Air Canada Rouge has nice views. (at Haines City, FL)
I achieved consciousness near 630 am, on the 5th snooze, with a scowl on my face and a growl in my voice.
My wife was already up, dressed, picking out my daughters clothes, and harassing me to get up. She wanted to get out of Montreal early to avoid traffic, but I wanted to get my damn sleep!
Crawling out of my sister’s friend’s king bed, I complained that we would not make it all the way to Cape Breton in one haul anyway, so what’s the difference if we leave early or at a more comfortable time, my favorite time to get moving - the crack of noon.
An argument was brewing as I turned the air conditioning down a little bit, we were both being stubborn…I can admit that I was in a state of morning grumpiness.
I opened my laptop bag to get my Captains of Crush grip strength trainer and I saw our 5 Hour Journals.
Forgoing the grip exercise, I handed my wife a pen that I stole from the Shangri La Hotel and her journal. then took mine to the table and started by writing down the 3 things I was grateful for.
1) I am lucky to have a wife who loves me and who organized and packed our whole trip as well as sharing driving duties with me.
2) I am grateful for great friends like Carlo who gave us his recently renovated air conditioned Montreal apartment on one of the hottest nights of the year so we could be comfortable.
3) I’m grateful to live in Canada on Canada Day, a country where there is so much opportunity that waking up too early is an option not a survival necessity.
The 5 Hour Journal is great, but I don’t write in the journal every day - maybe a couple of times a week.
Reflecting on my daily goals, affirming where I want to be, the kind of person I want to be & having awareness of the things I’m grateful for is the point of the exercise.
It’s kind of like vitamins or homeopathy; I can’t measure the effects, but it sounds like it’s good for me and if it’s all bullshit, it can’t hurt me.
Today, the effects were measurable. Along with the journal, I did a 3 minute deep breathing exercise to change my heart rhythm. While closing my eyes and breathing deeply, I put my hand on my heart and thought about good times with my daughter and my wife; hugs, “I love you”, snuggling.
The fight was averted, I gave my wife a hug and apologized for being a grouch. We both smiled and laughed, and we moved on.
We loaded my sisters belongings into my Edge, attached her bike, bought breakfast to go & got on the highway by 9 am.
We drove until the car started growling at us. At 930 pm we grabbed a hotel room in Truro, NS.
We finished the night with a swim in a salt water pool, a dip in the hot tub, and lights out by 11 pm. It was a great day with just a sprinkling of stress.
I saw a news story of a man whose house burnt down because a 9v square battery in a bag of old batteries EXPLODED in his garage. When the banking overlords bestowed a house upon me in 2008, I started saving acid tubes like a responsible adult instead of throwing them in the trash. I’ve been meaning to return this old bag of corroded batteries for 6 years, I even brought it with me when we built our new house in 2010…not sure if that’s procrastination or brain damage… Either way, I finally took them to Stapkes today and I also found my first cell phone in the bag! My dad gave me an audiovox for high school graduation in 2000. Do you recycle batteries like this? - (Today via #heyday) (at Staples)
Bitcoin is currently at a low of $350 since it’s meteoric rise up to $1200 in Nov 2103. People know that I’m a bitcoiner, and they keep asking me if I am scared. No, I’m excited.
I don’t care what the price is. Most people are having a common confusion about bitcoin, thinking it’s just an asset bubble that is set to pop, like tulip mania, beanie babies, dot com shares or real estate.
Bitcoin is change. Bitcoin is freedom. It’s a technological revolution that is disruptive to the financial industry.
Similarly in the early 90s, the tcp/ip protocol was mocked and ignored by the mainstream because it was complex and had high barriers to entry. Back then, nobody but tech geeks and venture capitalists understood what “the internet” would be used for.
The internet was not truly disruptive until the application layers like HTML were built on it to allow people to stream movies and check email.
The bitcoin protocol changes the way that “money” exists and is transacted. When I realized the potential that this has for the entire planet - the ~80% of the population who don’t have access to a bank account, but have access to cell phones and computers - to be able to be on the same network and send money instantly to each other with no fees, waiting, or government interference - I got a little excited
The potential for future applications that can be built on the bitcoin protocol and the blockchain is most exciting… the tokens that are sent back and forth are just one application.
Thanks to bitcoin, you do not have to have “faith” in banks or governments to be honest about money, nobody owns it, nobody controls it, the blockchain is just open source code and math based algorithms and a public ledger of a snapshot of the entire economy that is readable by anyone.
It’s bit torrent - we own it, you can not shut down the bitcoin network, there’s no central point of failure.
In Code We Trust.
The tokens that you can buy and sell are a speculative asset - and yes the price is extremely volatile, and yes it may go to $50 or $10,000…it doesn’t matter, Bitcoin happened and it changed the world… the world will eventually catch up.
I’m obsessed by bitcoin, so I’m all in with both my focus and my finances. I’m not recommending that. All I’m saying is that you should pay attention and get some.
Even if you just buy $50 or $100 worth of bitcoin, put it on a blockchain.info wallet, make a really secure password with 2 Factor Authentication turned on (sends a code to your phone to spend the bitcoin) then just go back to life.
In a couple of years you can say “I got bitcoin at $350 in 2014”
Here are my 2014 non-resolutions. Template from Okdork.com
1. Do P90X3 get to ~165 lbs, ~15% body fat (add muscle lose fat)
2. Start martial arts classes.
3. Be fearless, focused & attack difficult problems. (for mental strength.)
1. Create bitcoin businesses, invest in people starting bitcoin businesses, acquire bitcoins in 2014.
2. Grow our coffee company, grow Slightly Social.
3. Buy a 2nd home in Cape Breton.
1. Be a great dad, guide my daughter’s mindset, teach her emotional intelligence and gratitude.
2. Be a great husband. Support & encourage my wife to pursue her passions. Treat her like a queen.
3. Be grateful for the love I already have. Be attentive. Prioritize properly.
Three Words to Describe Me in 2014
What am I afraid of doing this year?
- Dealing with toxic relationships
- Confronting difficult problems
- Spreading myself too thin.
If this was my last year on Earth, what would I do?
I would create as much value as I possibly can for my family. I would spend as much time I could travelling and doing exciting activities with my family. I would experiment and try to get perspective. I would document it.
Have you ever seen a movie that awakens you? It cuts through your ego defenses and the message of the film speaks directly to your psyche and sparks a change in you?
If you’ve ever taken an ice bath or a polar bear dip*, you’ll know how shocking it is to your body… its like that for your brain. Limitless, a film about Bradley Cooper, chronicles a dumbass that takes a smart drug which gives him superhuman abilities. He gets the vision of Steve Jobs, the stock investing skills of Warren Buffett and the stylists of Tom Cruise.
The point of that movie is that no matter what level of dumbassery you are currently stuck in, you can take drugs to fix it. That message really cut deep and cauterized in my subconscious. Over the next few months I looked into smart drugs, but the only thing that I found was piracetam and choline, which can give you bad headaches and may or may not turn you into a thrill seeking rage gambler.
Eventually in mid-2012 I came across the smart drug modafinil after listening to a Joe Rogan podcast with Dave Asprey from www.bulletproofexec.com who told a story about how Provigil helped him get less sleep, lose weight and be better at everything - but most importantly shed his dumbassness.
Even after seeing how well modafinil worked for people like Dave Asprey and Tim Ferriss, a full year had gone by where I hadn’t tried any smart drugs, and yep, you guessed it… I didn’t trade any stocks either.
In 2013 I stressed out so bad over not trading stocks that I started losing sleep and had to get a prescription for Lorazepam.
2014. Enter Wolf of Wall St. This inspirational film really underscored my previous belief from watching Limitless that no matter what, if you believe in yourself, work hard and take cognitive enhancing pharmaceuticals, you can change your dumbass non-stock trading ways, start trading stocks, and live the life of your dreams.
I tried to get some Provigil from a secure website in India which conveniently accepted bitcoin, but it never arrived - so I got some from my doctor for free like a real Canadian. I’m now on modafinil for 2 days.
Here’s my sleep log from the last week. As you can see I was getting 7-8 hours of sleep like a lazyass, when I could have been getting 2.5 - 4 hours of sleep and using those extra hours to invest like Bradley Cooper.
Provigil is prescribed as a medication for narcolepsy or shift workers to be able to improve cognitive function on limited sleep…however it’s regularly used by Silicon Valley CEOs, military & olympic sprinters.
Nobody is exactly sure how it works, but by the miracle of science, it mimics the chemicals in your brain that are released when you watch Limitless.
I’ve taken it for 2 days, I’m getting less sleep and losing weight! This is my 3rd day on it and I definitely notice a difference. I can perform on 2.5 hours of sleep as if I got a full 4 hours of sleep. I’m finally trading like a real non-dumbass.
I will continue to post my progress on my experiences with Modafinil.
*I’ve never taken an ice bath or a polar bear dip.
My review of #tim04 … I subscribe to Tim Ferriss on Quarterly where I get a curated box of goodies from him every 3 months. After a month, the item that stood out the most was the 72 cent Lacrosse Ball! I use it every day against a wall to massage my neck shoulders and back, it hurts, in the best possible way. Photo credit goes to @johnwbrende@johnwbrende
I’m lucky to have a supportive wife who understands my bouts of entrepreneurial obsession that keep me up til 8 am and have me traveling to conferences and meetings. I’m grateful for you Elizabeth, you are the COO of our family :) There’s nothing better than coming home and snuggling with my beautiful wife and previous daughter after I’ve been on the street corner slinging #bitcoin and #iosgames. Without my wife I’d be in deep trouble. I’d still be wearing value village Velcro shoes and high school jogging pants, nobody would get Christmas presents, I’d be living in a shack with laundry piled up to the tin roof and my daughter would only eat zoodles and popscicles instead of home cooked healthy meals ;) What good is money and success if there’s no balance? Thank you for being my balance and supporting me during those low points when I fail. The best thing in my life is spending time with my family, I try to remember that always and I have great mentors to remind me. It’s tough for spouses of entrepreneurs to deal with us … when you’re consumed with an entrepreneurial vision that could build dynastic wealth and be even more valuable to the world, something that would change lives and the future - don’t forget to be a loving father/mother/husband/wife you dummy ;)