On Health, Sports, and Personal Efficiency

Here we emphasize that doing physical training has a number of positive effects, not achievable elsewhere.

Being healthy lets you live longer. That’s a good thing; live is generally a pleasant thing, and much better than the alternative.

Being healthy is also cheaper. Having medical issues may turn out to be very expensive – especially as one gets older and puts a lot of mileage on the body.

Physical training helps compete in cognitive tasks. Being physically agile makes you mentally agile. Increased metabolism improves blood circulation to the brain, enabling better work.

Overall, it’s a time saving, rather than time cost, to work out or participate in sports. My favourite one is jiu jitsu – it’s very intellectually stimulating, and it doubles as a self-defense mechanism. But you can do anything else, from soccer to basketball to running.

On Resilience and Achieving

Does it make sense to spend a decade of focus on something? When you don’t have success, how long do you try until pivoting?

Faith is a tool here. You use faith to achieve. The first success has to be bootstrapped, you kind of pull yourself out of nowhere into the success zone, and the belief that you’re actually able to do so plays a large part in that. You have to see other people’s successes and assume/believe that your own success is possible. This is the way I use faith.

Focus, effort, discipline, attention span – these are synonyms for me. I measure attention span in time segments, and I measure focus and effort in time as well. I can say, achieving such and such goal would take a two-year discipline stretch. College, for example, is a 4-year effort.

Some tasks are achievable in an hour. Some take several days. There are tasks that take months; and there are tasks that span entire careers and decades of time. What are the goals that you are looking to achieve in the next 100 years?

Individual Physical Appearance

How important is outward appearance? What constitutes outward appearance?

Appearance is extremely important when your goal is to make an impression. Without good appearance, you cannot make a good impression on anyone. Physical appearance is not the only element needed to make a good impression, but it is absolutely critical. People judge each other (and themselves) a lot, based on how they look. We’ll get into the acting later.

it’s amazing how much a person’s attitude towards another person changes based on just what they are wearing. Wearing nice clothes allows you to gain a higher place in the social foodchain. Girls seem to get this point better than guys.

Dress well at all times! Have a clean shaved/trimmed beard; get regular haircuts that look nice; take care of your shoes; wear a nice watch, and learn to be in your clothes. Develop a style, grow into it so that you’re comfortable, and that will hopefully move you up the social foodchain a little. 🙂