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May 2020

                  

 

The monthly newsletter covers the books I’ve read over the course of the month, any essays I wrote or challenges I undertook, and some other interesting articles, interviews, etc.   

Books

Full list of books read in 2020201920182017201620152014

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

Essays

  • None

Teacher’s Reference Guides

  • None

Monthly Challenges

  • Pso-Rite (no affiliation) – This is a hard plastic mold that helps dig into stuck muscles. Definitely uncomfortable but if you’re able to breathe through it, it really helps relax muscles in spasm. I used it mainly for my psoas, shoulder blades, and chest and will keep up a couple of times a week for 5-10 minutes.

Other

Amor Fati Amor.

Blas

“A society grows great when old men plant trees in whose shade they know they shall never sit.” – Greek Proverb

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April 2020

  

 

The monthly newsletter covers the books I’ve read over the course of the month, any essays I wrote or challenges I undertook, and some other interesting articles, interviews, etc.   

Books

Full list of books read in 2020201920182017201620152014

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

Essays

  • Challenging * Mattering = Meaningful – Distilled, the “meaningful” results from the combination of something challenging (PIPER in something that interests you) with something that matters (creating; doing something difficult that others find even more difficult than). When these circumstances come together and form something meaningful, it’s like blending tin and copper. The result is bronze, an alloy so much harder than would be expected that it appears a different metal.

Teacher’s Reference Guides

  • None

Monthly Challenges

  • Learn how two people work from home with a 9-month old 

Other

Amor Fati Amor.

Blas

The master in the art of living makes little distinction between his work and his play, his labor and his leisure, his mind and his body, his information and his recreation, his love and his religion. He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision of excellence at whatever he does, leaving others to decide whether he is working or playing. To him, he’s always doing both.” – James Michener

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February 2020

 

                  

 

The monthly newsletter covers the books I’ve read over the course of the month, any essays I wrote or challenges I undertook, and some other interesting articles, interviews, etc.   

Books

Full list of books read in 2020201920182017201620152014

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

Essays

  • None

Teacher’s Reference Guides

  • None

Monthly Challenges

  • No coffee – I typically only drink a cup a day and still didn’t feel great the first 3-4 days. After that, though, I definitely noticed I was sleeping better and that I wasn’t ever jittery. I don’t think I’ll cut out coffee for good, but I’m glad I did it for a month and now have a new-found respect for good tea

Other

Amor Fati Amor.

Blas

“It is not the amount of knowledge that makes a brain. It is not even the distribution of knowledge. It is the interconnectedness.” – Howard Bloom

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March 2020

 

                  

 

First, an enormous thank you to all those who are serving others and helping to make the world safe again. It is inspiring  (and important) to see who steps up in times like these and who retreats. Secondly, while these are uncertain times, they can serve as fodder for great things. Maybe we can more closely connect with others, near and far? Maybe we come to better ourselves in some way, meditating on what truly matters to us and reassess if we’re heading in the right direction? From every negative a positive, every weakness a strength. 

The monthly newsletter covers the books I’ve read over the course of the month, any essays I wrote or challenges I undertook, and some other interesting articles, interviews, etc.   

Books

Full list of books read in 2020201920182017201620152014

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

Essays

  • My Learning Process – I’ve gotten a lot of questions these past several months on my learning process. This essay briefly shares some big picture strategies and concrete tactics that I’ve found helpful. This is by no means the “right” way, simply what has seemed to work for me so far.

Teacher’s Reference Guides

  • On Edward Tufte – the godfather of data visualization. His books are beautiful and aim to be “self-exemplifying” – meaning he wants to convey his ideas through the actual books. Learned a ton and it changed how I think about presenting information

Monthly Challenges

  • Eight Sleep blue-light blocking glasses (no affiliation) – They only block 60% of blue light, but, according to my Apple Watch, increased my depth of sleep by about 10% for the month. Could also be due to not going out to eat as much, hardly drinking this month, or other factors but will probably keep wearing them…
  • Andreessen’s 3×5 index cards – in his guide to personal productivity, Andreessen talks about his tactics for being productive and I decided to implement this suggestion. I’ve always kept an extensive Wunderlist, but the physical note with my 3-5 most important things for the next day really served to focus my attention and keep me on track. I’ll absolutely keep this up.

Other

Amor Fati Amor.

Blas

“I was never a prisoner of any theory. What guided me was reason and rationality. The acid test I applied to every theory was, would it work?” – Lee Kuan Yew

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January 2020

The Rabbit Hole
     
Jump In. 
 

The monthly newsletter covers the books I’ve read over the course of the month, any essays I wrote or challenges I undertook, and some other interesting articles, interviews, etc.   

Books

Full list of books read in 2020201920182017201620152014

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

Essays

  • None

Teacher’s Reference Guides

Monthly Challenges

  • Daily cold showers in the morning – Had moved away from cold showers for a bit and happy they’re back in my life.

Other

Amor Fati Amor.

Blas

“Son, if the mountain were smooth, you couldn’t climb it.” – Wintley Phipps

 
     
   
   
 
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2019 Overview

The Rabbit Hole

 

 

 

Jump In. 

 

The monthly newsletter covers the books I’ve read over the course of the month, any essays I wrote or challenges I undertook, and some other interesting articles, interviews, etc.   

 

It has been an inspiring year, to say the least. Married, had my first daughter, my actual job has been firing on all cylinders, and my side hustle (this site) grew subscribers by 21x (h/t Patrick and Brent!). It has been really fun and meaningful to see people find value here and I strive to keep delivering on that promise. Thank you all for being part of this community and journey, and I’m looking forward to sharing more soon about another side project that I’m really fired up about. More to come…

 

Books

Below are the books that most impacted me in 2019 – changing or refining how I think and see the world. 12 out of 89 total books read in 2019 (~13%) fell into this category. Not sure how to think of that hit rate but I don’t think I would have appreciated or even come across some of these without the other books I read. Could be horrible post-rationalization though… 

 

Full list of books read in 201920182017201620152014

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

 

Essays

  • 2019 was the first year I started publishing my essays – 7 in total. There was no rhyme or reason to the topics or release schedule. I wrote about ideas that I couldn’t shake which seemed to have some lasting power. The Best Product? A Great Team and The Opportunity Paradox got the best responses but I’m particularly excited about the essay I released this month (see next bullet). I have found writing to be such a powerful outlet and look to publish a lot more in the coming years.
  • The Infinite Game – I wrote an essay I wish I had been given when I graduated from college, “retired” from tennis, and began the transition from student-athlete to the “real world.” While written through the lens of a student-athlete, hopefully some of these principles and tools apply to a broader audience. 

 

Teacher’s Reference Guides

  • I wrote 3 teacher’s reference guides in 2019 – On How to Start a StartupSeth Godin’s Freelancer Course, and On Howard Marks’ Memos
  • The most influential deep dives I’ve ever done have been On Paul Graham and On Complexity. Influential because they have impacted and permeated nearly every facet of my life and thinking. Re-reading these reference guides has proven a hugely beneficial use of time.
  • While summarizing, distilling, and synthesizing some monstrous topics into these teacher’s reference guides has been beyond useful, I have started to truly enjoy the process of creating and see myself spending more time on writing essays than compiling these reference guides. 

 

Monthly Challenges

  • None for December but my favorite monthly challenge from 2019 was the daily “energy check-in” my wife and I instituted. Once I’m home, we ask each other how we’re feeling from 1-10 (and can’t choose 7). This gets us on the same page, level-sets expectations, and opens lines of communication. Simple, easy, and effective. 

 

Other

The articles, blogs, podcasts, etc. that stood out to me in 2019 include:

 

Thank you for a beautiful 2019 and looking forward to an even better 2020!

 

Amor Fati Amor.

Blas

 

“The tree of knowledge and the fountain of youth are one and the same. – Old Masters

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

November 2019

The Rabbit Hole
     
Jump In. 
 

The monthly newsletter covers the books I’ve read over the course of the month, any essays I wrote or challenges I undertook, and some other interesting articles, interviews, etc.   

Books

Full list of books read in 201920182017201620152014

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

Essays

  • None

Teacher’s Reference Guides

  • None

Monthly Challenges

  • None

Other

Amor Fati Amor.

Blas

“Do you know the difference between your ego and mine? My ego is not a personal ego, it’s a team ego. My ego demands – for myself – the success of my team. My personal achievement became my team achievement.” – Bill Russell

 
     
   
   
 
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October 2019

The Rabbit Hole
     
Jump In. 
 

My monthly newsletter covers the books I’ve read over the course of the month, any essays I wrote or challenges I undertook, and some other interesting articles, interviews, etc.   

Books

Full list of books read in 201920182017201620152014

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

Essays

  • None

Teacher’s Reference Guides

  • On Howard Marks’ Memos – I spent a couple of months reading Howard Marks’ memos and have made a distilled “teacher’s reference guide” which (hopefully) describes his investing philosophy in a clear, effective, and concise manner. His focus on simple and truly important ideas throughout these nearly 30 years of investing was inspiring to read about.

Monthly Challenges

  • Daily energy check-in with wifey – a simple, 10-second check-in where we ask each other how each other’s energy levels are from 1-10 (and can’t say 7). This has made a world of difference already – we know what we can expect out of the other and if one of us is low, the other knows they need to step up. It has helped set expectations and open the lines of communication. I wish we had known and implemented this from day one.

Other

Amor Fati Amor.

Blas

“Every man hears only what he understands.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

 
     
   
   
 
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September 2019

The Rabbit Hole
     
Jump In. 
 

My monthly newsletter covers the books I’ve read over the course of the month, any essays I wrote or challenges I undertook, and some other interesting articles, interviews, etc.   

Books

Full list of books read in 201920182017201620152014

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

Essays

  • None

Teacher’s Reference Guides

Monthly Challenges

  • None

Other

Amor Fati Amor.

Blas

“Don’t worry about people stealing your ideas. If your ideas are any good, you’ll have to ram them down people’s throats.” – Howard Aiken

 
     
   
   
 
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