My latest batch of Momentos, won't be making them public until Friday. Enjoy!
People don’t need to learn online business so much as they need to learn critical thinking. If you’re adept at the latter, you won’t fall for scams, you’ll be better at evaluating opportunities, gathering information, making informed decisions, compensating for cognitive biases.
It's 5am, in bed binge watching The Wire, half asleep. Something moves in the corner of the room. There's the biggest spider I've ever seen in real life – about the size of my fist – creeping down the wall. I run downstairs to grab a shoe, come back 20 seconds later... and he's disappeared. Oh fuck.
Atop a volcano watching the sun rise spectacular. 200 years ago, another volcano near here erupted, killing 100,000 people and casting the world into a year without summer. The effects contributed to Bolivar's revolution, Shelley's Frankenstein, Napoleon's defeat at Waterloo, and the worst famine of the 19th century.
Cheat mode activated, put in a good ten hours of deep work today. Well into the evening I was getting lost in it, distractions bouncing off me like bullets off Batman. Not sure how much of that I can take credit for. Time will tell.
I've spent about 50 hours reviewing this course so far. Kinda ridiculous when I'm unlikely to earn any commissions from it. Hopefully I can earn a bit recommending better alternatives. But even if not, I'm proud of the work I'm doing. These guys are getting rich off bad information. My review should put a dent in that, one way or another.
Got through another checkpoint without being pulled over. They had their hands full accosting other tourists. Bali police will ignore a 14-year-old riding reckless without a helmet, but jump on anyone with white skin. Because technically you need an international license to drive a scooter here. Without that, you're an ATM.
Been walking around town in the evenings. Through empty alleyways, across busy streets. By the park with a festival going on. Tents, live music, amusements. Down past that cafe with the pet mongoose. Around the corner with all the monkeys. Beautiful doorways, wilting penjors, talk of a fire dance.
Growing more confident by the day with eBiz Facts. The earnings are on the uptick, but it's not so much about that. It's about the work itself, cliche as it sounds. Now more than ever, I fell like I'm adding significant value to the world, and that good things will come of it.
Sitting with this chap I met years ago in Thailand. Since then he's been down the rabbit hole on human trafficking, even helped find two girls kidnapped out of Vietnam and smuggled into China. He's made a documentary about it all and now is here in Ubud writing the book.
Figured I'd get this review done in a couple of weeks, no big deal. Coming up on 80 hours spent on it now. Today all I needed to do was finish transferring the content over to WordPress, prep and place the images, simple stuff. Thought it would take four hours. Ended up taking eight. Ever the optimist, I guess.
We live at the back of a family compound. There's a popular restaurant here, too. In the evening you have to squeeze past a line of people waiting to eat. Before you hit the street you pass some shrines, a cute dog, several caged birds, through a doorway guarded by orchids and monsters, down a flight of steps, stepping over flowers and incense.
A friend recently spent four days alone on a mountain in Sicily. No food, no water, no shelter. All the better to appreciate the little things. This morning I read advice from a master salesman, watched wisdom from a bodybuilder, then from an ancient military strategist. These are little things, too. Easy to take the magic for granted.
Some folks call it the best show ever made, finished it last night. I appreciate the layers, the realism, the nuance. Thomas Flight said it well:
"The Wire doesn't try to grab and keep your attention, it requires it. But if you give it your attention, it will reward you."
A question I like to ask people: are you generally optimistic or pessimistic about the way the world is going? I definitely lean optimistic, in large part because I don't keep up with the news, prefer to stay focused on my circle of influence. Ignorance is just ignorance, but selective ignorance can be bliss.
I love seeing people working regular jobs giving their best. Like the guys at the coffee shop I frequent here in Ubud. Nothing particularly special about that job, but they take great care with every cup, every plate, every customer interaction. Unremarkable things, done remarkably well. There's beauty in that.
I watch a lot of flat earth debunking videos. SciManDan and Conspiracy Catz especially. There's something fascinating about people who believe things so strongly despite all evidence to the contrary. There's no reasoning with them, so about the best we can do is resort to ridicule.