Timeless Lessons on Process & Creativity from 3 Musical Masters

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[Picture taken on top of a mountain by Lake Ashi, ~40 minutes from Mt. Fuji.]

If you’ve ever been to Japan you’d know it’s just as beautiful as it is depicted in the movie The Last Samurai.

That’s why guys like Larry Ellison and Steve Jobs went there for inspiration…Continue Reading…

How to Formulate Your Framework of Learning (every elite thinker has one)

Alternate title: The best article ever written about optimizing your learning process and becoming smarter than 99% of people.


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I was watching the new X-Men movie with someContinue Reading…

School is for Fools: 10 Reasons the Education System is a Failure

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[Last updated 6th November 2019]

The education system is in shambles, and it has been for quite some time now.

This is not weird. Old things break or go obsolete all the time. Why should this be any different?Continue Reading…

10 Ways to Be Different and Profit from Contrast

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I Was Reminiscing the Other Day And Here’s What I Came Up With…

It struck me that the main reason SGM is successful is not necessarily because of me, but because of. . .

. . . the incompetence of most other site owners, and the rapidly increasing amount of SHIT content being put out on the Internet each day.Continue Reading…

2016 R&R: Reflection and Retribution

Alternate title:
My winner effect is taking on epic proportions.


“You’re as cold as ice, willing to sacrifice.”
–M.O.P

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[Friday, 9:58 PM]

Inspired by Mikael Syding’s cold resistance, I went out running the other day in shorts and T-shirt, even though it was semi-snowy and minus degrees.

First I was running through some industrial areas,  like Rocky.

Then I ran past a couple of hugeContinue Reading…

What it Means to Be a Contrarian (and why it pays)

how to be a contrarianAlternate title: Climb to the top or stay with the flock.


I’m a contrarian.

You can tell by the way I look–like a James Bond Villain (albeit without a white cat in my lap).

But being a contrarian is not about looking cool. . .

Being a contrarian means doing and thinking in unconventional ways.

And that, I’ve always done.Continue Reading…

15 Lessons Learned from Mikael Syding

Mikael Syding as seen on TV

We had just finished a 2-hour workout and got out of the gym.

—Now I was going to pick Mikael’s brain: was he going to head a new billion-dollar hedge fund, take one of the CEO positions he had been offered, or maybe become a full-time angel investor? It was not an easy decision to make. . .Continue Reading…

Success is Hard: 7 Evolutionary Mismatches You Must Overcome

evolutionary mismatch - blakeThe other day I was at an alumni event from my university. It was really good, and I met some interesting, accomplished people.

–All of them twice my age or more.

There were maybe 80 people at the event, and I was the youngest one in attendance. I benefited greatly from this contrast.

Two other guys under 30 stood by themselves at a table all night, poundingContinue Reading…