Monthly Archives: February 2018

What I read this month

February 2018: Skin heads, Anatomy, Nintendo, and Food Chemistry White American Youth – Christian Picciolini This book shows how highly motivated people with the wrong influences are the most dangerous thing on the planet. Christian is very much like Jocko

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The danger, the power, and the pleasure of little things

Tim Ferris is both for and against Little Things depending on who he’s talking to. He’ll say that how you do the little things is how you do the big things when talking about how people who make their bed

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Vanity, Pride, and Self-improvement

Pride and Vanity are almost the same thing, they rely on the same mental muscles, vanity just has one more mirror to bounce it’s signal off. Pride is what you think of yourself, if you were on the outside looking

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Writing About People

“If people wanted you to write warmly about them, they should have behaved better.” – Anne Lamott This quote made me feel better, it reminded me that I’m in the right. In the history of this blog I’ve been treated

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The problem with carrot/stick motivation

On the podcast, Jocko was talking about how negative reinforcement – teaching through punishment of bad behavior – is the worst form of leadership. People will work just hard enough to avoid punishment and that’s it. I’d add that eventually

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The Healthy Way To Stay Angry

I don’t know when I learned the word sublimation but I’ve always had the impression via context that it was a bad thing. Turns out it’s the best coping mechanism there is. There’s a story told in Surviving Survival about

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Solid simple advice

1. The best advice is to take advice. Every worthwhile thing has been said, some of it thousands of years ago, so stop reinventing the wheel of your self indulgent sorrow and just take the advice that’s out there. Wanting

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