The 4 Hour Struggle

Entrepreneurial Philosophy by Matt Aaron

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3 Books, 2 Essays, and 1 Podcast for Motivation and Mindset

Never has learning from others been so accessible. If you don't take advantage of it, you are missing out. The following list takes approx 5:30 hours and costs less than $30. It could even be less than $20 buying used books or free if you have a good library nearby.

3 (short) Books: 5 hours - $27 on Amazon Kindle

2 Essays: 15 minutes - Free

1 Podcast: 20 minutes - Free

Listed here in my subjective order of importance:

Spur of the Moment

On Tynan

Last night I was in the Las Vegas airport, waiting for boarding to start on my flight. I went there an hour early because I didn't have time to play poker, so I figured I could get on wifi and get some work done. I knocked out a couple small SETT bugs, and then remembered about getgoing.com, the YC-backed discount flight site. The way it works is you pick two deeply discounted flights that you'd be willing to take, put in your credit card, and getgoing picks one for you. You don't know where you're going until after you've paid. When I first got invited to the site I mucked around with it and found some really great fares to both Beijing and Shanghai.

Maybe I should go to China, I thought. Twenty minutes later my flight to Shanghai was booked.

I like making impulsive decisions like this. My past is filled with them, and none that I can think of have ended in regret. Actually, if I were asked what I thought my biggest strength is, I would probably say that it is making good decisions very quickly.

I wasn't always good at making quick decisions. Twelve years ago I had the opportunity to fly on the Concorde for $1000. It was usually over $10,000 round trip. I really wanted to do it, so I called a few friends to see if anyone else was interested. There was some hemming and hawing, but no one was ready to commit. Well, I thought, I'll wait until tomorrow and buy a ticket then if I still want to go. The next day came and the deal was gone. Now the Concorde is decommissioned and I'll never have the chance to ride it. Strange is it sounds, this is probably one of the bigger regrets in my life. I really wish I got to ride the Concorde before it folded.

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