Threat of Technology and Bio-Tech

This week’s post will be based off of the influencer Marc Goodman but will be unlike other posts where I mention his top tips for health, wealth and success but rather summarize an opinion of his I believe to be true.

Technology Boom:

The world is growing economically, in population but most importantly, technologically. This growth is at a rate we have never seen before where technologies are becoming obsolete within months. While this has had great benefits to the average individual – replacing medial tasks, saving time and money and even eliminating our need to walk around, there is a more serious side to this as well.

Privacy and Security:

As more and more people have access to technology and the Internet, these individuals are leaving traces and information about themselves publicly attainable. What does this mean?

This has the effect of giving anyone and everyone the ability to know where you are, what you like to do and more importantly, what you are worth. When the “bad guys” are searching for their next target, they are not living under a rock or in a far away cave. They too have access to social media, google search engines and every technological device that we have. They can hack your phone, break into your car or download your health records. This is the future and that is scary to think about.

Our privacy and security is at risk so what can we do about it?

Precautions We Can Take:

So what can we do?

First off, we can choose to use privacy settings on our applications. This won’t stop everybody but it is a good first step.

More importantly, depending on our popularity and recognition, there are precautions that should be taken. Do not use your real names in certain cases when you are travelling. When you are filling out information online to a website you do not trust, do not give personal and sensitive information, this can be turned around and sold to the highest bidder.

Next, how about we don’t post our health records or DNA structures online for anyone in the general public to access. Individual bio-attacks are real and cheaper than you can imagine.

Lastly, try using websites and applications that are more encryption-friendly than others (Telegram for example).

Now of course, everyone should not freak out over this threat and let it ruin their lives but by taking some precautions and being aware will help defend yourself if the time comes.

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Wise Like Sebastian Jungler

This week’s edition of Wise Like features the award-winning journalist Sebastian Jungler.

The Calming of Acting over Waiting:

This concept did not come logically to me until I finished the thought. When I heard that army men and women specified that they felt more at ease during the time they were mid-fight than any other time while on deployment.

But think about it, if you have been preparing for something your whole life, wouldn’t you feel at home or at ease when it actually came time to do it. All the rest of the time, you spend wondering if you’ll be ready or when it will be time to use what you have learnt.

That is why acting over waiting around is actually has more of a calming effect.

The Upside of Disaster:

This second concept is also not immediately intuitive but it is still true. Although in relative terms there is never really an upside of disaster, there is still truth to the fact that after a disaster occurs there is something special that happens.

People start coming together, unity among family, friends, communities and regions begin to forget about their differences and join together to help one another through the tragedy. No judgement, no thought about borders, nothing.

In times of crisis, we see the true meaning of community and the human race.

Fail + Attempt the Hardest Things:

In life, you will never grow if you live within your comfort zone and only do what you know. It is important for your sanity and your development to move on to bigger and better things even if they scare you.

It doesn’t matter if you fail because failure is normal and failure is a learning tool to get it right the next time.

No-one expects you to be perfect and be right all the time, but they do expect you to try.

What Would You Die For:

The last thought I want to bring to light that Sebastian mentions is his question that he asks and seldom gets a heartfelt response.

What would you die for?

Who would you die for?

These days, these questions rarely have an answer, yet it is these types of questions that for those who have answers to them will be the most driven and successful in their goals.

Thanks for reading again this week! Stay tuned for further posts!!

 

 

Why It’s Important To Do What You Want

This week’s post is going to be slightly different than usual.

This week I’ve had multiple big decisions that I had to make mainly ones that involved several other people.

In these cases, it can be easy to let other people’s interests and feelings blind you and back you into a corner. Although you can rationalize why that corner is actually a good decision (as it is what your friends/family want), it really should not be considered unless you are actually indifferent.

You, and only you, are going to look after what you truly want.

Only after you have figured out what you want, then can you attempt to allow yourself to help others. This can seem selfish to some readers, and yes I agree, but it is important to be self-interested. It is also important to balance selflessness and selfishness as you cannot give unless you have and you do not have unless you do not give it all away.

These insights were ones that I had to use this past week and although I didn’t always feel amazing about my decisions (as some people had to get left out or did not get exactly what they wanted), I knew that they were the best ones I could make.

Hope this helps anyone else,

David

Wise Like Jocko Willing

 

The 3rd Edition of the “Wise Like” commentaries continue with SEAL Jocko Willing who I find to be extremely interesting. I highly suggest everybody look into this individual by listening to any podcast he stars in.

Here are the most important lessons I’ve documented down below:

(P.S. There are so many good ones but these are the best in my opinion)

1. Discipline Equals Freedom

Pre-schedule normal reoccurring activities to execute everything else the rest of the day. What I mean by that is, make yourself a schedule where you have certain blocks of time where you allot to habits and small events that you do consistently. For example, shower times, workout times, morning rituals, etc.

That way, you can free up the rest of your day to do whatever you want. By being disciplined and doing what you need to do every day based on your planning beforehand, you give yourself the freedom to do what you want.

2. Exposing Yourself to Darkness to See the Light

Enjoy the light by first seeing darkness. This simple saying can have massive effect on your lives. What Jocko is preaching is that for any person to realize that their situation is bright and positive they must have something to compare it to. If they have grown up in darkness, or a situation that looked bleak and negative, when you consider your current situation you will think of all the good things you do have.

This is common practice when considering what you are grateful for. If you remind yourself of all the luxuries you are surrounded with compared to what the poorest of poor have, you then realize that your situation is actually quite amazing!

3. If you want to be tougher, be tougher

This is clear and concise. If you want to get better at anything, just go out and force yourself. You will be in awe at how simple and easy it is to accomplish many of the goals you have for yourself.

4. Extreme ownership

No excuses. Take control of your life and make sh*t happen. Handle what needs to get done and now and don’t let anyone else do it for you.

 

Now, start implementing these ideals into your daily lives and live every day epic!

Thanks for reading! 🙂

 

Fit/Wise/Rich Like Arnold Schwarzenegger

Welcome back,

This week’s legendary star is the one and only; Arnold “The Terminator” Schwarzenegger.

As you can tell by the title, this individual is multi-faceted. Everyone can learn from this man as he is a force to be reckoned with in multiple fields.

Besides his successful movie career and his time as one of the most successful politicians as governor of California, he has developed one of the best mindsets of life.

Here are some of his best strategies/tips/lessons that we should all implement in our own lives:

  1. Start good habits when you are young: Basically, if you want to gain certain qualities that you see in others, start practicing those habits now. If you can do this as soon as possible, you will be able to become the future self that you’ve always wanted.
  2. Have a clear vision for your life: My favourite of his lessons is best said as follows: “When you have a clear vision in your life, everything becomes easier.” This is something I fully agree with. If you know what you want, you will leave every decision in your life feeling like you are moving one step closer to your end goal. Having a vision will provide you with more motivation to get up and take action. Speaking of motivation check out my Instagram page @learningeveryweek if you need any! 😀
  3. Get good at sales/pitching/marketing yourself: Arnold believes that this is key as everyone will need to pitch themselves at one point in their life. If you can master this skill, he promises a lot will come easier to you. This doesn’t just apply to business but all areas of your life, even dating.
  4. Lastly, just work hard day in and day out. People always believe that they are working harder than everyone else, “hustling”, but in reality, it’s not always true. If you really work hard and grind through your days to get as much as you can get done, you will be successful in whatever you do. Work is the one controllable factor in your life, and you should take advantage of that control.

So those are the 4 lessons I’ve learned from The Terminator this week, if you have any lessons you’d like to share, let me know!

Also, what do you think about this page? Let me know!

Wise like Marc Andreessen

This week’s mentor for all of us is named Marc Andreessen who has amassed a large pile of wealth in his career.

This is a man who has experienced ambition and clearly worked towards his goals without an end in sight.

Although I did not yet finish the chapter on March, I caught one idea that stood out for me. Now this concept is something that could affect people in different ways but what it did for me was made me focus on what I was doing outside of my work.

He mentions the nerd at night principle which I might have butchered slightly but the main idea is – what is that individual (you) doing at night, what keeps them up and interested. Are they a fanatic for sports, science, reality TV, etc.

What drives them and gives them pleasure. Or do they do absolutely nothing at all besides sit and eat potato chips all night.

Now this can be used as a question for new hires for business, or even a first date question but what I find relates most to me is the idea of focusing on my strengths. What I mean by that is I should be looking at what I enjoy and spend time on and double down in those areas to gain a larger expertise and depth so that later in life I can capitalize on those in some way.

What I believe is that it’s nice to have a breadth of interests but it is more beneficial these days to be a specialist than to be average in everything.

That’s what I took away from this very intelligent man’s saying.

Let me know what you think or if you know anything about Marc and his philosophies that is worth sharing.

Have a great night,

David

Wise like BJ Miller

My second journey into the Tools of Titans buffet was to learn how to be as wise as BJ Miller.

First of all, if you don’t know who this man is, like I did at first, I suggest you check him out on YouTube by searching for his Ted Talk – What Really Matters at the of Life.

It’s inspirational and it is deeply impactful.

This week’s top takeaways from Miller are a couple of reactionary ideas to put into practice. What I mean by that, is that these principles should be the first reaction you have once each scenario takes place.

Star Gazing Method:

Whenever you are at a point in life where you are overwhelmed with stress or are begging to feel a wave of anxiety take you over stop what you are doing and look up to the sky. If you are inside, take a look out the window and begin to think about where you are. Next, imagine you are up in the sky, in the stars looking down at yourself from all the way up there. Think about how small of a dot you take up in the entire planet. Now backup even more, look outside of Earth and imagine yourself on the outside of the solar system looking down at our planet.

What I’m getting at, and what BJ Miller wants to remind us in these times of stress, is that put what you are dealing with and give yourself some perspective. It’s easy to think everyone revolves around you but much more difficult to realize how little it really does.

Question your I can’ts:

BJ’s second lesson I learned was how much we believe in what we think and say. If we took some time to question our beliefs and assumptions we would realize that we aren’t right all the time.

For example, a lot of our “I can’ts” stem from the fact that we don’t want to do something or that we simply won’t do something because we believe we are better than that or on the flip side not good enough.

In reality, many of these goals, challenges and actions CAN be completed. We just never put any effort or thought into it in the first place.

In the end, I believe what BJ Miller wants us to learn the most is that we should enjoy life without limitations. Enjoy the simple and small pleasures of life and let life take you places.