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Archive for November 2013

Week 4 Trial and Error

                Last week was an interesting one for many reasons I tried modafinal, I bought bitcoins, I started a new workout regime, started really getting that good high from yoga, and a bunch of other way cooler stuff. 

                Modafinal was an interesting experience, but I think I did it wrong.  I took modafinal Sunday, which I had been planning to do all week.  The problem was Sunday for the 4 day in a row I woke up after a shitty night of sleep.  I decided screw it Ill take it anyway so I can have a productive day, big mistake.  Things went well at first, I did feel different, it was just I did not need to take breaks.  I think a lot of people understand this, but I seriously felt pretty normal, just how usually I want to check on my business or the value of bitcoin I did really want to as much.  And I usually need to take a break after an hour or so and move around, I just didn’t need to, it didn’t feel like the drug from limitless or anything crazy.  However that being said I would like to try it again after a night of good sleep.  I felt like it brought me to normal and then just a bit more, if I was already at normal it might be able to do some great things.  However, I experienced some shitty side affects that scare me to do it again.  I had a pain that felt like what I imagine the start of a migrane feels like, but it was a very weird and not something I want to experience again.  I will write up more about the experience and post it here.

I decided to buy bitcoings and got 10 at the price of around 773, so no I didn’t get that at a rock bottom price, but I took the plunge.  I have been tracking them like every hour and have started to see some trends in the price, however right now the price seems to max out at 840 or so and minimum of 770.  However things change quickly with bitcoin and some news could cause a huge swell, or a huge crash.  As of right now it seems like as soon as the price gets low it rebounds back up, so I have considered getting some bit coings when it goes back down to 770, however I think I want to wait till my bit coins get delieved (which happens on Friday).  I might do a quick write up on bitcoins and post it here.

In the body space I recently started a new workout which is based primarly on the joe defranco workout but has a touch Neaderthal No More, as I want to correct my muscle imbalances.  I will post my workout here with an explanation of why it works for me.  Also I have been really getting into yoga and keeping my yoga every day streak alive.  The real cool thing is that my yoga has gotten to this magical point that I wanted to get back to, where after I am done I feel amazing.  Not just happy but relaxed calm, collected more powerful both mentally and physically aswell just more in the moment.  When I accomplish this I really feel like the ultimate me I can be.

I also worked on the first youtube video I want to make which will be about learning basic Spanish in just ten minutes.  With each of these youtube videos I want to make a one page cheat sheet so the viewer can easily review the material covered in the video.  I also want to start doing this for me everytime I am learning something new, especially things like languages or other skills.

Another random side note is I started the new Malcolm Gladwell book David and Goliath, which is awesome and a must read for everyone, but especially those of us in our 20’s,  Its all about how being on top isn’t always what it is cracked up to be, and sometimes what we perceive as a disadvantage is actually an advantage.

Goals and Ideas for this week:

  1. Start recording everytime I spell a word wrong, and practicing spelling those words right.  Everytime I spell a (English) word wrong I will record it in a notepad, then when I get enough I will use some different techniques and quiz my self at the end of the week to make sure I really have them down.
  2. There is an app for continuing habbits I need to check out.
  3. I need to work on creating incentives to get more of the random tasks I want done, done (especially learnings).
  4. Continue to work on duolingo and try and get a pretty sizable chunk done, I would like to finish this before I leave Colombia but I think that will be a challenge.
  5. Finish up the Australian visa process
  6. Finish sending and dealing with all the emails I sent out for my business.

11 Secrets To Learning A New Language

Learning a new language is not only fun but amazing for your brain function; just make sure you’re not wasting your time as you learn a new language.  Most learning methods out there suck!  I can poke a hole in just about every approach out there for learning a new language, though many of them serve their place.  I have always wanted to learn Spanish and a couple months ago I took the plunge, flew down to south America and I have really been devoting a good chunk of time to learning Spanish.  If I had the knowledge and methods for learning a new language that I have now, when I started my Spanish would be 4-5 times better than it is currently.

1.  Deconstruct

When learning a new skill of any kind the first and most important thing to do is deconstruct it.  Many of the world’s fastest learners talk about how to best gain a new skill and they always include this aspect.  So what is deconstruction?

Deconstructing is breaking down the skill into smaller pieces.  Identify why you might fail before you start, why other people have failed before, or why you have quit in the past.  The idea is by breaking it down into smaller chunks it makes it easier both from a psychological perspective and knowing what to focus on when.  This in itself will help you to start to understand the skill your about to undertake and where your time should be spent and what problems you may have to over come.

The first step is to reduce the skill into all the skills, write this down, create a tree like flow so you have an idea of where and how you will learn this skill.  The next step is to interview someone who has learned the language fast.  Another idea is just do a search on the internet to get an idea of how to learn this language fast.  When you interview or study enough people you will see patterns of how they learned emerge, trust these patterns more then the traditional way of learning the language.

2.  Learn the alphabet and pronucian

It doesn’t matter if you know all the words in the language your trying to learn, if you pronounce it using your native alphabet and pronucian no one will understand you.  One of the first things we teach kids is the alphabet, why because it’s the crucial first step.  Understand the your language has nothing to do with the language you are learning, think of it as an alien language.  You need to start from scratch.

When learning the pronucian do not just listen and repeat native speakers, learn how they move their mouth and tongue.  Anyone can learn to pronounce the sounds in any language you just need to practice the biomechanics of how the persons mouth moves.  Break down the basic sounds just like you do for kids when they are learning to read in English, figure out what letters together produce which sounds.

3.  Learn the most commonly used 1000-2000 words

How many different words do you use in a day, in a week, in a month, now think how many of those words do you repeat over and over again.  A small number of the words in any language make up the majority of the conversation.  Learn these first.  You can do this in tandem with learning the structure of the language, but realize vocab is more important for expressing yourself at a base level.  Assuming you can pronounce the words correctly, basic vocab mixed with hand gestures can get most of the conversation across, plus you will understand the basics of most conversation.

4.  Learn and Mimic the Rhythm of the language

The rhythm of the language is one of most overlooked but important aspects of learning a new language.  You should try and sound like a native speaker, even if at first it sounds goofy to you.  I have experienced this many times, where I say something and sound “normal” to me and the person will not understand, and then I change my voice and rhythm to match theirs almost like I am making fun of them and they then understand me.  It’s obvious to most people but things sound strange when you do not grow up with them, and even though they sound funny to me, I sound funny to them…and since I am trying to learn their language, I need to conform to what they are used to hearing.

Another way of looking at this is like a song or music.  It doesn’t matter if all the components are their if the rhythm is off it sounds bad, and people do not want to listen to it.  English speakers tend to put the emphasize at the end of the word where Spanish speakers put it in the middle.  When you do not emulate the rhythm of the native persons speak their brain has to work harder to try and understand what you are saying, and mix that with your accent it becomes very difficult for them sometimes.  Another tip I often get is speak faster, which tends to work.  In the end speak fast and in a way that borderlines on mocking them (but make sure your not of course).4

5.  Create a One Page Cheat Sheet

Creating a one page sheet and stuff all the information you are struggling with or that you have learned and want to review about the language of your choice.  This applies for learning any new skill, but is extremely helpful with learning languages.  I recommend doing this once a week (if you’re really dedicated), or whenever you feel like you’re ready for a new sheet.   This sheet should be the kind of cheat sheet you would take if you had a test on your language.  Try and fit as much good data as possible and make sure to pick out the most high leverage information, and the information that you are personally struggling with the most.  I will in the future write an entire post on how to create an optimal one page cheat sheet.  Place one copy of this cheat sheet up in the shower (in a place where it won’t get wet) and use it to help you with number 6.  The funny thing is actually making the cheat sheet will make most if not all the information stick in your head, plus the act of analyzing what needs to be on the cheat sheet will help solidify the important stuff in your brain.

6.  Have Shower Conversations

Practice by yourself having both sides of a conversation.  Sure you can ask for directions, but can you give them?  If you can’t give them how well will you really understand when someone tells them to you?  One of the best places to practice this is in the shower, and it ties into number 5 as well and can be used to help practice your sticking points that are on your one page sheet.

7.  Find a Comfortable Language Partner

Almost everyone will agree the best secret to learning a language is practicing speaking it with someone, but someone doesn’t mean anyone.   You need to find someone that not only are you comfortable around, and you’re willing to try; but you need to find someone who is comfortable enough around you that they will tell you when you are making a mistake.  In addition to this, the ideal language partner would be someone who your guys combined best language is the one your trying to learn.  If you both speak perfect English then chances are you will revert to English more often than you would like.  However if they speak Spanish but no English, and that iis the language your trying to learn, that is perfect.  Another option is they speak Russian and no English and you speak English but no Russian and your both trying to learn Spanish.  Make sure you find someone you are not willing to have conversations with but you will have conversations with them primarily in the language your trying to learn.

8.  Immerse Yourself in The Media

One of the biggest mistakes I made when learning Spanish is not watching movies, reading books and listening to music in Spanish.   I did a better job of this till I moved in with my buddy from the united states, at which point I remember how much I love American media.  You can find a lot of good media in most languages, however even if you can’t find anything good there is no reason not to get some American media that has been translated or dubbed.  One of my favorite shows when I was learning Spanish was the Simpson’s, or los Simpson’s.  I find cartoons are better when dubbed then movies.  Another great example is documentaries, specifically the kind where you can’t see the person who is speaking.

9.  Practice Practice Practice

There are many great ways to practice when you’re by yourself, including Rosetta Stone, Duolingo, live mocha and others.  Another great option is to use live mocha or another site to practice talking with people via skype in their native language.  I do like some structure so I find the websites and tools listed above as a good supplement, however I warn you do not hide away in a room and think you can learn a language by just using those tools.  We are social creatures, who learn socially, and more important someone laughing at how you say it or making you repeat it till you get it right will make you learn faster and better then a red x or an owl crying (Duolingo).

10.  Make Mistakes

I did not start learning Spanish till I was ready to start making mistakes.  In fact I would say the days I learned the most were the days that I made the most mistakes.  This is the kind of skill you need to jump head first into.  I cannot tell you how many people I tried to talk to that said they should know a lot of English but were to embarrassed to try.  In fact one person told me they had spent thousands of dollars on lessons but would not say a word to me in English.  You cannot pay to learn a language it takes trying and failing then trying again to get it.

11.  Have Fun

This is the most important and hardest one to master, but it is also the most effective and most often over looked aspect of learning a new language.  Until you get to the point where you are learning the language for you, your curiosity, your own amusement and  you’re having fun doing it, learning a language is going to be really hard.   If your trying to learn a language to impress people each hour will be a grind, conversations will be mechanical and the experience will just overall suck.  Have fun with it, do things like sports, yoga, or other things where actions are primary and grunts or following other people will work.  One thing I want to do for my next language is learn a martial art in that language, which would not only be something where I can learn by watching but I would most likely make new friends in the class as well.  Figure out why you really want to learn a language and make sure it’s a good enough reason that you will stick around when you hit the inevitable plateaus.

Week 3 – Getting Out And About

           This week I have been thinking a lot about the next 6 months or so, specifically what I am going to do, and where I am going to live.  As of right now it looks like I will be living in Rio De Janerio come late February early March.  After that I will probably go back home to work on my YouTube channel, and my ecommerce business.

                This last week and today I have been working on my website.  No major news there but I am getting a little bit more excited to work on it more when I move back home.  The major tasks I have to do are as follows.

1.  Look at the adwords and work some magic.
2.  Send out emails to all the new emails
3.  Organize the studio email list
4.  Organize the blog email list and respond
5.  Work on the mobile page
6.  Work on the about us page

 

This week, in fact tomorrow I want to do the preliminary one pager for Spanish level 1 and level 2 (these levels are based on the YouTube videos I found).  I also have the opportunity to try out Modifinal, and will probably use it to study Spanish and make a YouTube script for it.

One thing I want to start doing to improve my Spanish is watching movies in Spanish.  I am also working on dulingo which I think has a lot of promise.

Here is a short list of my goals for the upcoming week

1.  Make a one pager for Spanish level 1
2.  Make a one pager for Spanish level 2
3.  Work on duolingo

The 5 Best Weightlifting Programs Ever

 Weightlifting is something all men and even women should engage in, there are numerous health benefits but at the end of the day it just makes you feel awesome.  Listed below are the five best strength training programs out there.

 1.        West Side For Skinny Bastards

        The west side for skinny bastard program was developed by Joe DeFranco, and is made for individuals looking for athletic performance, strength and size.  Despite its name it is not just for skinny people but rather for anyone who is looking to take power lifting techniques and adapt it to athletic performance.  The west side style of training is meant for power lifters who can bench 500 pounds and squat much more, but this has been adapted to athletes and focus on more than just big lifts.

        This program consists of 2 upper body days, and two lower body days.  Below is a sample how to guide.  You can use this as guide but you do not need to copy it exactly.

Westside for Skinny Bastards part 3 program

2.       Neanderthal No More

The Neanderthal No More program is meant for individuals who have worked out using trandional programs for many years and need to balance out there body.  Chances are if you have been lifting for any real length of time you have developed muscle imbalances.  This program is here to help fix those!

The program is also split into two upper body days and two lower body days, but focuses more on back, external rotators, stretching and general balance.  The details of the program can be found here.

3.       Starting Strength

If you are new to lifting, or just took a long break from lifting it can be tough deciding which program to start with.  Well, I am here to help!  This program is great for someone just starting in weightlifting looking to get the most bang for your buck.  It focuses on doing basic exercises squat, bench, pull ups; 3 times a week for not very many reps or sets.  This is great for new lifters because it forces the lifter to use maximal weight for low reps to focus on form and to activate that under actived central nervous system.

Starting strength is super easy and simple to follow which is ideal for someone who “doesn’t know what he should do”.  Here is the Starting Strength program.

4.       Cross Fit

This might be the most controversial workout on this page, not because it’s not effective but because there are two types of people, those that love cross fit and those who hate it.  Well I have never done a cross fit workout in my life, but I will tell your right now it works.  Just look at the people who do it the testimonials and the crazy amount of money people are willing to pay to do it.  The basic principle I like behind it is that it is a competition.  Also it is a full body type workout program that also includes aspects of cardio.

Though I haven’t tried it yet I am planning on giving it a go sometime soon.  I do not think a pure cross fit work out is the ideal one for me, but I think mixing it in can be something I would be willing to experiment with.  To get started with crossfit click here.

5.       5×5

I love the 5×5 program for gaining strength, and it in fact may be one of the best ways that you can gain both strength and size.  I have used modified versions of this program to get insane gains in the past.  Check out the program and see what you think for yourself.   There are a lot of 5×5 geared programs out there, here is just one example.

A good bascic 5×5 program

Conclusion

                All of these programs are extremely effective in their own ways, the key however is to picking a weightlifting program and stick with it for at least 4-6 weeks before decided if its time to try something else.  Write down the weights you use, the reps you do and try to increase it and beat it next time.  The key to gaining muscle is to slowly and methodically increase the amount of weight and or reps that you are doing.  Feel free to make your hybrid program, or change these programs as you feel, just make sure to track your progress to make sure you’re not just wasting your time.

Week 2 – New Spanish Learning Methods and Business Ideas

The last week has been interesting.

I have made a lot of progress in some of the fields I was trying to work on.  I have also learned a lot about what I want out of life, and maybe more importantly what I want out of the next 6 or so months.

One thing that has dramatically changed is I have been introduced to the idea of using youtube as a media to convey the knowledge I want to share with the world.  I would like all posts that are not about me to feature a video component.  I also would like to start some youtube channels.  The youtube channel I am the most excited to start doing is a series where I will take things that I learn and break them down into a 10 minutes worth of youtube videos (most likely broken down into smaller videos for various reasons).   I of course will start a channel for stuff from this blog as well.

I have also found some more material on learning spanish that I am very excited to start using.  Here is a video series with four volumes in it to learn spanish and goes over all the grammar.

My new optimal strategy for learning a new langugage that I will test out soon is as follows

1.  1000-2000 most common words flashcards – Spanishpod101.com
2.  Video Series on grammar
3.  Pimsleur with duolingo
4.  Live mocha to talk with native speakers
5.  If you are in that country use a dating site to start practicing

I would like to move to start a new start up that I have been thinking about for awhile, however I think I am going to postpone this till I get some traction with youtube and this blog.

I have also downloaded a dvd on how to dance salsa and would like to outline a practice method which I will upload here.

Goals for the week

I would like to by the end of week have a one pager of most important things to know for both spanish and salsa.

Continue will all long term learning tasks (which I have been).

Try and do Yoga everyday, and learn more about salsa (in the future do a one pager on this).  Last week I did yoga 5 out of 7 days.

Continue to try and meditate every day, last week I did this 5 out of 7 days.

Get a new workout plan started and find the optimal workout plan.

Outline my first video for both the learnin10 and the last post I did, try and get at least the last post video filmed.

Thoughts on last week

Its really hard to do yoga or meditate when I drink the night before.

 

Work Break Stretching For Better Performance

Work Break Stretching For Better Performance

                Sitting at a desk for 8 hours is torture on both your body and your mind.  You are doing one of the worst things you can do to your body by succumbing to this behavior; but I am here to help.   A great way to break up your day and get more energy is to do mobility stretching throughout your day to perk you up and get energy flowing back into your life.

I recommend every 2 hours you get up from your desk to move around, and if your really smart do some of these exercises.  You will have to experiment and find out which ones are the most useful for you given your body type, posture and biomechanics.  I’ve been experimenting with different mid-day stretching and mobility exercises but this is my current routine below.

3-4 minute backward shoulder rolls to arm circles
Wall Slide
Self Myofacial Release w/ Piriformis Stretch
Fire Hydrate Circles
Bent Knee Iron Cross
Rear-foot-elevated Hip Flexor Stretch
Knee In front Swings
3-5 minutes just Moving/Dancing

Backward Shoulder Rolls to arm circles

I start with some shoulder movement, to both get the blood flowing and get my shoulders set back into their sockets properly.  We roll our shoulders back instead of forward because well seated at your desk chances are your shoulders naturally roll forward.  Also most men that go to the gym are chest dominate, and he act of rolling back your shoulders helps to release those tight pecs.   As you get loosed up you can turn them into arm circles or semi arm circles.  Trust your body and do what feels good.  One other key to this exercise is only moving your shoulders as much as your muscles will let you, start with small circles and feel the muscle as it let’s go.  The key is not to just move the shoulder, but to feel the muscle disengage from tension.

Wall Slide

Standing with your upper back and butt against a wall, walk your feet out approximately 18 inches away from the wall. Lift your arms up so that your upper arm is parallel to the ground and the lower arm is perpendicular, with the elbows and hands pressing into the wall behind you. From the starting position, try to pull your elbows back into the wall and down. This exercise is as hard as you make it, so take it easy to begin with then crank up the intensity once you start getting comfortable. If you’re performing this exercise correctly, you’ll feel it in between the shoulders blades.

Stand with your back to the wall and your feet about eight inches away from it. Lean back into the wall and maintain contact between the wall and your head, hips, and back. With your hands over your head, press your forearms against the wall, squeezing your shoulder blades together. Slide your arms up the wall. Maintain contact the entire time.

Self Myofacial Release w/ Piriformis Stretch

Place either a tennis ball, lacrosse ball or baseball, place the ball on the ground, cross your leg over your opposite thigh then place your glute on the ball and just roll around for about 30 seconds.  Find the tender spots and focus on those.  Then straighten your leg out and roll up and down your leg with your leg stretched out.  The more it hurts and the more uncomfortable it is the more you need it.

After your done rolling go into a seated pisiforms stretch.


Fire Hydrate Circles

Put yourself on all fours keep your arms straight, belly button pulled pull your heel to your but without leaning your body in any way.  You want to get as much range as motion without leaning or moving your upper body.


Bent Knee Iron Cross

 

Lay down flat on your back; bend your knees as if you were going to do a crunch.  Put your hands palm down straight out to the side of you.  Put your knees up in the air so your upper legs are perpendicular to the ground and your lower legs are parallel to the ground.  Then drop your knees to one side and turn your head to the other side.


Rear-foot-elevated Hip Flexor Stretch

Use a bench or a chair; post the leg that you are stretching on the bench, and that knee on the ground.  Don’t hyper extend/over extend your back to get “more of a stretch”.  Put your arm on the ground to support yourself contract your glute and try and keep a neutral spine and bring your upper body up.  If you want to increase the stretch you can raise your hands over your head and slightly tilt in the opposite direction.


Knee In front Swings

Standing up bring your knee up so your upper leg is parallel with the ground and your lower leg is perpendicular.  Swing your foot from left to right and right to left keeping your upper leg parallel to the ground.


3-5 minutes just Moving/Dancing

This is something that I kind of stumbled upon that really should just be common sense, but will still be the hardest for most people to adopt.  Your body knows how to heal itself, and knows which muscles need activation and which ones need mobility work.  The key is to tap into this self-healing nature of the body.  Put on your favorite song that has a tempo that you can dance to and just move your body without consciously thinking about how your movement is helping to heal your body.  This is a practice that almost all tribal civilizations regularly engaged in.  Dancing around a fire to beating drums, letting your body go into a trance is a healing art form that for some reason has been swept under the rug.

The mixture of music and novel bodily exercise creates a spike in dopamine, more blood flow to the body and will wake you up.  The key is to realize it doesn’t matter if you think you look stupid, you probably do but who cares you’re doing something that is better for your body.

Conclusion

This is just a few of the many exercises that you can do throughout your day to get back some of the mobility that your time at the computer is sapping away from you.  The key is to understand is everyone is different, and the stretches I get the best results from are the not going to be the same for you.  Here is a list of other stretches and mobility exercises I recommend you try out mid-day, the start of your day or end of your day and see what stretches work for you at what time of the day.

List of More Stretches

Foam Roll IT Band: 10-15 passes

Foam Roll Adductors: 10-15 passes

SMR Glutes (lax ball): 30sec. – 2min.

Bent-knee Iron Cross x 5-10 each side

Roll-overs into V-sits x 10

Rocking Frog Stretch x 10

Fire Hydrant Circles x 10 fwd/10 bwd

Mountain Climbers x 10 each leg

Cossack Squats x 5-10 each side

Seated Piriformis Stretch x 20-30sec. each side

Rear-foot-elevated Hip Flexor Stretch x 5-10 reps (3sec. hold) each side

Front Leg Swings

Lat Stretch

Chest Stretch

Angled Chest Stretch

Spinal Extension

 

The Journey Begins

Today I turn 25, this day marks the halfway point of my 20’s, and to me in many ways is a big landmark.  The last 5 years have been quite a journey, and I know the next 5 years will have even more in store for me then I can possibly imagine.  I think I have spent the last 5 years fairly well, even though I’ve made more than my fair share of mistakes.  With this website I plan to take the next 5 years and figure out how to live them optimally in every aspect that I can.

I am a 25 year old entrepreneur currently living in Medellin, Colombia.  I quit my job earlier this year to pursue my dream of freedom, freedom to live my life how I please.  Since then I have automated my income, traveled the world, and learned more than I ever could have imagined.  This website will focus on knowledge and on how to live life to its best, which I will not claim to be an expert on yet.  I will claim to have a stronger desire to find out how to do so more than almost anyone you know.  This website will focus on self-development as well as acquiring for the readers new knowledge, and testing the theories of in all asects of life.

I’ve done a lot in the last 5 years.  I got into my dream college, got my dream job, realized it wasn’t my dream, created a business, struggled with that business, made it profitable.  I’ve traveled to 15 different countries, lived in three separate major metropolitan cities in the U.S. and of course I am currently living in Colombia.  I say this not to brag, but as a tool of comparison, because even though the last 5 years have been great, I am going to make the next 5 even more amazing.

I will use this website to do two primary things, track my personal progress in my goals, and share with you the knowledge I have acquired in every aspect of my life.

I have less than 6 more weeks left in Colombia and have the following Goals for my time here

  1.  Get my Spanish as good as possible
  2. Learn Salsa
  3. Meet, date and enjoy the beautiful Colombian women

Here are some of just the few long term goals I have

  1. Get my body in peak physical condition
  2. Fix all bodily injuries and imbalances
  3. Enhance my mind
  4. Increase my business profitability
  5. Increase my social skills in all areas
  6. Increase my confidence
  7. Gain knowledge in all academic fields of interest
  8. Experience as many of the pleasures of life as possible

I have for the purposes of this website I will break the articles into mind, body, social, business and knowledge.

Here is an action plan for the short term (the time I have left in Colombia).

 

Mind

Dedicate to mediating at least once a day for ten minutes.

I am also going to start a personal journey to understanding yoga more, and I will do yoga for at least an hour a day for 42 days straight as well as trying to learn about it.

Body

Get down a stretching routine for post workout everyday.  Will post here

Continue to gain muscle but more importantly work on balancing my body out as much as possible.

Knowledge

Work intensively on my Spanish, minimum of 2 hours a day.
Finish the 2000 most common words flashcards
Finish the textbook I bought on Spanish
Live mocha
Chat/Talk in Spanish as much as possible.
Create a more specific course plan for Spanish.

Continue taking coursera classes, I am currently taking Marketing , Philosophy 101, and a leadership course based on emotional intelligence

Complete way of the superior man, add notes here.

Continue with a number of audio books and ttc courses including one about Confucius, Buddha, Mohamed and Jesus, the one on the new mind, and the stroke of insight.

Continue to work on my Salsa skills

Social

Try and talk to as many people though out my day as possible, will come up with more metrics on this later.

Business

Work extensively on getting up notes for as many books and other educational material I have experienced as possible on this website.

Work on getting my personal business (you know the one that actually makes money) featured on as many blogs as possible.

 

This will be a start and I will update every Monday on my progress here moving forward.

 

By Travis Marziani