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.

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 🙂

 

 

 

 

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.

 

Wealthy Like Derek Sivers

This week’s post will discuss the amazing Derek Sivers! Everybody should go check out this man’s work..

There is so much knowledge is this man’s head that I might even have to split this into 2 separate posts but let me share the first of several insights that I’ve learned through Derek.

It’s About What You Do

Life is not about what you know or how much you know about something. It always comes down to what you are actually able to execute. What you DO is more important that what or even who you know!

Say Yes (in the Beginning)

When you first start out your career you are NOT I repeat NOT in the position to be picky and turn things down. You never know what can come from saying yes. It could lead you to places beyond your wildest dreams. Do not think that you are the next greatest prodigy because you will miss out on so much opportunity.

Standard Path is For the Chumps

This one took me some time to digest but it is a very good tip for those who believe in pushing against norms in society. To best describe this principle I will use a real life example that comes to mind; let’s say that you started a job at a business and they told you normally it will take you 14 years to become a partner here. Most people will put in the time and effort and expect after 14 years to be promoted because “that’s what happens”. But this is simply what people think and is not the only path.

What Derek believes (which I do too), is that if you want to become partner just do more. Rise up quicker by taking on more responsibility and do the work of people above you in your spare time. If you take the standard path you will arrive in the standard time, if you take the advanced path you will arrive in advance.

That is all for today! If you want to catch up on another of Derek’s sayings please check out my Instagram page (@learningeveryweek) to always be up-to-date!

Thanks for reading 🙂

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