The 4 Hour Struggle

Entrepreneurial Philosophy by Matt Aaron


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Antifragile Reflections: Part 2 (real world applications)

In Part 1, I discussed the importance of incentives as explained in the book.

Today, I will highlight some key concepts from the book and how I have applied them to my life.

Data and Noise

"A very rarely discussed property of data: it is toxic in large quantities—even in moderate quantities."

Reading the newspaper everyday? You could be spending your time better. Why is the newspaper the exact same size (give or take a page or two) every day? On some days, more news happens than others, so a newspaper should reflect that. Somedays it could only be 1 page and others upwards of 100 pages.

The Journey Through Fear To Influence, by Dan Redford


Dan Redford has built a life at the intersection of China/Michigan relations, doing international U.S./China business in raising millions of dollars of investment from Chinese clients into the United States. Knowing he wanted to be involved in U.S./China business, his first large opportunity came as a result of being a paid attendee covering the Shanghai Expo, and connecting with traditional media throughout Michigan as part of that trip. All along the way, he's connected with great people, lent a helping hand, and taken leadership roles in organizations.

In this interview to promote his GiveGetWin deal, a Group Class on Establishing Leadership and Influence, he tells his journey towards leadership and influence positions, and gives you extremely practical guidelines on doing that in your life.

"The Journey Through Fear To Influence" by Dan Redford, as told to Sebastian Marshall

My family really helped me become a leader. My younger brother is a famous basketball player where we're from. As the oldest of our family, it was a really big challenge for me. Seeing my younger brother rise as an athlete in the community and I didn't have to the skills to do that, it hurt.

I didn't pursue playing basketball in high school for a year because I anticipated my younger brother would be starting as a freshman and not wanting to compete with him.

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