The 4 Hour Struggle Entrepreneurial Philosophy by Matt Aaron en-us Sat, 04 Jul 2020 23:55:51 +0000 Sett RSS Generator The 50th Law book club UPDATE: Here are the notes we took during the call. Contact us if you would like to discuss any of the concepts.

As Sebastian has said (I am paraphrasing) "don't just read books; apply its' principles to your life, and discuss them with other people."

One of the best books for strategy/mindset is The 50th Law, by Robert Greene and 50 Cent.

If you are familiar with the 33 Strategies of War or The 48 Laws of Power, you will find many concepts from these books, but explained in a different way using example's from 50's life and others remarkable people in history.

I have the audiobook and frequently revisit one of the 10 chapters (about a 30 minute listen) when I am stressed/in need of inspiration.

Learn how his strategy, fearlessness  and self-discipline allowed him to use rap as a vehicle to turn him into a nine figure business man. And how you can apply this to your own life.

Is anyone interested in reading and discussing this book over 1 or 2 calls? We can start with one discussing chapters 1-5 (about 130 pages), and another for chapters 6-10.

Not sure if you want to read it? Here is a slideshow that covers the main principles.

Also, Ryan Holiday's take:

The 50th Law by Robert Greene and 50 Cent
Since I worked on this book it took me 3 or 4 tries before I could really lose myself in it and actually read it. My bias aside, it is very, very good. It almost feels a bit extemporaneous; the book flows well because it's centered on a single theme that it refines further with each chapter. Robert used much less of 50's bio than I thought he would and it has the effect of making the book very simple and to the point. The three best laws are Chapter 2 - Make Everything Your Own, Chapter 3 - Turn Shit into Sugar and Chapter 8 - Respect the Process: Mastery. They rely most heavily on the great black boxers, who I enjoyed researching and learning about. The publisher has tried to describe this book as more philosophical than Robert's other books, which I think is wrong or at least, a problem with the definition of the word. In fact, this book is much more practical than the 48 Laws or the War book. It has direct applications to your life, and not just in the sense of maneuvering around a bad worker, but literally the way in which you live your life. It's not a business book either and it's lame to hear it described that way. 

Please reply or PM me and we can try to get a call set up for the last week of April.


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A True Man Hates No One by Sebastian Note from Sebastian:

Note from Matt Aaron: Easier said than done due to the chemicals in our brain, but well worth the reward...

"Remember that a man, a true man, never hates. His rages and his bad moods never last beyond the present moment-like electric shocks." --Napoleon Bonaparte

You've hated before, right?

C'mon now, don't be shy. Of course you have.

Everyone gets angry at times, even furious. The problem with letting it devolve into lasting hate is that it twists your perception. When you hate, you lose sight of the virtues and counterbalancing points of the other side.

This could mean you fail to bridge a gap or heal a rift when the opportunity comes to do so. Or, even if you stay adversaries, hatred means you'll tend to miss important evolutions in character and methods of your adversary, whether that be a person or an organization.

Hate means you keep fighting long-past whatever cause you had fought for, long past whatever interest you stood to gain, long after principle has eroded away from your side and you've instead fallen into the wrong.

Hate? Hate is worth discarding. Even for people who are legitimately and truly bad by your ethical standards, or perhaps even by universal standards. Hate makes you stood, hate takes you off your game, hate alienates the very most talented and dedicated people you could connect with, hate fills your own body with toxins and stress hormones that lead to less joy and less thriving in life... and thus, hate makes you more likely to be less successful.

Perhaps you're nodding in the abstract? Yes, of course you are. Yes, of course, hate is counterproductive in the abstract. You already know that. And yet--!

I would imagine that 99 people out of 100 reading have someone or something, somewhere, that makes their temperature rise and venom course through their veins when they think of it. Come, I won't name all the possibilities -- whether it be someone you were once intimate with, or some adversary perhaps that used an unfair position against you, or whether it be some cause that's hostile to everything you believe is right...

...whatever that is, whatever it is that gets your hackles up, your temperature up, and makes those stress toxins start flowing...

...can you bring it to mind?

...and could you realize that, if you can dismiss it, you'll be better served? Even if you choose to continue to fight?

I'm not saying forgive them! But dispense with that most useless and counterproductive of emotions, for your own good and for your success. Come, meditate on it for a moment and think of what you hate, then consider dispensing with it. A true man never hates, his rages and bad moods move like a passing electrical shock.

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