Today’s Talking Points
The standard pace is for chumps.
Derek Sivers music teacher taught him in weeks what the Berklee College of Music could teach him in years. Because of what Sivers learned from his teacher, he tested out of the first 2 years of Berklee curriculum. Not only did it save him 2 years, but it saved him $60k+ and allowed him to advance more quickly. He was able to compound his knowledge and skills sooner. Learn to take shortcuts and don’t accept the standard pace.
Relax for the same result.
Slowing down 10-20% often allows us to enjoy 95%+ of the results. Say you jog for 30 minutes every day. Slowing down even just a little bit may allow you increase your enjoyment by a large amount. I tried this exact experiment the other day. I slowed down 20% and ended up enjoyed my jog twice as much. I stopped to take a picture of the sunset. I took in the view at the top of the hill. I took a minute to write down a thought I had in my phone notes. And I still got in a great run. Ask yourself if you can relax for the same result in everything you do.
Watch the movie trailer.
Before you sink 2hrs into watching a movie, spend 2min to watch the movie trailer. Best case scenario is that you realize it’s a movie you don’t actually want to watch and you save a bunch of time. Worst case scenario is that you spend 2min watching the trailer only to confirm it is in fact something you want to watch. Highly asymmetric risk. Small downside, big upside. Do this for all large commitments. Quickly screen things before investing your time into them.
Don’t get stuck reading.
If you don’t like what you’re reading, stop reading. Too often we make the mistake of feeling like we have to finish the book. But if it’s not clicking for you, it’s a waste of your time. Move on to something else.
Never move backwards.
Warren Buffet once said “Rule #1: Never lose money. Rule #2: Never forget rule #1.” Avoid losses at all costs - they compound. You can regress to 0 quickly.
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