peter's laws

Laws by Peter Diamandis. Here the ones that stood out to me.

(2) When given a choice, take both.

(3) Multiple projects lead to multiple successes

(4) Start at the top then work your way up.

(7) If you can't win, change the rules.

(8) If you can't change the rules, ignore them.

(14) Patience is a virtue, but persistence to the point of success is a blessing.

(17) The best way to predict the future is to create it yourself.

(18) If it were easy it would have been done already.

(28) Bureaucracy is an obstacle to be conquered with persistence, confidence and a bulldozer when necessary.

making a big change

Through self-reflection, I realized that a lot of the work that I've produced have been short term plays. Short term meaning focused on making money now. That is the mentality of lower income people. "I need money for X so I'll do Y." From a meta perspective, I am a slave to a piece of paper, or in other words a slave to an illusion.

I'm so fucking done with it. I'm done thinking small. I'm done doing things that are going to bring in short term satisfaction rather than doing things to build a legacy and create real value in the world. In focusing on building value, I believe everything else will figure itself out.

In reviewing what I'm working on, I realized that I have no interest in partaking in these things in the next few years. So why do it now? The way I become the person I want to be is by acting like that person today. My actions need to align with my goals.

god doesn't have an accountant

In life, we get so many data points, so many inbounds that we only keep track from a macro perspective. That's why we hire accountants to crunch the numbers and figured how much we made. We pay them to figure out what our number is. In the history of man kind, social structure has been based on numbers. If you produce big numbers, your voice is powerful and you are looked at as successful. If you produce small numbers, your voice isn't heard and society places a smaller value on you. Why the fuck do we care about numbers? When we die, those numbers don't go with us. 

these ideas come inspired by the A16Z Podcast: Competing Against Luck. 


the subtle art of not giving a fuck

I recently read Mark Manson's book titled "The Subtle Art of Not Giving A Fuck." While I didn't love the book itself, the concept is powerful. In an age fueled by social media and portraying the best version of yourself, social pressure pushes us to do certain things. Take this picture, go to this restaurant, hang out with these people. The result is an increasing lack of individuality. 

Not giving a fuck, is not caring what others think and focus on what works best for you. Sure, it's easy to not care what your old co-worker thinks or a cousin. It's harder to ignore that parent who judges you or your best friend who you are distancing yourself from. Not giving a fuck, is focusing on long term results vs. short term gain.

24/7 friends

People have a lot of different friends. Work friends are 9-5 friends. You have friends that are a few hours on the weekend friends when you want to let loose. You have friends you want to be around when you are trying to have intelligent conversations.

 Then there are 24/7 friends. Friends that you want to be friends with all the time.