Posts tagged ‘Tim Ferriss’

Keep Your Friends Close, Your Enemies Closer…

and your “FRENEMIES” closest! I thought of this word while anxiously engaged in a good cause (losing my expanding waistline). Specifically, I was utilizing a principle I had learned from Dan John, one of my favorite strength and conditioning coaches, author and seemingly all around good egg.

More on Dan John in a minute, but first the principle: Inefficient Exercise, which he defines as

“doing something that takes a lot of movement and breathing and really doesn’t get you very far. If you are poor at swimming or dancing, swim or dance.”

My chosen Inefficient Exercise was riding my fixed gear bike. Although not a true “fixie” as these single speed bikes are commonly known, as my bike is set up to “freewheel” allowing me to rest when riding/coasting downhill. It is nonetheless, VERY inefficient for me, and as Coach Dan John has taught, a great way to lose body fat, exercise for met-con (metabolic conditioning), aerobic exercise, etc.

So why “frenemies?” After all, I am clearly a fan of Dan John and his coaching and should see him as a friend in my life… well, the truth is, because I was hurting. Bad. But that is good, inefficient, and in this case, and for my purpose effective, right? Right! But still, in my agony, I started “hating on” the guiltless Dan John… my new… “frenemy.”

Dan John is someone who teaches principles that are simple but not easy!  Principles that expose my weaknesses for my benefit! In my life, I have been blessed with many friends who have taught me myriad correct principles. When I am my best self I have had “enemies” who have taught me my own weaknesses, and therefore my most important life lessons personally.

During today’s efforts, I thought of some amazing “frenemies” I would like to introduce over the next several weeks, months, years? People who teach myriad correct principles that can expose personal weaknesses and help you develop YOUR best self, more than any friend or foe!

Examples: The aforementioned Dan John on Strength, Conditioning and being an amazing Coach! Jocko Willink and Leif Babin on Leadership, and Tim Ferriss on all things Learning/Teaching and Training/Coaching.

I am an unapologetic “bibliophile” and have read extensively the great writings of these three. Jocko and Tim also have amazing podcasts. My hope is to share with you some of what I have learned for your benefit, in hopes that you too might study these great Teachers/Coaches/Mentors, and selfishly to journal some of my experiences while putting their principles to the test! So…

“Keep your friends close, your enemies closer and your frenemies CLOSEST!”


Information Overload!

I know, I know I got off to a flying start and then… nothing! I apologize for the long delay in posting here. I’m committed to at least putting something up each day, with breaks on the weekend! Hmmm, does that sound like a new year’s resolution!? At any rate HAPPY NEW YEAR! May the Lord bless each and every one of you with everything you may stand in need of!

While considering,researching and ultimately writing for this venue, my mind has frequently wandered. I’ve spent hours pondering a myriad of ideas. One that keeps popping up, is the idea that there are so many great things to write about! Yet, I find this to be the proverbial “double edged sword.” Although we are in the midst of a wondrous information age, a time to love life, seak learning, and soak up as much good information as you possibly can, I often wonder; “how can I best spend my time reading, researching and learning? What is the cost of consuming all this information?”  So I want to share a quote with you that I found in Tim Ferriss’ The Four Hour Work Week

What Information consumes is rather obvious: it consumes the attention of its recipients. Hence, a wealth of information creates a poverty of attention and a need to allocate that attention efficiently among the overabundance of information sources that might consume it. 

Tim Ferriss attributes this outstanding  quote to Herbert Simon and opens the book’s sixth chapter, The Low-Information Diet: Cultivating Selective Ignorance, with it. This one chapter is worth the cost of the entire book by the way! I think I’ll re-read it myself. After all, if what Mr. Simon says is correct and “a wealth of information creates a poverty of attention,” what will that do to a neophyte blogger with Attention DEFICIT Disorder!? The answer? Well… stay tuned! Oh, and again Happy New Year!