Month: February 2018

My Favorite “Holy Crap, That’s Good” Off the Shelf Items

These are some of my favorite things that other’s make that I can’t do myself near as well, so why not…

Trader Joe’s Bulgogi : Korean BBQ that cooks in 5 minutes and slays

Sprout’s Pollo Asado : Best Mexican chicken ever at $3.99/lb…super moist

Cardiff Seaside Market Cardiff Crack : Crazy Tri-Tip…even if you cain’t grill!

Costco Uncooked Flour Tortillas : Heat up a pan and cook and as good as hand made

Deep Eddy Ruby Red Grapefruit Vodka : No mixer needed, but it will jump up and bite ya

Lizano Salsa : Costa Rican salsa in a bottle…kills on eggs!

My Favorite (non Fiction) Books

There is a little bit of everything here, but these are my most referred to (still) and favorite books (non Fiction) w/ links to each on Amazon:

BBQ Bible by Steven Raichlen : Amazing grilling recipes from around the world

The 4 Hour Work Week by Tim Ferriss : Shortcuts and hacks for life…lots of good stuff to think about

Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl : A book that puts the meaning of life into perspective

The Art of Learning by Josh Waitzkin : What the process of learning looks like for just about anything

The 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene : Whether you like it or not, these are the laws of power that make the world go round

If you aren’t in the mood to read an entire book, this link is great from Derek Sivers to just be able to only read the notes that he took vs. the entire book…lots of good quality stuff here including some of the ones above.

Killer, Creamy Black Beans

1lb bag dry black beans
Chicken Stock
1 small onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, chopped
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 bay leaves
2 teaspoons seasoned salt
Olive oil
Soak black beans overnight. Drain. On medium heat and in a large deep pan, heat olive oil, then add onion for a couple minutes, then add garlic for one more minute. To garlic and onions, add: beans, bay leaf, enough chicken stock to cover and bring to a boil. Season with cilantro, cayenne, and seasoned salt. Drop heat as low as you can and simmer until you like ’em (give ’em an occasional stir)…the longer they stay the creamier they will get (3-4 hours should do it).


education“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever” -Gandhi

Let’s start with how we learn
Education theory says that to learn anything new we must hear it at least 200 times. In learning anything, first you imitate, then you identify, and then you internalize. Exposure is more important than knowledge

Don’t just learn… apply

There’s a great quote from Napoleon Hill, “knowledge is only potential power. It becomes power only when and if it is organized into definitive plans of action and directed to a definitive end.” “If we aren’t careful, ‘learning’, becomes endless avoidance of the work in front of us.” Ramit Sethi, “learning and changing are two different things… it is better to apply one book than read 20”

Some better ways to go about it

Read as little as feasible about the last 20 years… time can act as a cleanser of noise of overhyped work.

Before choosing something that requires you to dedicate years of your life to school for training (like a doctor), volunteer (at a hospital if a doctor) and see if you like the atmosphere/people first. I personally know many people who got their law degree only to hate being a practicing lawyer and give it up after spending years toiling away.

Combining disciplines can make you more unique/creative.: Software + biotech, EE + MBA, etc. there is also less competition when you combine disciplines… you can be an expert with only 500 hours of work instead of 10,000.

If you want to learn French, you will learn 10-20X faster if you move to France and get a French girlfriend…motivate yourself to learn.

Use the 5 Why’s to continually ask questions and learn more deeply.

To avoid just having a 40 year gap between college and retirement with nothing to show, work on: skills, relationships, character, hustle… these will always translate to something new.

Instead of teaching kids to suppress natural urges (aggression, sex, etc.) teach them how to better deal with them. If you suppress them they usually come out later even uglier.

Think about your 20s as you being in charge of your own education system

A few stats

At one point, 80% of Americans were farmers… now that number is 2%. Always keep learning as jobs of today will be replaced by jobs of tomorrow.

By about 8th grade kids start saying they aren’t good at this or that (I can’t draw, I can’t do math, etc.)…always be learning!

Other ideas

The Future Project” is a program that puts a “Dream Director” in schools… kids dream it and then they help them try to achieve it. I’ve never worked with these folks, but heard about it through someone else and really like the idea…helping kids make their dreams come true.

Looking for some inspiration for something greater? Hear are some good YouTube videos to learn from with Richard Feynman and Elon Musk…fun stuff (I guess that depends on your idea of fun, but to each his own.)

Keep after it, kids!


Some Rules Were Made to Be Broken

“The reasonable man adapts himself to the world, the unreasonable one tries to adapt the world to himself. All progress depends on the unreasonable man” -George Bernard Shaw

The world has a need for consistency. If someone says something but does another, we call them: unreliable, hypocritical, flaky, wishy-washy. “Change the rules, but learn them first”, James Altucher.

One has a moral responsibility to obey just laws and conversely to disobey unjust ones. St. Augustine says an unjust law is no law at all. An unjust law is one that a powerful group compels another group to obey but does not make binding on itself. If you choose to break an unjust law, do so openly, lovingly, and with a willingness to accept the penalty… this is expressing the highest respect for the law.

“Ask for forgiveness, not permission. People will be fast to stop you before you start, but hesitant if you are moving”.