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Date: July 4th, 2012 2:08 PM
1. When you say youíre going to do something, do it. I believe that without his word, a man is nothing. This rule applies to things I tell others I will do as well as things I tell myself Iíll do.
2. Donít lie, donít exaggerate, donít withhold information, donít mislead. This rule exists mainly because it affects my performance in every day life. If I know that whatever I do will be related with perfect fidelity to others, I do it better. It also allows me to show proper respect to the people in my life. The one exception is authority figures who have the power to enforce rules but make them. For example, I might lie to a police officer to try to get out of a speeding ticket.
3. Show up on time, always. This rule is pretty recent, maybe a year or so. Iíve decided that when I commit to being somewhere at a particular time, I will always be there at exactly that time. The trick is to just get there five minutes early every single time and wait. Itís a very very minor inconvenience in return for being much more reliable.
4. No sugar, refined grains. I do cheat days every week or two, either when traveling or when itís the polite thing to do around other people. I used to skip Christmas dinner and make my own food, but now Iíll use that as a cheat day and eat with my family.
5. Walk out of movies, stop reading books, leave parties. If Iím participating in some sort of entertainment and I realize that itís not going to be worth the additional time spent, I leave. The fact that I paid $10 and watched half of the movie is irrelevant. The real decision at hand is: how do I want to spend the next hour of my life.
6. Computer is off at midnight. The only real exception to this would be if by not doing so I would break rule #1 to other people. If I told myself I was going to do something but wouldnít be able to by shutting off the computer, I consider that to be good punishment for not getting it done earlier.
7. Listen to people. I used to be bad at this and I hate it when people donít pay attention in conversation. So when I have a conversation with someone, I make sure Iím really listening and not just waiting for my turn to speak. Sounds basic, but Iíd say 50% of people donít do it.
8. Do the right thing, even if it comes at personal cost. I have a very strong set of morals, which arenít necessarily totally congruent with everyone elseís, but I defend them and keep them strong by living by them as closely as I can. For example, the story I wrote a couple weeks ago about the Vegas poker chip.
9. Only wear wool. Wool is a better fabric than cotton in just about every way. Itís warmer when itís cold, breathes well when itís warm, dries faster and feels drier when wet, absorbs far less odor, etc. Anything that touches my skin directly (shirt, pants, underwear, socks, hat, etc) is wool.
10. Only wear thin soled shoes. Itís better for your feet and joints. I wear invisible shoe sandals and vibram five fingers.
11. When buying things, buy the best or something temporary and disposable. If the purchase is replacing something (and given how minimalist I am, it pretty much always is), it should be smaller and lighter than whatever it replaced. I like high quality items that retain their value well, and I like making my traveling easier. I might sometimes buy something thatís a tiny bit heavier, but overall my backpack has gotten smaller and lighter every year. If it doesnít make financial sense to buy the best, I invest the smallest amount of money possible in a temporary fix. In other words, I would buy a $9 Casio or a $1000+ Rolex, but never a $100 Seiko.
12. Do things other people arenít doing. This one is more of a heuristic than a rule, but I include it because it defines so many of my decisions. When making a choice, I will greatly favor the unknown over the known. I feel like this is how you contribute to society, even if itís in a very small way.
13. Always be learning something. I always have at least one learning project going on at all times. Right now itís Violin. Soon Iíll be as good as I want to be (able to play one full Mozart song poorly), and I will move on to either Chinese or Japanese.
14. Never have debt. I would suffer way before having debt. That doesnít mean I wonít borrow $20 from a friend if I forget my wallet, but I would never finance anything other than a house, and only then because I can get a higher return on my money than a mortgage would charge me.
15. Always have a one year buffer of money. Through the years Iíve managed to save up enough to support myself fully for a year (in my RV, cooking my own food). I invest my money buffer to grow it, but I wouldnít spend it on anything other than living expenses if needed. I do this not because Iím cautious, but because it gives me the freedom to choose how I spend my time, and thus take risks.
Date: July 4th, 2012 2:35 PM
it's this guy:
he was one of the people in that PUA book The Game. he lives in an RV in Austin, but travels most of the year. is a programmer and used to support himself playing poker.
Date: July 4th, 2012 2:25 PM
First eight were credited, then they got hippieish.
Date: July 4th, 2012 2:37 PM
he's a near-full-time backpacker. he does these gear posts every year:
Date: July 4th, 2012 5:23 PM
he copped dat STEM degree, wrote a PUA book after being featured in The Game ("Make Her Chase You"), used to play poker heavily and apparently was good at it, freelance programmer, has now launched a new blog platform hoping it catches on. and it's not that expensive to do what he does - he lives in a tiny RV for chirssakes and almost all of his belongings fit in a small backpack.