Commonplace list

Things I know to be true at 30yrs of age. These will change as my knowledge changes.

  • A problem is not a problem if you can write a check to fix it.
  • Take any and every public speaking opportunity you are given, whether its formal or informal. Speak up.
  • Use your 9–5 job to fund your 6–12 second stream of income.
  • Failing is good, but dont get good at failing.
  • Hunger is a lie, more-so food is an addiction. We can go longer than we think without food.
  • Your umbrella against a “Rainy day” isnt money saved, your ability to go out and get money is your umbrella.
  • When someone owes you money and they say they have $450, ask for $500. There is always more, get as much as you can, as fast as you can.
  • Workout buddies dont work when it comes to accountability. Build up the muscle of going to workout by yourself so if they waiver, you are sturdy.
  • Better to be known as “well put-together” than “always well dressed”.
  • Books should stimulate ideas. Its ok to put a book down and take immediate action. Dont just read just to be a “reader.”
  • Save files in google drive or a cloud. External hard drives fail.
  • You can locate a persons level of success by listening to their problems. The person who owns a private jet doesn’t complain about the current price at their local gas station.
  • Being “friend-zoned” with business contacts is worse than being “friend-zoned” with women.
  • Dont drink or smoke or use profanity. One can not get “good” at doing the three.
  • Buy her followers instead of flowers.
  • Pay your employees first, utilities second, operations and marketing, yourself and the IRS last.
  • When dealing with headache customers, it is better to be paid than “right”.
  • Travel alone and make friends abroad.
  • Email/internet arguments just arent worth it. They never end with, “ok you’ve made better points so I will change my stance.”
  • All problems are self-inflicted.
  • When you take someone out to eat, put their backs to the wall so you can focus on them better.
  • Travel with earbuds and not headphones.
  • Saying no to others is to say yes to yourself.
  • If the drive is under 10 minutes, listen to music. If its over 10 minutes, listen to podcast/audiobook.
  • If she doesn’t make time or commit to plans, shes really not into you.
  • Eradicate all white socks from your wardrobe.
  • Before speaking publicly, talk to people at the event and get in the “soap-box vibe”
  • There is no such thing as sick. Push through it.
  • Never use your personal phone number for business. Google voice is free and really reliable.
  • Have another genre of music that you can go to in certain situations. People tend to tolerate rap music, not necessarily listen to it.
  • Give someone a “mask” and they will show you who they really are.
  • People respond in kind. Get great at asking questions or be ready to get shallow/vague answers.
  • Use Facebook as a highlight reel or resume until you try to monetize it. Once you monetize, its best to be overly transparent.
  • A compliment is still received as a compliment even if its a backhanded joke.
  • Google Flights for all your flight schedules and purchases.
  • Never use debt for overhead costs. Use costly money to make money by advertising and/or marketing.
  • Take your sunglasses off when talking to someone. Give good eye contact.
  • If their phone is always face-down around you, they are cheating.
  • On first dates do activities with a small cost of time and money. Do a “coffee date” instead of dinner. If it goes bad you didnt spend much of either time or money.
  • If she drives fast, shes fast.
  • My personal case study shows that men have a higher rate of conversion when we give a woman our number vs us taking their number and being first to reach out. Give out your number and put the first contact in her court.
  • Not every shower needs to be with soap.
  • Whether dealing with women or business, its better to be “highly referable” than to hunt down every meal.
  • For netowrking events. Come late, leave early.
  • Restaurants should ask for dessert while ordering the main course. They will sell more. People wont be “full” when asked right before the bill.
  • Growth Mindset > Fixed mindset. Growth means it can be developed. Fixed means you are born with it.
  • Be a Producer instead of a Consumer.
  • The holy trinity of regret: Should’ve, Could’ve, Would’ve.
  • Beware of the silent majority. A tree that fell is louder than the forest that grew.
  • Every year we pass the anniversary of our death.
  • When dealing with others mishaps: It is either negligence or inexperience, if not sure which of the two, default to inexperience.
  • If you repeated today every day for the next year, realistically, where would you end up?
  • 10 minutes after your workout, you will feel fine, regardless if you coast through it or if you gave it your all.
  • If your job pays you $30/hr and you waste 3hrs/day on television, you spent 90hrs a month on TV. Also, you’ve just spent $32,400 on trash TV on the year. Would you really pay $30 to watch that show?
  • At the end of a productive day and a “lazy rest day”, you will feel the exact same.
  • Say “(name), thanks” instead of “thanks (name)
  • Motivation comes after you start. Dont think you will be motivated before starting a task, It shows up after you get started

--

--

--

Salutations

Love podcasts or audiobooks? Learn on the go with our new app.

Recommended from Medium

Don’t get complacent if your new business gets off to a fast start

Activate Diversity to Achieve Excellence

The (Practical) Time Traveller’s Guide

Publicist Rockstars: “Don’t ask for anything in return until you’ve served first” With Angel Tuccy

8 reasons why you should choose a career in marketing

407 RDPR Karnataka Jobs 2020 — How to Apply

407 RDPR Karnataka Jobs 2020 - How to Apply

Taking The Sword To Bureaucracy

Want Your Resume To Stand Out? Here’s How Automation Can Help

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store
Joseph Blackman

Joseph Blackman

Salutations

More from Medium

Quotes for the Week — Vol 2

The Habit Coach Wrap 🌯

5 Best Lessons By Ichiro Kishimi & Fumitake Koga In their Book!

6 HABITS THAT CAN CHANGE YOUR LIFE