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Breaking out of Homeostasis

15 Lessons Learned from Mikael Syding

Mikael Syding as seen on TV

We had just finished a 2-hour workout and got out of the gym.

—Now I was going to pick Mikael’s brain: was he going to head a new billion-dollar hedge fund, take one of the CEO positions he had been offered, or maybe become a full-time angel investor? It was not an easy decision to make. . .Continue Reading…

Pounce on Opportunity & Sacrifice for Success (U.S Travels + Vlog w/ Kyle Eschenroeder of StartupBros)

Mariott Idyllic view again -- StartupBros Import EmpireIt was my 5th day of the StartupBros Import Empire event and I was staying at the Marriott [as pictured above].

The Ritz-Carlton–where we stayed for the first 4 days–is better. It costs $350/night, for normal folks. . .
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Success is Hard: 7 Evolutionary Mismatches You Must Overcome

evolutionary mismatch - blakeThe other day I was at an alumni event from my university. It was really good, and I met some interesting, accomplished people.

–All of them twice my age or more.

There were maybe 80 people at the event, and I was the youngest one in attendance. I benefited greatly from this contrast.

Two other guys under 30 stood by themselves at a table all night, poundingContinue Reading…

Grind it Out and Lay the Foundation


The philosopher/author/artist–all-round brilliant fellow–Johann Wolfgang von Goethe said that:

Girls we love for what they are; young men for what they promise to be.”

–And so it is: Young men are squires.

Until they pass The Gauntlet, they’re notContinue Reading…

How to Become Smarter: Improve Your Decision-making with These 10 Clever Principles


From: The commonplace of Sir Sunström.

Section: Checklists.

Topic: 10+ decision-making principles.Continue Reading…

Contrast to Past: Is Modern Man More Motivated than 300+ years ago?

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I was in Norway (Stavanger) and climbed two mountains last week.

It was physically challenging, because I’d done squats the day before (120 kg x 6 reps).

When we hiked up one of those mountains, my brother told me: “ifContinue Reading…

Be Who You Want to Be By 30 (or be broken down by homeostasis)

napoleonWhat impact does homeostasis have on your career as you get older?

What are some of the practical implications of this?

And, now that you have this information, how can you use it to become successful and reach the top of your field?

These are some of the questions that I’ll now jump into. . .

This is an excerpt from my upcoming book, Break out of Homeostasis.
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“Enter the Gauntlet”

Ienter the gauntletn medieval Japan there was something called Musha shugyō: a samurai’s path to mastery.

Here’s how it used to work. . .

A young man, wanting to become a samurai, embarked on a journey–like a religious pilgrimage, a rite of passage–in order to test his mettle, learn strategy, challenge other warriors in duels, and build his skill set.

The purpose of Musha shugyō was to harden the young man; to hone his abilities until heContinue Reading…