Tuesday, April 30, 2019

No System Wants to Die

Why don’t schools teach people what they should? Because then we’d find that we don’t need schools.

Why don’t hospitals refuse care to people that refuse to care for themselves? Because they like their money.

Why don’t politicians change the system? Because it gives them power.

Why don’t you do what you should? Because you like comfort more.

I want an easy life, but I have to understand that while some things may be temporarily uneasy, it will be much less effort if I do something about it now. When will you fight?

Monday, April 29, 2019

Seeking Wisdom

How does one find wisdom? By seeking it of course.

I like asking questions, questions lead to answers and answers lead to knowledge. Knowledge, when derived from good sources and applied correctly is wisdom. 

If one could only make wise decisions, what a life they’d lead.

Sunday, April 28, 2019

Go All In

Go All In
What can you accomplish?
Why not do it?
Maybe more importantly, why do it?

“I don’t want to,” is an unreasonable reason but acceptable. To who? To you. So it’s good enough. Another acceptable reason is, “because I can.” So go all in. You already are anyway, in what? You tell me.

Saturday, April 27, 2019

Slow TF Down

I’ve listened to podcasts at 1.5x and books at 1.75x speed. Now it’s 1x or 1.25x.
Some people say we should do more in less time, I know I have.

How about, doing less in more time?

Is it better to read one book, ponder it, and apply it or seven and hardly be able to recall the words? Wisdom’s power is unlocked when knowledge is coupled with action. If you haven’t absorbed the knowledge, wisdom is impossible.

A better life, a slower life, an easier life.

Friday, April 26, 2019

Perception Is Personal

I don’t like people that use straw man arguments. They use one or two examples of how your statement is wrong and thus making you have to qualify your statements with “generally” or “in most cases.” They slow down the conversation.

What I think, is you’re dealing with someone that doesn’t want a conversation. Not a back and forth, but a one-way showcase of their desired genius.

The way people take things shows us how their internal thought process works. It’s why some people get offended when none is intended. We often like to blame the orator, but in my eyes, the listener should seek clarity before concluding.

Can we speak in a way where we’ll never be misunderstood? I don’t know. But I know that asking questions is allowed, so I’ll ask first and decide second.

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Live Within Your Needs

Needs. Not means. Repeated for emphasis, needs, not means.
How could one be financially ruined if they did this? We let desire run our lives. I’m guilty. Not perfect of this principle but pursuing it nonetheless. What for? Salvation.

Every product we buy has a cost, what have I bought since the beginning of this year? A pack of socks, a grey coat from Goodwill and one Grey T-shirt.

Consumerism and materialism are some of the driving forces in our economy. What happens when your creditor says no more? When the facade is revealed most of us will suffer for our greed. It happened in 2008 and in 2000, it will happen again.

Maybe it’s inevitable, maybe it’s by design. But I know this, it’s all of our fault. We stand by while others dig their own plots, all the while doing the same and justifying our actions by saying it could be worse. It could be better, your choice.

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

4/24/2019 Wednesday Weekly

Another week down.
Good - Got the book publishing stuff pretty much down just need some help figuring out page breaks on it. The code looks correct but isn’t acting correctly, shocking. Finished How to Win Friends & Influence People in the Digital Age, tremendous. It’s from a Carnegie affiliate, and I recommend this rendition of the perennial classic. Speaking of, I started Ryan Holiday’s newish book Perennial Seller. I’m trying to slow down my consumption of information and spend more time thinking and creating, in that order. Habits are all good, coming back to San Antonio and I can’t wait. A really good week.

Bad - I caved and watched Game of Thrones. Good news, in the bad, is I went to watch another show I used to like and it wasn’t funny anymore. I’m at just over two hours of TV for the week, not bad at all.

Ugly - Your face =)

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

When Inspiration Hits

Use it.

Whatever you’re doing, drop it.
If inspiration or motivation hits, use it right away, if what you’re being inspired to do is more important. You just sat down to listen to an ebook and a flash of inspiration hits to do some writing, do the writing. The book will still be there, the words may not be.

Of course, habits trump one off inspirational spurts in the long run but why should you let it go to waste?

My habit is 300 words a day for a book I’m working on, if I miss a day, I make up for it the next or the one after, never letting more than two days pass without writing. One day, I wrote almost 7,000 words. I could have taken three weeks off, but I didn’t, I was back at it the next day.

Make hay when the sun is shining.

Monday, April 22, 2019

Boredom is a Bad Word

So this is what we’ve become. The distracted nation, boredom be damned. When was the last time you just thought? Thinking for thinking’s sake? Boredom hits and we can’t stand it. What happened to daydreaming?

Smartphones killed the daydream.

I used to daydream in class, it was wonderful. Teachers hated it, I got A’s, teachers couldn’t say much but did anyway.

I wonder what that has done to us, as a nation, a globe really. A life without leisure, even cats get to stare off into space, but we don’t. We need a podcast, music, a show, something to fill our consciousness. Because of this, I’ve set aside time every day to think.

How can you produce a thought if you’re constantly consuming them?

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Addict

Someone I know is addicted to ____. When they come home, they sit down and ____. “Just a little,” they say, but a little becomes a lot and before you know it, it’s time for bed. Yes, they’ve gained some weight with time, they don’t feel as connected to others as they could, but don’t they deserve a break? We can’t be productive 24/7 after all. It’s just a little relaxation, an escape. Nobody is getting hurt.

Whether it’s alcohol, food or entertainment, if there are consequences, there’s a problem.

Saturday, April 20, 2019

Identity Shift

Humans hate being hypocrites, at least I know I do. I will shift my identity to combat this issue. My plan is to keep putting out positive words and personal declarations because if I do that, I’ll likely do those things.

When people say that they don’t want to eat junk food anymore that’s one thing. When they say “I don’t eat junk food anymore,” that’s something else entirely. An identity shift has likely taken place. One is a want and the other a declaration of self. We always like to uphold the idea of who we say we are, therefore, not hypocrites. This is, at least in part, our identity. It’s why runners run; because they’re runners. Vegans, don’t eat or use animal products. It’s who they are.

When you determine who you want to be, own it, and be it, as if it were a matter of fact.

Friday, April 19, 2019

Hold the Line


I don’t mean the phone. Defend what matters.

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Praise, Exonerate, Rejoice

Dale Carnegie said don’t criticize, condemn or complain. He’s right. I’m wrong. I’m working on it. But what are the opposites?
Praise, when passing judgment look for the positives.
Exonerate, the guilty in question likely don’t need your judgment.
Rejoice, life is wonderful if you let it be. Fault seeking can be a full-time job if you let it.

Complacency is an issue I can see with this framework so think about that as you apply it.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

4/17/2019 Wednesday Weekly

Another week down.
Good - Almost everything. Really good week. Finished Ayn Rand’s The Fountainhead, what a tremendous book. Listening to Andy Frisella, starting the #75Hard challenge. Should be good. I'm still on a low information diet, thank you Tim Ferriss. Learning to use Calibre, ebooks soon.

Bad - Might have some issues with binge eating, reading up on it and seeing what I can do about it.

Ugly -  Housing prices in Los Angeles. I’ll see you soon San Antonio.

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Who Are You Doing it For?

First, define “it.”

Me losing body fat.

I’m doing it for me and for others maybe. But mostly, it helps me feel that I’m moving in the right direction, that I’m doing good. I like being a role model, but even if nobody follows my lead, I’ll still be in a healthier place because of my actions.

I’ve seen some people change for their children, reading more books or going back to school, to be a good example.

Whatever works for you, as long as it actually works.

Monday, April 15, 2019

Habits Over Goals

I see what you’re doing, I see what you’ll get.

If I know the direction you’re walking in I can tell you where you’ll end up.

Hit a goal, you’re done. Then what? I’ve done this. As soon as I start getting definition on my abs, the self-sabotage kicks in.

The new habit is going to the gym every day and eating under 1500 calories less one bonus meal a week and one All You Can Eat day a month. I may even forego my AYCE day, but we’ll see about that. I’m focusing on creating habits that will eventually lead to where I want to be and keep me there.

Diets don’t work because they’re temporary. Lifestyle changes work if they stick.

Sunday, April 14, 2019

Good Habits

What are they? Generally, good habits are what everyone can agree on. Eating right, going to the gym, telling the truth, sleeping 7-8 hours a night, personal hygiene, good manners, etc.

List your own.

What’s keeping you from these?

It’s usually that we’re comfortable. We’re okay with where we’re at. Until you admit to yourself that you don’t like where you’re at, you can’t leave that place.

You have to want to change. Focus on the solution. The solution is action. If you keep doing the right things, you’ll probably get to the solution. Nothing is guaranteed, but the likelihood of working out every day leading you to become a healthier person is high. The likelihood of meditating every day leading to a calmer mind is high. The likelihood of doing nothing and getting nothing is high. Do the things.

Saturday, April 13, 2019

Fuck Normal

Normal is being 30 pounds overweight. Normal is disliking your job. Normal is divorcing your spouse. Fuck normal.

Normal is $50k a year. Normal is $15k of credit card debt. Normal is retiring at 60. Fuck normal.

Normal is never going for it. Normal is watching more television than you exercise. Normal is the norm. Fuck the norm.

Friday, April 12, 2019

20 Minute Blog Post

This post is about action.

Whatever you are working on, take this time to do 15 minutes or more to work on it. It’s interesting that we can spend 20 minutes listening to a podcast, reading something or watching an episode of a show, but when it comes to the things that we know we should be doing we falter.

Do 15 minutes of work.

Welcome back, I just want you to feel your feelings for a second.
It’s the daily actions we take that will ultimately create our lives.

What you may tell yourself you don’t have time to take, you seem to have the time to give.

Thursday, April 11, 2019

When Will You Fight?

A loved one is dying. They’re close, it could be weeks or months. My family members say, “They’re a  fighter.” I thought, well when will you fight?

Do you plan on fighting when you’re near death, lungs full of tar, 50 pounds of body fat slowing your heart down? Will you fight then? Or will you fight now?

I don’t know what tomorrow will bring, but I know today I’m fighting.

I’m staying in my 1,500-2,000 calorie range until I get rid of more of this body fat. I’m staying away from junk food, alcohol, and cigarettes. I don’t want to be laid up, in pain, because I didn’t fight when the time was right.

A neighbor of mine died some time ago, he was in his 80s but the day before he died he was building a fence. An old man, building a fence, passed away in his sleep the next day. No pain, no suffering, no fighting.

I get to choose my actions today, so I’ll choose to do the things that get me closer to what I want.

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

4/10/2019 Wednesday Weekly

Another week down.
Good - Gym every day. Writing goals were hit. Read The Effective Executive. ⅔ of the way done with The Fountainhead. Chipping away at Better than Before and just started The One Thing. Tracked my time for the whole week in six-minute increments, the results were amazing. Zero TV time, I’m proud of that. I read a whole lot as well.

Bad - Tracking calories and although I’m staying in the 1500-2000 range, I’ve had a bit more sugar than I should so I’ll work on that.

Ugly - No movement on the book publishing. My schedule failed me. I’m going to now spend time on why that’s happening and have a feeling it has to do with purpose.

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Telling The Future

I’ll see what you’re doing and I’ll tell you what’s coming. We can all look at someone’s actions and have a good idea of where those actions will take them. Sometimes, this superpower which we so masterfully wield on others seems to fail on ourselves.

I know where I’m going because I’ve been honest with myself. Denial is different than obliviousness because it means the person is at least aware of what’s going on. Once you can honestly look at your situation and the actions you’re taking, you too will be able to tell the future. Not on things like winning the lottery, but definitely losing at the lottery. The fact is, almost everyone loses, you’ll likely lose if you play.

What about things like health? Well, what does your day look like? Is there some exercise in there and a refusal to consume junk food regularly? If so, you’re probably going to be okay. You can even get crazy with it and set goals, track calories or hire a personal trainer.

Work? Well, how much enthusiasm do you bring to your work? Do you hate it or love it? I’ve never seen anyone get fired that was the best, they usually get promoted, less politics of course. What else? I don’t know, think of your own examples, what actions lead to what results?

Do the things you should to get what you want.

Disclaimer: Calamity happens. It’s rare, but it’s still a thing. It’s up to you how you want to act because of it. Mr. Excuses loves to follow when the "What Ifs" show up.

Sunday, April 7, 2019

Waiting To Speak

Whenever someone tells me something my brain immediately retrieves relevant information, similar experiences and wants to talk about it.

Consciously I have to tell myself to be quiet. Two ears one mouth.

When someone is speaking we should be listening, not preparing to speak. This seems harder when I’m with people I feel comfortable with or believe I know well. With a stranger, I’m more careful with my words. With family, it seems like I’m thinking as I speak, which is often the case.

Awareness of this is the first step to being a better communicator. Listen, ponder, respond. Not always, but more frequently, and with practice.

Friday, April 5, 2019

Parkinson’s Law

Parkinson's law is the adage that "work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion". It is sometimes applied to the growth of bureaucracy in an organization.

Get your stuff done.

At work, we get paid for eight hours but we’re probably only working four. Some of us get away with doing much less than that too.

If you give yourself a month to do something that takes a day, who benefits? Give yourself a due date that reflects the magnitude of what you’re accomplishing and how long it takes to do it.

“Lose five pounds,” can be done in a month, 3500 calories per pound of fat times 5 is 17,500 calories you’re going to have to either burn or avoid. You can lose five pounds in a weekend of clean eating, but that's mostly going to be water weight, to lose fat you have to go a step further.

The point is if you want to get things done stop giving yourself forever to do them.

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

4/3/2019 Wednesday Weekly

Another week down.
Good: I hit the gym every day. I tracked my time and the truth was eye-opening. I read four books. 168 Hours. Deep Work. The Four Hour Work Week. What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast. Five hours of podcasts and hit my daily targets of 300 words for my books and 150 words for my blog. A good week overall, spent time with family as well.

Bad - I watched 17 hours of TV. That’s a lot of South Park. However, I took it off the DVR and that won’t be happening again next week.

Ugly - no progress in publishing an ebook. I don’t know what’s slowing me down or holding me back. I just get a case of the fuck its whenever it’s time to dive into it. I’ve scheduled some time for next week, a lot of progress will be had.

- Arturo Gómez Tagle

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Thank You From 2029

Start a daily habit that you’ll be happy to do 10 years from now. What if you did this today? It can be as simple as taking one mindful breath or as complicated as learning a little bit of rocket science. We largely become the person that we make actions toward becoming. Calamity happens, sure, but if you keep making excuses, you’ll keep getting what excuses are worth.

The possibilities are endless, I implore you to take a step in a worthwhile direction today.