Saturday, May 18, 2024

Commencement Speeches, AI

good new...

Jerry Seinfeld | Duke's 2024 Commencement Address - YouTube

"...AI, on the other hand, is the most embarrassing thing
we've ever invented in mankind's time on Earth.

Oh, so you can't do the work?
Is that what you're telling me? You can't figure it out.
This seems to be the justification of AI - I couldn't do it.
This is something to be embarrassed about.
The ad campaign for ChatGPT GPT should be the opposite of Nike.
You just can't do it.

Making fake brains is risky.
Frankenstein proved that he was so dumb
he thought a monster needed a sport jacket...

What I like is we're smart enough to invent it and dumb enough to need it.
And still so stupid we can't figure out if we did the right thing.
Making work easier.
This is the problem.
So obsessed with getting to the answer,
completing the project, producing a result which are all valid things,
but not where the richness of the human experience lies.
The only two things you ever need to pay attention to in
life are work and love

I Gave A Commencement Speech! - YouTube by Marques Brownlee, NJ, tech-YouTuber

Harvard Commencement 2023 - YouTube: by Tom Hanks

and good classics...

Steve Jobs' 2005 Stanford Commencement Address - YouTube

Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos delivers graduation speech at Princeton University - YouTube
"it is harder to be kind than clever"

book: The Power of Full Engagement

The Power of Full Engagement: Managing Energy, Not Time, Is the Key to High Performance and Personal Renewal: Loehr, Jim, Schwartz, Tony: 9780743226752: Books James E. Loehr: books, biography, latest update

Books | Jim Loehr Performance Psychologist

Dr. Jim Loehr #193 @The Knowledge Project podcast

No. 1 Performance Psychologist: Here's What The Best in the World Know About Success That You Don't - YouTube

THE POWER OF FULL ENGAGEMENT by Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz | Animated Core Message - YouTube

PNTV: The Power of Full Engagement by Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz (#57) - YouTube

Manage Your Energy, Not Your Time: A Visual Summary of The Power of Full Engagement - YouTube


The Power Of Full Engagement Summary - Four Minute Books

There are four kinds of energy for you to manage: physical energy, emotional energy, mental energy and spiritual energy.
  • Physical energy is the most important and it’s based on how well you sleep, how well you eat and how well you exercise. Without physical energy, you won’t be able to do anything, so most of your attention should go to that.
  • Emotional energy allows you to react to situations with a broad set of feelings and not just let the world push your buttons. It’s the difference between yelling at a poor clerk in the store, or taking their slowness with a smile.
  • Mental energy helps you not cave when things get tough and power through the boring parts at work when you need to.
  • Spiritual energy is not about following a religion. It’s just a sort of compass for your life, pointing you in the right direction thanks to clearly knowing your own morals and values, when you’re in need of guidance or don’t know what to do next.
Pay attention to these kinds of energy throughout your day and you’ll notice they have a much bigger impact on your performance than managing your time.

Book Summary and Notes: The Power of Full Engagement by Loehr and Schwartz - TuningJohn

  • Tagline: Managing energy, not time, is the key to high performance and personal renewal
Key points:
  • Full engagement requires drawing on four separate but related sources of energy:
    physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual.

  • Because energy capacity diminishes both with overuse and with underuse,
    we must balance energy expenditure with intermittent energy renewal.

  • To build capacity, we must push beyond our normal limits,
    training in the same systematic way that elite athletes do.

  • Positive energy rituals – highly specific routines for managing energy – are the key to full engagement and sustained high performance.

  • To build capacity, we must systematically expose ourselves to more stress– followed by adequate recovery. Challenging a muscle past its current limits prompts a phenomenon known as supercompensation.

  • A short nap of just forty minutes improved performance by an average of 34 percent and alertness by 100 percent

  • As little as 5 percent of our behaviors are consciously self-directed. We are creatures of habit and as much as 95 percent of what we do occurs automatically or in reaction to demand or an anxiety.

  • The most important role of rituals is to insure an effective balance between energy expenditure and energy renewal in the service of full engagement.

The Power of Full Engagement Summary of Key Ideas and Review | Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz - Blinkist

In order to increase performance, we need to focus on managing our energy rather than our time.

So rather than optimizing our schedules, we should focus on optimizing the quantity and quality of our available energy.

Saturday, May 11, 2024

book: The Art of Learning by Josh Waitzkin The Art of Learning: An Inner Journey to Optimal Performance: 8601404512155: Waitzkin, Josh: Books

The Art of Learning — Josh Waitzkin


Book Summary and Notes: The Art of Learning by Josh Waitzkin - TuningJohn

Techniques of top level performers:
  • Take detailed notes of training, workouts, and competitions. Include the feeling or mindset at the time, performance at the highest levels is differentiated largely by psychology.
  • Frame errors and mistakes not as excuses but as opportunities for learning and improvement.
  • Do not allow one mistake to lead to bad mental states that cause further errors.
  • Willing to lose over and over if it is a learning experience and leads to wins later.
  • Complete mastery of the most basic, fundamental concepts. Practice these slowly, methodically, thoroughly, and repeatedly, speeding up only when the form is absolutely perfect.
  • Start combining those fundamental concepts only after mastery, then forming connections between the concepts as a sort of neural network.
  • Find ways to use injuries or natural disadvantages to create advantages. Likewise, artificially create disadvantages to practice difficult situations and build resilience, and to discover techniques not discovered by following the standard methods.
  • Play psychological tricks and feints to dupe opponents into failing. Similarly, train against these tricks yourself.
  • Rest harder and deeper than competitors. Train recovery periods to be as short as possible.
  • Meticulous review of past games and trainings.
  • Become expert in positions and techniques considered to be weak by others, lead others into it intentionally, and dominate the position and having the advantage.

Sunday, April 28, 2024

podcast: DarrenDaily On-Demand

DarrenDaily On-Demand - YouTube

Every hero needs a mentor, a guide. To provide insight, advice, training or even (what seems like magical) proven tools to help you succeed

Darren Hardy is an American author, keynote speaker, advisor, and former publisher of SUCCESS magazine.[1][2] Hardy is a New York Times best-selling author,[3] who wrote The Entrepreneur Roller Coaster, Living Your Best Year Ever and The Compound Effect.[4][5]

Saturday, April 27, 2024

book & movie: The Miracle Morning

The Miracle Morning (Updated and Expanded Edition): The Not-So-Obvious Secret Guaranteed to Transform Your Life (Before 8AM) (Miracle Morning Book Series): Elrod, Hal: 9781637744345: Books

web site:
See How The Miracle Morning SAVERS Can Help Your Morning Routine

Hal Elrod and The Miracle Morning Routine - YouTube

The Miracle Morning Movie FREE - Available In 12 Languages - YouTube
1h 40m

S: Silence
A: Affirmations
V: Visualization
E: Exercise
R: Reading
S: Scribing (writing)

  • "head on": total responsibility
  • good stories: "hero's journey"
  • why mornings? => define the day
  • life S.A.V.E.R.S.
  • habits 101: 30 days: unbearable (10), uncomfortable (10), unstoppable (10)
  • Many of us live a mediocre life, though we all have the potential to be successful.
  • Rearview Mirror Syndrome and Isolating Incidences prevent people from reaching their full potential.
  • To start the day well, stop hitting the snooze button and change how you think about sleep.
  • Change your morning routine to increase your Wake Up Motivation Level.
  • Practicing purposeful silence in the morning will help you fight stress.
  • Use affirmation and visualization in the morning to start creating your ideal life.
  • Morning exercise will keep your body healthy and spur your success.
  • Read and write in the morning to focus on personal growth.
  • Customize your Miracle Morning to make it fit your own specific needs.
  • Make your Miracle Morning a new habit by having an accountability partner and committing to a 30-day challenge.

"How you do anything is how you do everything"

“Your level of success will rarely exceed your level of personal development because success is something you attract by the person you become.”
- Jim Rohn


app (requires subscription)

related books

Sunday, April 7, 2024

The Force

Star Wars

No, try not. Do, or do not. There is no try!

The Force |

The Force is a mysterious energy field created by life that binds the galaxy together. Harnessing the power of the Force gives the Jedi, the Sith, and others sensitive to this spiritual energy extraordinary abilities, such as levitating objects, tricking minds, and seeing things before they happen.

Saturday, April 6, 2024

Goals: Self Authoring

THIS Is A Miracle of Stupidity! w/ Dr. Jordan Peterson - YouTube

How the Self Authoring Program Works | Jordan B Peterson - YouTube

you need to develop a vision for your life and that makes delaying
gratification for example and not engaging in impulsive momentary pleasure worthwhile 
because you're building towards something that you actually want to attain

what do you want your life to look like in five years

when you have a vision that's very very clear and high definition, burnout just kind of goes away

help people develop a vision and one of the things we ask people to do is 
just to sit for 15 minutes write for 15 minutes badly

students do that before they went to university
and just doing it for 90 minutes developing that Vision 
drop their dropout rate 50 percent
and increase the grade point average 35 percent

our school system was set up to produce mindless obedient workers...

People who spend time writing carefully about themselves
become happier, less anxious and depressed and physically healthier.
They become more productive, persistent and engaged in life.
This is because thinking about where you came from,
who you are and where you are going helps you chart a simpler and more rewarding path through life.

There’s some impressive science to back up goal setting. And yet it’s something we’re never taught or encouraged to do. But the statistics don’t lie, and make a strong argument for getting good at this skill; and making a habit of it.

A Harvard Business Study found that the 3% of graduates from their MBA who had their goals written down, ended up earning ten times as much as the other 97% put together, just ten years after graduation.

S-M-A-R-T Goals.
This acronym stands for Specific, Measurable, Actionable, Realistic, Timely.

Saturday, March 23, 2024

book: Get Better at Anything by Scott H. Young

Get Better at Anything: 12 Maxims for Mastery: Young, Scott H.: 9780063256675: Books

The author of the Wall Street Journal bestseller Ultralearning explores why it’s so difficult for people to learn new skills, arguing that three factors must be met to make advancement possible, and offering 12 maxims to improve the way we learn.

In Get Better At Anything, Scott Young argues that there are three key factors in helping us learn:

See—Most of what we know comes from other people. The ease of learning from others determines, to a large extent, how quickly we can improve.

Do—Mastery requires practice. But not just any practice will do. Our brains are fantastic effort-saving machines, which can be both a tremendous advantage and a curse.

Feedback—Progress requires constant adjustment. Not just the red stroke of a teacher’s pen, but the results of hands-on experience.

When we’re able to learn from the example of other people, practice extensively ourselves, and get reliable feedback, rapid progress results. Yet, when one, or all, of these factors is inhibited, improvement often becomes impossible. Using research and real-life examples, Young breaks down these elements into twelve simple maxims. Whether you’re a student studying for an exam, an employee facing a new skill at work, or just want to get better at something you’re interested in, his insights will help you do it better.

summary / review

  • Solve problems like mazes with a 3-step approach.
  • Learn faster by prioritizing variation over repetition.
  • Use 3 unlearning strategies to overcome your mind’s conditioning.
  1. Frame the problem correctly. right perspective makes all the difference. 
  2. Pick promising problems. pick ones where we can see a path to a solution.
  3. Explore the problem space one room at a time.
    Often, solutions add up slowly over time, then come to us all at once.
  1. Shuffle what you learn. 
  2. Play with more performers. 
  3. Learn the theories.
  4. Get it right, then vary your practice. 
  1. Add new constraints
  2. Get a coach
  3. Renovate instead of rebuilding.

Saturday, March 16, 2024

book: The Power of Positive Thinking by Norman Vincent Peale

An old popular book about about power of belief.
While it is based on Bible and with specific religious foundation,
it could be a useful "philosophy" for life in general.
Audio version recommended. The Power of Positive Thinking: Ten Traits for Maximum Results (Audible Audio Edition): Dr. Norman Vincent Peale, John Bedford Lloyd, Clifford Peale, Simon & Schuster Audio: Audible Books & Originals

The Power of Positive Thinking - Wikipedia

1952 self-help book by American minister Norman Vincent Peale. It provides anecdotal "case histories" of positive thinking using a biblical approach, and practical instructions which were designed to help the reader achieve a permanent and optimistic attitude. These techniques usually involved affirmations and visualizations

reviews / summaries / quotes

"the roots of success lie in the mind and teach you how to believe in yourself, break the habit of worrying, and take control of your life by taking control of your thoughts and changing your attitude."

"In "The Power of Positive Thinking," Dr. Norman Vincent Peale delivers a powerful message of hope and inspiration, providing readers with practical tools and techniques to build a positive mindset, overcome adversity, and achieve personal growth."

Saturday, February 17, 2024

book: Nudge by Richard Thaler

Nudge: The Final Edition by Thaler, Richard H.

of one of the most important books of the last two decades, by Nobel Prize winner Richard H. Thaler and Cass R. Sunstein

how we make decisions—for fans of Malcolm Gladwell’s Blink, Charles Duhigg’s The Power of Habit, James Clear’s Atomic Habits, and Daniel Kahneman’s Thinking, Fast and Slow

Richard Thaler - Wikipedia

Thaler is a theorist in behavioral economics who has collaborated with Daniel Kahneman, Amos Tversky, and others in further defining that field.

In 2017, he was awarded the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences for his contributions to behavioral economics.

Saturday, February 3, 2024

book Goals! by Brian Tracy

 Goals!: How to Get Everything You Want -... by Tracy, Brian

Why do some people achieve all their goals while others simply dream of having a better life?... In this book, Tracy presents a simple, powerful, and effective system for setting and achieving goals—a method that has been used by more than one million people to achieve extraordinary things.


“Success is goals, and all else is commentary. All successful people are intensely goal oriented. They know what they want and they are focused single-mindedly on achieving it, every single day.”


  1. What are your five most important values in life?
  2. What are your three most important goals in life, right now?
  3. What would you do, how would you spend your time, if you learned today that you only had six months to live?
  4. What would you do if you won a million dollars cash, tax free, in the lottery tomorrow
  5. What have you always wanted to do, but been afraid to attempt?
  6. What do you most enjoy doing? What gives you your greatest feeling of self-esteem and personal satisfaction?
  7. What one great thing would you dare to dream if you knew you would not fail?

For you to develop sufficient desire to develop Time Power, you must be intensely motivated.

By gaining two productive hours each day, you can transform your personal and working life.

Two more productive hours, out of the eight hours that you spend at work each day, is the equivalent of at least a 25 percent increase

When you leverage the power of time management, you will have a greater sense of control over your work and your personal life.

The more skilled you become at managing your time, the happier and more confident you will feel.

You will have more time for your family and your personal life as you get your time and your life under control.

Task: Figure out how you can add two hours of productivity to your day. Make a schedule of your day and find where you can squeeze two hours of time out for maximum efficiency.

Just as self-discipline is the key to success, the lack of self-discipline is the major cause of failure, frustration, under-achievement, and unhappiness in life. It causes us to make excuses and sell ourselves short.

.two biggest enemies of success, happiness and personal fulfillment, are first the Path of Least Resistance, and second, the Expediency Factor.

Saturday, January 27, 2024

Tony Robbins: hero's journey, the path, 7 steps

Tony Robbins - YouTube

Time to Rise Summit Day 3: 7 Steps: Your Path to an Extraordinary Life - YouTube

Time to Rise Summit Day 2: Expand Your Identity & Relationships - YouTube

Time to Rise Summit Day 1: Break Through in 2024 - YouTube

Tony Robbins presents the Time to Rise Summit 2024

condensed interview version

The 5 Blockades Keeping You From Success, and How to Overcome Them - YouTube

  1. Awaken your hunger, desire
  2. Find & face the truth
  3. MAP: Massive Action Plan
  4. Do what is hard
  5. Develop daily practice
  6. Raise your standards
  7. Celebrate, appreciate, give back


Star Wars - Wikipedia

The 7 Steps of the Hero’s Journey and How to Follow Them - YouTube (Tony Robbins with Tucker Carlson)

Sunday, January 21, 2024

Success: Tenacity vs. Persistence; Kind vs. Nice

names matter, apparently

Tenacity is a Success Code - by Dr. Julie Gurner

People often confuse persistence with tenacity.
While persistence will have you doggedly pushing toward the goal…
tenacity will have you pushing and, often, adapting. Adjusting to continue to win.

You're Too Nice — and It's Holding You Back

But being a “good person” isn’t the same as being a “nice person”…
and a lot of people confuse the two to their detriment.
In fact, being good means sometimes *not* being particularly nice.

Saturday, January 13, 2024

book: Walden by Henry David Thoreau

 Walden: or, Life in the Woods: Thoreau, Henry David: 9781548742287: Books

Walden - Wikipedia

a book by American transcendentalist writer Henry David Thoreau. The text is a reflection upon the author's simple living in natural surroundings. The work is part personal declaration of independence, social experiment, voyage of spiritual discovery, satire, and—to some degree—a manual for self-reliance

The Project Gutenberg eBook of Walden, by Henry David Thoreau

Walden, and On The Duty Of Civil Disobedience by Henry David Thoreau | Project Gutenberg

Summary by Bing/ChatGPT

“Walden” is a profound work that encapsulates Thoreau’s two-year stay in a self-built cabin near Walden Pond, Massachusetts. The book is a testament to the virtues of simplicity, solitude, and a deep connection with nature.

Thoreau begins by detailing his move to Walden Pond and the construction of his rustic dwelling. His mornings are spent cultivating a modest bean-field, while his afternoons and evenings are reserved for contemplation, reading, and exploring the countryside.

Despite his seclusion, Thoreau is not entirely isolated. The Fitchburg Railroad, a symbol of advancing technology, occasionally interrupts his solitude. He also engages in conversations with various individuals, including farmers, railroad workers, and occasional visitors.

Thoreau’s connection with society extends to his frequent trips to Concord, where he interacts with friends and conducts business. Notably, he spends a night in jail for refusing to pay a poll tax in protest against slavery.

The book is replete with Thoreau’s observations of nature and the changing seasons. He describes the habits of various animals and his interactions with a Canadian-born woodcutter, Alex Therien.

“Walden” is more than a chronicle of Thoreau’s life in the wilderness; it is a philosophical exploration of life itself. Thoreau criticizes society’s obsession with material possessions and extols the virtues of a simple, self-reliant life. He finds dignity in his daily work in the bean-field and contentment in his simple lifestyle.

Thoreau’s fascination with the natural world extends to a detailed account of a war between red and black ants. He also discusses the balance between the spiritual and the savage within himself, advocating for self-control and a vegetarian diet.

In conclusion, “Walden” is a call to live authentically and deliberately, emphasizing self-reliance, simplicity, and a deep connection with nature.

Quotes from the book

Here are some of the most notable quotes from “Walden” by Henry David Thoreau:
These quotes encapsulate Thoreau’s philosophy of life, nature, and self-reliance. They continue to inspire readers to this day.

It measured 10′ x 15′ (150 square feet)

Thoreau built his cabin from recycled and salvaged materials and from rough hewn lumber from trees on the property but he did say the cabin cost him $28.12 1845
his $28.12 adjusted for 2014 inflation would be $852.12.

Using modern techniques and materials cost seem to be10x more now A basic cabin kit can cost between $6,000 to $8,000,

better tech alternative

Sunday, January 7, 2024

4D: Eisenhower Decision Matrix: Time Management

The Eisenhower Matrix: Time and Task Management Made Simple - Luxafor

  1. DO: “Important” and “Urgent” tasks. These receive the highest priority level and should be your primary focus to complete as soon as possible (most often on the same day).
  2. DECIDE: “Important”, but “Not Urgent” tasks. These are the long-term goals and tasks that are important but don’t have a firm deadline yet.  You should schedule them in a timely manner, doing the most urgent ones right after you’ve finished everything from the “Do” quadrant.
  3. DELEGATE: “Not Important”, but “Urgent” tasks. These tasks are the ones you can delegate to other professionals or appoint to complete yourself if you must, but only after your first and second quadrant tasks are completed.
  4. DELETE: “Not Important” and “Not Urgent” tasks. The tasks are placed in the “Delete” quadrant because you should eliminate doing them. This may vary due to the perception of urgency and importance, but mainly these tasks don’t even need to be done and would be considered a complete waste of time by most people.

The Eisenhower Decision Matrix: How to Distinguish Between Urgent and Important Tasks | The Art of Manliness

 Time management - Wikipedia

This "4D" is the origin of "First Things First" "habit" form 
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People - Wikipedia by Stephen Covey

Saturday, January 6, 2024

book: Same as Ever by Morgan Housel

Same as Ever: A Guide to What Never Changes: Housel, Morgan: 9780593332702: Books


Same as Ever by Morgan Housel: 9780593332702 | Books

"the best story wins"; 23 stories

  1. Hanging by a Thread: 
    ...we have no idea where we're going
  2. Risk is when you don't see
    ...surprises tend to be all that matter
  3. Expectations and reality
    happiness = low expectations
  4. Wild minds
    unique thinking: you like & you won't like
  5. Wild numbers
    people don't want accuracy; they want certainty
  6. Best story wins
    stories are always more powerful than statistics
  7. Does not compute
  8. Calm plants the seeds of crazy
  9. Too much, too soon, too fast
  10. when the magic happens
  11. Overnight tragedies and long-term miracles
  12. Tiny and magnificent
  13. Elation and despair
  14. Casualties of pefection
  15. It's supposed to be hard
  16. Keep running
  17. The wonders of future
  18. Harder than it looks and not as fun as it seems
  19. Incentives: the most powerful force in the world
  20. Now you get it
  21. Time horizons
  22. Trying too hard
  23. Wounds heal, scars last
interviews with book author

reviews / summaries

SAME AS EVER by Morgan Housel | Core Message - YouTube by Productivity Game

Same as Ever Summary by Morgan Housel (Plus PDF) - Bookies Talk

Same as Ever: A Guide to What Never Changes by Morgan Housel | Goodreads

“Want to understand the changing world? Start with what stays the same. That’s the amazing conclusion of Morgan Housel’s fascinating, useful, and highly-entertaining book.”

From the author of the international blockbuster, THE PSYCHOLOGY OF MONEY, a powerful new tool to unlock one of life’s most challenging puzzles.

Every investment plan under the sun is, at best, an informed speculation of what may happen in the future, based on a systematic extrapolation from the known past.

Same as Ever reverses the process, inviting us to identify the many things that never, ever change.