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Perennial Seller by Ryan Holiday - Book Review and Quick Summary
  • Written by James
  • July 19th, 2017
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Perennial Seller by Ryan Holiday - Book Review and Quick Summary

Do you want to make something truly great? A body of work that sticks around, and helps people year after year? Are you sick of everyone telling you to churn out cheap, ’viral’ content? Ryan Holiday has the book for you.

The Inner Game of Tennis by W. Timothy Gallwey - Book Review and Quick Summary
  • Written by James
  • July 17th, 2017
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The Inner Game of Tennis by W. Timothy Gallwey - Book Review and Quick Summary

The sportsman’s most common complaint: “It’s not that I don’t know what to do, it’s that I don’t do what I know!"

Absorb what is useful. Discard what is not.

Absorb what is useful. Discard what is not.

"Absorb what is useful. Discard what is not. Add what is uniquely your own.” -Bruce Lee

Barking Up the Wrong Tree By Eric Barker - Book Review and Quick Summary
  • Written by James
  • July 6th, 2017
  • About books

Barking Up the Wrong Tree By Eric Barker - Book Review and Quick Summary

"Much of what we’ve been told about the qualities that lead to achievement is logical, earnest—and downright wrong.” - Eric Barker

On Developing Taste

On Developing Taste

In the summer of 2015, I decided to learn photography. I didn’t know about lighting or composition or exposure. I didn’t even know what kind of photos I wanted to take. I took random snapshots of bridges, of buildings, of random knick-knacks in my house. There was no learning, just me pressing the shutter button.

Absolutely on Music by Haruki Murakami - Music List and Quick Summary
  • Written by James
  • June 8th, 2017
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Absolutely on Music by Haruki Murakami - Music List and Quick Summary

Murakami chats with internationally renowned conductor Seiji Ozawa over two years of interviews.

Absolutely on Music by Haruki Murakami - Music List and Quick Summary
  • Written by James
  • June 3rd, 2017
  • About books

Absolutely on Music by Haruki Murakami - Music List and Quick Summary

Murakami chats with internationally renowned conductor Seiji Ozawa over two years of interviews.

Reinvent Yourself by James Altucher - Book Review and Quick Summary
  • Written by James
  • May 27th, 2017
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Reinvent Yourself by James Altucher - Book Review and Quick Summary

If there’s anyone who knows how to reinvent himself, it’s James Altucher. He’s run hedge funds, started companies, lost it all with said companies, written books, hosted TV, and blogged about the worst moments of his life. His willingness to be vulnerable in his writing sets him apart from the sea of ’amazing’ self-help gurus. In “Reinvent Yourself", Altucher collects lessons he’s learned from his mentors, and shares them with you the reader.

Dr. Rhonda Patrick’s 80/20 Lifestyle Changes

Dr. Rhonda Patrick’s 80/20 Lifestyle Changes

Dr. Patrick has extensive research experience in the fields of aging, cancer, and nutrition. She’s well known for her thoughts on sauna use, vitamin D, and micronutrient deficiencies.

Panda Planner Vs. SELF Journal

Panda Planner Vs. SELF Journal

If you’re a freelancer, student, or someone who has some freedom to arrange your day, you need a planner system. Without one it’s too easy to float along and forget about your priorities.

A Checklist for When I’m feeling Down, Unproductive, or Unmotivated

A Checklist for When I’m feeling Down, Unproductive, or Unmotivated

The past few weeks I’ve felt like an unproductive sack of shit. I stare at my to-do list and open reddit instead. I feel bad about it so I check my phone and scroll through Facebook. Now I feel worse. Rinse, repeat.

Run your personal finances like Amazon

Run your personal finances like Amazon

A silly thought experiment
The Lean Startup by Eric Ries - Review and Quick Summary
  • Written by James
  • March 1st, 2017
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The Lean Startup by Eric Ries - Review and Quick Summary

The definitive book on running a Silicon-Valley style ’lean’ startup. Must read for entrepreneurs.

An Example of Tinkering - Playing with Post-Processing

An Example of Tinkering - Playing with Post-Processing

I’m home from work but can’t relax. My head is all over the place.

Experiments

Experiments

Floating along and just going through the day-to-day motions makes me really unhappy. If my mood is off, 90% of the time it’s because I’ve been stagnant. I bet a lot of my readers feel the same way.

Gateless by Sebastian Marshall and Kai Zau - Review and Quick Summary
  • Written by James
  • February 4th, 2017
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Gateless by Sebastian Marshall and Kai Zau - Review and Quick Summary

Gateless - a “self-improvement” book that will actually improve your life.

Common But Not Normal

Common But Not Normal

When I was a kid, I drank pop everyday.

Purple Cow by Seth Godin - Review and Quick Summary
  • Written by James
  • January 7th, 2017
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Purple Cow by Seth Godin - Review and Quick Summary

Seth Godin’s treatise on the need to be remarkable in today’s economy.

Growth Hacker Marketing by Ryan Holiday - Review and Quick Summary
  • Written by James
  • January 7th, 2017
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Growth Hacker Marketing by Ryan Holiday - Review and Quick Summary

Holiday neatly outlines the tactics and mindset needed to become a growth hacker.

2016 Annual Review

2016 Annual Review

Periodic reflections on your life status are enlightening and can help clarify goals for the future. Here’s an overview of how my 2016 went.

Trust Me I’m Lying by Ryan Holiday - Book Review and Quick Summary
  • Written by James
  • December 19th, 2016
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Trust Me I’m Lying by Ryan Holiday - Book Review and Quick Summary

Do you get angry while skimming through news headlines? Then someone succeeded in manipulating you.

You Are Holding Yourself Back

You Are Holding Yourself Back

The way you view yourself is preventing your growth.

Persuasion and Influence Book List
  • Written by James
  • November 9th, 2016
  • About books

Persuasion and Influence Book List

Are you surprised at yesterday’s election results? Do you want to help shift the political climate? You need to brush up on your sales skills.

The Subtle Art of Not Giving A Fuck by Mark Manson - Review and Quick Summary
  • Written by James
  • September 23rd, 2016
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The Subtle Art of Not Giving A Fuck by Mark Manson - Review and Quick Summary

Pragmatic and brutally honest advice in the self-help sea of useless feel-good bullshit.

Fuji Camera Travel Kit

Fuji Camera Travel Kit

I’m headed to Hong Kong and Hawaii! Here’s the photography gear I’m taking.

One Camera One Lens One Year - 3 Months In

One Camera One Lens One Year - 3 Months In

In May I started on a year-long photography project. Based on this post by The Online Photographer, the goal is to photograph for a year using one camera, one fixed lens (no zooming!), and only black and white. Hopefully I’ll learn something and quit blowing money on camera equipment.

Ego is the Enemy by Ryan Holiday - Review and Quick Summary
  • Written by James
  • June 17th, 2016
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Ego is the Enemy by Ryan Holiday - Review and Quick Summary

Ryan Holiday, author of The Obstacle is the Way, has just published his treatise on ego, sure to be another cult classic.

To Save Money, Don’t Be Frugal — Remove Ads
  • Written by James
  • June 2nd, 2016
  • About money

To Save Money, Don’t Be Frugal — Remove Ads

Being frugal is overrated. You can save more money with less effort with one simple change: reduce your exposure to ads.

The Last Safe Investment by Bryan Franklin and Michael Ellsberg - Review and Quick Summary
  • Written by James
  • May 15th, 2016
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The Last Safe Investment by Bryan Franklin and Michael Ellsberg - Review and Quick Summary

Eyeglasses and the Fuji X-Pro2

Eyeglasses and the Fuji X-Pro2

Fuji’s newest flagship, the X-Pro2, has just released and we are starting to see real world reviews. While many reviews are glowing, some glasses-wearers aren’t happy with the viewfinder’s small eye relief. Is this really an issue or just overblown internet drama?

Work in Serial

Work in Serial

Here’s a list of things I tried to do in 2015. Try to guess how many I accomplished:

How to Learn Any Language in 1 Year (In less than 30 minutes a day)
  • Written by James
  • February 3rd, 2016
  • About Language

How to Learn Any Language in 1 Year (In less than 30 minutes a day)

It is possible to learn a language to fluency in under a year, in a short amount of time each day [1].

Deep Work by Cal Newport - Review and Quick Summary
  • Written by James
  • January 9th, 2016
  • About books

Deep Work by Cal Newport - Review and Quick Summary

Not just another rant by a technophobe, Newport makes a compelling case for the importance of ’Deep Work’.

Weather Resistant Fuji Lenses and Cameras

Weather Resistant Fuji Lenses and Cameras

Updated February 2017

What’s Important and Unimportant in Photography

What’s Important and Unimportant in Photography

A reminder to myself:

Stoicism Resources
  • Written by James
  • September 22nd, 2015
  • About Resources

Stoicism Resources

I’ve found many tenants and practices of the Stoics helpful in developing tranquility and happiness in my personal life. The Stoic philosophy is surprisingly relevant in modern society. You don’t have to believe in Greek gods or sleep on the floor to find Stoicism useful.

How to Tinker

How to Tinker

Set aside time to tinker. An hour, or an afternoon will do.

Minimalism Resources

Minimalism Resources

Minimalism isn’t about throwing everything away and living in an empty house with blank walls. It’s about removing the unessential so you can focus on living.

Take Care of Your Health First

Take Care of Your Health First

A common theme with these writings is “Fundamentals First,” that is, make sure your foundation is solid (not necessarily perfect) before taking further action. This post is about the most fundamental of fundamentals: your mind and body.

Strength Resources

Strength Resources

Below I’ve compiled resources on strength training which are notably useful. These links are generally geared towards intermediate lifters or those who want to understand more about strength training. Click here for olympic weightlifting specific resources.

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