Why all of my advice is autobiographical

"Most actionable advice isn’t advice at all, it’s opinion." - Jason FriedNotice the immediate disclaimer on the homepage of this blog? 'All advice is autobiographical'. Firstly, that's because this blog is little more than a mirror for my thoughts. I hope you get something from it, but that's…

Reading, my way

On the first pass of a book, read it quickly. If it particularly grabs you, read it again (later). On second pass, take it very slowly. Think critically about what the author is saying. Are they right and why? How does what you're learning apply to other books you've read.…

Be skeptical of (most) advice

Most people know very little. Experts are only as good as their last piece of work. The authority bias is a very real thing. When a person who has had success gives advice you must approach is from first principles. Why did they say that, what gives them the right…

Deep happy, shallow happy

Watching TV is not a crime. But recognise it as a shallow happy activity where information is spoon fed into your brain. In contrast, deep happy consists of hard work and achievement. Deep happy is climbing a mountain, completing a race, or working on a book or business. It's not…

Brains should think (not compute)

Nassim Taleb in The Black Swan - his treatise on the rare and entirely unpredictable event - makes the argument that we're too accustomed to trying to "scientifically" compute information in the real world. "We should use our brains to think. Not to compute" - Nassim Taleb, The Black SwanTo…

No meeting and no Linkedin account

Success is entirely subjective. Success at work, to me, is to attend zero meetings, cancel my Linkedin account and have enough money in the bank to tell people to fuck off. 99% of meetings are a disastrous waste of time. What's worse, they're often associated with progress. But nothing that…

Financial freedom

I find a way to live on very little so I don't have to do what I don't want to do. It's that simple. I'm not obsessive about attaining financial freedom. I'm not willing to sacrifice any of my current happiness or time with my young son, in the pursuit…

Delusions of your legacy

Wanting to leave a legacy is some grandiose, delusional BS. How people will perceive you after you're dead is complete fiction. It's a society born fact. Don't be a slave to legacy. You're born, you live a life - hopefully of enjoyment, virtue and humility - and then you die.…