How to start a startup

Worthy: How to Start a Startup by Paul Graham (Essay)

This is the first piece of advice I read on starting a startup, and it may be the best. I find it hard to believe that there is a resource out there that is written so clearly. Even though written in March 2005, almost everything still applies to today’s startup culture. And I think it will still apply in 10 years. Keep this one handy. Continue reading “How to start a startup”

We Roam review: Where I found the perfect travel companions

We Roam is a professional remote work program that brings together people who work remotely for 12 months across 12 countries. I am part of the Polaris tour. If you don’t have a remote job already and are interested in We Roam, sign up for my free 7-day email course that describes the approach I used to land three remote jobs.

Before traveling with We Roam I always made “special trips” by myself. The people I did travel with before I started traveling solo didn’t work remotely, so when I needed to open my laptop to grind for a little, they didn’t understand it. Why are you working on vacation?! they would ask. I would tell them that work and vacation are not parallels. For me they intersect. I can hop on one road, then easily hop on the other. This is how I like to live my life. Still, they didn’t understand. Continue reading “We Roam review: Where I found the perfect travel companions”

Water fast [Day 3 of 3]: How to get a natural head high

This is day 3 of 3 of my 3-day water fast.

It’s pretty simple. You fast for three days. By the afternoon, I felt like I had been given a slight hit of novocain. But instead of staying contained in my mouth, it flooded through to my brain. It wasn’t intense. I would compare it to being perfume-puffed with a baby does of novocain and some adrenaline. My heart was beating faster than normal, but I felt alive. Not necessarily good, but alive. Continue reading “Water fast [Day 3 of 3]: How to get a natural head high”

Water fast [Day 2 of 3]: Fasting means going through withdrawal

This is day 2 of 3 of my 3-day water fast.

As I write this it’s early morning Wednesday. I can’t sleep but I find peace in the fact that I’ve made it more than 48 hours without food. Not much longer to go. I think the main reason I can’t sleep is because I’m not very tired yet. But my mind is also focused on food and my body is buzzing, feeding off its muscle and fat reserves. I’m miserable when my mind isn’t focused on something I enjoy doing or find interesting. I feel good in an strange way the rest of the time.

In all honesty, before occupying my mind with this writing I was very miserable. I even considered breaking my fast. But I’m pushing forward, writing my way through it. Continue reading “Water fast [Day 2 of 3]: Fasting means going through withdrawal”

Water fast [Day 1 of 3]: Food is habit, not necessity

This is day 1 of 3 of my 3-day water fast.

Today I found myself opening the fridge for no good reason. Thankfully nothing other than raw eggs and orange juice were in there. Those aren’t that tempting to eat. But if the refrigerator roll my grandma used to make all the time was in there, I would have been miserable. I would have daydreamed about it to the point of insanity. There are some perks to traveling and having nothing in your fridge after all. Continue reading “Water fast [Day 1 of 3]: Food is habit, not necessity”

3-day water fast

Update: Fast completed! I made it through day 1, day 2, and day 3. The first day wasn’t bad, the second day was miserable, and the third day my head and mouth were buzzing in a not-so-bad kind of way.

I’m starting a 3-day water fast today. Initially I was going to do the “fast fast” recommended by Tim Ferriss, but I realized I couldn’t obtain a lot of the equipment and supplements needed to do the fast right. Most stuff needs to be ordered. I’m in Buenos Aires right now and Amazon doesn’t work like it does in the United States. Continue reading “3-day water fast”

Reacting out of love and empathizing

Getty images went after a past client of mine for ~$1,000 for a supposedly copyrighted image, and the client paid without investigating. I don’t believe the image was copyrighted. If you do a quick Google search you’ll see that Getty images is infamous for serving people out of the blue with weak cases.

The client lived in another state and I was in Pennsylvania at the time. I didn’t go to the hearing on 12/31/16 because it’s hundreds of miles away. I also don’t think she has grounds to sue based on the quick research I did. Small claims can only be done if you both live in the same state. Maybe I’m wrong. Anyways, she’s telling me the judge ruled in her favor.

But this part of the story doesn’t matter. What matters is how I reacted today to it. Since the client sent me the initial court papers, I have kept my cool, but then she sent this to me today: Continue reading “Reacting out of love and empathizing”

Education time should be 20-40x less than time spent

Two months before going to Chile in March 2016, I decided to learn conversational Spanish. I was only spending 10 days in the country and decided to dedicate an hour a day learning the language. That’s 60 days, so 60 hours. Given we’re only awake for about 16 hours of the day, this equals 4 days.

The fact that I didn’t learn conversational Spanish aside (I never carved out that hour on a daily basis), my approach was shit. I was taking on an all-or-nothing approach. Not only did I not have time for it, dedicating that much time was wasteful. If I planned on living in South America for years, the hour a day would have made sense, and I would have been motivated to do it. But I was only spending 2x less on education time (learning Spanish) than I was spending in the actual country.

This was a terribly unproductive approach. It was also wasteful in monetarily. I bought the Roseyta Stone course when I should have just use free online resources.

The point I’m getting at is this: Base the time you spend educating yourself on the time you’ll spend using that education. For instance, right now I’m in Buenos Aires for 30 days. So, from my experience, I should spend 40 times less that time learning the language. I would spend more time if I was living here indefinitely, but I’m only visiting.

Here’s the math… Continue reading “Education time should be 20-40x less than time spent”

Worry is the disease

I woke up this morning with a rash on my butt. Throughout the day it started covering more area. When I noticed how large it was, worry flooded through me. I hated that. I feel healthy, so it’s probably nothing. It’s probably either something in the water my body is getting used to, detergent used for the bed sheets, or just me sweating more. Whatever it is, I’m sure acclimation to Buenos Aires is the cause, not some disease. Continue reading “Worry is the disease”