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The 1 Page Principle

The 1 Page Principle is a very sound way of tackling any and all writing projects. Whether you’re referring to a book, a screenplay or something you want to write for a website or blog post, the one page per day principle is a great tool to have your ‘juices flow’ and actually get you going by setting the bar very low.

Some people may reduce this to the one sentence principle or ideal, but that’s ridiculous. Unless of course you’re a poet and you need the lines to be perfect but by and large, your audience wants a mixture of profundity and volume rather than just something profound.

The 1 Page Principle

The 1 Page Principle: Basics

Begin today by sitting somewhere, or standing, the choice is yours, and simply placing your thought to paper or to a keyboard. From there, see where you can go. The idea is to get into the practice of doing rather than planning. Four hundred pages worth of notes aren’t the same as a four hundred page first draft which can then be revised into a perfect 90 page screenplay or a 300 page novel. Who knows where it will end up? If you don’t write anything you can be certain of the result.

Once you develop this rhythm it actually becomes very easy to keep going, but it’s the habit that needs creating. Get used to writing daily, even at that 1 page principle minimum. If you write more, fantastic! Keep going. Let that flow continue until the thoughts are out, festering and formulating something new. Just don’t be one of those writers that has plenty of great ideas but no worthwhile work to show.

Many people undervalue how great amounts of minimal effort compound and become something significant. Just a page a day is 365 in a year, and more is of course more. Start honing the 1 page principle discipline and get your work off the ground. Everyone that you know is sick of waiting and are hungry to devour your work (even if it’s sub par, they can respect that you tried at least).

Daily quote:

“Jumping from failure to failure with undiminished enthusiasm is the big secret to success.” Savas Dimopoulos

*** Like most things online it’s hard to say whether these quotes originate with the person they’re attributed to. Regardless, they’re a tool to hopefully inspire you and so does it matter as much as the point the words convey?

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Compounding – how vital it is in all aspects of life

This post is about compounding and how vital it is in all aspects of life. Most things in life aren’t achieved by dint of a miracle or instantaneously. They’re grown, they’re improved, increased and developed. It’s a very unique situation where something just explodes into fruition, usually it’s started and grown. That’s why you need to take the time to understand whatever it is you’re trying to do or achieve, starting literally at this moment is the right idea.

Base your life on the premise of having an indefinite selection of opportunities. You don’t know how many days you have but you do know you should use them all you’re able to. Your excuses and delays for beginning will ultimately cost your own aspirations and the people that you wish to inherit the fruits of your labour. Start today.

Look at any aspect of life, creativity, health, investing, learning. All of that is best developed by compounding. You start, then add, then add, then add. It’s true of most things.

Writing for example is an art best compounded (unless you’re a journalist for a paper or blog that runs daily). If you wish to write a traditionally lengthed novel, you need to work and add and add and continue that way. It’s easy to look at by stepping outside of the task and breaking it down. If you wrote one page a day for one year, you’d have 365 pages and if you wrote more. You’d have more. But it doesn’t stop there. If you wish to improve what you’ve written, you could write something considerably shorter and refine it over a period of time. Both ways you’re compounding and developing your efforts to yield something ultimately better.

Compounding - how vital it is in all aspects of life

Savings accounts are probably one of the clearest areas in which compounding is vital. You put a few cents or dollars (or whatever currency you use) into a savings account and let it remain there. Even at 0.1% per annum it will grow. You put more, whatever sum you put in grows faster and if you continually add, it will grow even larger. All through compounding.

Investing is another key region in which compounding is huge. Buy more stocks and you can potentially earn an endless amount. Yes, there are risks, but the rewards of growth and adding to holding more shares of a company can be extremely beneficial.

Exercise is another key area. You grow your strength and fitness by starting small, mastering and moving up. Your body ultimately thanks you and you’re able to manage life a little easier than if you wait for the perfect time to make things start.

Languages and learning anything. Try taking some time to start anything you wish to know and you’ll find it isn’t an instant understanding, instead it’s developing, or compounding, on what you initially discover and continue through.

Even just a a little bit each day will help you get where you want to be and that’s why compounding is vital in all aspect of life. Small amounts in time amass bigger things. Try it.

Daily quote:

“Experience is a good teacher, but she sends in terrific bills.” Minna Antrim, Naked Truth and Veiled Allusions

*** Like most things online it’s hard to say whether these quotes originate with the person they’re attributed to. Regardless, they’re a tool to hopefully inspire you and so does it matter as much as the point the words convey?

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Understanding the basics of online businesses

Understanding the basics of online businesses. He heads into his bedroom and returns with clothing and thick packing tape. Rapidly J.R. opens the door, the light assaults David’s eyes.

The power of defining what your company isn’t

KAREN: Why wouldn’t I have told you already?
J.R.: Okay, fine. Tonight we get rid of him. Drive him to wherever and dump the body. Somewhere with deep water. I’ll attach the dumbbell you hit him with for sentimental purposes.
KAREN: Funny.

Understanding the basics of online businesses

J.R.: No, really, we need to get rid of any trace. We need to clean the dumbbell very well and get rid of it.
KAREN: And how do we get this body out of here?
J.R.: You work it out, I’m doing every fucking thing else here.
J.R. storms off to the hallway.
INT. HALLWAY
J.R. stares the door handle again.

Understanding the basics of online businesses

David then cowers doing his best to cover his face and prepare his body for a beating.
Instead, J.R. grabs David’s hands and wraps them in t-shirts, creating tight knots, and weaving David’s hands into an incapable state. He then repeatedly wraps the packing tape, restricting any possibility of dexterity.

J.R.: Fuck you for doing this.
J.R. motions as if he’s about to say something personal or spit on David, but he stops himself mid motion.
J.R.: Really, fuck you.
He slams the door shut. David cries.
INT. LIVING ROOM
As he enters the room, J.R. keeps his focus on Elmar.
J.R.: You should have just called 9-11.
KAREN: But you told me —
J.R.: Fuck what I told you, when do you ever listen to me anyways?
He turns to face Karen and moves right in front her face, almost close enough to kiss.
J.R.: [shouting] Why now? Huh? Why? [beat] Why at this fucking point in time?
KAREN: [yelling back] Don’t take this out on —

Daily quote:

“If you really believe in what you’re doing, work hard, take nothing personally and if something blocks one route, find another. Never give up.” Laurie Notaro

*** Like most things online it’s hard to say whether these quotes originate with the person they’re attributed to. Regardless, they’re a tool to hopefully inspire you and so does it matter as much as the point the words convey?

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How to manage debt versus time for an existentialist

How to manage debt versus time for an existentialist. Debt vs time. Job to slowly pay away. Ramit sethi talks about earning more rather than scrimping by, and I agree whole heartedly, but in the short term you may have to make some sacrifices in order to accelerate your exit from being in debt.

Investments and taxes factored, % of connection too

Working out exactly what you owe, how that will grow over years and what you’ll have to make in order to pay the taxes on it. You may not have considered this on the way down (when you acquired the debt), but in order to skip bankruptcy efficiently, you should have this all mapped and understood.

Start by paying the lowest cards and debts you have off first.

How to manage debt versus time for an existentialist

The problem with existentialism is it makes you question what is worth your time and what isn’t, especially with regards to jobs. If you’re not satisfied, it’s an extremely trying and disappointing experience. That’s why getting into debt is something that existentialists can very easily get into.

It’s easy to want to always live in the here and now, therefore when you’re thrown “free money,” it’s easy to embark upon using it. The problem is it has to be paid back. As an existentialist you still have to understand that during your time, you’ll have problems getting more.

“Be the one who decided to go for it.” Unknown

How to manage debt versus time for an existentialist is a hard subject to ponder.

Daily quote:

“Conversation has a kind of charm about it, an insinuating and insidious something that elicits secrets from us just like love or liquor.” Seneca, Epistles

*** Like most things online it’s hard to say whether these quotes originate with the person they’re attributed to. Regardless, they’re a tool to hopefully inspire you and so does it matter as much as the point the words convey?

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You are never too old, well, in most circumstances. The same applies to youth though…

Targeting audiences and demographics. You are never too old, well, in most circumstances. The same applies to youth though…

The desire to get better and improve and working hard at it. The will and desire to change it.

Try, fail, try, fail. Who cares where others are, be happy for them while not dwelling or becoming bitter about your position in life. Strive and you can achieve. Seriously.

When I was 20 I thought everyone older than me that wasn’t a parent with plenty of cash had failed. I judged people endlessly. Why? The naivete that youth boasts allows people to assume how easy it is to avoid the traps and pitfalls of life. It believes you won’t get stuck in something repetitive, or be lazy and follow down the wrong path. It assumes it knows best, until it gets some life experience.

In my late 30’s now I’m well aware of the time I’ve spent and what I’ve spent doing with it. Have I made mistakes? Yes. Would I do it all over again the same way with hindsight? No. Do I have regrets? Yes, but I don’t dwell on them because there’s no point and it won’t improve upon anything. Instead I try my best (try being the operative word) to create and stick to the new goals I now have. That includes the catching up I have to do.

You are never too old

Point blank. Unless it’s a biological clock issue (which these days can have attempts to push), many things don’t have a real time restriction aside from those we perceive to be there. We have a tendency to assume that you have to grow old gracefully, that you’re no longer accepted at concerts or you can’t play certain games. That’s just not true. You can do whatever you want as long as it isn’t against someone else’s consent.

Goals are a major thing. Why not learn a language or skill? Yes, it takes time and yes, you may have other obligations. So what? Work around them. Find a way through. Don’t make excuses and hang up life because you’re no longer 21. It’s your choice. Every action is your choice. Make the right one and start something that’s important to you or makes you or others happy. It’s worth it.

You’re never too young

Actually, yeah, you sort of are in some cases. But in terms of learning or developing skills like language or sports of programming, you can start whenever. The more time you spend on developing a skill as with when you’re older, the better you’ll become at it. Perfection takes practice, and even then it won’t be reached. Try anyway. Try again. And again. And, yes, again.

You can always learn if you actually wish to. A great resource for people wanting to develop their knowledge is MIT Open Courseware in which you can gleam information and learn from some of the most revered courses in the world, for free. All it depends on is your own motivation.

Daily inspirational quote:
“The best way to make your dreams come true is to wake up.” Ali

*** Like most things online it’s hard to say whether these quotes originate with the person they’re attributed to. Regardless, they’re a tool to hopefully inspire you and so does it matter as much as the point the words convey?

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Getting in the black, by the numbers

Getting in the black, by the numbers is the way in which you want to work out and strategize to then make your changes. Solely hoping won’t make anything new happen, just perpetuate what has been happening previously.

Exercises to help you determine how to get back on track.

J.R.: Where are you going then?
KAREN: Somewhere else.
J.R.: And us? And me?
KAREN: Nothing has changed. I just need to get out of this place and away from this for now. We’re fine. Call me when you’re done.
J.R.: This isn’t like I’m watching a movie or going to the gym, how can you put this all on me?
KAREN: I’m not. I know I’m just not helping though.
J.R. pretends to have reached an epiphany.
J.R.: Want a couple of drinks to calm down?
KAREN: I’m going babes.
J.R.: [angry] Do what you want.
He storms out of the room.
FADE TO BLACK


Getting in the black, by the numbers

INT. LIVING ROOM
J.R. nurses a whiskey glass. He’s now on his fourth. A Playstation controller sits in his lap as he exhales, deeply staring at the screen.
Karen emerges, empty handed. Noticing Elmar she seizes up, fixated on him before forcing herself to make contact with J.R.
J.R.: All packed up?
KAREN: Yes, but no.
J.R.: Not now Karen, just get to your point.
KAREN: It’s not fair for me just to leave you like this.
J.R.: Cool. Whatever.
J.R. leans forward nonchalantly and turns to connect with Karen’s gaze.
J.R.: Want a drink?
KAREN: Just “cool”?

J.R.: Yes. I’m having whiskey, it’s good.
Karen puts her tongue to the roof of her mouth and rolls her eyes. She had expected more of a thankful response.
KAREN: I’ll get us both some more.
J.R.: [downing the remaining] Cool.
Karen grabs his glass and turns around, she can’t help but pay attention to Elmar. The mere sight of him steals her breath, paralyzing her movements.

She regains her composure and continues with speed to place the glass in the kitchen. She then heads to the bathroom.
Walking down the hallway, she hears the murmurs muffled by David through his gag and winces.
INT. LIVING ROOM – THE FOLLOWING MORNING
Karen and J.R. both lie passed out on the couch, exhausted and drunk. Hungover, J.R. wakes up, he carefully passes Karen trying to fight through the strong pain he’s enduring. Impossible to avoid, Elmar attracts his attention which for a few short seconds is unbearable.
With his head down, he reaches a semi-upright position, trudging towards the kitchen.

O.S. David lets out a large yell, muffled, but loud enough for J.R. to notice.
J.R.: Shit. Yeah. Great.
Gripping the wall, J.R. heads to the closet and opens the door.
David reacts again to the light, his face is reddened from the tears cried the previous night.

J.R.: Shit man, you must be hungry.
David nods, and grimaces.
J.R. turns, but while doing so, David’s repeated attempts at speech draw him back.
J.R.: If the gag is removed, no shouting right? I’ve got a headache right now…
David nods.
J.R. removes the gag.

Daily quote:

“You are what you do, not what you say you’ll do.” Carl Jung

*** Like most things online it’s hard to say whether these quotes originate with the person they’re attributed to. Regardless, they’re a tool to hopefully inspire you and so does it matter as much as the point the words convey?

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Know what your strategy is. Take a few days to plan

Know what your strategy is. Take a few days to plan. You need a path to change the situation you’re in. Yes, the journey to start somewhere and end up somewhere else can be thrilling, but do you want to remain thrilled or out of this situation? The short answer is to be conscious of your goal and allocate steps. They may need repeated revisions, but it’s better to have to regroup than to just stumble around and hope.

Improvisation is fantastic, but not foolproof. I’ve intermittently improvised over the years on everything I’ve done with relatively okay results, but strategy and planning with a map to guide what I’m intending on doing has more often than not proved beneficial.

Corny as it seems my motivation finally dawned after a miscellaneous spousal argument and the epiphany finally dawning. A strategy is necessary. As the movie trope went, I looked into my own eyes and told myself, “I’m going to change my life today for the next year and my future.” That audible pronouncement prompted me to take things further.

Without a strategy you will continue to just get by and go in circles. I’ve done so for nearly two decades. The time drips away, don’t allow that. Develop your specific plan and move forwards. Know what your strategy is. Take a few days to plan.

What’s your backup plan? That’s something I never considered, but health issues and a lack of a rainy day fund changed that pretty damned quickly. I’d just gotten a lifeline, a guaranteed job that I wanted but it was only for six weeks. I’d be back on track temporarily but not permanently. It was a great start.

However, it required a good amount of driving and to be on my feet a lot. Not a big deal. Until I decided it was time to get my eyes checked. Ample time. I hadn’t ever had them done. Then somehow a problem arises with my eyes and my sight.. “Somehow.” And the driving becomes a task.

Then, outside my apartment building, I come home on a rainy day and the tiles aren’t dry so I go flying, landing on my knee. Now my rainy day fund etc. Would have come in handy if I had one. I didn’t.

There’s a time to come up with a failsafe and one not to. It’s not when it’s needed. It’s as security beforehand.

Know what your strategy is. Take a few days to plan it. Force one out and follow through to thwart any potential bullshit life will inevitably throw your way.

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“Dream as if you’ll live forever, live as if you’ll die today.” James Dean

*** Like most things online it’s hard to say whether these quotes originate with the person they’re attributed to. Regardless, they’re a tool to hopefully inspire you and so does it matter as much as the point the words convey?

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You need a product and a good one at that

Pipedreams about things just going your way or that lottery ticket that you’ve purchased 400 weeks running coming up are just naive. You need a business and a product. It can be a service or something tangible, but in today’s economy, it isn’t limited to just those two parameters. What you must ensure though, is that whatever you’re selling, it’s worth buying. You need a product and a good one at that.

Reasons:

How:

My goal is to have myself leap out of debt and see every country this world has. It may never happen, but I’ll try for it to become a reality.

J.R.: Karen, if we lose our heads, we’re over with. No more life, we either face imprisonment or kill ourselves. So if you’d be so kind as to ease up, maybe we can find a way of getting our way out of this mess.
KAREN: I know, I know, I know. Look, I’m sorry. [beat, teary] I love you with all my heart and I didn’t do this on purpose, I’m just beside myself.

J.R. brings Karen in for a hug, he strokes the back of her head.
J.R.: We’ll get through this, we will.
KAREN: Promise?
J.R.: Yes.
INT. LIVING ROOM
J.R. comes in from the balcony and picks up the bottle, he then heads back towards David, bottle in hand.

INT. HALLWAY
J.R. stares at the handle. There isn’t a sound coming from the closet.
INT. LIVING ROOM
He continues on into the living room and sits on the couch, placing the bottle on the table. After looking around for a while and wondering, he gets up, taking the bottle off of the table.
INT. KITCHEN
J.R. empties the bottle’s contents into a glass, grabs the protein powder and milk again from the fridge, and also grabbing the bottle he heads back to the closet.

INT. HALLWAY
Putting the objects on the floor, J.R. stares the handle again.
Apprehensively he opens the door.
INT. CLOSET
David is over the moon, excited to see J.R. He remains fixated on the bottle, but quickly notices the ingredients before him. David grunts and smiles. His eyes welling up.

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“When you show deep empathy toward others, their defensive
energy goes down, and positive energy replaces it.” Stephen Covey

*** Like most things online it’s hard to say whether these quotes originate with the person they’re attributed to. Regardless, they’re a tool to hopefully inspire you and so does it matter as much as the point the words convey?

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Take 5 months off for leisure or because of injury

In our younger years we like to assume we’re invincible and we also like to take all advice with a pinch of “Yeah, right, old man.” Unless you’re taught a hard lesson by involving yourself in sports (conventional or extreme), you do tend to continue this point of view. Rather than getting a rude awakening you need to prepare for a worrisome eventuality and be prepared to take 5 months off for leisure or because of injury.

Obviously the worrisome part isn’t attributed to leisure, it’s connected to the woes of being injured and not being able to earn or pay your bills. It’s not impossible, no matter your profession. A fall (I was going to add ‘unexpected’ but really, how is a fall ever expected) can happen in the safest and most sedentary of jobs.

Therefore you need a real and smart contingency plan, especially if you’re in any form of debt. They’re easy to come up with but not always easy to fulfill and implement.

There’s no predicting a car crash, there’s no predicting a misstep, but there are ways of coming up with designated savings accounts. What you should start with is working out your monthly expenses (which many of us aren’t clearly aware). How much do you need each month for your bills, debts and leeway? Whatever that is you should allocate to an account you won’t touch.

Aim for six months worth of emergency funds. It could easily take that to recover from some broken bones and issues. I’d suggested that you plan to take 5 months off for leisure or because of injury rather than six just because. The exact length of time is obviously impossible to determine. But prepare, for your sake and of those you love or just like. It’ll make things easier if the worst is to happen, and if not, it’ll be a good sum to blow when you’re older.

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“The fear of death follows from the fear of life. One who
lives life fully is prepared to die at any time.” Mark Twain

*** Like most things online it’s hard to say whether these quotes originate with the person they’re attributed to. Regardless, they’re a tool to hopefully inspire you and so does it matter as much as the point the words convey?

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Know your opposition, know your competition and work out how to beat them

Know your opposition, know your competition and work out how to beat them. That sentiment seems straight forward enough, but let’s simplify it. You will not do well in your industry if you don’t learn from those you compete with. This goes across the board from understanding their strengths, through their weaknesses and everything in between. Solely making the best product or service these days isn’t enough. You have to know who you’re up against and how to become/why you’re the better choice.

Know your opposition, know your competition and work out how to beat them

Ray Dalio‘s “radically open minded” principle whereby you maintain an opinion or a position on something, but don’t automatically fight whether you’re right or not. You maintain said opinion and stress test it in order to ascertain whether or not your opinion/view is in actual fact the best one available. It’s true that people tend to assume or decide their view is the true and correct one, applying that to perspectives or choices, but analytically, looking outside of your own thoughts and remaining “open minded” enables you to see whether or not what you’re confident with has validity or your position should change.

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“A man is rich in proportion to the number of things he can afford to let alone.” Henry David Thoreau

*** Like most things online it’s hard to say whether these quotes originate with the person they’re attributed to. Regardless, they’re a tool to hopefully inspire you and so does it matter as much as the point the words convey?