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2016 R&R: Reflection and Retribution

Alternate title:
My winner effect is taking on epic proportions.


“You’re as cold as ice, willing to sacrifice.”
–M.O.P

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[Friday, 9:58 PM]

Inspired by Mikael Syding’s cold resistance, I went out running the other day in shorts and T-shirt, even though it was semi-snowy and minus degrees.

First I was running through some industrial areas,  like Rocky.

Then I ran past a couple of hugeContinue Reading…

What it Means to Be a Contrarian (and why it pays)

how to be a contrarianAlternate title: Climb to the top or stay with the flock.


I’m a contrarian.

You can tell by the way I look–like a James Bond Villain (albeit without a white cat in my lap).

But being a contrarian is not about looking cool. . .

Being a contrarian means doing and thinking in unconventional ways.

And that, I’ve always done.Continue Reading…

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

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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

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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…