I spend so much time traveling around the world that I haven’t really settled down anywhere yet.
I often wander from one place to another with no particular goal in mind. I just want to be happy and live a meaningful life. The type of life where I can look back and say to myself, “wow… that was pretty damn good.”
I’m pretty good at collecting accents. Drop me in Australia for a few months, and I’ll quickly sound like I’m from Melbourne. Similarly, I’m in Canada right now. I currently have a Canadian twang mixed with my native British…
I know exactly how you feel.
I can tell that you want to make friends with anyone and live each day with a beautiful sense of optimism. But for one reason or another, you have no idea how to start.
Let me begin by saying you’re capable of achieving a much better life than you think. But before I continue this article, I need to drop some truth bombs:
Why do you struggle to be productive?
Without even knowing you, I can tell that your answer is a lack of time & energy. You want to create incredible amounts of wealth and to make consistent progress towards your dreams. But no matter how hard you try, nothing seems to work.
Right? We think “if I can finish watching this episode on Netflix, or feel more motivated, then I’ll finally be productive.” But sooner or later, you realize that nothing is going to change until you take action. As Stephen Pressfield writes in his book, The War Of Art:
A lot of people don’t like being alone. They have a desire to go to large parties, meet hundreds of people, and have long conversations until the early hours of the morning.
That’s not me. I prefer being alone with my thoughts, reflecting on the past, and thinking about everything that the future has to offer.
Why? I don’t know. But it’s a natural part of who I am. I can’t help it. So instead of wishing for my personality to be extroverted, I read, write, and do many other things that you’d expect a typical introvert to do.
I have a confession to make.
I used to hate Jordan Peterson. The reason? Many left-wing politicians and media outlets portrayed him as the devil and said he wasn’t worthy of having such a large platform to share important messages about life, philosophy, and many other subjects.
For a long time, I took their statements at face value and assumed them to be true. But once I started consuming Jordan’s content, I quickly realized that the media played me like a fiddle as my initial impression of Jordan Peterson was completely wrong.
Growing up, I had an extremely difficult childhood. Despite living in one of the wealthiest neighborhoods of San Francisco, my family only had one swimming pool. And every morning, I’d have to walk half a mile from my bedroom to the kitchen since we lived in a 10,000 sq. ft. mansion.
But once I purchased my own home, I implemented several unconventional strategies that enabled me to save a lot of money while living in the beautiful state of California. Here they are:
It’s much easier than paying for it myself. My father inherited several million dollars and is best…
If you type “life hacks” into Google, there are 296 million results.
Why are there so many? Loads of people crave self-improvement more than donuts, ice cream, or anything else that’s extremely addictive. After all, it traps them in an endless cycle of consumerism while providing an excuse for inaction. Quoting Daniel Gefen in Forbes:
“When you get to that last page, suddenly there’s a sickly feeling inside. While you’re reading a self-help book, you’re telling yourself you’re being productive. …
I have a confession to make: I used to read lots of bad books.
I frequently justified reading something terrible by calling it “intellectual exploration.” Sure, I hated many books with a passion. They were often tedious, poorly written, or terribly researched. But if I already invested several hours of my time, I’d refuse to put the book down.
Known in psychology as Sunk Cost Fallacy, this counter-productive way of thinking “describes our tendency to follow through on an endeavor if we have already invested time, effort or money into it, whether or not the current costs outweigh the benefits.”…
Reading interesting books can give you superpowers.
What do I mean by that? Books can open portals to imaginary worlds and give you incredible insights into some of the greatest minds throughout human history. They also provide you with countless opportunities to learn from the past and improve your future. As Ryan Holiday writes in Thrive Global:
“Human beings have been recording their knowledge in book form for more than 5,000 years. That means that whatever you’re working on right now, whatever problem you’re struggling with, is probably addressed in some book somewhere by someone a lot smarter than you…
When I was born, everyone knew that I was destined for greatness.
I built my first custom PC when I was three years old. I learned how to code by the age of five. And before I could tie my shoelaces, I designed a website from scratch. In my humble opinion, I’ve always been pretty impressive.
But for me, none of that was enough. I wanted to do something brilliant that would profoundly impact the lives of people around the world. So, I spent several years building an app that eventually sold for $350m.
This is my story.