Dec, 2015

Step 10: Stoic vs Epicurean, Arnolds 1000 Reps, Apache Cold Showers, and the Spartan Whipping Post

The Big Idea: Do Things That Develop Toughness

  • a nation is born stoic and dies epicurean — Will Durant
  • stoics say sacrifice today for tomorrow (invest wisely)
  • epicureans say live for today (eat drink and be merry, yolo)
  • there is truth to both, but stoicism is what I recommend
  • Arnold wanted big calves, moved to South Africa to train with Reg Parks, worked out at 5am and did 1000 lb calf raises, calves grew 2 inches in one year
  • humans have gotten softer over time
  • adversity makes men and prosperity makes monsters — Victor Hugo
  • there are three types of people: those who make things happen, those who watch things happen, and people who wonder what happened — farmer’s proverb
  • stoics say “toughen up”
  • the “hard” is what makes it great — Tom Hanks
  • test yourself, push yourself, toughen up,
  • spartans trained their children for toughness by feeding enough but not too much
  • let me embrace the sour adversity, for wise man say is the wisest course — Shakespeare
  • yolo is for suckers
  • do hard shit, you’ll be happier and richer
  • Sioux children took freezing cold baths to toughen them up
  • tremendous respect will come to you in business and life if you are tough
  • use it or lose it
  • bones grow weak if they are not used but they grow stronger if you stress them
  • who do want working/fighting next to you?  someone who’s been tested and survived or someone who’s soft?
  • toughness will give you a competitive edge in a world with 7 billion people
  • go without your phone for a day
  • jeff bezos never uses the elevator
  • every once in a while, you can work 24 hours straight
  • next time you don’t want to do something, do it anyways to build your discipline muscles
  • go camping
  • go a month without driving
  • lifting weights slows down aging at the cellular level
  • go without salt and sugar

Tai Lopez is an entrepreneur, investor, and blogger who runs an awesome online book club. 67 Steps is a lecture series teaching how to be successful in health, wealth, love, and happiness.  I’m a big fan.

Step 9: Warren Buffett’s Book-A-Day Diet & Making War With A Multitude Of Counselors

The Big Idea: Reading Voraciously for Success

  • billionaires read voraciously
  • Warren Buffett reads 8 hours a day
  • a rich man’s house always has a library — Jim Rohn
  • Alexander the Great used to travel with a library
  • survival machines that can simulate the future are one jump ahead of survival machines who can only learn by overt trial (takes time and energy) and error (can be fatal) — Richard Dawkins (The Selfish Gene)
  • our brain is built to simulate instead of learning by trial and error
  • people who only learn by trial and error will often quit because failure takes its toll
  • books are the easiest way to learn from other people’s mistakes and lessons
  • read Made in America by Sam Walton
  • the best mentors (living and dead) are easily accessible by reading their books
  • great leaders and successful people have a cabinet of advisors
  • make war with a multitude of (wise) counselors
  • don’t waste time reading random or new books until you’re done with the top 100 books
  • 25% of the books you read should be about health
  • just be consistent about reading, then later learn to speed read
  • don’t worry about getting every point from every book the first time, you can return later
  • read a how-to book to get drowsy for power naps
  • read a biography right before bed to absorb the author’s courage
  • classic fiction is also good right before bed
  • most how-to books have one or two main points, which are in the intro chapter
  • reread the greatest books until they are instinctive to you
  • read one book a week at minimum

Tai Lopez is an entrepreneur, investor, and blogger who runs an awesome online book club. 67 Steps is a lecture series teaching how to be successful in health, wealth, love, and happiness.  I’m a big fan.


The Next 100 Years by George Friedman

The Big Idea: U.S.A will dominate the next hundred years, first by controlling the oceans, then by controlling space.

  • Geographic isolation gives the U.S. military advantages few nations can claim, which translates to economic and political dominance.
  • Russia will challenge American dominance but will suffer from internal problems, declining population, and poor infrastructure.
  • China will not challenge American dominance because it is too geographically isolated, is too economically stratified, inefficient, and corrupt.
  • Japan, Turkey, and Poland will emerge as strong challengers for world dominance.
  • Population growth will slow and then stabilize.
  • Advanced industrial countries will suffer from aging and declining populations and will rely on immigration to support their economies.
  • Solar power will replace fossil fuels.  The nation that controls space controls energy.
  • By the late 21st century, Mexico will emerge as a world power, due to its favorable demographics, strong economy and geographic advantages.
  • The Muslim world will remain too internally divided to form a unified Caliphate and the U.S.-jihadist era will fade away.