I’ve been keeping a “Weekly Note” in Evernote that has been growing for the last 4-5 weeks. Time to dump it all and start fresh, and hopefully do a better job of cleaning this out and posting my finds on an actually weekly basis. Ok, here goes:

Interesting Links


Ocean of Books


The Willie Hoppe Story

Quotes about taking action

  • “You do not have plenty of time.” ~Daily Stoic Newsletter. (Memento Mori!)
  • “A day can really slip by when you’re deliberately avoiding what you’re supposed to do.” ~Bill Watterson
  • “Don’t start at the beginning, start wherever it is easy to start.” ~John David Mann
  • “You can always correct a poor decision, but if you do nothing you can never get the time back.”
  • “The most valuable real estate in the world is the graveyard. There lie millions of half-written books, ideas never launched, and talents never developed. Most people die with everything still inside of them. The way to live is to create. Die empty. Get every idea out of your head and into reality. Calling yourself creative doesn’t make it true. Make finishing your top priority.” ~Derek Sivers
  • “Action is the antidote to despair.” ~Joan Baez
  • “Action expresses priority.” ~Mahatma Ghandi

Other Quotes

  • “People have different personalities, goals, experiences, and levels  of chance and serendipity, all of which make universal truths hard to  find and difficult to teach. No matter how smart the world becomes, the  best answer will always be, “You’ve got to figure it out for yourself.” A lot of things work like that. Some of the most important topics are  the hardest to teach, and real world experience is the only school. There are no easy rules to learn and memorize – you’ve got to figure those out for yourself.”
  • “The world is filled with good ideas. Piles and piles of them. In fact, it is rare for there to be a lack of ideas. What’s missing is a way of eliminating the many good ideas that aren’t the right ideas.”
  • “Anger only makes things worse. Remember that today.” (When has being angry ever made any situation BETTER?)
  • “Between stimulus and response, there is a space. That space is thinking.” (So how do I make sure there is room for the space to manifest?)
  • “If we can find a way to feel empowered when things feel pointless, a whole new range of possibilities opens up for us — including the possibility of moving through the most difficult parts of a project or habit change.”
  • “Asking what makes someone successful is like asking which ingredient makes a recipe taste good. It’s not any single ingredient. It is the combination of many ingredients in the right proportions and in the right order—and the absence of anything that would ruin the mixture.” (The combination of ingredients is different for everyone. You give yourself better odds though by having a lot of ingredients to draw from.)
  • “The world is a very malleable place. If you know what you want, and you go for it with maximum energy and drive and passion, the world will often reconfigure itself around you much more quickly and easily than you would think.” (Confidence + massive action.)
  • Don’t say “yes” or “no” right away. Instead, ask “Can I think about it?” or “Let me think about it and get back to you in a couple days.”
  • “What large pools of past effort are sitting around waiting for you to leverage them? Where have you already invested substantial resources that only need a little bit of intentionality to capitalize on? Have you visited somewhere interesting in the world multiple times? Have you spent a lot of time researching a subject? Have you read articles and books about an emerging trend? Have you listened to a certain number of podcasts, generated a certain amount of revenue, or accumulated a certain number of hours practicing a hobby or skill? These “sunk costs” are your unfair advantage! When it comes to knowledge, you are already wealthy beyond anything previous generations could have ever imagined. You’re sitting on a vast reserve of resources that, if you are willing to tap into it, could help so many people and solve so many problems. The world is waiting to hear what you have to say. The question is, are you willing to speak?” ~Tiago Forte
  • “We have been given a free gift (life, talent, success), and we must give freely in return.” (Be grateful, and pay it forward.)
  • “You’re 90% done. Congratulations! You only have 50% left.” ~Tim Ferris
  • “Any kind of important book should immediately be read twice, partly  because one grasps the matter in its entirety the second time, and only  really understands the beginning when the end is known; and partly  because in reading it the second time one’s temper and mood are  different so that one gets another impression; it may be that one sees  the matter in another light.” – Arthur Schopenhauer
  • “Research solves all writers block.” ~James Patterson
  • “Life is like a 10-speed bicycle. Most of us have gears we never use.” ~Charles M. Schulz
  • “It’s not you versus me, it’s us versus the problem.”
  • “If we don’t set out to live the unlived life, then how come the majority of us arrive at this unintended destination?”
  • “Study hard what interests you the most in the most undisciplined, irreverent, and original manner possible.” ~Richard Feynman
  • “Creativity is a wild mind and a disciplined eye.”
  • “There is nothing new in the world except the history you do not know.” ~Harry Truman
  • “Talk, without effort, is nothing.”
  • “There was no other option in my brain” – Todd McFarlene, ~8m30s, Tim Ferris Podcast
  • “Absorb what is useful, discard what is useless and add what is specifically your own.” ~Bruce Lee
  • “The better you become at writing, the more the world conspires to prevent you from writing.” ~Ryan Holiday
  • “If you do not change direction, you might end up where you are heading.” ~Lao Tzu(?)
  • “Treat her like a celebrity and she’ll treat you like a fan.”
  • Ferris: Not that I condone fascism, or any -ism for that matter. –Ism’s in my opinion are not good.A person should not believe in an -ism, he should believe in himself. I quote John Lennon, “I don’t believe in Beatles, I just believe in me.” Good point there.
  • “The real issue with speed is not just how fast can you go, but where are you going so fast? It doesn’t help to arrive quickly if you wind up in the wrong place.” ~Walter Murch
  • “Study something you love in depth… Watch the first 5 minutes of your favorite movie 7 times. You’ll notice new things.” ~Paul Karasik
  • “Go deeper than anybody else – that’s how you’ll get ahead.” ~Austin Kleon
  • “The fewer things you have in life, the freer you are.”
  • When we fail to choose things for ourselves, we unwittingly outsource our lives to the world around us: If you don’t choose how to use your time, others will choose for you. If you don’t choose what is important, others will choose for you. If you don’t choose what to think or believe, others will choose for you.

Ideas and Interesting Facts

  • Sensemaking: Hmm (that’s interesting), because (it means XYZ). So now (let me tell you something interesting) (How can I use this information? – Actionable!)
  • Some species of bats can live 40 years or more.
  • The next time you tell yourself an undesirable story, use “up until now” as a preface.
  • Practice self compassion – “Would you say this to a good friend?”
  • Speak positive affirmations at the start of Pomodoro breaks
  • Treat self-improvement like a martial art – absorb what is useful.
  • When you look at something, incredibly complex interactions occur between your eyes and your nervous system. You “recognize” what you see and form a very different kind of “picture”. This “picture” is much more exciting, complex, and dynamic. It is part of the current state of your nervous system. Rather than a recording of the environment, it is a reaction of countless neurons — an interpretation. Your memories, your mood, the physical state you are in — all this  shapes your interpretation. No two people experience the same “picture”. So when you draw something you are not simply recording the outside world. You are drawing your personal interpretation!
  • “Guidance” instead of “feedback” (praise+criticism)
  • Intellectual Capital is the difference between people who climb the ladder of their career the fastest and those who plateau.


  • ultracrepidarian: One who gives opinions on something beyond his or her knowledge (a person passing judgment beyond his or her expertise).