Sunday, January 21, 2007

Self awareness through personality tests and the like

Know thyself

- Inscribed at the lintel of the entrance
to the Temple of Apollo at Delphi.

The better I know myself, the better I have been able to apply myself. It is truly amazing to me how much of it is about knowing your strengths and weaknesses, and focusing on your strengths (don't waste valuable time on the weaknesses). Figure out your strengths, and get so good that those ten things you are good at that there is no match for you.

My goal here is to collect a list of URLs and offer you my insights. That is my project for the week and I'll keep you posted.


Know Thyself by Alexander Pope

Know then thyself, presume not God to scan;
The proper study of mankind is Man.
Placed on this isthmus of a middle state,
A being darkly wise and rudely great:
With too much knowledge for the Sceptic side,
With too much weakness for the Stoic's pride,
He hangs between; in doubt to act or rest,
In doubt to deem himself a God or Beast,
In doubt his mind or body to prefer;
Born but to die, and reasoning but to err;
Alike in ignorance, his reason such
Whether he thinks too little or too much:
Chaos of thought and passion, all confused;
Still by himself abused, or disabused;
Created half to rise and half to fall;
Great lord of all things, yet a prey to all;
Sole judge of truth, in endless error hurled:
The glory, jest, and riddle of the world!

Thursday, January 18, 2007

You have to watch this! (Keith Ferrazzi)

Optimizing optimization

Since I started this blog I am beginning to realize that I need to become smarter about the kind of information I spend time researching and that I need to be be mindful of the marginal utility of additional research. I doubt that knowing 5 more things about effective sleeping habits is really going to help me that much more. So, for you, dear reader, I am going to start shortly the "Best of Simply Unstoppable" list (recommendations for other names are welcome). Essentially, this is going to be the hotlist of those things which I have done that have had the most profound impact on my ability to be more. Also, as always, if you find any of the information here helpful then please leave behind a comment or two -- hearing from you makes my day!

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

HEALTH: Good sleep

Here is my recipe for making sure you have great sleep:
  • Do vigorous exercise (cardio and weights and ...)
  • Do not sleep in the afternoon (definitely not for more than an hour)
  • Go to sleep between 10 PM and 2 AM. The body has been found to best repair itself in that timeframe (I got this from a blog whose source is unconfirmed, but the times do sound reasonable).
  • Make sure you have taken care of everything you need to (put the cellphone in the charger, prepared your bed so that it does not have any stuff left on it, set your alarm clock, left your shoes by your bed so you can jump off the moment you wake up... -- checklist on the way)
  • Spend a few minutes on your journal and visualizing all the things that it would take for tomorrow to be an ideal day. Close the journal and have it ready for your next entry.
  • Now, go do your business in the toilet (why sleep with waste in you)
  • Put on some relaxing music if your bedroom/bathroom are connected (even if they are not, good music can be waiting for you -- just set it to sleep)
  • Take a cold shower (for efficiency, you can brush your teeth while showering) for 3-5 minutes
  • Wrap yourself in a nice warm towel (you might even want to pre-heat your towel)
  • Once you are nice and dry, get into bed and sleep. Do not think. Just sleep.
  • Become an early riser -- wake up at the same time EACH day. To me, 6 AM seems to be the perfect time.
As for beds, I strongly recommend Tempurpedic.


Tuesday, January 16, 2007

HEALTH: Cold showers are the way to go!

(DRAFT POST) Nothing leaves me feeling as fresh as a cold shower. I strongly recommend trying it out. For some reasons why you should, check out:

SPIRIT: Brain Wave Therapy

I have been trying out Kelly Howell's Brain Sync and I must say that it is truly powerful! I have not felt this alert in years. Try it! Really, I was a cynic, but I am sold. Try it, and you'll see the magic.

Monday, January 15, 2007

RELATIONSHIPS: Remembering Names

Remembering names is definitely a very important skill. As Dale Carnegie said, by remembering someone's name, you are giving them a subtle complement by showing that they made an impression on you.

Here's a great article to check out: