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January 2020

The Rabbit Hole
     
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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

 

 

 

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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
     
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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
     
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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
     
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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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August 2019

The Rabbit Hole
     
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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

Teacher’s Reference Guides

Monthly Challenges

  • None

Other

Amor Fati Amor.

Blas

“A man of genius belongs to no period and no country. He speaks the language of nature, which is always everywhere the same.” – Michel de Montaigne

 
     
   
   
 
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July 2019

The Rabbit Hole
     
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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 this month

Teacher’s Reference Guides

  • None this month

Monthly Challenges

  • Semi-Annual Pareto Spring Cleaning – an easy and effective way to spend 20 minutes every quarter, helping to identify distractions and amplifiers
  • 7-Minute Daily Hanging Challenge (Ido Portal) – not 7 consecutive minutes, but 7 minutes total in a day. Felt like it helped with my posture, grip strength, and shoulder flexibility. 

Other

Amor Fati Amor.

Blas

“I had worked with John Tukey for some years before I found he was essentially my age, so I went to our mutual boss and asked him, “How can anyone my age know as much as John Tukey does?” He leaned back, grinned, and said, “You would be surprised how much you would know if you had worked as hard as he has for as many years.” There was nothing for me to do but slink out of his office, which I did. I thought about that remark for some weeks and decided, while I could never work as hard as John did, I could do a lot better than I had been doing.” – Richard Hamming

 
     
   
   
 
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April 2019

The Rabbit Hole

     
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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 201920182017201620152014

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

Essays

Teacher’s Reference Guides

  • None

Monthly Challenges

Other

Amor Fati Amor.

Blas

“Simplicity is the end result of long, hard work, not the starting point.” – Frederick Maitland

June 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

Teacher’s Reference Guides

  • None this month

Monthly Challenges

  • Had my first child, a daughter! That’ll be challenging enough for at least a month 😉

Other

Amor Fati Amor.

Blas

“Most things are good, and they are the strongest things; but there are evil things too, and you are not doing a child a favor by trying to shield him from reality. The important thing is to teach a child that good can always triumph over evil.” – Walt Disney.

 
     
   
   
 
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