Category Archives: Newsletter Archive

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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February 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

  • Current rabbit hole is platform companies and network effects. Platform Revolution has been my favorite so far

Monthly Challenges

  • Quarterly 3 day fast – boring but getting surprisingly easy the more I do it
  • Psyllium Husk – 1 tablespoon with water after dinner. Didn’t notice much
  • Don’t eat within 2 hours of bed – failed some of the time but felt lighter the mornings when I did follow through
  • Kip up – failed miserably. No place to practice consitently and didn’t seek help from a teacher

Other

Amor Fati

Blas

“For the simplicity on this side of complexity I would not give you a fig. But for the simplicity on the other side of complexity, for that I would give you anything I have.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes

 
   
 
   
 
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January 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

  • On Bruce Lee – people’s fascination with Bruce Lee became apparent to me after learning more about him, his philosophy and his contributions to acting and the martial arts.

Monthly Challenges

Other

Amor Fati

Blas

“If people knew how hard I worked to achieve mastery, it wouldn’t seem so wonderful after all.” Michelangelo 

December 2016 + Overview of 2016

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. 

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

Sticky: Newsletter Archive

October 2017

September 2017

June – August 2017

May 2017

April 2017

March 2017

February 2017

January 2017

December 2016 + Overview of 2016

November 2016

October 2016

September 2016

August 2016

July 2016

June 2016

May 2016

April 2016

March 2016

February 2016

January 2016

December 2015 + Overview of 2015