OutsideOnline: Tim Ferriss’s Life Hacks | Mental Conditioning

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    Effective Incentives
  • shame
  • humiliation
  • peer pressure
  • financial loss
    Ultramarathoning
  • Running ultramarathons… (isn’t) necessarily what the human body is designed to do.
  • Ultra­marathoners are fit in the sense that they are well-adapted organisms for long-distance running.
  • I’m going to run an ultramarathon.
    • I’ve never run more than 5K at any given time.
    • I don’t want to do it because I think it’s good for me;
      I think it’s absolutely bad for me physically.
    • But will I be the same person at the end of the race that I was at the beginning?
      No, I won’t.

Do you really think there’s a shortcut to everything? What about a skill like surfing?
I think the term shortcut has the negative connotation of cheating or not paying your dues. I pay my dues on the front end by doing the hard analytical work rather than suffering through a learning curve rife with practices and recommendations that haven’t been vetted. There might be ten different skills that comprise surfing. Could the order in which you learn those make the difference between eight weeks and eight years? Absolutely.

The Three Dimensions of Wellness

I’ve reduced the Seven Dimensions of Wellness to merely three. I’ve done this for two reasons. First, I’ve harbored a strong sense that there are three for years and it’s time to publish and further develop the sense. Second, seven is too many; seriously, as a general rule, keep your lists to cascaded sets of 3-5.

I use this order for no other reason than it sounds best. I want you to like and remember this more than I care if it’s in suggested order of importance or alphabetical order. Furthermore, the three dimensions are not mutually exclusive; they’re more like the complex plane than any euclidian; if I knew the appropriate characteristic names I could sound smarter, oh well. This’ll do for now. I’ll revisit this topic later and spruce up the mess.

The Three Dimensions of Wellness

  1. Mental
    • Practical / Common Sense / Awareness
    • Financial / Occupational / Vocational
    • Environmental / Planetary / Global
    • Philosophical / Existential
  2. Physical
    • Hale
    • Functional
    • Nutritional
  3. Emotional
    • Internal
    • External (Social/Political)
    • Spiritual

Link to: The Seven Dimensions of Wellness

I am a collector

I am a collector
  of experiences
  of stories
    never justice done by word
  of relations
    with people
      places
  of memories
    of events
      adventures
    of moments
      in war and peace
        ecstacy
          pain
        company and isolation
I am collected
  persistent post erasure
    of me
  by you
I am

How Absurdly Good It All Is — Self Expression

How to explain how absurdly good it all is?
How to put to words such that upon reading you are awoken to a deep thankfulness for this gift of life? How even to recall for myself when I’ve grown again blind?

Life is not merely good. It is not great. It is not wonderful, magnificent or spectacular. It is not unbelievable, neither real nor surreal. Life is the only thing. Life is the opportunity to feel good, great, wonderful, magnificent, spectacular, unbelievable, real and surreal. Life is the opportunity to feel.

We all suffer some culturally-induced and experientially reinforced bitters and pains in the presence of fear, love, freedom, god, new age, and self expression. We’re all afraid of something, if not only to appear afraid. We all love something, if not only this razor blade. We all want freedom, whether it be physical, mental, spiritual or the unique freedom granted from instruction and law. We all wonder of god; does he hear us, do I feel him, is he me? I retch when I hear myself say anything new age, and I know this reaction is a reminder of the fears and prejudices we have against all ideas, strangers and ourselves.

Self Expression
Recently, my most pressing adventure has been in combat for freedom of self expression, through movement barely dance, interaction barely human, and experience more powerful than ever. Self Expression; I believe, herein lies an important beast. The best of self expression is that which turns your head when the stranger lifts their eyes to meet yours, that which stifles your laughter because you’re at work or in a library, that which dominates you by fear of social acceptance and ultimately yourself. What part of you do you show the world and when the world loves or hates you, is it really you? Does this not make you feel alone? To be you in full, to offer up your pain and joy as purely and freely as possible gives a sense of relief and leaves the world to fear or adore you.

If you aren’t ready to share yourself with the world then you have some work to do. Don’t go through this life never having shared yourself; you won’t convince a living soul that what you did was live. Don’t hold back the smiles, the laughter, the intended hellos, the intended f-yous, the anxiety and tears. As always, learn from your choices and if you receive less than you desire, change yourself; not filter yourself.

I’ve diverted from the intended goal of this post, and I’m okay with it; in fact, I’m excited to post it as-is and let the world form their own opinions free of my own anxiety-driven editing. You dig it or you don’t; you dig me or you don’t; you dig yourself or you don’t.

Much love to you all.

The Five Key Decisions Every Investor Needs to Make

The Investment Answer: The Five Key Decisions Every Investor Needs to Make
Learn to Manage Your Money & Protect Your Financial Future
Daniel C. Goldie, CFA, CFP & Gordon S. Murray

  1. The Do-It-Yourself Decision
  2. Should you try to invest on your own or seek help from an investment professional? And if so, which type of advisor is best?

  3. The Asset Allocation Decision
  4. How should you allocate your investments among stocks (equities), bonds (fixed income), and cash (money market funds)?

  5. The Diversification Decision
  6. Which specific asset classes within these broad categories should you include in your portfolio, and in what proportions?

  7. The Active versus Passive Decision
  8. Should you favor an actively managed approach to investing that seeks to outsmart the market, or a more passive approach that delivers market-like returns?

Piggy banks, buttons, kisses, toast, m’aidez and l’oeuf

source unknown, validity unconfirmed

1. Q: Why are many coin banks shaped like pigs?
A: Long ago, dishes and cookware in Europe were made of a dense orange clay called ‘pygg’. When people saved coins in jars made of this clay, the jars became known as ‘pygg banks.’ When an English potter misunderstood the word, he made a bank that resembled a pig. And it caught on.

2. Q: Did you ever wonder why dimes, quarters and half dollars have notches, while pennies and nickels do not?
A: The US Mint began putting notches on the edges of coins containing gold and silver to discourage holders from shaving off small quantities of the precious metals. Dimes, quarters and half dollars are notched because they used to contain silver. Pennies and nickels aren’t notched because the metals they contain are not valuable enough to shave.

3. Q: Why do men’s clothes have buttons on the right while women’s clothes have buttons on the left?
A: When buttons were invented, they were very expensive and worn primarily by the rich . Because wealthy women were dressed by maids, dressmakers put the buttons on the maid’s right! Since most people are right-handed, it is easier to push buttons on the right through holes on the left. And that’s where women’s buttons have remained since.

4. Q. Why do X’s at the end of a letter signify kisses?
A: In the Middle Ages, when many people were unable to read or write, documents were often signed using an X. Kissing the X represented an oath to fulfill obligations specified in the document. The X and the kiss eventually became synonymous.

5. Q: Why is shifting responsibility to someone else called ‘passing the buck’?
A: In card games, it was once customary to pass an item, called a buck, from player to player to indicate whose turn it was to deal. If a player did not wish to assume the responsibility, he would ‘pass the buck’ to the next player.

6. Q: Why do people clink their glasses before drinking a toast?
A: It used to be common for someone to try to kill an enemy by offering him a poisoned drink. To prove to a guest that a drink was safe, it became customary for a guest to pour a small amount of his drink into the glass of the host. Both men would drink it simultaneously. When a guest trusted his host, he would then just Touch or clink the host’s glass with his own.

7. Q: Why are people in the public eye said to be ‘in the limelight’?
A: Invented in 1825, limelight was used in lighthouses and stage lighting by burning a cylinder of lime which produced a brilliant light. In the theatre, performers on stage ‘in the limelight’ were seen by the audience to be the center of attention.

8. Q: Why do ships and aircraft in trouble use ‘mayday’ as their call for help?
A: This comes from the French word m’aidez – meaning ‘help me’ – and is pronounced ‘mayday.’

9. Q: Why is someone who is feeling great ‘on cloud nine’?
A: Types of clouds are numbered according to the altitudes they attain, with nine being the highest cloud. If someone is said to be on cloud nine, that person is floating well above worldly cares.

10. Q: Why are zero scores in tennis called ‘love’?
A: In France , where tennis first became popular, a big, round zero on the scoreboard looked like an egg and was called ‘l’oeuf,’ which is French for ‘egg.’ When tennis was introduced in the US, Americans pronounced it ‘love.’

11. Q: In golf, where did the term ‘Caddie’ come from?
A. When Mary, later Queen of Scots, went to France as a young girl (for education & survival), Louis, King of France, learned that she loved the Scot game ‘golf.’ So he had the first golf course outside of Scotland built for her enjoyment. To make sure she was properly chaperoned (and guarded) while she played, Louis hired cadets from a military school to accompany her. Mary liked this a lot and when she returned to Scotland (not a very good idea in the long run), she took the practice with her. In French, the word cadet is pronounced ‘ca-day’ and the Scots changed it into ‘caddie.’

Adventures with Timothy Ferriss’s Slow Carb Diet

Track your weight!
Against the advice of Timothy Ferriss and many physical trainers, I don’t track my weight. I’m a spreadsheet junkie, but tracking weight sounds like a one-way ticket to misdirected obsession. Verifiable backup data aside, I’ve made startling fat-loss progress in the past week. Continue reading Adventures with Timothy Ferriss’s Slow Carb Diet