“The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” – Lao-tzu
This is my single step down my blogging journey. I’m going to use this blog to cover a wide range of topics, such as Mixed Martial Arts, Standup Comedy, Music, Photography, Self-Help, and Life in general.
Here is a very short biography about myself. I’m 24 years old. I’m originally from Cleveland, OH. I currently live in Fort Lauderdale, FL. I’m an amateur mixed martial artist (4-2). I’m an open mic comedian. I’m a guitarist. And I’m a photographer. I have an associate degree in accounting from Cuyahoga Community College, although I’ve never been able to find work in accounting. And I’m an aspiring entrepreneur, also known as a wantrepreneur.
You’ll learn much more about me through future posts, but right now you’ll be able to understand me better if you check out some of the people that I find very influential.
First, I want to mention Tim Ferriss. His book The 4-Hour Workweek changed my perspective on work and life in general. I think he might be the reason why I never tried to finish my bachelor’s degree. Either him, or the fact that I couldn’t afford tuition. Nevertheless, I was hooked when I read the Mexican fisherman parable. You may have seen this on the wall inside of a Jimmy Johns (I’d recommend the Gargantuan). This is a must-read for anybody that thinks there is more to life than spending the best years of your life working with the hope that one day you’ll be able to retire. This book made me want to start my own company.
Next, I would like to mention Neil Strauss. I read his book The Game, at the recommendation of a close, female friend of mine. She knew I was a virgin, a nice guy, and regularly stuck in the friend zone. Initially, she pitched the book as a “guide to pick up women.” And I thought it sounded ridiculous and needed no such book. The thought of it seemed sleazy. But after one long, lonely night of insomnia, I thought it couldn’t hurt to read. The book is entertaining for anybody. It doesn’t matter if you’re a single guy, a guy in a relationship, a single girl, or a girl in a relationship. The story itself is entertaining. You always want to find out what happens next. And if you feel like you’re not good at talking to women, or people in general, or you just want to test out his methods to see if they really work (they do), this book provides a system for every phase of a social interaction. This book made me want to be a more interesting person to facilitate picking up women.
Another author I would recommend is Robert Kiyosaki. His book Rich Dad, Poor Dad is a staple on the self-help reading list. The big takeaway from his book is passive income. That is where you get paid even if you don’t go t work. It’s a crazy concept for hard-working, middle-class people. I still haven’t achieved passive income yet, but I’m confident that I’ll get there one way or another. That or I’ll die trying. This book made me want to invest in real estate.
The next author I would suggest is Dr. Paul Ekman. His research was the foundation for the tv show Lie to Me (one of my absolute favorite shows which is currently available on Netflix Instantly). I’ve read Emotions Revealed and Telling Lies, and they are both awesome. Emotions Revealed focused on identifying facial expressions. And Telling Lies is all about identifying when somebody is lying. It’s fascinating material. I even took his facial expression training course on his website. I am now master certified at identifying micro expressions. I would recommend these books for anybody and everybody that ever has to communicate with people in any manner. So pretty much every human being on the planet. Plus, being able to recognize emotions also helps increase one’s self-awareness. These books made me want to be Cal Lightman (protagonist from Lie to Me).
The last author I would recommend for now is Michael Ellsberg. His book The Education of Millionaires is full of cool stories from self-made millionaires and billionaires. These are people who built empires without college degrees. One interview that stands out in my mind is the interview with Phillip Ruffin. In the interview, Michael suggests that Phillip write a book about his story. And Phillip responds by saying that his casino earned $820,000 the day prior to the interview, and he has no reason to write a book. I also enjoyed how Michael recommends the reader start their own blog and/or website to replace their resume. He also mentions that 80% of job in this country are filled via the informal job market. That means that 80% of jobs are filled because the applicant knew somebody; not because they had a flawless resume. This book is the reason why I have my own domain and you’re reading this blog post right now.
I hope you have enjoyed my first blog post. And I hope you check out all of the authors I recommended. Each one has had an impact on the way I think. And please feel free to leave comments. If you have any recommendations for me, I would love to hear them.