Influences

A question I often like to ask myself is:
How did I get here?

This is the growing list of influences that led to this moment…

Books

In no particular order, here are some of the books I’m either reading or have read. 

Currently reading

Up next

Reading lists I reference:

Why I read

One of my favorite quotes is, “If I have seen farther than others, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.” by Sir Issac Newton.

Books allow me to stand “on the shoulders of giants.”

How I read

I learned to love reading once I found what I enjoy reading.

My goal is not to finish a book, it is to simply read.

I’ve also learned that some books should be blog posts and that some blog posts should be tweets.

Instead of dreading the act of reading a particular book, I simply pick up the next.

Blogs

The following blogs produce the highest quality content consistently.
Some of the articles on these blogs should be books. 

Podcasts

The following podcasts produce the highest quality content consistently.
I learn best by listening, connecting ideas, then teaching. 

…see the rest on Breaker

People

I don’t believe in ‘mentors’ or ‘looking up to someone.’ Everyone is a peer.

Here are some people I learn a lot from:

…see the rest on Twitter

Questions I like to ask myself

I ask myself these questions to recalibrate in times of high or low emotion.

  • “If I love myself truly and deeply, would I let myself experience this?” – From Love Yourself by Kamal Ravikant
  • Will I care about this tomorrow? in 5 years? in 10 years?
  • What am I not seeing? Why can’t I see it?
  • Why?

Note to self

The guiding principles for a better version of myself.

  • Happiness is the moment when you feel nothing is missing.
    • Creating this moment is a choice you have in every moment.
  • Be present.
  • Life is a single player game.
  • Fulfillment comes from doing the things I love with people I’d work with for the rest of my life.
  • Communication is hard.
  • Do things with less emotion.
  • Independent thinking starts with independent learning.
  • Being busy isn’t the same as being productive.
  • All conflict is internal conflict.
  • Be grateful.

Quotes

“A master in the art of living draws no sharp distinction between his work and his play, his labor and his leisure, his mind and his body, his education and his recreation. He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his commitment to excellence regardless of what he is doing and leaves it to others to determine whether he is working or playing. To himself, he always appears to be doing both.”

— by Lawrence Pearsall Jacks

Videos

These videos impacted me.

The first Gary Vee video I ever saw.

A reminder to think for myself.

Not doing what I ‘love,’ with the people I’d work with for the rest of my life, is the equivalent of not breathing.

Conviction matters.

Just do it.