The 4 Hour Struggle

Entrepreneurial Philosophy by Matt Aaron


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If you lost everything, would you be okay?

Around 2 years ago, I read an interview with Ryan Holiday. I cannot locate it, but the gist was:

"If I lost everything and had to start from scratch, I would be fine. Really."

When I was 19, I interned at a financial planning company. I met with the manager/boss of the branch in my first week.

As I understood from others, he had a pretty high-income. Somewhere in the $250,000 - $450,000 range. He also had a PHD in philosophy, which at the time sounded like the greatest thing in the world. 

He told me: "If I was randomly parachuted out of a plane and landed anywhere in the world, I could create wealth. Anywhere, with my skills and philosophy background, I know I could make something happen."

Dirt road

On The Lazy Lion

Here's a little experience I had when I was road tripping last December. It's been up on my Wordpress for a while and since I haven't had time to post anything here, I thought I'd put up a skimmed down version of it here

Our family has this tradition where we visit some place every vacation. We usually stay at a nice hotel and there’s also a long car ride with the 5 of us crushed in an average sized car. Hopefully this will change soon as my parents are in the process of buying an SUV.

Me, being the techie I am, kept feeding route information (using GPS with Google Maps) to my dad, who was driving. We passed through towns and fields and the over time we could tell that we were moving away from the busy roads and cities to the rural villages of the country. This usually goes really well except one time when I forgot to check the map and he missed a turn. So we had a choice, turn around and go back (which was a couple of kilometers), or else, take another route which was a dirt road that showed up on the map which seemed to be rarely used. The dirt road was just ahead of us and it was quite wide so we went ahead with the second option.

Taking a dirt road in the middle of nowhere is almost never a good idea, but this was certainly something to experience. Firstly, it was so lonely. There wasn’t a soul in sight, even though it was the middle of the day. Google Maps told me that the track was 5 to 6 kilometers long and I kept checking up on it to make sure we were making progress. My dad drove slowly. A sedan can easily be damaged by the uneven bumps on a dirt road and that was the last thing we wanted out here.

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