A Very Binaural Beats, Systematic, and Professional November
These are the best lessons from November. I categorized this article in the same structure as my personal weekly reviews. I have four chambers that need to be aired out in each review: health (physical and mental), wealth (career and side projects), love (personal growth and spirituality), and learning (knowledge).
I noticed I go through so many phenomenal articles and books a month, throwing them on here wouldn’t do them justice. That’s why I’m creating a bi-monthly email with the best of the best. Here is the link if you want to sign up for the cream of the crop. I’m also going to be giving out a book from time to time.
I can’t wait to send you the amazing list of eye-opening content from November.
Health: Switch up your nutrition, use cool binaural frequencies to prime your brain.
Wealth: Show up every day (mentally and physically), balance productivity and creativity, and be familiar your personal business model.
Love: Getting lost in the sauce is easy, don’t neglect those that have always been there for you. People shape you more than things.
Learning: Optimize the learning process by creating a map and directory of what you already know.
Pearl of Wisdom:
“To put our faith in tangible goals would seem to be, at best, unwise. So we do not strive to be firemen, we do not strive to be bankers, nor policemen, nor doctors. WE STRIVE TO BE OURSELVES.” – Hunter S. Thompson
MK (I listened to this 20+ times this month)
The Rolling Stones – Jumpin’ Jack Flash
50 Cent – The Power of the Dollar (the debut album by 25 year old 50 Cent)
Atmosphere – Windows
Physical I kicked off the month eating a monstrosity called the Fat Julian, a sandwich stuffed with parmesan chicken, mozzarella sticks, and cheese. Gluttonous and depraved, yes, but very delicious. The Fat Julian was a good send-off into a strict Paleo diet. I’ll leave the specifics to Google, but the diet essentially cuts out all dairy, cereal grains, and refined foods. That meant a lot of grass-fed beef, chicken, fish, veggies, nuts, and oils.
In the first week I started, I shed off that filthy Fat Julian and started looking leaner. Paleo combined with biking everywhere, regular exercise, and a nasty virus I dropped 10 pounds in the first two weeks and I spent the rest of the month climbing out of that catabolic hole.
Mental Meditation is good, yes, you get it. Chances are you’ve had this beaten into your head by dozens of articles, so I won’t dwell on this.
From what I’ve gathered, the aim of meditation is to create a rift in perception between you and your mind. Subtract the guru worship and incense, we’re left with the task of trying to learn how to ignore, not turn off, your mind. Man – mind = God, but that’s a conversational rabbit hole we’ll avoid for now. Let’s get into the immediately actionable stuff.
I have extreme difficulty ignoring my extremely active brain. I have a very good brain. The best brain. Since I can’t keep my monkey brain in it’s cage without it howling up a fit, I’ve been doing binaural meditation.
Your brain cells generate electricity to communicate with each other. Before you plug your iPhone into your ear, realize it would take your entire body 70 hours to charge an iPhone. Essentially, these binaural beats attempt to synchronize your brainwaves to a certain frequency.
These binaural frequencies are associated with different states of being. For example, your brain uses:
- Higher frequency Beta waves when you are awake to encourage alertness.
- Mid frequency Alpha waves in a period of relaxed wakefulness and lighter meditation
- Lower frequency Theta waves when in a drowsy state as you are falling asleep, or deeper meditation.
- Lowest frequency Delta waves during the restorative deep and dreamless sleep, like when my pre-med roommate would pass out with food in his mouth in the living room.
There’s nothing really special about binaural beats. They are just frequencies. I find the scientific component of meditation appealing. Youtube is full of binaural videos with trippy images, but they all essentially do the same thing (at the same frequency). Here’s one to check out
What separates professionals from amateurs is showing up, every day. When you’re running your own business every day is every day. This advice isn’t exclusive only to the entrepreneurs and solopreneurs. By default, you are your own business. Why not become a professional of being you? Our lives are becoming so connected with our work, so try to perfect a work life harmony that grows you, but also grows with you.
There is a constant push and pull between productivity and creativity. Ideas generally don’t pay bills, but it takes a certain degree of creativity to differentiate yourself and build your brand. The goal is to put yourself into a situation where your ideas do pay bills. In order to do that, fostering a relationship between productivity and creativity is necessary.
Can you scale what you’re doing? Be honest with yourself, because that’s the first step in aligning your actions with your goals. Always have an analytical backbone to measure your production. Once you have enough data points, you can predict certain trends. Am I going to be making $4-7k a month for the rest of my life? What’s going to change that? Sometimes it isn’t making a marginal change to your process, it’s going to involve incorporating a new process. That new process could involve learning a new skill or creating a new revenue stream. It could also involve automating your current process that gives you more bandwidth to do more work in the same period of time.
Last month my recommendation was to be thankful for things, not people, that give you pleasure. Although there is some solace in solidarity, this neglected how much of an impact people can have on you. Even after swearing to a life of gratitude, it’s still easy to forget to show appreciation.
I’m not talking about the transactional, “thank you for making my burrito, here’s $1 tip because I’m a big spender.” I’m talking about the deep-seated appreciation we have for those close to us we often take for granted to focus on our work.
Those that are competitive by nature may attribute a lot of their personal growth to conquering obstacles and the competition. But what about their support corner? When fight night rolls around, it would be negligent to focus on anything but the guy in front of you. Win or lose, you evolve as a competitor. It’s a single definitive event. However, the support from those in your corner is harder to track. They have helped you evolve into the person you are when you’re not in the ring, and chances are you’ve spend 90% of the time not in the ring.
It’s easy to overlook what you have if you’re focusing on mastering several skills at once, building a business, and keeping an equilibrium of sanity. This is your family that supports you no matter how impractical your degree in feminine studies is. This is your girlfriend that has no idea what you do for work but trusts that you are smart and hardworking enough to pull it off. This is your friends that support you and whatever batshit crazy lifestyle you’ve developed.
You should also be thankful for the people that didn’t believe in you. The ones that sneered at your goals ended up driving you to work towards them even more. You work hard to realize that the only reason the ones you looked up to still look down on you is because of habit. As triumphant as this realization is, it is also unsettling. The lack of support from a handful of people is no match for the greatest challenge of all, beating the indifference of the world.
I burned through a couple refreshers on growth hacking and dove deeper into the back-end aspects of marketing.
I cannot emphasize how important it is to connect new information to current knowledge. This has to go beyond creating a vague relationship. If you don’t have a tangible directory of what you already know, it becomes much harder to add to it or update outdated information.
Take a 10,000 foot view of what you already know and what you have to learn. It’s hard to map out creative skills, but creating a list of technical skills is very possible. Mastering technical skills allows you to filter the elusive creative strike into a productive process.
- You might have a great idea for a book, but do you have the long-form writing and storytelling skills capable of creating a compelling and interesting narrative?
- You might be great at sales, but how good are you at retaining old clients and building those relationships?
- You might be filled with genius ideas, but do you know how to communicate them articulately enough to convince a large audience?