into a challenge can help us better manage stress and get better perspective on it
  12. The path of joy is connection and the path of sorrow is isolation
  13. True joy is not possible without sorrow or sadness. However one must be able to find some meaning no matter how small from suffering in order to grow from it. We grow in kindness when our joy is tested
  14. The difference between prayer and meditation is blurry but some say prayer is us talking to God and meditation is when God answers
  15. Humor is a powerful force to break down barriers and show people we are all human
  16. Must get to the difficult place of choosing your highest goal, doing all you can to accomplish it but at the end not be tied to the outcome
  17. Gratitude allows us to step back and gain the wider perspective in order to see how lucky we are to be alive and to have what we have, however little it may be
  18. Not forgiving someone who has done you wrong keeps you in a negative loop, not allowing you to move on. Forgiveness allows you to move beyond the past and appreciate the present
  19. Our desire to be compassionate is demonstrated by our admiration of compassionate people
  20. Generosity is the best path to joy as the more you give the more you can receive – it is a true win-win
  21. Money can only bring you happiness if you give it away. Giving time and wisdom are also some of the best ways to receive and spread joy
  22. Ubuntu – a person is a person through other persons. We all rely on others and it is through these relationships that we become human
  23. The Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu stressed cultivating compassion and establishing deep, meaningful relationships to help increase the joy in your life.
What I got out of it
  1. Practice your compassion, be generous with your time, money and wisdom, focus on other’s suffering more than your own, realize you are part of a larger ecosystem and isolation should be avoided, life’s true wealth lies in deep relationships, must experience sorrow to experience true joy, express gratitude in all circumstances. Their advice on how to attain joy and live a happy life is often simple but certainly not easy to follow

Bruce Lee: Jeet Kune Do by John Little

Summary
  1. Bruce Lee’s commentaries on the martial way
Key Takeaways
  1. Witnessing a person in mundane day-to-day activities reveals their true character
  2. When Bruce wasn’t reading or training, he was writing
  3. Eliminate silos and aim for total integration – don’t bifurcate into “either/or” – take in the whole picture
  4. Art is a bridge to higher learning – the higher up the ladder of martial art mastery one climbed, the clearer the view became that art was simply a metaphor for life itself and that it was indeed possible to “see the world in a grain of sand” and for one who had truly mastered a martial art to be availed of a new and wonderful insight into the human condition
  5. There are no opposites, only interconnected facets of the existence of which all of us are a part
  6. All knowledge ultimately means self-knowledge
  7. Style concludes. Man grows
  8. Qualities of a great martial artist – natural, instinctive primitiveness, natural blending of stillness and sudden, violent destructiveness
  9. Choiceless awareness = total emptiness, the optimal way to live and be
  10. Direct intuition is a return to original freedom
  11. Observe. Deduce. Apply – do more of what works
  12. Golden principle – each movement of yours must correspond to those of the opponent
  13. Generally fatal to start a bout with a set plan
  14. Courage and decision are essential factors to success in fighting
  15. Final choice of attack should depend on opponent’s reactions, habits and preferences
  16. The attack has to remain as simple as possible
  17. Daily minimize rather than daily increase
  18. Alertness of foot will transmute to an alertness of mind
  19. The whole secret of hard hitting lies in timing and mental application
  20. A blow is never hit at a mark. It is driven through a mark
  21. The essence of fighting is the art of moving at the right time
  22. To find stillness in stillness, not stillness in movement
  23. It is not about how much one learns but how much one absorbs what he learns
  24. The ultimate goal of discipline in JKD is where learning gained is learning lost
  25. Economy of form should always be stressed
  26. 3 stages towards mastery – synchronization of self, synchronization with opponent, application under fire
  27. Freedom lies in understanding yourself from moment to moment
  28. To know totality one has to be a total outsider
  29. Like the candle, I fuel myself
  30. True meaning of life lies in achieving peace of mind
  31. Your mind is the result of a thousand yesterday’s – wipe all this away to be born afresh
  32. Meditation is a freeing of the mind from all motives
  33. There is no help but self-help
  34. True observation begins when one is devoid of set patterns
  35. Freedom of expression occurs when one is beyond system
  36. Intelligence is the understanding of self
  37. Truth comes when your mind and heart are purged of all sense of striving and you are no longer trying to become somebody  it is there when the mind is very quiet, listening timelessly to everything
  38. The 3 faults – the invention of an empirical self that observes itself; viewing one’s thoughts as a kind of object or possession, situating it in a separate, isolated “part of itself” – “I have” a mind; the striving to wipe the mirror (totally purifying one’s mind simply through thinking and meditating – “mirror-wiping Zen”)
    1. Zen is not “attained” by mirror-wiping meditation, but by “self-forgetfulness in the existential ‘present’ of life here and now.” We do not “come,” we “are.” Don’t strive to become, but be.
  39. Intelligence is sometimes defined as the capacity of the individual to adjust himself to his environment, or to adjust the environment to his needs
  40. Simplicity is the end of art, and the beginning of nature
  41. The 4 idea principles – find a human need, an unsolved problem; master all of the essentials of the problem; give a new twist to an old principle; believe in your idea and act!
  42. The 5 step idea-getting process – gather materials; masticate the facts; relax and drop the whole subject; be ready to recognize and welcome the idea when it comes; shape and develop your idea into usefulness
  43. A choice method is the cultivation of resistance, and where there is resistance there is no understanding. A well-disciplined mind is not a free mind
  44. Affirmations – Bruce would carry these around with him at all times to inspire and remind him whenever he needed it
    1. Willpower – Recognizing that the power of will is the supreme court over all other departments of my mind. I will exercise it daily when I need the urge to action for any purpose; and I will form habits designed to bring the power of my will into action at least once daily.
    2. Emotion – Realizing that my emotions are both positive and negative, I will form daily habits which will encourage the development of the positive emotions and aid me in converting the negative emotions into some form of useful action.
    3. Reason – Recognizing that both my positive and negative emotions may be dangerous if they are not controlled and guided to desirable ends, I will submit all my desires, aims and purposes to my faculty of reason, and I will be guided by it in giving expression to these.
    4. Imagination – Recognizing the need for sound plans and ideas for the attainment of my desires, I will develop my imagination by calling upon it daily for help in the formation of my plans
    5. Memory – Recognizing the value of an alert mind and an alert memory, I will encourage mine to become alert by taking care to impress it clearly with all thoughts I wish to recall and by associating those thoughts with related subjects which I may call to mind frequently.
    6. Subconscious mind – Recognizing the influence of my subconscious mind over my power of will, I shall take care to submit to it a clear and definite picture of my major purpose in life and all minor purposes leading to my major purpose, and I shall keep this picture constantly before my subconscious mind by repeating it daily!
    7. Conscience – Recognizing that my emotions often err in their over-enthusiasm  and my faculty of reason often is without the warmth of feeling that is necessary to enable me to combine justice with mercy in my judgments, I will encourage my conscience to guide me as to what is right and what is wrong, but I will never set aside the verdicts it renders, no matter what may be the cost of carrying them out.
What I got out of it
  1. The philosophical part was great and although I don’t practice any martial art, learning about his training protocols and some basic techniques was interesting

Bruce Lee: The Celebrated Life of the Golden Dragon by John Little

Summary
  1. A beautiful book based on the award-winning documentary, Bruce Lee: In His Own Words
Key Takeaways
  1. Yes, there is a difference between self-actualization and self-image actualization
  2. The past is history and only the future can give you happiness. So, everybody must prepare for their future and create their own future
  3. To bring the mind into sharp focus and to make it alert so that it can immediately intuit truth, which is everywhere, the mind must be emancipated from old habits, prejudices, restrictive thought process, and even ordinary thought itself.
  4. True observation begins when devoid of set patterns and freedom of expression occurs when one is beyond systems
  5. A good martial artist does not become tense – but ready. Not thinking, yet not dreaming. Ready for whatever may come
  6. Ultimately, martial art is the expression of oneself
What I got out of it
  1. A lot of rare and beautiful pictures of Bruce throughout his career and with his family. The text is mostly quotes from Bruce rather than text being interpreted by somebody who would likely distort at least part of the message

Bruce Lee: The Tao of Gung Fu by John Little

Summary
  1. This book is meant to serve as an introduction to Bruce Lee as a student of life, a designer of his own destiny. It goes into detail about Bruce’s development as a martial artist as well as his intellectual growth
Key Takeaways
  1. “To be effective in his [Bruce’s] arguments against the restrictions imposed by clinging to certain traditional martial art practices, it was first necessary for Bruce to gain a thorough understanding of the roots of these traditions. To his mind there was no unconditional acceptance of styles, forms, or rigid thought patterns, however it was only after he had achieved a high respect for the underlying principles of traditional ideas in martial art that he was able to free himself from being bound by the chains of unreasoned beliefs. Respecting some traditions as beneficial, rejecting others as stifling to personal development, Bruce was then free to liberate his own ideas, to expand his consciousness, to enter fully into his process of becoming a true artist of the martial way and a real human being.”
  2. “True gung fu values the wonder of the ordinary, and the cultivation of gung fu is not daily increase, but daily decrease. Being wise in gung fu does not mean adding more, but to be able to get off with ornamentation and be simply simple – like a sculptor building a statue, not by adding but by hacking away the unessential so that the truth will be revealed unobstructed…Art is the expression of the self. The more complicated and restrictive a method is, the lesser the opportunity for the expression of one’s original sense of freedom!”
  3. Ultimate desire for Lee’s martial art was equality for all people
    1. “Reality” of martial arts lies in simplicity, harmony and integrity
    2. Absorb the useful, discard the useless
    3. Fulfill utmost of physical potential to help identify who you truly are with humility and pride
  4. There are 3 stages of cultivation in gung fu – primitive stage, stage of art, stage of alertness
    1. Object of gung fu is health promotion, cultivation of mind and self-protection
    2. Yin / Yang is central – in reality things are whole and can’t be separated, things are balanced by their opposites
    3. Chinese character for quality is made up of other characters which signify good and bad
    4. Aim to be, “soft yet not yielding, firm but not hard”
    5. Learn the rules. Keep to the rules, Dissolve the rules
    6. Only one basic principle in self-defense – must apply most effective weapon as soon as possible to opponent’s weakest area
    7. Defend the center line – the core of your body
    8. Straight punch is the first thing to master
  5. Chi Sao
    1. “As soon as your mind stops with an object of whatever nature – be it the opponent’s technique or your own, the mode or the measure of the move – you cease to be master of yourself and are sure to fall victim to your opponent.”
    2. Give up thinking as though not giving up, having nothing left in your mind, the techniques are so ingrained that the body and limbs act as if independent of your conscious mind
    3. Don’t ‘localize’ the mind – let it fill the whole body
    4. The end of spiritual training is when the mind is nowhere for only then can it be everywhere
    5. No self means there is no foe. True understanding leads to a vanishing self and therefore a vanishing opponent
    6. Observe, deduce and apply – a successful attack includes a fine sense of timing, a perfect judgment of distance and a correct application of cadence
  6. Gung fu technique to train body and mind with Tao as the core – spontaneity of the universe
  7. Wu hsin (no mindedness) – one in whom no thoughts or feelings are sticky, total acceptance, mirror-like
    1. Concentration = quiet awareness of the here and now
  8. Wu wei – to let one’s mind alone, trusting it to work by itself
    1. Every action has to be done “unintentionally” without ever trying
    2. Entirely an action of creative intuition which opens the wellsprings within man
  9. Important to to strain in any way – flow and accept the spontaneity of the universe
  10. To know the eternal pattern is to be enlightened
  11. To change with change is the changeless state
What I got out of it
  1. Deep insights into gung fu as well as some history of martial arts

Bruce Lee: Words of the Dragon by John Little

Summary
  1. A compilation of Bruce Lee’s interviews from 1958-1973
Key Takeaways
  1. He simply knows what he wants and with a great deal of care, goes about achieving it
  2. In whatever he does, be it a small action or big decision, he reflects quality
  3. He is every minute of every day discovering new things, adding the essential, hacking away the unessential. Forever growing and expanding
  4. Walk on! – inspirational phrase he turned to often when he was bedridden with a back injury for many months
  5. Lee’s basic philosophy was to grasp the absolute necessity for honest self-expression. Understanding and striving for this is the key to fulfilling one’s potential
  6. The ultimate source of happiness, meaning, knowledge that we each long for from so many divergent sources ultimately resides within us all
  7. Gung fu = mastery in virtually any field
  8. The concept of oneness is expressed often, the Tao, the way. Firmness is concealed in softness
  9. One must learn to react rather than plan his movements
  10. On marriage
    1. The most satisfactory marriage is a friendship caught on fire. Romance dwindles and in its place must grow the day-to-day companionship that would endure throughout the couple’s life
    2. A successful marriage takes two halves which are more efficient whole than either half would ever be alone
    3. A husband and wife must simultaneously have both similar and different interests
  11. Only sober moderation lasts and persists through all time. Only the mid-part of anything is preserved because the pendulum must have balance, and the mid-part is the balance. The almighty oak cracks in the wind but the fragile and flexible bamboo simply bends and survives
  12. Each man blinds himself – the fetters are ignorance, laziness, preoccupation with self and fear.
  13. Gung fu is deadly simplicity which concerns self-defense and self-mastery, an empty mind
  14. Key life philosophy – look at things and draw from them the essence that made for its effectiveness
  15. Man is at his worst when he does not understand himself
  16. Victory gained by force is no real victory
  17. Worst opponent to face is one who’s aim has become an obsession
  18. Inability to adapt brings destruction
  19. “Self-actualization is the important thing. And my personal message to people is that I hope they will go towards self-actualization rather than self-image actualization. I hope they will search within themselves for honest self-expression.”
  20. Quality comes from never accepting less than your best. Quality > outcome
What I got out of it
  1. Good, broad overview of Bruce Lee’s career, philosophy and impact

November 2016

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My monthly newsletter covers the books I have read over the course of the month, the challenges I undertook as well as some other interesting articles, blog posts, interviews, tools, hacks, etc. 

 

Books

Teacher’s Reference Guides

  • On Disney – I have loved the last couple months reading up on Disney and the company he founded. His vision and drive are inspiring and I think there is much to be learned about how he thought and operated.


Monthly Challenges

  • Silent retreat – it was really nice to get some space and feel like it was alright to do nothing, to walk slowly, to eat slowly, to meditate, to think deeply and escape technology and time for just two days. Would highly recommend and will definitely do it again at some point.
  • Continued learning on Disney and Pixar – my respect for Disney and Pixar only grew the more I learned about them. Small, simple things like Pixar’s shorts are a testament to their culture of innovation and creativity.


Other

  • Talks at Google with Josh Waitzkin – fascinating to hear him talk about how he thinks about learning and flow and how to reach your peak potential 
  • Inspiring videos I’ve found this month when researching Pixar – 25 Years of Pixar Animation and Pixar: 20 Years
  • Ray Allen’s “Letter to My Younger Self” is inspiring – put in the work regardless of naysayers and recognize that the road to greatness is often lonely
  • After a tumultuous political race, Warren Buffett, one of Hillary Clinton’s biggest supporters, discusses why it’s so important for America to get behind America’s new president

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“The real key is turning common sense into common action.” – Walt Disney

 
 

October 2016

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My monthly newsletter covers the books I have read over the course of the month, the challenges I undertook as well as some other interesting articles, blog posts, interviews, tools, hacks, etc. 

 

Books

Teacher’s Reference Guides

  • On Complexity – I spent a couple months reading deliberately on complexity and its many off-shoots and applications. After summarizing the books I read and wrangling with the concepts for some time, I have attempted to make a distilled “teacher’s reference guide” or cheat sheet which (hopefully) describes the key terms and ideas in a clear, concise and applicable manner. I have found htis topic to have widely universal appeal and applicability and hope you find it as helpful and interesting as I have! If you’ve found it helpful in any way, please share it and I’d love to hear any feedback, questions, suggestions and so forth.


Monthly Challenges

  • Gymnastics Strength Training is a new mainstay into my morning routine. Great mobility, flexibility and strength results in just 10-15 minutes per day
  • Mini trampoline – got the inspiration after watching Tony Robbin’s new documentary on Netflix. Jumping for 10 minutes per day is supposed to have great circulatory and digestive benefits – no idea if that’s true but at the very least, it’s fun…
  • Three-day fast – third time I’ve done this now and it keeps surprising me how easy it is. Had a bit of a headache the first day but the second and third days I felt sharp although I missed the “process” of cooking and eating with close friends. I used ketoforce this time around (3 cap fulls in the morning with juice from half a lemon) which is supposed to help you get into ketosis faster. I didn’t notice a huge difference in how I felt compared to the last couple fasts but will keep it up.


Other

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September 2016

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My monthly newsletter covers the books I have read over the course of the month, the challenges I undertook as well as some other interesting articles, blog posts, interviews, tools, hacks, etc. 

 

Books


Monthly Challenges

  • Gymnastics Strength Training – inspired by Tim Ferriss’ podcasts with Chris Sommer (part 1 and part 2. Awesome progress in a month but will continue for the forseeable future. Mobility coupled with strength is key to true health
  • Learning about complexity has been fascinating. Putting together a “teacher’s reference guide” that I’ll share next newsletter…


Other

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“Most people spend more time and energy going around problems than in trying to solve them.” – Henry Ford