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February 2018

The Rabbit Hole by Blas Moros 
     
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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

Full list of books read in 201820172016, 2015, 2014

Any book, which is at all important, should be immediately re-read

 

Teacher’s Reference Guides

Monthly Challenges

  • Run a 6-minute mile – it had been a while since I was able to do this and it took some time to get it back but I’m happy I did. Probably won’t keep it up though…
  • Read Sam Altman’s blog – not quite Paul Graham-level but had some worthwhile insights

Other

  

Amor Fati

Blas

 

“Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.” – Carl Jung

 
     
   
   
 
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January 2018

The Rabbit Hole by Blas Moros 
     
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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

Full list of books read in 20172016, 2015, 2014

Any book, which is at all important, should be immediately re-read

 

Teacher’s Reference Guides

  •  None this month

Monthly Challenges

  • Daily tweet – hardly did anything on Twitter before but it was fun to try to come up with a quick daily blurb that wasn’t totally worthless
  • No caffeine – I usually only drink 1-2 cups per day but this was surprisingly easy after the first 2 days. Definitely slept better but miss coffee and will go back to 1-2 per day

Other

  

Amor Fati

Blas

 

“Learn to love what you have been taught to fear.” – Felix Baumgartner

 
     
   
   
 
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December 2017 + Yearly Overview

The Rabbit Hole by Blas Moros 
     
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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

Full list of books read in 20172016, 2015, 2014

Any book, which is at all important, should be immediately re-read

 

Teacher’s Reference Guides

  • Nothing new for this month

Monthly Challenges

  • Pareto Spring Cleaning checklist 
  • Host Defense immune support – hard to know but didn’t get sick this winter and was traveling a lot
  • Clarify intentions / goals for the week first thing Monday morning  – a simple 5-10 minute exercise which has helped me prioritize my focus and time spend for the week

Other

  

Best of 2017

I always enjoy my monthly challenges but below are the ones I got the most out of:

Thank you for the support and all the best in 2018!

Amor Fati

Blas

 

“When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us.” – Alexander Graham Bell

 
     
   
   
 
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November 2017

The Rabbit Hole by Blas Moros 
     
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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

Full list of books read in 20172016, 2015, 2014

Any book, which is at all important, should be immediately re-read

 

Teacher’s Reference Guides

Monthly Challenges

  • At the end of the day, reflect on my day – what surprised me, what I could have done better, how did I feel, etc. Also, review my schedule and goals for the next day.

Other

  • Wanderers by Erik Wernquist – a beautiful, short film about human’s innate need to explore
  • Building a School Culture of High Standards by Ron Berger – one of the best pieces on education I’ve come across. Discusses the importance of high standards, shifting from quantity to quality work, merging “school” and “real” life so that a learning mindset is always present and encouraged, and more. Long but absolutely worth reading in its entirety
  • Naked Brands by David Perell – great article about the nature of brands and their evolution within a digital society. More about trust, transparency and emotional connection than ever before
  • A Conversation with Three Scientists – a deep and wide ranging conversation with Philip Ball, Ian Stewart and Brian Goodwin. Covers complexity, chaos, recursion, phase transitions, quality, metaphors, and more.
  • Inaugural address to the University St. Andrews by John Stuart Mill – beautiful piece written 150 years ago but is still fully relevant today. Touches on the role of education, specialization vs. generalization, the role of logic, the difference between knowing the name of something and truly knowing it, and much more. 
  • Hash Power by Patrick O’Shaughnessy – a really well-organized overview of the blockchain and cryptocurrency space 
  • Fun video about biomimicry

  

Amor Fati

Blas

 

“A war is not won if the defeated enemy has not been turned into a friend.” – Eric Hoffer

 
     
   
   
 
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October 2017

The Rabbit Hole by Blas Moros 
     
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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

Full list of books read in 20172016, 2015, 2014

Any book, which is at all important, should be immediately re-read

 

Teacher’s Reference Guides

  •  Figuring out now what my next deep dive should be. Recommendations welcome…

Monthly Challenges

  • None

 

Other

  

Amor Fati

Blas

 

“There is only one success: to be able to live your life your way.” – Christopher Morley

 
     
   
   
 
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September 2017

The Rabbit Hole by Blas Moros
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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

Full list of books read in 20172016, 2015, 2014

Any book, which is at all important, should be immediately re-read

Teacher’s Reference Guides

  • Paul Graham’s essays are just phenomenal. He is unique in his combination of technical, artistic, financial and startup skills and this allows him to write clear, concise, often surprising, and always powerful essays. I try to focus as much of my time as possible on learning things which are universal and timeless and I think these essays are a prime example. Regardless of your field, I believe there’s a ton to be learned from his multi-disciplinary take on startups, business, relationships, self-improvement, learning, competition, and more. Here is the link to my summary

Monthly Challenges

  • 3 day fast
  • Jerzy Gregorek’s Happy Body program – wasn’t too committed to it this month but liked the routine when I did it

Other

  • Eliminating the Human – while certain technologies are incredibly convenient, efficient and powerful, an often unintended consequence is that it reduces or fully eliminates meaningful human interaction. This can cause a decline in tolerance and understanding of differences as well as envy and antagonism. “”We” do not exist as isolated individuals. We, as individuals are inhabitants of networks; we are relationships. That is how we prosper and thrive.”
  • The awe-inspiring story of Michael Wright, a 9/11 survivor, by Cal Fussman is well worth a read
  • Adversity is the Best Teacher – great article by Kiril Sokoloff on the upside of suffering, adversity and challenges
  • Ben Thompson on books, blogs and aggregators – while books can be great, they are rigid and difficult to change whereas blogs are organic, alive and easily changed

Amor Fati

Blas

“Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it.” – Dwight D. Eisenhower

June – August 2017

The Rabbit Hole by Blas Moros 
     
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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. 

After nearly 4 months of travel, I have settled down and started a new chapter of my life in Los Angeles. I couldn’t be more excited about this new opportunity and if you have any recommendations – from people to meet to restaurants to experiences – please share!

My travels took me first to Nepal for a 10-day Vipassana meditation retreat, nearly 3 weeks in India (DelhiVaranasiAgraJaipur and Jaisalmer), a week in Iceland with my family, 3 weeks seeing extended family and friends in Sweden, a week in Israel with my sister and a 2-week road trip with my brother from South Bend to LA, seeing 9 national parks.

I learned and experienced so much in these 4 months and am so grateful to have had the opportunity to make this happen. I learned and gained clarity and conviction about myself, my goals, my weaknesses, my strengths, my intentions, my priorities and more in Nepal; the generosity of the people in India and her amazing culture and heritage blew me away; the raw beauty of Iceland is something to behold; the historical and religious context in Israel is impressive; and, lastly, the natural beauty of the US is awe-inspiring. 

While I’m now back to reality, these experiences, acquaintances, memories and learnings will stay with me forever.

This newsletter is a bit different in that it is a compilation of these last several months. I tried to do some reading for each new place I visited to get some sense for the history and context but overall I read some classic works of fiction, wanted to dive into the power of intention after the meditation retreat, and continued learning about scale, platforms and network effects.  

Books

 

Full list of books read in 20172016, 2015, 2014

Any book, which is at all important, should be immediately re-read

 

Teacher’s Reference Guides

  • The current rabbit hole is still Paul Graham and his essays. So, so good. There’s a ton to be taken away from his multi-disciplinary take on startups, business, dealing with people, learning, competition, etc…

 

Monthly Challenges

  • Pareto Spring Cleaning
  • 10-Day Silent Vipassana Meditation Retreat
  • Learn how to whistle loudly with fingers – not quite there yet….
  • Train with the STAmina app – a shorthand version of Wim Hof’s breathing exercises
  • Review my quarterly journal entries to see where time was well spent, where it was wasted, what I learned, what surprised me and how these are all helping or hindering me in reaching my goals

 

Other

  

Amor Fati

Blas

 

“Fools ignore complexity. Geniuses remove it.” – Alan Perlis

May 2017

The Rabbit Hole by Blas Moros 
     
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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

Full list of books read in 20172016, 2015, 2014

Any book, which is at all important, should be immediately re-read

Teacher’s Reference Guides

  • The current rabbit hole is Paul Graham and his essays. So, so good. There’s a ton to be taken away from his multi-disciplinary take on startups, business, dealing with people, learning, competition, etc…

Monthly Challenges

  • None

Other

  • Jim Collins on Peter Drucker – “When young people ask, “What can I do to make a difference?” one of the best answers lies right here in this book. Get your hands on an organization aligned with your passion, if not in business, then in the social sectors. If you can’t find one, start one. And then lead it—through the practice of management—to deliver extraordinary results and to make such a distinctive impact that you multiply your own impact by a thousand-fold.”
  • Bertrand Russell on the importance of studying history
  • What Makes Roy Run? – fantastic article on the phenom to bust to phenom career Roy Halladay had. The satisfaction always lies in knowing you did something to the best of your ability.
  • JBS Haldane – On Being The Right Size
  • Seth Godin – Choosing Your FuelWhat Henry Ford Understood About Wages

It was a slower and more distracted month than usual as I was in the midst of planning, packing, moving and transitioning between jobs.

I will be vagabonding and off the grid for the most part over the next 2-3 months as I visit Nepal, India, Iceland, Sweden and Israel. 

Updates over the next few months will be few and far between but I will get re-focused in August or September.

Thanks for your support and, as always, Amor Fati

Blas

“Plans are nothing, planning is everything.” – Dwight D. Eisenhower

 
   
 
   
 
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April 2017

The Rabbit Hole by Blas Moros 
     
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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

Full list of books read in 20172016, 2015, 2014

Any book, which is at all important, should be immediately re-read

Teacher’s Reference Guides

  • The current rabbit hole is Paul Graham and his essays. So, so good. There’s a ton to be taken away from his multi-disciplinary take on startups, business, dealing with people, learning, etc…

Monthly Challenges

  • Dancing – the final performance was this month and it turned out pretty much as good as I could have hoped for. Happy and honored to have helped such a great organization as The South Bend Center for the Homeless and to have challenged myself by stepping out of my comfort zone
  • Going through quarter’s entries in my BestSelf journal – the goal is to see broader patterns over longer periods of time that I might otherwise miss in the moment, to relive good experiences, to learn from difficulties or failures and to see where the most productive and useful time is spent (amazing how much time is wasted on non-useful articles, meetings, books, etc. but I think that’s the price of admission to occasionally stumble upon the few gems which do have lasting impact).
  • Learning How to Learn – Coursera put together a great course on the different techniques to become a better learner, covering topics such as memory, chunking, how to deal with procrastination, how to study, improving productivity, test taking skills, etc. My Summary Notes

Other

Amor Fati

Blas

“Satisfaction lies in the effort, not in the attainment. Full effort is full victory.” – Mohandas K. Gandhi

 
   
 
 

March 2017

The Rabbit Hole by Blas Moros 
     
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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

Full list of books read in 20172016, 2015, 2014

All great books should be immediately re-read

Teacher’s Reference Guides

  • Diving into platform businesses has been exciting and I’ve learned a ton. The fact that platforms increase in efficiency and power as they scale, that they expand markets by bringing on new demand and supply and that they take advantage of network effects are some of the more fascinating aspects that I came across. 

Monthly Challenges

  • Learning some basic dance moves – painful but making progress
  • Lunch time meditation – didn’t get to occasionally but even 10 minutes makes a world of difference

Other

Amor Fati

Blas

“One day, in retrospect, the years of struggle will strike you as the most beautiful.” – Sigmund Freud

 
   
 
   
 
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