Fifteen of the 100 little ideas

My blogging friend and coworker Nick shared this list of 100 Simple Truths in a recent post on his blog. I love reading such lists because you find some ideas you identify yourself with and also:

In quoting others, we cite ourselves.

Julio Cortázar

Following is a selection of the fifteen ideas that I highlighted in my Kindle as I read through those 100 ideas. My thoughts are in brackets.

1. It’s 100% off if you don’t buy it. (I use this trick to postpone or avoid vanity purchases.)

10. Be happy with what you have, while you work for what you want. (Helps me appreciate my current life while I constantly work to imporve it.)

14. Demotivated because of how long it’ll take? Remember the time will pass anyways. (We successfully applied this truth to move to the first world, and for both my wife’s and my careers — all long-term daunting pursuits with longer lead times and no guaranteed outcomes, but have luckily turned out in our favor and significantly improved our standard of living. We are reapplying this to our next project we are currently working on.)

18. Choose consistency over intensity, because consistency compounds. (Why I am keen on my meditation, and exercising habits.)

32. If you lower your expectations, you’ll rarely be disappointed. (Helps upkeep my sanity in situtions that invlove other humans which is almost all the time!)

39. Speak when you have something to say, not when you want to say something. (I would like to think this is what I do on this blog, and in other real-life situations, with mixed success.)

41. Being busy is not a badge of honor—it’s a lack of freedom. (A similar thought came to my mind just last week when someone told me they are busy in back-to-back meetings, and again this week when someone showed me 800+ count of their unread emails and how much it would go up by that evening if they didn’t intervene.)

45. Admit when you’re wrong, show humility when you’re right. (Helps me be gentle and graceful when people are apolegetic, or arrogant.)

49. Life only gives you what you decided you could have. (I can do better here by deciding I can have more.)

52. Avoiding stupidity can often be a better strategy than seeking out brilliance. (I think this is the same thing as the mental model I am learning called Inversion.)

58. Read to find new ideas, write to understand them, implement to learn from them. (Why I read a lot of blogs and books, and share some of my learnings on this blog. But I should implement a few more of the ideas I learn.)

59. Your current habits are a sneak peek of your desired future. (I am both afraid and excited that this is true.)

65. Compare upwards and feel envy, compare downwards and feel grateful. (I don’t discuss this to not offend the less privileged people than I am, but I believe in this idea. I compare with my past self to feel grateful.)

71. Being great is just being consistently good. (I see this all the time with successful people and organizations.)

99. No one owes you anything. (This helps me feel grateful for what I have and deal with disappointments by lowering my expectations.)

A new quote on this blog!

The Quotes page on this blog is one of my favorites. On it, I list some principles that resonate with me. I just reordered the quotes and added this quote.

All of humanity’s problems stem from man’s inability to sit quietly in a room alone.

Blaise Pascal

I think this quote is similar to the importance of the Joy of Missing Out (JOMO) principle that I believe I first learned from It Doesn’t Have to Be Crazy at Work by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson.

I am also deliberately practicing this quote and JOMO right now in my life.

Definition of Expert

Found and liked this definition of expert in James Clear‘s newsletter.

The physicist Niels Bohr on what it takes to be an expert:

“An expert is a person who has found out by painful experience all the mistakes that one can make in a very narrow field.”

The oldest source I could find was “Dr. Edward Teller’s Magnificent Obsession” in LIFE magazine. September 6, 1954.

New quote that I liked

Added a new quote to my Quotes page on this blog.

I can think. I can wait. I can fast. – Siddhartha

Found this quote in Matt’s Twitter profile via the following Derek’s tweet.

Tim Ferriss’ explanation I found here elaborates this quote well.

Ferriss said that this deceptively simple response is the foundation for all high performers. He explains in “Tools of Titans”:

I can think: Having good rules for decision-making, and having good questions you can ask yourself and others.

“I can wait: Being able to plan long-term, play the long game, and not mis-allocate your resources.

“I can fast: Being able to withstand difficulties and disaster. Training yourself to be uncommonly resilient and have a high pain tolerance.”

“Those are three very, very powerful tools and they’re very flexible,” Ferriss told us.

There are no finish lines

I chanced upon a great quote today.

There are no finish lines.

It made prefect sense. This is something I keep in my mind with everything I do. My relationships, friendships, habits, and principles are all for my life. There are no finish lines.

In the other news, I tried to keep quiet in Twitter and Facebook but I soon realized that lurking is not my natural state. So I tweeted:

It feels good not to pretend as someone I am not.

My new year is warming up. I started, rather continuing, work on my goals. My exercising routine resumed this week after a two-week holiday break. I started drinking protein after my workouts. I had a great lower body workout this afternoon. My trainer kept it relatively easy so all of us finished all the reps ahead of time. However, at the end he challenged me to swing 32 kg kettle-bell non-stop for fifty times. I tried, but gave up after twenty swings. So he asked me to complete two more sets of twenty swings, breaks allowed. I was able to do all of them with a good form. So that’s sixty swings with a break after every twenty. Still pretty good.

2016 has kicked off.