Wealthy Like Matt Mullenweg

Welcome back!

This week’s point of focus is on the Automattic CEO Matt Mullenweg (aka the WordPress coder).

He shares several important lessons and stories that I believe are worthy of spreading to my readers. Let’s get started…

Calm under Pressure:

First off, Matt is known as someone who will not allow himself to freak out or panic when confronted with a stressful situation. And this is because of one key idea; that getting mad or upset will not change your situation. Nor, will it make current matters any better.

Instead he would rather spend his time in a relaxed mindset and come up with a solution.

Start With One:

Matt also shares a trick he used to get in better shape. He promised himself to do one pushup before he went to bed every night.

Now one pushup might not seem like a reasonable amount of work to keep someone fit, however, this was only a trick that could get him started. One pushup would lead to several more as he was already in the position.

Why this trick works, is because it is usually the initial hurdle of starting that keeps us from our end goals.

Tail End of Family Time:

A final lesson I would like to share from Matt Maullenweg is something that he mentions on time spent with family.

It is crazy to think about, but after you have finished high-school and university (depending on if you still live at home or not) you have spent more than 90% of your time with your parents that will in your entire life, on average.

When you start to think about the logic behind that, you begin to realize that now is the time to make sure every visit you have with your family counts. Because you never know how short life is until you know. 


Thanks for reading this week and keep learning every week!

 

Healthy Like Dr. Peter Attia

This week’s Healthy Like post features Dr. Peter Attia of Eating Academy.

These health, fitness and well-being style weeks differ slightly from the normal lessons learned from Wealthy and Wise Like editions. In these posts, I’ve mostly addressed topics that our featured star has talked about and has encouraged. This is due to the fact that I’m not an MD nor is every health related suggestion applicable to the masses.

Let’s get started…

Don’t Forget Leg Day:

I am guilty of skipping leg days all the time. But it’s not just leg day, its all of the muscles around the hip as well such as the “glute medius”. Dr. Attia advises that for mobility-sake that we should not forget to workout these muscles in a variety of non-routine exercises.

Don’t Forget Blood Test Day:

Although it sounds dreadful, it can save your life to stay up-to-date on your doctor’s recommended blood annual blood tests. Also, it doesn’t hurt to even check up on a few less commonly recommended blood tests in cases where they are publicly available and can possibly save your life. Identification of an issue isn’t as easy without all the testing.

Everything Is Relative:

Your overall fitness level is relative. This helps you realize both sides of the spectrum. First, that compared to a 400-pound individual you are in pretty good shape while also reminding you that your friend just ran an ultra-marathon and has six-pack abs while you don’t.

The last few topics are just reminders. Don’t forget to include weight training in your weekly workout schedule as that along with cardiovascular exercise is good for staying in good shape. And lastly, don’t forget that success in your department of health is only one area of your life. You should have control and be making efforts to improve all areas of your life, not only your health.

Hope you enjoyed this week’s edition and I’ll see next week!

David ūüôā

 

 

 

 

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!!

 

 

Wealthy like Alex Ohanion

This week’s edition will focus on the Reddit co-founder Alex Ohanion as well as some other small tips I learnt this past week that I wanted to share.

Take the Criticism and Use it to Inspire 

When you receive “hate” arising from the work you do, such as “you’re never going to make it” or “you could never actually do that”, you should dismiss it but never forget it.

What I mean by this, is that when you receive that criticism, keep that in your head as motivation for later proving them wrong. Hang it up in your office, make a t-shirt with that and leave it up in your room and use it as inspiration to keep grinding.

Give a Damn About What You Do 

If you plan on selling baseball cards as your career, I really hope that you actually enjoy baseball or the process of buying and reselling at the very least. Liking what you do and having a passion or a reason to continue working is necessary to be successful. If you do not have this, you might be able to last in the short-run but you will not be able to trick yourself into lasting for the long-term.

That is why you should assess whether you actually give a damn about what you are doing right now. If yes, awesome. If you don’t, it might be a sign that you will easily be bored and uninterested in the work in the near future.

Bonus Material from Tim Ferriss

  1. Do something uncomfortable today –¬†whatever it is that you have been avoiding for the past couple days because it involves some serious work or concentration, set aside some time and just execute. No distractions allowed.
  2. You are better than you think – we all judge ourselves and unfairly compare ourselves to others around us. This is just a reminder that we are not independent of ourselves and we actually are more accomplished and skilled than we think.

 

Healthy Like Win “Iceman” Hof

This week’s edition of Healthy Like features the “Iceman” Win Hof.

This man has world records of all kinds that show off the power and ability of the human body. He has pulled off accomplishments thought to be impossible by man and then some.

There are 2 habits and teachings that I believe are the most important to his success. However, before I explain what those are, I would like to stress how much your¬†mindset plays a role in what you are physically capable of. This is Win Hof’s motto – basically what he lives by.

I know the benefits of mindfullness¬†first-hand. If I go to work out and tell myself last week I did 8 repetitions of chest press at 210 pounds, I would simply¬†be able to do 8 reps that day. But, if I convinced myself I got stronger since last week and that I could do more, suddenly I would be hitting 10-11 reps at that same weight. If you don’t push yourself to believe you can do more, you won’t ever actually¬†do more.

Win Hof’s lessons:

  1. Importance of controlling your breathing

Getting into higher states of performance can be as easily attainable by¬†slowing down your breathing and consciously thinking about the process. This will help you focus and reach a more relaxed state. From personal experience, running long distances or lifting heavy weights, I’ve noticed that when I can control my breathing technique, I’ve run longer and lifted more. Breathing is key!

2. Getting accustomed to both extremes cold and hot routinely

There are many benefits of exposure either to extreme cold or heat for short periods of times. Win Hof goes to the absolute extreme by hiking in freezing weather wearing nothing but shorts and shoes but for us normal folk, taking an ice cold shower for a few minutes or hitting the sauna a couple times a week can be beneficial to our long-term and short-term health. There have even been studies showing that you can benefit from going from one extreme to the other (heat to cold or vice versa). I suggest if you would like to know more about he science behind it (more technical), that you look at the work done by Rhonda Patrick, PhD.

These 2 lessons both can be easily integrated into our normal lives and have proven benefits! Therefore, I suggest everyone take some time to look into adding these practices into their daily/weekly routines.

Thanks for the taking the time,

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! ūüôā

 

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! ūüėÄ
  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!

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