Monthly Archives: February 2014

Quotes- February 2014

The institutions we have built to prop us up seem mostly to hold creative and forward thinking people back. College is great, but it is slow and routine. Corporations can do great things, but fulfilling individuals is not one of them. Money is important but it can also be an addiction. Accomplishments like a degree or a job are not an end, they are means to an end. I’m so glad I learned that.

-Ryan Holiday

Most of us won’t be written up in history books. Most of us only make three or four momentous decisions in our lives, and several decades after we die, the people we leave behind will struggle to remember the events of our lives. You and I live in little moments, and if God doesn’t rule our little moments and doesn’t work to re-create us in the middle of them, then there’s no hope for us, because that’s where you and I live.

-Paul Tripp

On the entrepreneurial path, few people come into your life without a reason.

-Ken Blanchard

When you expose yourself there are many many ways for people to attack you. People will stab you and hurt you. But you can’t create art unless you show how unique you are while being inclusive with others who share your problems.

-James Altucher

A leader of men must make decisions quickly, be independent; act and stand firm; be a fighter; speak openly, plainly, frankly; make defeats his lessons; cooperate; coordinate; use the best of any alliances or allies; walk with active faith courageously toward danger or the unknown; create a staff; know, love and represent the best interests of his followers; be loyal, true, frank and faithful; reward loyalty; have a high, intelligent, and worthy purpose and ideal. Do justice; love mercy; fear no man but fear only God.

—John W Dodge

No one ever got rich checking their email more often.

-Noah Kagan

Faith means believing in advance what will only make sense in reverse.

-Philip Yancey

Intelligence without ambition is a bird without wings.

-Salvador Dali

That’s what makes death so hard- unsatisfied curiosity.

-Beryl Markham

When you have disciplined people, you don’t need hierarchy. When you have disciplined thought you don’t need bureaucracy. When you have disciplined action, you don’t need excessive controls.

-Jim Collins

You must never confuse faith that you will prevail in the end- which you can never afford to lose- with the discipline to confront the most brutal facts of your current reality whatever they might be.

-Admiral James Stockdale

Most men would rather die, than think. Many do.

-Bertrand Russell

Truth is like a lizard; it leaves its tail in your fingers and runs away knowing full well that it will grow a new one in a twinkling.

-Ivan Turgenev

Reading Recommendations

I read. I love to devour books. It’s something that has happened more and more as I’ve aged. The more I read, the more I want to read more. Certain books have changed the way I live my life. They have given me more insight to who I am as a person and why I feel the way I do. I wouldn’t say all these books are Pulitzer Prize winning books, but they have served to change my life for the better.

1. I Feel Great and You Will Too!: An Inspiring Journey of Success with Practical Tips on How to Score Big in Life: This book changed my outlook on life. I was in a really bad place as a college freshman due to some family issues. This book lifted me out of that slump and set me on a new path. It’s corny, but sometimes we need corny in our life. Plus there are some really cool parts where he pokes a guy’s eye out, so it balances out.

2. The Warrior Ethos: A great look at the mindset of a true warrior. This book challenges you as a man to go after what is important and shows you the nobility in not backing down from a challenge. It was even the basis for an article I wrote called Championships and The Spartan Spirit: Why America Will Never Love Lebron James

3. Man’s Search for Meaning: This book was written by a Holocaust camp survivor and gives an inside look into his mind at the time. It showed me the attitude that I should have at all times. Even in my worst moments I think of the writer of this book Viktor E. Frankl and his struggles and I can’t help but have a positive outlook on the situation I am facing in comparison to his.

4. Wild at Heart: This book was the ultimate connect to who I am as a man and how that carries over into my faith. It then took my faith and helped me learn to carry that over into my life. I think any man who reads this blog will be able to benefit from reading this. It will help you discover how to express your masculinity the way it was meant to be expressed. For the first time I was able to gain an understanding of each sex and how they relate in harmony through this book.

5. The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt: Roosevelt was the ultimate achiever. He did what he set out to do. He lived a life worth writing about. And he never let anything stop him. This book showed me exactly the type of person I wanted to be in this world.

6. Letters from a Stoic: This book in essence shows us what we truly need to live and the mind we need to live it. It covers religion, wealth, power and situations we face in life. This book plus reading the Bible’s Ecclesiastes would be the ultimate pairing for advice on how to live life. Both give meaning to why we feel emptiness into that which we believe to be important.

7. The E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don’t Work and What to Do About It: Everything I do in the business world comes back to this book. I judge how companies are functioning based on this book. How to structure companies based on this book. I even use this as a guide to decide what companies I have interest in working with and investing in. It’s the single best book on business and entrepreneurship I have ever read. Combined with David Allen’s Getting Things Done, my favorite investing book The Intelligent Investor and my favorite book on leadership by Phil Jackson called Eleven Rings: The Soul of Success you have the ultimate guide to succeeding in business.

8. Letters from a Self-Made Merchant to His Son: Following up on the best business books I have ever read, this is a story that transcends time. It’s a business book written in the early 1900’s that is still applicable today. A father of a great company writes his new employee son on how business should be done. It’s a book that anyone interested in entering the business world should read. It covers a wide variety of business issues and is a great address to young people living in the business world.

9. How to Get Rich: One of the World’s Greatest Entrepreneurs Shares His Secrets: Is it right for you to own your own business? This book answers that question better than anything I have ever read. No business book has ever made me look deeper into who I am than this book. I was forced to evaluate my beliefs and my life goals and make sure they line up while reading this book. Don’t let the title fool you. It’s a deep book about what it actually takes to be in the top 1%. A follow up to this book that most people can relate to is Choose Yourself! by James Altucher. He is not only one of my favorite bloggers, but also is more relatable to what the normal person is really trying to accomplish in their business endeavors. He helps people achieve their dream lives, not just in work, but in their personal life as well.

10. Mere Christianity: A long time ago I chose to believe what I believe. But the reason I chose to believe it was based on a certain set of thoughts and ideas. My beliefs are different from most people and I don’t ascribe to a particular dogma that our society has wrongly passed down without understanding. This book is a very direct examination of what I believe and why I believe it. It is the best example of how I was able to rationalize why I feel the way I feel.

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Project Invest 2030

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I have been thinking of the future lately. Trying to utilize the skills I have to better my chances to set myself up for success. One thing I have discovered is that I am fairly solid at seeing trends and ideas that will work, while they are still in their early stages.

I’m not 100% at this. I thought Google plus would take off. It didn’t. I know I can’t be right all the time.

However, I have backed things that I saw early on knowing they will take off. I was laughed at when I was one of the first people on Twitter and Instagram. I loved both Evernote and Drop Box when they hit the scene. The problem with all of those is that I never invested my cold hard cash. I just became a spokesperson for their products and not a beneficiary of their profits.

I’ve decided to change that. I have been reading recent blog posts by one of my favorite writers Tucker Max about his goal to hit 100 early stage investments by 2018. While I don’t have the kind of money at the moment that Tucker Max has, I am starting to get access to it. So I made the decision to begin my investing career by making the same investment goal.

Since I’m younger I’ll allow myself till 2030 to meet the goal. I hope to use these blog posts as a way to track my progress until 2030.

I have had to make it very clear to myself not to get attached to the 100 number as I will not consider this a failure if I only get 80 great investments. It would be idiotic to be mad at myself for not blowing money on 20 businesses that were bad investments.

I plan to invest in any industry that I see a favorable return from. I have gained connections in numerous fields that I plan to utilize for advice. I plan to start small most likely keeping investments under $25K for now. Once I have more backing I will increase to between $25K and $100k and eventually increasing to over 100k investments.

Some of these investments may end up being my own private companies. But the ultimate goal is to create a private portfolio aside from my traditional equity investments. If you have any interest in following my journey you can follow my Angel List and possibly act as a syndicate.

I’ll also be keeping a record of what company I invested in and why I invested in that company on this blog.

If you have great ideas that you believe could take off feel free to contact me. I have gained access to a significant amount of investors who would freely help back any ideas that I present them.

Please understand these must be presented to me as business plans. Working products or some sort of beta version would be best. If the idea doesn’t appeal to me I won’t invest in it. I have no issues with taking a look at your work and will offer you a fair critique of what you have.

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