I just made that number up. But I had a thought I wanted to share, that may have crossed your mind before. The chances of you being born are slim. But what's even more slim is the fact that you're not born as a mosquito, a plant or a cute porcupine. You are born as a human being. A human being with internet power, a brain, a human who is capable of creating things never created before. But here I am, scrolling on social media. Complaining about what I could have been instead of just taking action. Imagining what life would be like if ''I just started playing piano and went to the gym more often''. How proud would I be? Note to self & people who relate: Perhaps you consider this a strong take but I think it is insulting to your ancestors, to all the species on earth who wished to be in your position but instead you decide to eat oreos while scrolling on Instagram to fap to next hot girl you saw. 270+ generations for you to sit here today, but instead you're on 9gag or Battle.net It's time to stop insulting your previous generations, and do something useful
But almost everything I've learned seems obvious in hindsight. 😅 When I gave up soda, I replaced it with bubbly water. I didn't get rid of doing something I loved, I just made it effortless to be healthy. I am giving up mindless YouTube (separate from intentionally watching certain creators and content) and replacing it with Twitter and Synthesizer School. I will still consume content, but it will be effortless to spark new ideas and digest new viewpoints. ❓❔Question Time! ❓❔: Is there a way to make YouTube a more curated experience? Any other sources besides, Twitter, Synthesizer School, and newsletters y'all love? Which newsletters are your favorite?
Hi. I know this wasn't your question, but regarding YouTube: I installed the "Clickbait Remover" Chrome extension. It removes the Thumbnails and changes the titles a little bit, so they become less "addictive". This helped me getting control over senseless YouTube watching.
Hi there everyone, it's been some time since I last wrote. In part it has to do with the experiment I was successfully conducting, which I will explain here: SUCCESSFULLY BEATING MY SMARTPHONE ADDICTION: My current total smartphone use is roughly 10 min. a day. This includes doing my online-banking and other vital things I NEED to do on my smartphone. So basically I put my smartphone back in it's place and degraded it to a basic work tool, like a Swiss Army knife. I've been doing this for two months now. WHY DID I DO IT? Over the last couple of months I felt, that my smartphone use was slowly surging. I was always conscious about my use and have been tracking it for years (I use the free app "YourHour" for this). This surge came in waves. My biggest time waster on the smartphone is "political news". I admit that witnessing the crazy events of the last years, I became somewhat of a conspiracy nut and I wasted a lot of time in reading or watching political commentary, mostly from the so called "alternative media". The app I used most for it was Telegram. I don't have (and never had) any active social media accounts (Facebook, Insta, TikTok, Snapchat, nothing). As I said, my phone use was becoming excessive and it crossed 2 hours on some days. This was way too much for me, as a married man and father of three kids. So I needed to do something. WHAT ID DID: I tried many things before to contain my smartphone use, I even bought one of those kitchen safes, which have a time-lock. But nothing really worked. What did the trick for me, was the Nokia 105. A €20,- dumb phone. I got a second sim-card on the same number and put it in the dumb phone. But reflecting on this I think you don't even need a second sim (which costs extra) and simply put your one sim-card inside the dumb phone, so people can reach you. And then you switch the smartphone: OFF. Not mute, not in flight mode. OFF. And it remains this way most of the day. Except for maybe 10 or 15 min., when I need it for online-banking, etc. The rest of the time it remains dead. Sometimes for several days.
What do you guys think about spending your time and money getting a college degree? I see a lot of people reaching great heights of success without a college degree. Most popular personalities are @Andrew Kirby , Iman Gadzhi, Sebastian Ghiorghiu..I've almost watched all of their videos on YOUTUBE..and I'm kind of convinced that getting a degree doesn't really matter if you're planning to become an ENTREPRENEUR. I personally feel like starting your own business doesn't require a college degree..I hear this from famous personalities like Robert Kiyosaki , Grant Cardone. I've also read the book RICH DAD POOR DAD and listened to some of their podcasts. What do you guys think, let it be straight forward...please do let me know through your comments.
Unless you want to go into a very specialized field of knowledge (like rocked science), I wouldn't recommend going to university. Actually, I am very anti-university, in most cases. They are not places of wisdom and freedom any more, but ideological cest-pools. You'll get out of them brainwashed, totally believing in THE CURRENT THING, whatever that might be. If one of my boys (I have three of them) ever wants to go to university, I won't give him a penny for it. That's for sure. That way, at least they have to get a real job and learn something about money and life.
They all spend a lot of time speaking with their audience. I've heard Andrew Tate talk about replying to hundreds of emails per day. I've heard Gary Vee talk about staying up to 4AM DMing his audience. And I've seen Hamza do multiple free coaching calls with his audience... --- It's easy to forget that views/likes are real people. If you want views, you need to make content people want. It's easier to do that if you speak to people. If you want money, you need to solve people's problems. They will tell you their problems on calls. + serendipity. --- Every small creator should have an open Calendly link on their profile
In a general observatory sense of people, we can see that our older generations were much happier than us. Mind you, they went through famines, wars, and many more almost dystopian events. Yet for some reason they were...Happy. We're supposedly the "most gifted" generation in terms of luxury and quality of life but our generation is always complaining about how life is not fair and why someone else is the reason they are not happy. I think there could be multiple reasons for this one of which is the struggling times that our older generations went through...They may have in some way shape or form influenced their mindset to be happy while we are alive. Very often were they reminded of the mortal nature of the human, almost on a daily basis. Maybe that somehow changed their psyche? Is my premise wrong? What is you take on this situation? What do you think it is like this?
Indeed, I fully agree and there are many reasons for this development. But if I had to single out ONE factor that makes us most unhappy, it would be: the invention of smartphones. They literally suck the life, creativity and joy out of us. Is it any wonder, that the companies building or serving these devices are among the richest and most powerful in the world? If old-school energy companies (Esso, Exxon) exploited oil, then which resource do tech-companies exploit? The answer is: YOU.
@Nivas K I've always been conscious about my smartphone use and tried many things. To start with, you can install the free app "Your Hour" to get an honest picture of your usage. This will show you, how severe your problem is and where your biggest "time sucks" are. Don't install social media on your phone, but use desktop apps instead. Ideally you abandon (but don't delete) your account entirely. Social Media feeds on you. It's net-negative. The best way to conquer smartphone addiction and drastically reduce daily screen time is to buy a dumbphone as a second device. You can get a second sim-card from your provider, so when someone calls you, he can still reach you, even when your smartphone is switched off. As soon as you have a dumbphone in place, switch off the smartphone for 23 hours a day. Only use it when absolutely necessary (like for online-banking). And soon you'll find, that your gravitational pull towards your phone gradually dies off, the less you use it. Also compulsive consumption of porn is no longer an issue. I got my daily screen time down to 10 minutes a day with a second device, and my life is SO MUCH BETTER for it. Try it out. It costs very little but has HUGE ROI.
So up until now, I've found paperback books to be the best. I tend to be pretty tactile and it's nice how quickly you can flip through something. But I have found one major flaw: ⚠️ Sometimes I just want to read a book I discover 𝗶𝗺𝗺𝗲𝗱𝗶𝗮𝘁𝗲𝗹𝘆 (to dive straight in) and Amazon does 𝗻𝗼𝘁 𝘆𝗲𝘁 (that I know of) 𝗱𝗲𝗹𝗶𝘃𝗲𝗿 𝗽𝗮𝗽𝗲𝗿𝗯𝗮𝗰𝗸 𝗯𝗼𝗼𝗸𝘀 𝗶𝗻 𝟯𝟬 𝗺𝗶𝗻𝘂𝘁𝗲𝘀 𝗼𝗿 𝗹𝗲𝘀𝘀. It just seems like a 𝗵𝘂𝗴𝗲 𝗮𝗱𝘃𝗮𝗻𝘁𝗮𝗴𝗲 𝘄𝗵𝗲𝗻 𝘁𝗿𝘆𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘁𝗼 𝗯𝘂𝗶𝗹𝗱 𝘀𝗼𝗺𝗲𝘁𝗵𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘄𝗼𝗿𝗹𝗱-𝗰𝗹𝗮𝘀𝘀, to be able to access (immediately) some of the most valuable recourses: 📖 Books. Now for this purpose, paperbacks 𝒇𝒆𝒆𝒍 easier. My experience thus far is that E-readers (like kindle, etc.) seem to make more sense for books being used as novels, or something practically read for pleasure rather than reference material (𝘸𝘩𝘪𝘤𝘩 𝘪𝘴 𝘰𝘧𝘵𝘦𝘯 𝘩𝘰𝘸 𝘐 𝘱𝘳𝘦𝘧𝘦𝘳 𝘵𝘰 𝘴𝘺𝘯𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘴𝘪𝘻𝘦 𝘣𝘰𝘰𝘬 𝘬𝘯𝘰𝘸𝘭𝘦𝘥𝘨𝘦) Of course we can capture information as taught in #Build an information capture system which theoretically makes it easier to come back to the same part again and again (albeit at the cost of screen real estate). So for any of you who have more experience with E-Readers: 1. Do you think E-Readers are worth it compared to paperback? 2. Any tips on how to use them (over paperback) for study & synthesis?
Hi Griffin, my POV on the subject is rather philosophical. To get right to the point: In my humble opinion e-readers are a cultural dead-end. The main point being: The medium IS the message. Let me expand on that a little: A book is not just a collection of letters. That would be a text. A book is a rich and unique medium, even an art-form if you look at large coffee table books, of which I own hundreds. And the MEDIUM is the MESSAGE. The care and love that went into proof-reading, designing, printing and binding the book are part of the message. Take a classic long-form text, like Atlas Shrugged. It has over 1000 pages. It is a heavy book. It takes up space in your library and sits there rather boldly. That also is part of the message. The library is the extension of the single book, and it takes all of this to another level. There is quite no space like a beautiful library. And the organization of the books, become a mirror of your inner world, as well as an extension of your brain. I know exactly where EVERY book in my library is. And when I talk about subjects, I find myself referring to the library in my mind. I know WHERE I read something. Literally: WHERE. Not just in which text. I tried reading on an e-reader several times but I aborted the attempt, because I found I lose too much bandwidth. I lose interest fast and I don't remember things. Part of the problem are the "useful" features e-readers offer, like instant research, underlining, and translation. They are a distraction. Thus the depth of processing a text in book form is WAY better than in e-reader form. And DEPTH of knowledge is what synthesizing is all about. So to me this isn't really a question. And regarding to the advantage of getting something "instantly". In my opinion you are going too fast. Great things are never done "running". You may create a ton of content in mere hours, using lightning-speed tactics (even speed-reading, which I think is total BS by the way). But you will not come up with great, original work that way. This takes time. So a day or to of waiting for a book is not the worst thing.
@Corey Bennett Boardman Hahaha ... you got me with that last sentence. I wonder where that fascination with walnuts comes from?? X-D Maybe I should have given as context, that I have a library of several thousand books. I haven't counted them in ages, so I can only estimate it's somewhere between 3000 and 4000. And as I said, several hundred of them are coffee table books. I am a huge fan and avid collector of the TASCHEN coffee table books, and I got several signed first editions. Many of them weigh up to 10kg. Per book. That said, being a "big book collector" is a really stupid idea. You need a rather big house and a very understanding wife for that. Better to collect stamps. X-D I could go into so much detail, sharing my POV on all the things you wrote, and I also agree with many of your points, but it wouldn't fit this very limited, rather impersonal text-medium. These questions would indeed best be discussed IN PERSON with a nice fire and some walnuts. X-D Again, you see, the MEDIUM is the MESSAGE. That's my point.
Nobody wants to spend tons of time organizing schedules, trying to remember all their work plans , organizing emails etc. The whole point of PRODUCTIVITY system is to get your life in order and free up valuable brain space and spend your time effectively. There are 3 levels of building an ultimate productivity system: 1) Keeping your life in order 2) Capturing new info 3) Creating a system around it. In this video Ali gives us all the apps that he likes to use and also it helps in building a "SECOND BRAIN". Some of them are: *Notion *Obsidian *Kindle *Instapaper *Readwise *Dumbledore What do you guys think about having a 2nd brain? Do you think it is necessary to build one?
Hi Ragul. To answer your question: Is it necessary to build a second brain? My answer would be: No. One brain is enough. The older I get (I'm 38 now), the more I find that the whole "digital realm" is a waste of time. It's net-negative. The reason for this is because most of these tools are free, and when something is free, then YOU are the product. Most platforms feed on YOU: Your time, your attention, your focus, your energy, your emotions, your thoughts, etc. In MHO this goes for all those "productivity" tools too. I tried them several times, but found myself going back to the absolut basics again and again. To organize myself I use: A paper to-do list. A folding desk calendar. An Atoma notebook (for notes and thoughts). The 5-Year-Memory Book by Leuchtturm 1917. A magnetic wall-chart. And a Gmail inbox. I found that's all I need to organize myself and manage multiple projects at once. I rarely forget, miss or lose anything. My mind is calm and I am right on track most of the time. I like it that all of these tools have limits. I believe they are our "human limits" and I quite enjoy these restrictions.
#Creativity comes from what you consume Yes, definitively, I totally agree with this. What sparks in my case a lot of ideas and new connections between the things I learned or saw or experienced is SILENCE. When my meditation brings me true moments of silence and deep peace of mind then I can come with a lot of creativity, ideas, solutions, connections.
Actually I think this is the much more interesting way: INSIDE not OUTSIDE. The world is so full of noise and content. But what's INSIDE of you is truly unique, authentic and original. That's why Nietzsche said: "No man can become a thinker, unless the spends a third of his day alone, without people, distractions and books."
Changing who you Subscribe to is a very high leverage decision. It takes 2 minutes, and can benefit you for years to come. After all... You Become who you Consume. --- So, in order for us all to improve our information diet, let's share who we subscribe to on YouTube. Find out by clicking here. Or on the left side of YouTube on browser. Or at the bottom of YouTube mobile. Comment below. I'll go first.
@Andrew Kirby Almost exclusively, yes. I found that I get much more out of YouTube by going deeeeep with one channel, instead of hopping around. But now I reached the point where I consumed his ENTIRE YouTube channel, which creates an opening. So I'm looking for a new channel to focus on … maybe it's yours. :-D
@Travis Moore That's true. And it also made me lose some respect for Sam Ovens. Because at the beginning of the year, he announced he would post one video per week. And he posted 5 videos in total so far. So this was a letdown and it certainly hurt his reputation as being a monk-like-executor. However I find the rest of his channel so valuable, that I watched the entire thing. It's worth to go deeeep.
This doesn't work for all types of books, but I try to listen to the audio book whenever it is available. Again: This only works if the information isn't too dense. I recently tried to listen to the Ravalmanack and it didn't work. Too many great ideas in too little time. It feels rushed. Better to read this one as a physical copy.
Hello everyone! I am so excited to be here in this group with you all. 😊 Found it through Sam Ovens. 1, What type of content do I love the most? I love podcasts and youtube channels that are diving into our marvelous mind. ♥️ 2. The problem I am currently working on? Creating new standards to level up! Looking forward to growing with you all!
It's easy to find information on any topic to solve your problem. Google, Reddit, Stack Overflow, YouTube, you name it. Any skill, any topic is at hand with a wide variety of opinions. And if you pick one and focus on it, it'll work out just right. What people are looking for, is a sense of belonging to a community of like-minded people. They also need inspiration from a charismatic lider. That's why they subscribe to us. Live an interesting life, build your character and produce whatever you want. People will follow, form a community and keep listeting to you.
#Beware society's opinions Thanks Andrew for the strong reminder to really study and understand my opinions vs society's opinions! I feel like as a twenty-something who's been there done that with university and actively reading all these superstar stories of internet creators that made it big on YouTube/TikTok, I think that I've passively told high school students that they don't need to go to uni. But I haven't properly dived deep into this subject and I guess I'm speaking from a place where I have gotten my degrees. Here's to more learning (:
Universities, especially the really expensive ones, have become a huge scam and actually a problem for society. I am a voracious reader and to this day the scariest book I ever read, was not a book by Clive Barker or Stephen King, but a book on the mechanics of Student Loans. Those things are positively evil and I think even the devil looks at these things in astonishment and shakes his head in disbelief. Besides some very basic math and reading I learned nothing in school. I mean it: Nothing. My life started 12 years ago, when I put pen to paper an watched my first online-course on business, money and success. It was held by Eben Pagan, my very first guru. Since then I built three separate businesses up to 1M in revenue and did it faster each time. To sum it all up: I LOVE LEARNING. Which is why I HATE modern schools. Keep up the good work, Carlos
I discovered something interesting, when talking to a good friend a while back. We talked about his business and I gave him very clear and concise advice: "Do this now. Don't do that. Focus on this. Ignore that! etc." And what I found was, that in many ways, I was really TALKING TO MYSELF. I told him many things I knew I SHOULD be doing, but currently wasn't. And that my advice to him, was actually advice for ME. Especially the parts that were pitched with a lot of energy and passion. So that's my takeaway: Many times we know exactly, what we should be doing, but we hesitate to follow through. In this case we should: TAKE OUR OWN ADVICE. What do you think?
Hi there, I have so many books ready to be read, all spanning different topics. My Tsundoku. Recently I made the decision to lay them all out and organise them by subject and began creating what is essentially a syllabus of the next subjects to tackle based on the skills they'd help develop. I'm attempting to organise them by the highest leverage skills, the things that have the most impactful knock on effect. The ones that took priority for me were: - Decision making - Learning more efficiently - Communication skills I wanted to put this question out to the community. What skills do you consider to be highest leverage skills that you'd prioritise and why?
As I was walking past a bookstore today I had a sudden realization: The (Online-)Marketing space is pretty incestuous. By this I mean that many people who learn about online-marketing, pretty soon start to teach it. And this is only natural. It happened to me too. You fall in love with the subject. You read tons of books on the matter. You watch all the right gurus and pretty soon you think: "Hey! I should TEACH online-marketing too! Because I know a lot about the subject. I know it is valuable and I know there's a need." So you start yet another "marketing", or "success" or "self-improvement" channel, or blog, or podcast, etc. This is where my sudden realization comes in: Online-Marketing is a pretty "red sea". The best marketing minds teach "marketing" already. So the sea is very, very populated. But if you use the advanced knowledge you acquired on "Planet Marketing" in ANY other field, I am sure, you would blow the competition out of the water. Because most niches, industries or businesses are "marketed" to very poorly. Just one example: I live in Europe and I visited hundreds of restaurants in my life. But not once have I been asked directly by a waiter for my email-address. It would be so simple. He could offer me a free coffee (cost of a couple of cents) in return for my address. A well implemented and executed email newsletter could make a small restaurant very successful (driving repeat sales, recommendations, ratings, etc.). So much could be done. But 99.9% of restaurants don't do it. Why? Because they believe they are in the "food business", when really, they are in the "money business". Or in the "empire business" as Walter White said so beautifully in Breaking Bad. So what is my point? LEARN (online-)marketing. Watch all the great gurus, whoever is your favorite, and then USE that knowledge in a space, which is NOT the marketing niche. I'm sure everyone here as some expertise OUTSIDE marketing. Use your brains, your creativity and energy in THAT niche. (This also goes for content creation by the way). Using your powers in other fields, will much more likely result in real break-throughs for you, because then you will be shooting at sitting ducks.
I recently stumbled upon one 'mind tool' that made me aware of my habit of overanalyzing and helped me to work towards the change of this habit reasonably quick. Which brings me to the idea that some of you probably have one thing that comes to mind in relation to being more decisive, taking more action and disrupting ongoing thought patterns and don't mind sharing it here. Actionable, Efficient and Easy to remember tool: • 5 Second Rule by Mel Robbins
Sounds like a good idea. I know different versions of it. Taking one deep, conscious breath does the same thing. The question I would ask is: What is beneath the analysis paralysis? There seems to be some emotional baggage or road block you are carrying in your mind. When do you over-analyze?
Does your mind, when you think about being a synthesizer go to, scale and become successful, or getting your hands dirty and building and working in the dirt? I recently listened to a podcast episode of GaryV. He was giving some advice to business owners on what could be done to help their company. It was a bit of a cold slap across the face… He basically said so few people are willing to do the work in the dirt. The focus is so much on scale. An example was how he recommended an owner to go to LinkedIn and search and segment his ideal client, and then begin sending DM’s to them…and do 30-50 DM’s every day. What’s weird is this is the second time I’ve heard this (or reminded of it) this week. The other was from another podcast I listened to, and he was talking about how, if you needed or wanted to get a new customer each week, to use this DM strategy… And finally, listening to the interview with Jamie Barclay, and how he used this strategy, of commenting on other YT creators videos and how this lead to results. Point being, the work in the dirt, making comments, sending DM’s, is a strategy few are willing to do and therefore when this is applied, you, we are swimming in a blue ocean… Will you get your hands dirty? Curious 🧐
I stumbled on this article today, and I think it is relevant here: YouTube, the Great Radicalizer (New York Times, 2018) Basically, the theory is, that in hopes of getting the users hooked, the YouTube recommendation engine constantly ups the stakes. This means, recommended videos become more and more "radical" the longer the auto-play function runs. This goes across all topics. The recommendations become more and more "extreme": Eat healthy >> Vegetarian >> Vegan Jogging >> Marathon >> Ultra-Marathon Make Money >> Become a Millionaire >> Become a Billionaire Donald Trump >> Fascism >> Holocaust Deniers Joe Biden >> Socialism >> Communism You get the idea. Psychologically it makes total sense and I agree with the author, that this can't be healthy, considering that the world is consuming a collective of one billion hours on YouTube per day. What do you think about this radicalization theory?
Way to go Andrew! I'm sure you're super prepared. But in case you haven't heard it yet, I can really recommend the Tim Ferriss episode, where he talks about how he built his own podcast. It's really valuable: How I Built the Tim Ferriss Show Actually, I can recommend this episode to EVERYBODY here. It's long, but really, really gooooood. Best, Carlos
Hello Everyone, I finally made the shift from "I want to upload a video to youtube" to "How can I improve my next one?" @Andrew Kirby convinced me almost a year ago, that I need to share the lessons I've learned with the world . But I was too scared to put myself out there. Then, when I decided to finally do it, it was too complicated from a technical point of view and I learned a lot about filming and editing. After hitting the "publish" button yesterday, all my fears and anxieties went away and I felt relieved. I know it's not the best video and it's painful for me to even watch it 😅 but I'm proud of myself that I did this 😊 I didn't share it with my family or my friends .. I wanted to only share it with a community like you who would understand what's it like to overcome all these mental and technical obstacles. So Kindly take a look and tell me honestly what you think 😇 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SQlrE5PbrNs&t=81s Obai
Hello there, just wanted to share a quick thought only few people seem to be aware of. If you are creating content via text, especially long form, beware of hyperlinks in your text. Because as proven by this amazing study and this inspiring quote by Elon Musk, hyperlinks lower the comprehension of the text. Why? Because every link, is a micro-decision a reader hast o make. Should I click or read on? And this destroys the reading flow and ultimately lowers comprehension. So if you want your texts to be read and understood, beware of hyperlinks. Probably it's best to put links at the very end of a text, where they belong, if readers want to continue exploring the subject. Like here: Amazing study about reading comprehension Inspiring Quote about reading by Elon Musk Just wanted to send this out to all you content creators, since there seems to be little awareness about this problem. Best, Carlos
@Andrew Kirby Thanks for your answer. In the spirit of constructive criticism, I want to share my personal experience I had, when I first encountered a post by you in the Accelerator group. It was this post. It actually took me really long time to read, comprehend and digest this text. Especially because of the first two hyperlinks (The Great Online Game and META). They opened up such vast and entirely different concepts, that I needed quite some time to comprehend the original text. This really through me off a tangent. Twice. So it took me several attempts and some mental walking around the post, to actually grasp it in full and really understand, what you were trying to communicate. It was the first time I became aware of this problem. And then, by chance or not, I watched this lecture by Nicolas Carr: The Shallows At 17:14 he gives the example of the hyperlink experiment. And it immediately reminded me of reading your post. And it makes total sense. So I wanted to share this, because I haven't really heard about it anywhere else. Keep up the good work, Carlos
Here is a must watch for you: John Cleese on Creativity (37 min.) WHY YOU SHOULD WATCH: John Cleese of Monty Python fame, must be among the most creative minds that ever walked the planet. In this entertaining and insightful presentation to a management audience, he breaks down his own process and reflects on his methods. It's a hidden gem on YouTube, that you shouldn't miss. Have a great week, Carlos