#1 - BATNA

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If I could write a letter to myself in Sophomore year of high school, what would it say?


#1 - BATNA

Best alternative to negotiated agreement: Get what you want by having competing options

#2 - Take (smart) risks

No stakes, no point. Take a long position if you agree, short if not.

#3 - Understand how we got to today

Read these books: The Box - Marc Levinson (2006); Bobos in Paradise, David Brooks (2000); The Wealth and Poverty of Nations, David Landes (1998);

#4 - Diaphragm breathing

Improves Mood, Focus, Sleep, Energy

#5 -Start small and build up

Like a snowball

#6 - Get good at asking for help

Show you've done your homework and you'll get priceless air support (Tim Ferriss/Ramit Sethi techniques work best)

#7 - Chelsea boots

#8 - Healthy daily AM ritual

Suggested: black unsweetened coffee every AM. Pour your own or go to same cafe

#9 - Discover how things really work

Economics: R. Shiller, M. Lewis, T. Sowell, P. Graham (with dash of salt) Media/Politics: James C Scott, Edward J Epstein, Robert Caro Finance/CS: Mentors + Professors Crackpot blogs: No

#10 - Learn how to move well

More efficient path to strength/power/endurance than getting big Prevent painful, expensive, and sometimes permanent injuries (Egoscue Method or Feldenkrais)

#11 - Simplify

Black Shirt most days (you're not Jobs, go V-neck

#12 - Barber

Your 2nd best friend after...

#13 - Tailor

Fit as proxy for details awareness

#14 - Silence is a life hack

#15 - Ace standardized tests

Key to $cholarship/Admission (If this fails, take a gap year)

#16 - Play Music

Meditation + Brain exercise + Sexy Simple to get started via Youtube

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2 years agoReply
this is really good. to follow up on @sydney... i'd say developing a healthy habit of embracing discomfort. its helped me grow as a person exponentially.

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2 years agoReply
@johnconklegmailcom Got it. thanks!

2 years agoReply
@lisa Just edited the post, slide one should be clearer now.

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2 years agoReply
There can never be enough books heh. Can you elaborate on BATNA? Think I remember the concept, but not sure how it applies

2 years agoReply
@slisam @sydney not enough books on here for you? ;)

2 years agoReply
@johnconklegmailcom @sydney. I would say: 1) READ, READ & READ MORE 2) Be involved, get mentors. It will help so much during college

2 years agoReply
I personally am attracted by the idea of community college for your first 2 years of undergrad and then a more "prestigious" (read: expensive, cushy) school for the final 2. Cheaper, especially when people are still figuring out what they want to do, and a side benefit is that oftentimes you don't need to do standardized testing because of guaranteed admissions.

2 years agoReply
@benj @sydney - Yeah I keep that schedule most days. I started out with one or two things in a morning routine, then slowly iterated. I keep it up due to classical conditioning: days I do it go really well, and days I miss it are sub-par. So wanting to get the most out of every day keeps me doing this and iterating weekly. I don't treat it as a rigid schedule. It's a bunch of small wins set up for me to start off the day well and put me in my peak mental and physical shape. The most important quote from the piece is "Note: This is a plan; it is not set in stone. It represents the best use of my time given my current knowledge". So things change frequently, and what I do rarely matches my schedule. But it keeps me on track to complete my goals which makes me really happy, so I try to keep it up.

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2 years agoReply
@johnconklegmailcom what was it like meeting Tim???? That's so cool! @shanemileham you're a beast with that routine haha. What's your trick to really maintaining the routine for the long term?

2 years agoReply
@benj - Absolutely. I agree with Tim's emphasizing movement as fundamental. When I met him, he said he uses Egoscue to this day.