The 4 Hour Struggle

Entrepreneurial Philosophy by Matt Aaron

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Reading List - January 2015

I've made an effort to rebuild by reading muscle. To get back to 1-3 books/week rhythm, I needed to work out my attention span. Luckily, I had some time off for the holidays. It is amazing what a week without internet on a farm will do for you.

Three keys to education via reading:

1. Choosing the right books .. Your peer group, Amazon, Good Reads, blogs, bibliographies of books you love, etc.

2. Active analysis and reflection of the books you are reading. I save notes from every book I read in a series of Google Docs. After a while, the first doc got too big and had to start a new one.

3. Mixing theory and practice. Integrate learnings into work/life projects. Balance learning, practicing, and doing.

Clean a Clean Toilet

On SEBASTIAN MARSHALL

True story.

I was having sushi with an acquaintance in San Francisco.

Very cool guy - Google engineer, very cultured, very smart on lots of topics.

One thing came up that was fascinating to me - he did an almost-silent Zen retreat for quite a while, like a month or two. I don't remember the exact details, but I think they only spoke for 10 minutes per day, or if the Zen master spoke to them? Something like that.

Anyways, he told me that it was all surprisingly mundane at first. No huge breakthroughs, just sitting meditating, and doing lots of chores. The first thing they did every morning was to clean the temple, including the bathrooms.

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