What I’m doing now

Hey there. I don’t think this page will get updated always, but I’m still putting it here to let you know what big projects or interests I’m pursuing right now. (I was persuaded into creating this by Derek Sivers.) Also, I’m putting in what’s potentially useful to you–the Mentors section below.

Mentors I follow

A lot of my ideas only come from a few people. It’s quality over quantity when it comes to consuming information online. (More on that later.) But here are my current mentors:

  • Derek Sivers – His “Do This” post series
  • BJ Fogg – Behavior science articles
  • Tim Ferriss – Philosophy, Entrepreneurship
  • Nat Eliason – I’m binging and applying his articles right now, but they fall on one of these categories: Content, Thinking Better, Philosophy & Principles, Marketing, SEO, Books, Productivity, Business
  • Miles Beckler – Everything Digital Marketing. To this day, his teachings made it clearer that you don’t build an online business through duplicity and selling people’s attention through ads. You build it by creating what people need while giving them what they want.
  • Alexander Leonidas – Strength Training. I learned how to structure Fitness into my life rather than structuring my life around Fitness. From that point, I’ve started changing my thinking patterns that your interests shouldn’t consume all of your life–most of it, yes.

What I’m Reading

I can’t tell which books I’m going to stick on each day because I happen to quit books that bore the hell out of me. If I don’t like the book, I don’t stick to it. This might be a mistake because some of the “boring” books/writings are actually great according to my sources. (i.e. Antifragile by Nassim Nicholas Taleb, or most Journal Articles.) Anyway, here’s my current reading list:

  • Self-Reliance by Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • The Effective Executive by Peter F. Drucker
  • The Cook and The Chef: Musk’s Secret Sauce (this is an article)
  • Why We Sleep by Matthew Walker
  • Letters from a Stoic by Seneca
  • Finite and Infinite Games by James Carse

If you want to recommend some books, please let me know!

Also, I’m learning a lot on the topic of decision-making right now. It’s pretty underrrated.

Writing

I currently have more than 10 drafts cooking inside my “Drafts” Evernote notebook. I found that keeping Drafts helps you write multiple posts at once and improve them iteratively before they’re publishable in my eyes. I’ve filled up some drafts on how to filter out crap online information and the Zettelkasten Method, so I think they’d be published soon.

I’m currently finishing my first draft of my Procrastination book with the working title You’re Not Lazy: Six Strategies to Beat Procrastination Without Willpower. Ironically, I procrastinated a lot while writing this book–so I’m really no exception. Good thing, though, is that I apply what I’ve learned to overcome this problem myself. The root of the problem was a lack of clarity. This light overwhelm is normal because it’s the first book I’ve ever spent lots of time researching and synthesizing. So I started giving it more thought by clearly outlining the concrete steps I need to take before writing.

I think proper planning doesn’t really get that much credit. The simple fact that I achieved clarity of what to do opened up dozens of doors for “next actions”. Now, I don’t stop because I’m “stuck”, but because I’m tired–it’s a better problem to have than getting stuck because I could always rest.

Anyway, I’ll update you guys when it comes out. I’m currently at 30-40%, I think.

Strength Training

This is the first time I’m going to talk about this in the blog! I’m actually excited to write this one. It feeds my ego. Kidding.

I sometimes go to the gym but I mostly work out from home. Here are my stats:

One arm dumbbell overhead press – 66lbs x 4 reps

Strict, slow dumbbell rows – 66lbs x 8 reps

And the last time I went to the gym, I squatted 175lbs x 5 reps. Crap, I lost a lot of leg strength ever since I stopped going to the gym due to my schedule. Before it was 235 lbs x 5 reps if I remember correctly and my bench press was at 205 x 5 reps.

Pull-ups suck. So I’m gonna work on it. Onward.

Studying

I’m currently studying Research Techniques for my Graduate Studies at the University. (It’s a pre-requisite to the Thesis units) I realized that the way “research” is taught at school is largely prone to confirmation bias and is actually taught backward. It’s a top-down approach:

  1. Think of a topic
  2. Find sources relevant to that topic

Instead of a bottom-up approach:

  1. Read sources based on your interests
  2. Look at relevant papers
  3. Topic eventually emerges

Of course, I’ll do the latter.