Monday, January 23, 2017

Tools for Titans #45 : The Last One !

All good things must come to an end.

This is the last segment on this blog on Tools for Titans. I am only going to do the wealthy section of the book. Starting tomorrow, my priorities are to complete the "Wise" section at my normal pace which means that I would be done with the book over the next few days.

BJ Novak is an actor, writer, director and executive producer of the hit comedy The Office.

a) Unlike time, money can still be regenerated.

Regenerating money is quite easy, just build a big portfolio, get it to grow and only consume part of what was grown. Time, when lost, cannot be recovered.

While this statement asserts that time is more important than money, the ability to regenerate money means that you have more leeway to use your time properly. This means that you can make more meaningful use of your time rather than engage in unpleasant interactions.

b) Schedule things in advance so that you can't back out.

At least when it comes to comedy (or International Moots for me), a person can suck for a really prolonged period of time.

The trick is to commit your time so that you do not give up. This reminds me of Carol Dweck's growth mindset idea that people who can accept that they can improve on something tend to do better in life compared to those with fixed mindsets.

c) No Artisanal Aspirin

One thing I noticed about many creatives is that they tend to complement their lives predictable rituals. For example, Steve Jobs always wears that black turtleneck. BJ always go for that standard coffee from Starbucks in the morning.

The idea is that predictability in some areas in your life allows the person to fully creatively engaged in others. Quite a lot has been said here but I can't seem to find any evidence that this works.

Anyway, this is the end of my personal project.

I wanted to read Tools for Titans at a much slower and daily pace that I was less used to and I forced myself to blog everyday for the past 50 days or so.

By now, a few bloggers has started on summarising other sections of the book.


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