Last Updated: 5 July 2020
Current Location: Tbilisi, Georgia
Projects I Am Working On:
- Citizens of the World (book) – an enquiry into the location-independent movement, and the impact they are having on broader society
- Writing Timeless Non-Fiction (book) – the writing process of authors whose books stand the test of time (as distinct from “bestsellers”, which is a short-lived metric)
- Reading (my goal is to read or re-read this list of books by the end of October 2020)
- Physical health. You can see my workouts on Strava. Interested in exercises which don’t require a lot of equipment to help feel good (not sore or overly exhausted)
- Deepening existing friendships & relationships
Interested In Connecting With:
- Aspiring non-fiction authors who want assistance with launching their book
- Those with insights about the art of creating and promoting quality work
- Journalists and influencers who are covering the projects I am working on (see above)
Quotes I’m Thinking About:
- “Don’t be good, be great.” – Billy Fitzgerald, baseball coach.
- “Memento mori.” – Latin: “Remember that you must die” (and therefore we should use our time wisely). 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 which fits 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 and build momentum from there. (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.)
- “Mens sana in corpore sano.” – Latin: “A healthy mind in a healthy body.” Top intellectual performers watch their diet and undertake rigorous physical exercise. Magnus Carlsen (world chess champion) runs, hikes, and plays sports. Robert Greene (author) swims. 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 must take care of their health.
- “Fac, si facis.” – Latin: “Do it if you’re going to do it.” Don’t do things half-arsed. Or, as Tim Ferriss put it: “If you’re going to write a book, write a f*#king book!”
- “Everything is your responsibility.” – Noah Kagan, in this interview with Ryan Holiday. If you hire someone to help you, it is your responsibility deciding who to hire.
- “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).