The 4 Hour Struggle

Entrepreneurial Philosophy by Matt Aaron


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American Introductions

"Old habits die hard."

One habit that I am actively trying to change is to refrain from asking people what they do for work shortly after I meet them. It is rooted deep within me and, in my opinion, most Americans. I never ever considered it as a problem until a couple from Spain enlightened me:

Most Americans are quick to ask you "what do you do" in there opening introductions. Your answer, be it waitress or tech millionaire creates a lens through which others see you.

What we "do" is just one of the many aspects of who we are. I suppose that I have always sized people up this way. Intentionally and as an involuntary habit. I had seen it as a social norm and, at the same time, was curious to know.

By avoiding this question, I hope to make better evaluations of character.

The Yoga Disaster

On Tynan

One of the great things about being polyphasic is that my friends are on awful sleep schedules. Some of them stay up until 7am, others wake up at 7am, so at any given time there's a good chance that I have awake friends.

This morning at 7am Hayden calls and asks if I want to do yoga with him. Of course I do. This is the hot yoga, "Bikram", which literally translated means "the most severe torture known to man that somehow hotties can handle".

I hop in my car and head to his place. Hmm. The ride seems a little rough. Not to get too sidetracked, but I thought it would be really cool if I bought 19" rims instead of the stock 16" rims. It looks fantastic, but these stupid wheels have given me nothing but trouble. Literally every single one has gone flat, they have damaged my brakes, etc.

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