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.

 

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

Healthy Like Patrick Arnold

This week I’ve had to do a little bit of digging to learn more about what this individual has brought to the table.

Patrick Arnold is a famous supporter of using certain legal drugs to better the human body.

One specifically I took an interest into was the drug metformin used on people with Type 2 diabetes. This drug was highlighted in the book “Tools of Titans” by Tim Ferris for being showing results of anti-aging in some tests.

Although I still consider myself young at 23 years old, I decided to look more into this to see what results have shown. The drug is still being tested and used on many individuals who could be higher risk of developing diseases but to date, it appears to be slightly effective with minimal negative side effects.

Of course I’m not suggesting anyone go take this themselves and they will magically live to 200. I don’t believe I will ever take something like this in the short-term as I don’t like risk when it comes to my body.

However, it is interesting to know that drugs like this are out there and that many people who know more about the science behind this promote the use for many individuals.

What I suggest for everyone out there is not to dismiss anything when it comes to something independent experts believe. Take the time to investigate and research and who knows, you might just lengthen your life a year or two.

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.

 

 

Respecting the Seasons

It’s currently winter time in Montreal, Canada. Most days we want to stay at home and wait it out until summer comes around. We’re all feeling a bit more sad and alone than we do on average around this time.

What we need to be doing is understanding that during the Winter we will be less active and we will have to be indoors more often, but we need to take this time to plan ahead.

We can’t fight Mother Nature, “nature always laughs last” as Joel Salatin said.

We need to use this time to figure out what our goals will be for the summer time which is when we will be more active. If we want to be fit for summer, we need to plan a workout/diet that we will start to work on during the winter.

If we are starting a business, we need to plan the industry we want to enter now (in the winter cycle of our business) so we can start operating and have revenues in the future (the summer cycle of our business).

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