How to have amazingly productive mornings on the West Coast... and how to ruin them

How to have amazingly productive mornings on the West Coast... and how to ruin them

From February 15, 2008 to July 6, 2016 I used to open my eyes before 6am California time, grab my phone and go over their emails and listen to their voicemails, then I would check the news in Bloomberg. I always thought that was the quintessential routine of the West Coast finance professional.

99.9% of the time, the news was outdated and inconsequential within 24 hours. 99.9% of the time the emails from Wall Street were either a reverberation of the news or sales pitches of bad ideas. 100% of the time nothing was urgent.

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The Real Most Interesting Man In The World

The Real Most Interesting Man In The World

Of his face, a poet once wrote:

... he was gypsy in his terrible magnetic eyes - the sullen eyes of a stinging serpent. He had a deep bronzed complexion, a determined mouth, half-hidden by a black moustache which hung down in a peculiar fashion on both sides of his chin. His face had no actual beauty in it. It revealed a tremendous animalism, an air of repressed ferocity, a devilish fascination. There is an almost tortured magnificence in his huge head, tragic and painful, with its mouth that aches with desire, with those dilated nostrils that drink in I know not what strange perfumes.

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Antivirus for the brain: 89 days of Headspace

Antivirus for the brain: 89 days of Headspace

Twenty years ago a French girl asked me to join her meditation class. "What do you do in the class?" "We sit and keep the mind blank", she said.

I always think of people's personalities as commanded by brain software. The software can be cleanly designed and efficient, but it can be bogged down with viruses, trojan horses or spam email. These are all the useless, unproductive, and harmful thoughts that try to take over and make us miserable. 

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Zero cardio. Zero strength. Zero flex.

Zero cardio. Zero strength. Zero flex.

The state of affairs on day zero. Let's move forward to square one.

I should've chosen to run a marathon just like everyone else when they hit midlife. Or perhaps get into videogames: pickup The Legend of Zelda where I left it in 1990 and finish the entire series (Wikipedia lists 17 games as of 2016). But instead I'm choosing the most grueling training camp in the world.

To go from ground zero to square one... and then to square one hundred.

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Can a 40-year-old average guy complete Kokoro Camp?

Can a 40-year-old average guy complete Kokoro Camp?

Well, this is just the beginning and I will be posting frequently about my preparation (mental, physical, nutrition & supplementation, etc.) as a way to leave a record of progress, challenges, commitment levels. Also to see if this experiment yields any positive results in a 40-year-old... I've always been delusional and I want to believe that I have a shot at the June 2017 event. It is now September 2016. The 10,000-hour rule to master anything can be shortcut with ultra focused deliberate practice, I know it.

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