This is a “Now Page“. Anyone can keep up with what I’m up to, right here.
This page also acts as a handy reminder to myself about what my priorities are, and the principles I am trying to live my life by.
13 January 2021
Projects I Am Actively Working On:
- Chess Opening Names, Volume 2 (book) – a further investigation into the history of the opening names in chess, following on from volume 1.
- Citizens of the World (book) – a narrative non-fiction account of the location-independent movement, and the impact it is having on broader society.
- Reading. You can see what I’m reading here on Goodreads.
- Physical health. You can see my workouts here on Strava.
- Learning the Japanese strategy board game of Shogi. I play online at this website, where my username is “nathanrose”.
Most Interested In Connecting With:
- Aspiring non-fiction authors who want assistance with launching their book. If that’s you, click here to find out about working with me.
- Journalists and anyone else with a platform who is covering the projects I am working on. (See above).
Quotes I’m Thinking About:
- “Don’t be good, be great.” – Billy Fitzgerald, baseball coach.
- “Fac, si facis.” – Latin: “Do it if you’re going to do it.” Don’t do things half-arsed.
- “Memento mori.” – Latin: “Remember that you must die” (and therefore we should use our time wisely). It is also a good reminder that we don’t have anything to lose – therefore, take bigger risks. Steve Jobs said something similar.
- “No!” – Oliver Sacks, scientist & author. He hung a sign saying “No!” above his desk as a reminder to turn down requests, so that he could do more important work. Be prepared to both SAY “no” (rejecting unimportant demands on our time) and HEAR “no” (attempting things, without being concerned about rejection).
- “The difficulty lies not so much in developing new ideas as in escaping from old ones.” – John Maynard Keynes, economist. A reminder that being “open-minded” means being capable of ERASING existing beliefs, not merely accepting new information to fit around what you already believe.
- “Be regular and orderly in your life, so that you may be violent and original in your work.” – Gustave Flaubert. Hand over small details of life to habit and automation, to allow the mind to focus on higher-level tasks.
- “Action isn’t just the effect of motivation, it’s also the cause of it.” – Mark Manson. Don’t wait for inspiration to strike. Instead, just get started. He calls it the “Do Something Principle”. If you’re not sure what to do, do something – not nothing! Then course-correct as you take action.
- “Everything is your responsibility.” – Noah Kagan, in this interview. If you hire someone to help you, deciding who to hire is still your responsibility.
- “Mens sana in corpore sano.” – Latin: “A healthy mind in a healthy body.” Top intellectual performers undertake rigorous physical exercise. Magnus Carlsen (world chess champion) runs, hikes, and plays sports. Neil Strauss (author) surfs. Nassim Taleb (author) lifts weights. This might be surprising because we think of people like these as thinkers, not athletes – but to do their best thinking, they know they must take care of their health.
- “Today’s diet is tomorrow’s body.” – Unknown author. Take just a moment before you eat anything, and ask whether it is nourishment, and what it is going to do to your body. Food is for fuel, not for entertainment.
- “Watch your thoughts, they become your words; watch your words, they become your actions; watch your actions, they become your habits; watch your habits, they become your character; watch your character, it becomes your destiny.” – Tao Te Ching (Chinese classic text).