Yes, really. Screw you. jk
Yes, it's another blog series. Yes, I'll probably never complete this series. Will it stop me from trying? No.
This blog series is inspired by the incredible amount of informative content that I've been discovering and consuming over the years. And in a further more vast view, it's also about all the kind folk out there on the internet who share information for the sake of sharing information. The people who believe that knowledge should be free, or at least, some of it should be. And they put their money where their mouth is, and give it all out with no promise of repayment. Simply because, they can! I have plenty of thoughts on this subject and how it can actually lead to considerable success and profits for those who participate in such acts of kindness, but thats for another post in the future.
The glaring issue that this blog series hopes to tackle, on a small and personal level, but hopefully in a way that will inspire others to tackle the same issue in their own personal way as well, is there is a pretty big problem with the world right now. And it's that we have too much damn information! And so much conflicting information. And some if it is genuine, respectful information that is useful. Some of it is the opposite, written purely to manipulate or profit from. And I know this because I've been on both sides of the fence producing content for both sides. And it's pretty disheartening to look at how wonderful the world is right now, how much progress we have made in even the last hundred years towards a better future, but to also realise that we are drowning in a sea of information that our brains are just straight up not ready to handle.
And as I said above, this blog series is not about any lofty goals of changing or fixing the world, no. Unfortunately that is largely out of my control, or perhaps rather fortunately as I have a bit of a habit of messing things up. This is a documentation of my efforts to see clearly through the noise of the trillions of bits of information at the fingertips of every human being with an internet connection. And I will fail at it, most certainly. But that's also kind of the point.
The point of this little journey is to simply explore what happens if you put 80% of your efforts into making the process perfect and 20% into executing.
To those familiar with certain self help books that titles escape my mind right now, you will recognize these numbers. But often I've seen many people applying 80% to executing and 20% to strategy with great success, but not, at least in my experience, seen many doing it the opposite way. I wanna see what happens if you try that. And I think it'll be fun, and maybe surprising. Or maybe not, who cares.
Thanks to the last 3 years I am finally in possession of the experiences that allow me to view myself as independent or mostly non-reliant on anyone else. Particularly in work. I am content and happy as I am, regardless of most circumstances. Obviously not all the time, but yknow I'm not super human.
I am able to support myself on purely passive income, and I have been able to do so for years now. Plus, I just moved out of my parents house last November and I still have no issues with financial stuff even though I am currently not paying myself a salary. (Well, I say no issues, last few months have been unexpectedly expensive but hey ho nothing too serious!)
My only financial obligations are to my team, to make sure their salaries are paid, which goes way above my passive income amount, and I am happy that they are their to motivate me to push forward further, thankfully most of my team are currently in countries where a decent wage is not too high in comparison to the UK, so I am able to pay well enough, but I'd like to pay much, much more soon.
I see no issue with paying someone in India or Phillipines the same price as I would pay a qualified person in the UK or any other country. People should be paid based on the value they provide to the company and or project. However, the great thing about hiring in countries that convert well from the currency of the country you are acquiring clients and trading in, is that you can grow much faster because the wage of an apprentice is much, much lower.
Of course you can hire in the UK as well, and I have many partners in the UK and I am looking to take on UK apprenticeships as well, plus some USA ones too. However, it is a great little hack for a startup to invest into a struggling country economic wise. There's some hurdles, in some areas of the world they can be a little bit behind on technology adoption and you'll have to train some things. But you'll be surprised too how many good qualified people will show up out of universities in countries that are considered poorer. Plus, you can give great bonuses and stuff as well. A little bonus in the UK is nice, but the same amount of bonus in India can be life changing, which is great to be able to provide to someone.
I hold no prejudice on where or who to hire though, if they can do the job for a price I can afford to pay, I'll do it! But being able to arbitrage resources, including human resources, is a very valuable tool for any business that is operating in this global environment.
Well, it's been a few days and I just re-read what I wrote here, and I am once again super excited to do this blog series, but I really did ramble on, didn't I? Hahhhaaha
Anyway, to get back on track let's define what this series is:
It's a documentation of efforts to put useful information available online into action to make changes in my life. One might call it a bit of life hacking, aye?
This is a pretty much endless task, so who knows when this series will end. Probably before we run out of cool information on the internet to consume and test out in models of behaviour and strategy.
Buuut, as any great journey must start with a single step forward, I shall start with this first blog post (technically written at two separate times but yolo)
I'm not really sure what to call them, so I'll just call 'em snippets of knowledge. or maybe snippets for short. hahaha.
Any one subject has a ton of different snippets of knowledge available online with varying degrees of rarity. Rarity in the sense that some information is truly scarce and some information is abundant but difficult to find or decipher.
Search engines are your best friend here. Google is the main guy and with good reason, they crawl pretty much everything on the surface web and their algorithms for ranking, while fairly easily exploitable, are often very accurate and do a fairly consisetntly good job at providing the right kind of information to the customer, even if sometimes the results are the battleground of a group of SEO's engaged in various types of fuckery.
However, there is a plethora of search engines out there. Some on the surface web, some not. Some freely accessible, others not. But they can all play a role in uncovering useful information in the depths of a helluva lot of petabytes of information at your fingertips.
Throughout this series I will be using all these different types of aggregators, including some cool decentralised options that may pave the way for users to get control of their data and actually receive a small universal basic income for their participation in the economy surrounding the platform. That's pretty next gen and dope right?
The current one I am beta testing is Presearch, and I'm super excited. I also can think of a ton of ways to abuse this system lol. Not that I'm gonna do it, but I think I might play my hand at some whitehat testing and see if I can help strengthen the eco-system. Plus, if I hold the coins and contribute to it being a better platform, I get rewarded when the value of the tokens goes up :D yay 4 crypto. Do you think Satoshi Nakamoto, whoever he or she is, knew what their invention would become in the longer term? Bitcoin was a great idea and all that jazz, but what the further crypto-sphere has done is nothing short of beautiful.
Just a heads up, that link to Presearch is a referral link, I get some bonuses for referring you, and so do you I believe. I am not vouching for Presearch's long term success or anything like that, I am just experimenting with it, and it's entirely free to use unless you want to pay extra to get more tokens. So why not give it a go, yknow? That's my thoughts anyways! Oh, and I read their whitepaper and it sounds pretty dope to me. They are doing a lot of stuff that I really wanted to do myself with a similar project that has been on the backburner for way too long, and quite honestly I am more than happy to support the team at Presearch instead. I don't need another side project eating up my time, no matter how fun or interesting it is hahahah!
Anyways, enough rambling on about tangentially related topics.
The first snippet of information I am going to attempt to integrate into my life is... something from Andrew Huberman. That's all I got right now.
Andrew is the dogs bollocks, there's little doubt about that in my mind at this point. The dude is super cool and knows his shit left, right and centre. Plus, he's very good at communicating the ideas and his podcast is definitely gonna be a runaway hit. YouTube's algorithm has just GOT to treat him well, I know I've watched each episode like 5 times now, those are some good metrics hahahah!
The problem is though, every episode is like a bombardment of information. So many damn good and amazing points, but after you watch it all, it's like. Alright. That was awesome. And it changed my perspective on a lot of things. But damn, that was a lot to take in and process.
So, I am going to explore some of his material and find one key concept (or perhaps groups of concepts) that he explains and then attempt to make some sort of easily achievable habit to implement this concept into making a difference in my life. I'll test this out for like a week or so and see what happens. Maybe I'll need to do it for longer or maybe it'll work straight away, who knows! Maybe it won't work at all. We shall see!
I'll leave this blog post here now and go and do some research. My hit up my fellow huberman fan Denise and see if she can help me find a good snippet of knowledge to utilize. Let's see!
To do this, I simply need to go for walks around the farm I live on each day. Pretty easy, and fun to do. Plus, it's good for my physical health too!
I will later experiment with the timings of the walks in relation to different parts of the day, including the different positions of the sun etc. I believe from another of Andrew's podcasts this was explained to potentially be important too (or maybe it's mentioned in that video too, ngl I didn't watch it all hahaha!)
If anyone out there would like to join me on this experiment and subsequent journey's into life hacking, you are more than welcome to help me beta test the private version of the LIFH inner circle. If you are reading this blog, you are either a search engine bot, Denise or a very good friend. So just let me know with a comment below or a PM or something and you can get all access to all of the tools within the community for free, forever. Thanks for taking the time to read this jazz :D