Quotes, Notes, & Ideas


“24 Months of eating shit to be able to eat caviar for the rest of your life” – Gary Vaynerchuk

“You’re supposed to take A Red Pill, not the whole bottle” – Michael Malice

“Education is what people do to you and learning is what you do to yourself” – Joi Ito

“You are not stuck in traffic.  You are traffic”

“Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it” – Jorge Santayana

Reply or Respond, do not React! – Unknown

Do not justify your goals or dreams, execute them. – Gary V

“If you’re dreams don’t scare you they are not big enough” – Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

Being an expert means being as little as one step ahead of someone else.


When trust is destroyed, it can be rebuilt only if the following two steps happen:
1) the trust-breaker admits the true values that caused the breach and owns up to them
2) the trust-breaker builds a solid track record of improved behavior over time.

It is important that students bring a certain ragamuffin, barefoot irreverence to their studies; they are not here to worship what is known, but to question it.


education-without-the-state  Free eBook by Tom Woods.  This is a great eBook of the interviews Tom has had on his podcast.  If you have a child this is even more important to read.  6 small chapters of great information, total pages of reading ~ 45.

Does it make sense to hire for an open position that you have no real experience in?  Another way to ask this; would you want to have your financial analyst hire someone for the recruiting manager role?  Why have someone hire a marketing director if they themselves are not knowledgeable in that field?


Podcast menu in iPhone needs to be able to sort and categorize the podcasts you subscribe to.  Like iTunes, we need genre and groupings to separate thought and learning from entertainment.  Priorities on what you listen to and when.

Self Sabotage:  Stop Playing Catch Up – Start Playing Your A Game!

  1. Eliminate distraction
  2. Change environment
  3. Use timers for scheduled breaks
  4. 2 minute rule – if a task will take less than 2 minutes to complete just do it

Free Netflix or Hulu type of video streaming with ads every 10-15 minutes?  Like Netflix lite.



Hi Matthew,

Thanks for your note. I just heard the podcast – it got a bit garbled. Here are the 5 steps:

  1. Figure out what matters in the choice. 
  2. Assess the pros and cons of each alternative relative to what matters in the choice. 

Lather, rinse, repeat, and stop if one alternative rises to the top. 

This is where current thinking about decision-making stops. I add 3 more steps.

  1. Recognize that the alternatives are on a par and that you face a hard choice.
  2. Commit to one of the options. There is a long story here about what commitment is and how to do it. It’s not just telling yourself that you will go for the one. And desires — what you most want — isn’t important here. 
  3. As a consequence, you will make your identity – you can create reasons by committing, thereby making yourself the sort of person who has most reasons to go for X rather than Y. Someone else facing a similar sit might commit differently than you and thus make themselves into a different sort of person. Aside: it is also rational to DRIFT. This is intentionally choosing one of the alternatives without putting your will or agency behind it. Drifting also makes us who we are. 

That is the recipe in a nutshell! Or you can read about it in a popular book I’m in theory writing. 

All best wishes,




Strengths – Not what you like to do, but what you are talented at.  What were you good at as a child?

Leadership, Courage, Planning, Helping, Creative, Observations, Curiosity …

Don’t spend time on weakness, double down on the strengths.

Give what grows.  You can’t give what you don’t have.  Trying to be something you’re not results in burnout.  Check feelings, no positive feedback?  Is it serving me?  Fueling the fire?  Do not be distracted by others success stories.  Their process is not your process.  Do not fear asking others what you are good at.























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