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24 Days Of Not Using The Internet

24 Days Of Not Using The Internet

by Byron Vidal

Here are the VERY IMPORTANT WORDS WHY I haven’t used the internet for 24 days:

I love to use now the written words of my most favorite contemporary book author nowadays for this post/article, his name is Ryan Holiday, BECAUSE we nearly have the same EVERYTHING when it comes to BOOKS and READING.

I’m fully listening to Bob Marley’s music while doing this VERY IMPORTANT REMINDER TO MYSELF, YOU included.

Here it goes:

If You’re Trying To Speed Up Your Reading, And Squeeze It Into Every Cranny Of Your Life, You’re Doing It Wrong

If You’re Trying To Speed Up Your Reading, And Squeeze It Into Every Cranny Of Your Life, You’re Doing It Wrong

By Ryan Holiday

I love books. I love reading. I do it as much as I can. I tell people they should do the same and have for a long time. But when I hear that people are now actively working up their tolerance to listen to audiobooks on higher and higher speeds, try ‘hack’ reading through courses or apps, when they listen to snippets of books while they walk to the fridge, I just shake my head.

Guys, you’re doing it wrong! You’re missing the point!

Reading is like eating, sex and meditation. The whole point is that it’s pleasurable and meaningful. It’s like listening to music. You’re not supposed to rush through it.

But this is apparently the next big trend for entrepreneurs. As Quartzdetailed earlier this week,

“I probably started reading ultra hardcore about seven or eight years ago,” says Tom Bilyeu, an entrepreneur based in Los Angeles. “Ultra hardcore” means that Bilyeu reads everywhere: While he brushes his teeth, while he gets dressed, in the 30 seconds it takes to cross rooms in his house, he’s reading.

“My big secret is,” says Bilyeu, “I read in all those little transitional moments.” Plus, for the last eight years, he’s optimized his intellectual consumption by listening to audiobooks at three times the normal speed.

I know Tom. We’ve even worked together before. He’s a great guy and a lover of books. But he’s doing it wrong and if you follow his example, you will be too.

The article goes out to talk about how with the advent of audiobooks, not only can people listen to books faster, they can ‘read’ while they do other things. Multitasking while reading is nonsense. It reminds me of that episode of Seinfeld where George tries to incorporate food and watching sports into making love. Reading is good enough on its own man, and it’s not only justifiable on its own—it’s one of the best things you can be doing with your time.

There are only two other tasks that when added to reading improve it: 1. Sitting in a beautiful place. 2. Listening to a great soundtrack. Everything else isn’t additive—its subtractive.

The sad truth about the search for productivity hacks is that the logic is almost always penny wise and pound foolish. People spend an hour developing an email template that will save them 20 seconds when they respond to something…but then they willingly fly across the country for a three day conference where nothing gets accomplished. They scout out the best writing software and then procrastinate the act of actually sitting down to use it. They hire a virtual assistant to manage their schedule but they never question whether the meetings and phone calls even need to happen.

Take Tom’s strategy for example. People who use it make it sound like they are somehow getting a ton of reading done. Like way more than the rest of us Stone Age, analog humans. All the time you spend brushing your teeth and in other transitional moments add up—especially if you’re consuming at triple speed—seems like a compelling argument. Yet in the article it says he reads just 50 books a year. That’s only one a week!

If it was like 500, I think we might have to look at it and go, “Maybe they’re onto something.” I managed more than a book a week when I had two full-time jobs and was writing a book of my own. That’s not a brag, it’s just a fact. There was plenty of time because it was important to me. I made it part of my job. There are single mothers struggling to make ends meet that go through four library books a month, I’m sure of it. No hacks required!

There are so many things that can be cut out or de-prioritized before you ever need to start reading in the shower. There are so many things to optimize first (what books you’re reading, what you retain from those books, what you do with those books) that will have a bigger impact. But I’ll put it simply: You don’t need to squeeze reading into the in-between moments of your life, you need to squeeze the other crap out and make reading and reading well the priority.

Yesterday, I flew from Chicago to Austin. I had a first class upgrade and was surrounded by business people—all of them the exact type of person who would say things like “I’m too busy to read.” And what were they doing on this flight? Watching movies on their iPads, answering emails, chattering about bullshit. I was the only one who had a physical book open and actually reading. In two and a half hours of concentration, I got almost all the way through the book I had brought.

But getting close to finishing a book is not what I am proud of. I’m proud that I had a couple hours of quiet, reflective time. The book I am reading is about a man’s attempt to retract Coronado’s expedition through the Southwest on horseback. I was transported from that plane to the desert. To 500 years ago. I was away from the distractions of the world. I was moved by the writing. I was fully engaged. I was learning. I was still.

We have to remember, we don’t get a prize at the end of life for having churned through as many books as possible. Remember: quality over quantity. Always. It doesn’t matter how much you end up reading—your collection will never be bigger than a County Branch Library. But the selection can be better—it could be a lot better. The time you spend reading them, the time you carved out and gave to the process—that’s what you’ll remember at the end of your life. That is the prize.

So as someone who loves to read, who reads a lot and think people should read more, as someone who gets nice big checks at the end of the year from the sales of my own audiobooks, I’m begging you, please don’t deprive yourself of one of life’s most important experiences. Don’t pursue efficiency at the sake of efficacy. I get that these folks mean well—but they’re going about it wrong.

There is just one rule that great readers share: They value reading. They make it a priority. They don’t squeeze it in between their other priorities. They make it the priority. They know that from this, everything else follows—the more you read and the more time you make for it, the better you are at it. The more time you end up having for it (it creates success which creates leisure). They love it so much they aren’t trying to shove themselves full of it

until they’re sick. No, they savor it.

And so should you.

How To Read More — A Lot More

By Ryan Holiday

When you read a lot of books people inevitably assume you speed read. In fact, that’s probably the most common email I get. They want to know my trick for reading so fast. They see all the books I recommend every month in my reading newsletter and assume I must have some secret. So they ask me to teach them how to speed read.

That’s when I tell them I don’t have a secret. Even though I read hundreds of books every single year, I actually read quite slow. In fact, I read deliberately slow, so that I can take notes (and then whenever I finish a book, I go back through and transcribe these notes for my version of a commonplace book.

So where do I get the time? (Well for starters I don’t waste any of it asking dumb questions).

Look, where do you get the time to eat three meals a day? How do you have time to do all that sleeping? How do you manage to spend all those hours with your kids or wife or a girlfriend or boyfriend?

You don’t get that time anywhere, do you? You just make it because it’s really important. It’s a non-negotiable part of your life.

I think there are three main barriers that hold people back from making this happen and I want to disassemble them right now so you can start reading way, way more.

Time

The key to reading lots of book begins with stop thinking of it as some activity that you do. Reading must become as natural as eating and breathing to you. It’s not something you do because you feel like it, but because it’s a reflex, a default.

Carry a book with you at all times. Every time you get a second, crack it open. Don’t install games on your phone–that’s time you could be reading. When you’re eating, read. When you’re on the train, in the waiting room, at the office–read. It’s work, really important work. Don’t let anyone ever let you feel like it’s not.

Do you know how much time you waste during the day? Conference calls, meetings, TV shows that you don’t really like but watch anyway. Well, if you can make time for that you can make time for reading. (Or better, just swap those activities for books)

Money

If I had to steal books to support my reading habit, I would. Thankfully you can buy some of the best literature ever published for pennies on Amazon.

But forget money entirely when it comes to books. Reading is not a luxury. It’s not something you splurge on. It’s a necessity.

As Erasmus, the 16th century scholar once put it, “When I get a little money I buy books; and if any is left I buy food and clothes.”

On top of that, books are an investment. I hear from people all the time who tell me they plan to buy this book or that book. Plan? Just buy it. I promised myself a long time ago that if I saw a book that interested me I’d never let time or money or anything else prevent me from having it. Not money, not time, not my own laziness. Don’t wait around for some book you want to read to come out in paperback–trying to save $2 or $3 is the wrong mindset. If it’s a book you’ll read, then read it now, not in a year.

(One related note: I don’t check books out from the library and haven’t since I was a child. This isn’t like renting a mindless movie. You should be keeping the books you read for reference and for re-reading. If you are OK giving the books back after two weeks you might want to examine what you are reading).

Purpose

Perhaps the reason you having trouble is you forgot the purpose of reading. It’s not just for fun. Human beings have been recording their knowledge in book form for more than 5,000 years. That means that whatever you’re working on right now, whatever problem you’re struggling with, is probably addressed in some book somewhere by someone a lot smarter than you. Save yourself the trouble of learning from trial and error–find that point. Benefit from that perspective.

The walls of my house are covered in books from floor to ceiling. The last time I moved, I had to rent a U-Haul exclusively for books. At first that frustrated me, and then I remembered that books paid the rent on both those houses. They kept me sane, they made me a lot of money.

The purpose of reading is not just raw knowledge. It’s that it is part of the human experience. It helps you find meaning, understand yourself, and make your life better.

There is very little else that you can say that about. Very little else like that under $20 too.

Look, you either get this or you don’t. Reading is something you know is important and want to do more of. Or you’re someone who just doesn’t read. If you’re the latter, you’re on your own (you’re also probably not that smart).

Think of someone like Frederick Douglass, who brought himself up out of slavery by sneaking out and teaching himself to read. Books weren’t some idle pursuit or pastime to him, they were survival itself. And despite this dire situation, he managed to read  and, as the writer Thomas Sowell once put it, “educate himself to the point where his words now have to be explained to today’s expensively under-educated generation.”

What excuse do you have?

If you want to read more, there’s no real secret. It’s about adjusting your priorities and your perception so that reading becomes an extension of who you are and what you do.

When that happens, you’ll be the person that people now ask: How do you do it? And the answer will be: I just do.

Thank you to your written words my most favorite contemporary book author nowadays, Ryan Holiday. Thank you. Thank you

Audrey Hepburn: “Nothing Is Impossible, The Word Itself Says, “I’m Possible.”

Audrey Hepburn: “Nothing Is Impossible, The Word Itself Says, “I’m Possible.”

Supposedly, I will not post a blog within the many hours of internet use because of an extent of preparation but after listening to so many music through youtube.com I decided suddenly to change the music’s pacing and category.

I switched to the music of Theme from a Summer Place of 1952, then I came across Audrey Hepburn’s Moon River @ youtube.com. I tried to watch and listen to it for the first time, the theme of these blog post showed up, the big bold words.

The departed American business philosopher Jim Rohn is way cool, “You will never know when and what is life changing.”

Cool Eustress words and photos from Audrey Hepburn 🙂

“I believe in pink, that laughing is the best calorie-burner, in staying strong when everything seems to be going wrong, that happy girls are the prettiest girls, that tomorrow is another day. Most importantly, I believe in miracles.” ——–Audrey Hepburn

What You Can Do Within Four Hours Like I Do

What You Can Do Within Four Hours Like I Do

by Byron M. Vidal

What You Can Do Within Four Hours Like I Do:

  • Two sets of the power of breathing exercises for nearly one hour while the state of the weather is cleaning the natural air. I did it near the plants. I learned the power of breathing exercises from Anthony Robbins and David Wolfe.
  • I ate two apples and two citrus fruits with Lindt 90 percent supreme dark chocolate with the power of the empty stomach. You must only eat fruits with an empty stomach. I will explain about it on my next posts/blogs/articles.
  • I got 96 liters of tap water with my bare hands from nearly across the street up to 2nd floor through stairs. Stamina, endurance, and resiliency training. More to this on my next blogs.
  • I read cool and sensible books.
  • I did the meditative process.
  • I handwritten the classic way. Kinetic memory kicks in when you are writing.
  • I communicated well with reasonable clients through my very simple mobile phone. You will somehow smile and laugh when you will have the opportunity to see my old-fashioned mobile phone. Always remember, “The wiser the soul, the greater the simplicity,” I got that very powerful words from an unknown source.
  • I Believe You Can Do Better Than I Do Because That’s Why I’m Here For You. You Must Believe In Yourself Like I Do To You. Your Eustress Is You.

The Cool Eustress of Mister Donald J. Trump by Byron M. Vidal

The Cool Eustress of Mister Donald J. Trump

by Byron M. Vidal

It took me some time to think well about writing this post because I’m quite avoiding to write and publish matters that have some degree of publicity and celebrity because nearly everybody knows Mister Donald J. Trump nowadays because of his presidential triumph “Trump.”

Before his presidential triumph “Trump,” I’m already reading some chapters of books he has written and was already listening to some of his audio books, it all started about fifteen years ago.

Although, I’m not yet a millionaire or billionaire when it comes to financial net worth, his written words and audio books, to some degree, are effective tools in helping and reminding me about the aspects/areas of my life to make it bigger than my very own life, in his own words, Think Big.” 

My most favorite words from Mister Donald J. Trump which he has written in one of his books, “It is often to your advantage to be underestimated.”

Supposedly, I will write and post this some other time but our Cool Eustress: Just Do It and Correct Course Along the Way philosophy is a motivating factor to just do it right away and the cool eustress side of Mister Donald J. Trump I think will benefit you urgently, setting aside his publicity and celebrity, let’s somehow appreciate his beneficial contribution to society in whatever form you can think of.

The cool eustress side of Mister Donald J. Trump just came from most recently when I was reading a book at the same time riding a public transport on my way here at the internet cafe. The book is written by Mister Robert Slater as a biography of Mister Donald J. Trump.

I would like to give compliment to Mister Robert Slater because he is really a good biographer and book author, and I will surely role model him when it comes to writing.

Here I think is The Cool Eustress of Mister Donald J. Trump which I get from the book written by Mister Robert Slater. I love to let you think well why I titled it The Cool Eustress of Mister Donald J. Trump:

Trouble was brewing for Trump that same March 1990 in his battle to remain solvent.

He was forced to declare for the first time that he might not be able to make a debt payment–specifically, the $43 million he owed on the Trump Castle.

Until then, he had never missed a payment. Until then, the casinos had provided enough cash to service his debt. No longer was that true.

Meanwhile, of the $9 billion that Donald Trump owed banks and other financial institutions, that included $975 million that he had guaranteed personally.

Donald Trump had his back to the wall.

Other men in his position might have set off for Mexico–or the nearest roof.

But at the worst moments, he felt no real sense of depression. Throwing himself off the roof of Trump Tower was simply not in his arsenal of business strategies.

Other men might have assumed that it was simply impossible to imagine coming up with the billions of dollars required to calm the increasingly agitated bankers.

But Trump did not believe in running away from battles.

On many occasions when he had launched a business initiative, close advisers had told him that he was crazy, that he would never succeed, that the odds were stacked against him, and that the powers that be held all the cards and he held none, or nearly none. He was too young, too inexperienced, too this, too that.

He listened–and then he pressed ahead. And when all was said and done, he overcame the obstacles; he built his buildings, and his closed advisers watched in awe at how he had defeated the odds.

The banks might have a good reason to foreclose on his empire. But he was not going down without a fight.

He knew that he had some things going for him.

Trump looked at what he was going through as a very temporary setback. He kept calling it a blip. All he had to do was convince the banks and the other financial institutions to look at his situation in the same way.

Meanwhile, he was not throwing in the towel.

He vowed that he would never allow himself to fall into bankruptcy. He would not give up. He had a reputation to that effect. Those closest to him knew he was a fighter. The New York Post columnist Cindy Adams noted, “If you set Donald Trump in the middle of the Mohave desert, he will open a soft-drink stand. He will never go down.

Trump would not let himself fail. His choices were to retreat and give up, or to battle harder than he ever had in his life. He chose to fight.

He needed to come up with $73 million in debt payment by June 15.

The problem was, he simply did not have the cash.

In 1989, Forbes had put his fortune at $1.7 billion. Now in its May 14, 1990, edition, it ran a cover story estimating Trump’s fortune at only $500 million.

Why couldn’t he just sell off some of that net worth?

He could have, but “it would have been throwing good money after bad, and I didn’t want to do it,” Trump explained. “That was one of the reasons I survived and others didn’t.”

By early June, Trump’s struggle had intensified. The bankers were less than forthcoming. His efforts to sell or refinance his holdings had gone nowhere.

And those debt payments hung over his head like an ominous storm cloud: $350 million a year, or almost $1 million a day–way beyond what his cash flow was at the time. He had no idea where he might find the cash to make these payments.

You now have the Cool Eustress of Mister Donald J. Trump. Your Cool Eustress too, customize/adapt it for your very own benefit.

Cool Eustress: Just Do It and Correct Course Along The Way

Chef Jose Andres of National Geographic impact me well with these words from one of his 2015 writings, which I only read about half an hour ago: “Whatever you decide to do, just remember, as Winston Churchill said, “success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm,” so just keep trying and have fun.” Your Cool Eustress.