Saturday, June 3, 2023

book: 10x Is Easier Than 2x 10x Is Easier Than 2x: How World-Class Entrepreneurs Achieve More by Doing Less eBook : Sullivan, Dan, Hardy, Benjamin: Kindle Store

The book is based on an "80/20 rule" (assumption/theory/principle/"law")
that 80% results are result of 20% of efforts.

So to achieve a business or personal growth, 
the first step is to identify what 20% efforts contribute to 80% results
and "let go" everything else, focus on doing "less but better".

That requires assuming "new identity" of focus on excellence
and delegating or discontinuing all other activity. 

When this math is correct, the result is is "exponential growth".

The book presents many examples of various "entrepreneurs" following this path and "succeeding." 
Some examples are questionable.

While written by a psychologist, there is not much insight on struggles and failures of this process, though. Also the data about success rate, and negative "side effects" of such efforts would be interesting. While well written book, it could be much shorter, there not much new info.

Reminds of the Jim Rohn Quote
"Set a goal to become a millionaire for what it makes of you to achieve it.
Do it for the skills you have to learn and the person you have to become"

The 3 Fundamentals of "10x" Growth | 10x is Easier than 2x Series - Part 1 | Dr. Benjamin Hardy - YouTube

E298 Dr. Benjamin Hardy - Why 10x is Easier than 2x and How You Can Achieve More By Doing Less - YouTube

10X Is Easier Than 2X Feat. Dan Sullivan - YouTube

2 BIGGEST Ideas From The 10X RULE | Dr. Benjamin Hardy - YouTube

Astro Teller | Biography

Astro Teller - Wikipedia

Dr. Teller holds a Bachelor of Science in computer science from Stanford University, Master of Science in symbolic and heuristic computation, also from Stanford University, and a Ph.D. in artificial intelligence from Carnegie Mellon University

Moonshot Thinking from Astro Teller - YouTube

Astro Teller, Captain of X, The Moonshot Factory with George Lee - YouTube

Google X Head on Moonshots: 10X Is Easier Than 10 Percent | WIRED

It’s often easier to make something 10 times better
than it is to make it 10 percent better

Because when you’re working to make things 10 percent better, you inevitably focus on the existing tools and assumptions, and on building on top of an existing solution that many people have already spent a lot of time thinking about. Such incremental progress is driven by extra effort, extra money, and extra resources. It’s tempting to feel improving things this way means we’re being good soldiers, with the grit and perseverance to continue where others may have failed -- but most of the time we find ourselves stuck in the same old slog. But when you aim for a 10x gain, you lean instead on bravery and creativity -- the kind that, literally and metaphorically, can put a man on the moon.

Astro Teller, CEO of X - How to Think 10x Bigger (#309) - The Blog of Author Tim Ferriss

Saturday, May 27, 2023

book: The 80/20 Principle

The 80/20 Principle by Richard Koch Book Summary | Philosopher's Notes

Did you know 20% of beer drinkers drink 80% of the beer? And that 20% of streets account for 80% of the traffic? And that most peeps wear 20% of their clothes 80% of the time? And that 20% of customers/products usually account for about 80% of profits? Yepperz. In this Note, we’ll explore the 80/20 principle and how we can apply its power to every aspect of our lives to "achieve more with less."

"The important takeaway from this chapter on the Pareto principle is not to run around with a calculator and actually do the math to figure out 80 percent and 20 percent calculations in different areas of your life.

It’s more important to have a mindset of identifying the few things and activities that will give you outsized returns. You want to:
  • Look for shortcuts.
  • Do the most important things exceptionally well, and the rest just ‘good enough’ or not at all.
  • Develop your skills to be exceptional in a few targeted areas; don’t try to master everything.
  • Realize that you can work less, stress less, and increase your happiness by figuring out the 20 percent of goals and activities that are most important to you.”

Saturday, May 20, 2023

book: 15 Secrets Successful People Know About Time Management

15 Secrets Successful People Know About Time Management: The Productivity Habits of 7 Billionaires, 13 Olympic Athletes, 29 Straight-A Students, and 239 Entrepreneurs: Kruse, Kevin: 9780985056438: Books

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15 Secrets Successful People Know About Time Management by Kevin…

+1: 15 Secrets of Time Management (#1510) | Heroic

15 Secrets of Time Management: That Successful People Know (Heroic +1 #1,510) - YouTube

SECRET #1: Time is your most valuable resource. How would your life change if each and every day you truly felt your 1,440 minutes?

SECRET #2: Identify your Most Important Task (MIT) and work on it each day before doing anything else. So, what’s your one thing? What’s your MIT?

SECRET #3: Work from your calendar, not a to-do list. How much less stress would you feel if you could rip up your to-do list and work from your calendar?

SECRET #4: Procrastination can be overcome if you figure out how to beat your future self, who cannot be trusted to do the right thing. You know what needs to get done this week; how will you ensure you don’t put it off?

SECRET #5: Accept the fact that there will always be more to do and more that can be done. How much better will you feel when you finally accept the fact that you can’t do it all, because there will always be more that can be done?

SECRET #6: Always carry a notebook. How much less stress will you feel when you begin to dump everything important into your notebook?

SECRET #7: Email is a great way for other people to put their priorities into your life; control your inbox. Are you ready to commit to checking email no more than three times a day?

SECRET #8: Schedule and attend meetings as a last resort, when all other forms of communication won’t work. Look at the meetings on your calendar for the week ahead. How can you eliminate them or reduce their allotted time?

SECRET #9: Say no to everything that doesn’t support your immediate goals. Which meetings, calls, and projects will you say no to in the upcoming weeks?

SECRET #10: Eighty percent of outcomes are generated by twenty percent of activities. What 20 percent of your time generates 80 percent of your value?

SECRET #11: Focus your time only on things that utilize your unique strengths and passions. What are you going to outsource starting next week?

SECRET #12: Batch your work with recurring themes for different days of the week. How much more productive would you be, how much less stress would you feel, if your days were organized to maximize your effectiveness?

SECRET #13: If a task can be completed in less than five minutes, then do it immediately. How much time will you gain when you aren’t returning over and over again to ‘touch’ the same items? Touch it once, touch it once, touch it once.

SECRET #14: Invest the first 60 minutes of each day in ritual that strengthen your mind, body and spirit. What time will you set for your alarm clock, for tomorrow morning, so you’ll have time for your morning ritual?

SECRET #15: Productivity is about energy and focus, not time. How will you increase your energy tomorrow?

Sunday, May 14, 2023

The Optimal Morning Routine - Andrew Huberman

 The Optimal Morning Routine - Andrew Huberman - YouTube

Andrew Huberman, Ph.D., is a neuroscientist and tenured Professor in the Department of Neurobiology at the Stanford University School of Medicine. He has made numerous significant contributions to the fields of brain development, brain function and neural plasticity, which is the ability of our nervous system to rewire and learn new behaviors, skills and cognitive functioning. 

To learn more about Andrew Huberman visit: Subscribe to Andrew's Youtube Channel    / andrewhubermanlab   Follow him on IG and Twitter @hubermanlab @ hubermanlab

Saturday, May 13, 2023

book: The Wisdom of the Bullfrog by Admiral W. McRaven The Wisdom of the Bullfrog: Leadership Made Simple (But Not Easy) eBook : McRaven, Admiral William H.: Kindle Store

excellent podcast

383: Wisdom of the Bullfrog. Lessons From SEAL Admiral and SOCOM Commander, William McRaven – Jocko Podcast

The Wisdom of the Bullfrog by Admiral William H. McRaven | Hachette Book Group

specific leadership traits required to be at the top of your game

The book is based on 18 chapters. Each chapter starts with a different saying, motto, or creed. The Bullfrog explains why it is important and offers a few real-world examples or personal anecdotes and then summarizes, at the end of each chapter, with a few simple sentences. It reminds me of some of the literature that I’ve read in the Marine Corps Basic Training and Officers Candidate School. It works.
  1. Death Before Dishonor.
  2. You Can’t Surge Trust.
  3. When in Command, Command.
  4. We All Have Our Frog Floats.
  5. The Only Easy Day Was Yesterday.
  6. Run to the Sound of the Guns.
  7. Sua Sponte.
  8. Who Dares Wins.
  9. Hope Is Not a Strategy
  10. No Plan Survives First Contact with the Enemy.
  11. It Pays to Be a Winner.
  12. A Shepherd Should Smell Like His Sheep.
  13. Troop the Line.
  14. Expect What You Inspect.
  15. Communicate, Communicate, Communicate.
  16. When in Doubt, Overload.
  17. Can You Stand Before the Long Green Table?
  18. Always Have a Swim Buddy.

Saturday, April 15, 2023

Tony Robbins: The Success Cycle; why => how

 Tony Robbins | If Your Goal Doesn’t Scare You, Find a New Goal | LinkedIn

1. Change your SHOULDS into MUSTS;
  • Reasons come first; answers come second. 
  • If you have a strong enough why, you can do anything.
2. Don’t fall into the trap of “the tyranny of how”
  • People ask how first. This is the wrong place to start
    because you’ve never done anything like this before,
     so even subconsciously, your mind will trick you into thinking you can’t do it.
3. Tap into the power of momentum
  • Success breeds momentum.
  • massive action - massive results
4. So how can you create certainty?
  • You produce the result so perfectly, vivid, clear,
    and emotionally associated in your mind first.

Saturday, April 1, 2023

book: Plato's Lemonade Stand by Tom Morris

Plato's Lemonade Stand: Stirring Change into Something Great: Morris, Tom: 9780999481349: Books

Tom Morris | LinkedIn

Tom Morris

Plato's Lemonade Stand — Tom Morris

Plato's Lemonade Stand: Stirring Change into Something Great

From Tom Morris

"Most of us grew up hearing the old advice, "When life hands you lemons, make lemonade." But typically, no one says how. I’ve searched the wisdom of the great philosophers throughout the centuries to see if they had any advice for great lemonade making, and was delightfully surprised at what I discovered.

It turns out that there is an art of change, or transformation, composed of three component arts. These are the secrets to the spiritual process the ancients knew of as alchemy."

The "Art of Change" Involves:

Phase I: Adaptation

(1) The Art of Self-Control

This art has three requirements:

  • Don't Rush to Judgment
  • Value the Right Things
  • Use Your Imagination Well

 (2) The Art of Positive Action

This art also has three requirements:

  • Govern Your Attitudes
  • Look for Opportunities
  • Take the Initiative

 3. The Art of Achievement

This art has 7 components. The 7 Cs of Success:

  • Conception
  • Confidence
  • Concentration
  • Consistency
  • Commitment
  • Character and
  • A Capacity to Enjoy the Process

Phase II: Innovation

  • Prepare for challenge
  • Gather strong support
  • Communicate positively and well
  • Focus on what's at stake
  • Take action to launch new habits


Unleashed E57: Tom Morris - Turning Lemons into Lemonade - YouTube

Unleashed E57: Tom Morris - Turning Lemons into Lemonade

Unleashed Podcast - Results Business Consultants

Who Can Name A Great Philosopher? The Classic Morris Intro. - YouTube

quote: "life is not what you want it to be, it is what you make it"

Tom Morris on True Success - YouTube

Tom Morris and Winnie the Pooh: 30 Second Network TV Ad - YouTube

Saturday, March 18, 2023

Saturday, March 4, 2023

video: 5 Keys to Living by Tony Robbins

 5 Keys to Living Your Best Post-Pandemic Life | Tony Robbins - YouTube

The world is opening up again after more than a year of lockdowns and restrictions – how do we make sure that we’re successful in a “new normal?” How can we gain momentum – and never stop making progress?

In this video, Tony talks about some of his most personally challenging times and how he trained his mind to not only get through them, but to take action and come out on top. Plus, he provides an in-depth explanation of five essential keys that will help you not only gain momentum in a post-pandemic world but keep momentum and thrive. Five keys from Tony: 
  • Key 1: Read 30 minutes per day – Find out exactly why feeding your mind is essential to growth.
  • Key 2: Feed and strengthen your body every day – When you don’t take of your body, you don’t take care of your mind. Discover how pushing your body increases your will to succeed.
  • Key 3: Get a role model – Tony always says that success leaves clues. What can a mentor do for you?
  • Key 4: Create a plan and take massive action – It isn’t enough to think about what you want to do. You need to START. And that means you must take massive action immediately.
  • Key 5: Give more than you expect to receive – Many people are struggling during the COVID-19 pandemic and will continue to struggle as it goes on. When you dedicate yourself to serving others and adding value, your perspective and circumstances will dramatically change.
If you want to make changes but don’t know where to start in a post-pandemic world, Tony will help you get in motion and stay in motion.

Saturday, February 25, 2023

book: Old School Grit

 Old School Grit: Times May Change, But the Rules for Success Never Do (Sports for the Soul): Donnelly, Darrin: 9780692816424: Books

"sports fable"


Old School Grit @

Rule #1: Don’t Accept Your Fate, Create Your Destiny

Rule #2: You’ll Only Achieve What You Believe You Can Achieve

Rule #3: Embrace the Pressure

Rule #4: Finish Strong

Rule #5: Find Something You Love to Do and Stick with It

Rule #6: Keep Moving Forward

Rule #7: Put the Needs of Others Above Your Own

Rule #8: Live for a Purpose Greater than Yourself

Rule #9: Eliminate Negative Influences

Rule #10: Effort Trumps Talent

Rule #11: Focus on Only the Things You Can Control

Rule #12: Don’t Waste a Day

Rule #13: Life Is a Series of Wins and Lessons

Rule #14: Don’t Put Off Pursuing Your Dreams

Rule #15: Don’t Quit. Don’t Ever Quit

Saturday, February 4, 2023

Timeblocking productivity: book Deep Work by Cal Newport

Timeblocking - Wikipedia

Timeblocking or time blocking (also known as time chunking) is a productivity technique for personal time management where a period of time—typically a day or week—is divided into smaller segments or blocks for specific tasks or to-dos. It integrates the function of a calendar with that of a to-do list. It is a kind of scheduling.

When done properly, timeblocking can help eliminate distractions and discourage unproductive multitasking

One of the early adopters of timeblocking was Benjamin Franklin ===>>>

Timeboxing is one of several time management strategies to help you take back control of your schedule. Instead of losing hours to easy tasks, timeboxing can help you fight procrastination, reclaim lost productivity, and focus on the work that matters. With timeboxing, you’ll practice assigning each task a specific amount of time, so you can spend less time planning work and more time in flow.

Timeboxing - Wikipedia

timeboxing allocates a fixed and maximum unit of time to an activity, called a timebox, within which planned activity takes place. It is used by agile principles-based project management approaches and for personal time management.

Cal Newport's Deep Work Time Blocking Method –

In his book, Deep Work, he explains his key to daily productivity: schedule out every minute of your day. This may sound extreme, but he argues it’s the best way to keep yourself focused on “deep work” and fight off the temptation to engage in shallow tasks (like email and social media). And it’s easier than you think. He calls it “Time Blocking” 

Cal Newport

Introducing The Time-Block Planner by Cal Newport - YouTube

Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World: Newport, Cal: 9781455586691: Books

Saturday, January 14, 2023

book: The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success by Deepak Chopra

 The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success - Wikipedia

1. The Law of Pure Potentiality: Take time to be silent, to just BE. Meditate for 30 minutes twice a day. Silently witness the intelligence within every living thing. Practice non-judgment.

2. The Law of Giving: Today, bring whoever you encounter a gift, a compliment, or a flower. Gratefully receive gifts. Keep wealth circulating by giving and receiving care, affection, appreciation and love

3. The Law of Karma: Every action generates a force of energy that returns to us in like kind. Choosing actions that bring happiness and success to others ensures the flow of happiness and success to you.

4. The Law of Least Effort: Accept people, situations, and events as they occur. Take responsibility for your situation and for all events seen as problems. Relinquish the need to defend your point of view. 

5. The Law of Intention and Desire: Inherent in every intention and desire is the mechanics for its fulfillment. Make a list of desires. Trust that when things don’t seem to go your way, there is a reason. 

6. The Law of Detachment: Allow yourself and others the freedom to be who they are. Do not force solutions—allow solutions to spontaneously emerge. Uncertainty is essential, and your path to freedom. 

7. The Law of Dharma: We have taken manifestation in physical form to fulfill a purpose

Deepak Chopra - Wikipedia

How To Master The 7 Spiritual Laws Of Success (book's web site)

The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success: A Pocketbook Guide to Fulfilling Your Dreams (One Hour of Wisdom): Chopra M.D., Deepak: 9781878424716: Books

The Seven Spiritual Laws for Parents: Guiding Your Children to Success and Fulfillment: Chopra M.D., Deepak: 9781400097852: Books

  1. Sunday: Everything is possible.
  2. Monday:  If you want to get something, give something.
  3. Tuesday: When you make a choice, you change the future.
  4. Wednesday:  Don’t say no—go with the flow.
  5. Thursday: Every time you wish or want, you plant a seed.
  6. Friday: Enjoy the journey.
  7. Saturday: You are here for a reason.

Saturday, January 7, 2023

Architecture patterns, philosophy: Christopher Alexander

 Christopher Alexander - Wikipedia

was an Austrian-born British-American architect and design theorist. He was an emeritus professor at the University of California, Berkeley. His theories about the nature of human-centered design have affected fields beyond architecture, including urban design, software, and sociology

in software, Alexander is regarded as the father of the pattern language movement. The first wiki—the technology behind Wikipedia—led directly from Alexander's work, according to its creator, Ward Cunningham. Alexander's work has also influenced the development of agile software development.

In architecture, Alexander's work is used by a number of different contemporary architectural communities of practice, including the New Urbanist movement, to help people to reclaim control over their own built environment.

Understanding Christopher Alexander, with Brent Ryan - YouTube

book: A Pattern Language - Wikipedia

The book creates a new language, what the authors call a pattern language derived from timeless entities called patterns. A Pattern Language: Towns, Buildings, Construction: Books

The Timeless Way of Building: Alexander, Christopher: Books


It is primarily seen as a book about architecture, but is also a book about a way of life. Alexander wrote the book in a beautiful way, with one or two lines in italics that sum up the general principals of his thinking, followed by unitalicized prose that dives deeper in the specific applications to architecture and design. He suggests reading the italicized parts first, then going back and re-reading the entire book