Trust but Verify.
Just because you stumble doesn’t mean you have to fall.
Don’t get so busy making a living that you forget to make a life.
When everything seem to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.

This video inspired me. Time to hit the gym.

The Cult of Done Manifesto by Bre Pettis

(Found this out through Seth Godin’s Linchpin and really liked it)

1. There are three states of being. Not knowing, action and completion.

2. Accept that everything is a draft. It helps to get it done.

3. There is no editing stage.

4. Pretending you know what you’re doing is almost the same as knowing what you are doing, so just accept that you know what you’re doing even if you don’t and do it.

5. Banish procrastination. If you wait more than a week to get an idea done, abandon it.

6. The point of being done is not to finish but to get other things done.
7. Once you’re done you can throw it away.

8. Laugh at perfection. It’s boring and keeps you from being done.

9. People without dirty hands are wrong. Doing something makes you right.

10. Failure counts as done. So do mistakes.

11. Destruction is a variant of done.

12. If you have an idea and publish it on the internet, that counts as a ghost of done.

13. Done is the engine of more.

What does it take to lead?
The key distinction is the ability to forge your own path, to discover a route from one place to another that hasn’t been paved, measured, and quantified. So many times we want someone to tell us exactly what to do, and so many times that’s exactly the wrong approach.
Diamond cutters have an intrinsic understanding of the stone in their hands. The can touch and see exactly where the best lines are; they know. The greatest artists do just that. They see and understand the challenges before them, without carrying the baggage of expectations or attachment. The diamond cutter doesn’t imagine the diamond he wants. Instead, he sees the diamond that is possible.
Others may question your credentials, your papers, your degrees. Others may look for all kids of ways to diminish your worth. But what is inside you no one can take from you or tarnish. This is your worth, who you really are, your degree that can go with you wherever you go, that you bring with you the moment you come into a room, that can’t be manipulated or shaken. Without that sense of self, no amount of paper, no pedigree, and no credentials can make you legit. No matter what, you have to feel legit inside first
Books I’ve Read Over the Summer

Liar’s Poker by Michael Lewis

Liar’s Poker was an interesting look at the financial world of the 1980s — rise of mortgage-backed securities, LBO’s, and junk bonds — through the lens of Salomon Brothers’ bond salesman, Michael Lewis. I started this book in the airport on the way to Hong Kong, put it down, and only restarted / finished when I arrived back in Hawaii. Pity, because it was a good read and good context in which to color the 1980s. However, I would find it dragging if I wasn’t in finance. 3.5 / 5

Freakonomics by Stephen Dubner and Steven Levitt

Sporadic and shifting yet engaging and thought-provoking. Freakonomics was certainly a great quick read. I finished it in a week. Steven Levitt asks interesting questions that probe the “common sense” reasons for various phenomena and then dismantles the accepted hypotheses with data. That is what makes this book great. Levitt is extraordinary at asking questions in a different way and producing an answer that is shocking yet convincing. Maybe he won’t win you over with his arguments, but it will certainly get you thinking differently. 4 / 5

The Pursuit of Happynessby Chris Gardner

Chris Gardner is the quintessential rags-to-riches story. He begins about his life growing up in the ghettos of Milwaukee, describes his move to San Francisco, his fall into poverty, and his eventual rise as a broker. Gardner shares his emotions and insight in this book. While the movie was great (Will Smith is amazing), I liked this book a bit more. Chris Gardner is truly an inspiration. 4 / 5

Linchpin by Seth Godin

This is a self-development book I tried to read before but never got to it again until now. Godin talks about the “new economy” and how we must become linchpins to succeed rather than be another “cog in the machine.” I’m sure there are many great insights in this book, but I didn’t find it as convincing. I did find some parallels, but I felt like it dragged on and was repetitive. It felt more like an addedum to The War of Art by Steven Pressfield than a totally original work. I would recommend reading that before checking this book out. 3 / 5

Life Hack #1

Always look at the nutrition facts. It would take a total of maybe 10 minutes of your day, but it might save you 10 years of your life through having a proper diet.