My purpose is to inspire and empower people to observe deeply, learn faster, make connections, and recognize patterns. Nature—Culture—Synthesis
I listened avidly to the audiobook version of Michael Pollan’s new book book and and finished it in two days ( I got it the day it came out). This book is worth a read (or listen) for anyone interested in the mind, philosophy, death, and the treatment of mental illness. The book is especially useful if you or someone you love is dealing with anxiety, depression, addiction, or the recent death of a loved one. Here is my review:
For more about Pollan and the book check out his site: here
Regardless of whether working four hours a week is possible or even desirable this book presents a refreshing perspective that is intrinsically valuable. The “Four Hour Workweek” by Timothy Ferriss questions a lot of assumptions that are ingrained into our culture and presents a treasure trove of ideas for escaping the 9-5 workday and the deferred enjoyment life plan. Even if half of these do not work or do not apply to you, the book is still worth a read. The author put more than four hours a week into making this book: it is full of resources, links, and useful references.
This book is good for times when you feel like you are stuck in your work or stuck in your life. Even if you don’t believe or want to believe everything that Tim Ferriss is proposing this book is still useful. This book will convince you that you can design your life, you can be intentional about how you work, and you don’t have to put off living the life you want until your retirement.
Michael Pollan is one of my favorite authors to take up the task of examining human-nature relationships. He examines ways in which nature and culture intersect on the most basic physical levels hence his interest in gardening and food. In his new book, “How to Change Your Mind” he looks at the “food of the gods,” psychedelics, and the role they may play in a better understanding of the human mind and the treatment of mental disease such as anxiety and depression. I will definitely do a video review of this book once I have received and read it.
Before you order the book listen to this great interview where Pollan describes some of his thought process and excitement around the topic of psychedelics with Tim Ferriss! In this interview he asserts that despite the fact that he has often been pigeon-holed as a food writer that he is in fact a nature writer. If you want to skip adds, start about five minutes into the podcast below.
“A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.”
You probably know by now that I am interested in studying tools and techniques for self-awareness, self-motivation, and creative productivity. As part of this study, I have been reading “Tools of Titans” by Tim Ferriss.
If you are interested in being intentional about how you live your life and how you work your work then you should read this book.
This book was compatible with my morning routine and I read it in short, 15 to 30 minute chunks every day. I found a lot of useful and motivating content.
You might remember your math teacher telling you that the answer was important but “showing your work” was also part of the points on a test. As it turns out, your math teacher was right. This principle still applies today, especially for creative professionals such as visual artists. Social media takes sharing your work to a whole ‘nother level.
This concept was driven home to me by Austin Kleon in his aptly named book Show Your Work . I found out about Austin Kleon thanks to Chase Jarvis.
An image from Kleon’s book.
I am an avid learner of new things and my goal right now is to keep my sharing/teaching as up to date with my current passions and studies as possible. It is easy to want to wait until I am an expert about something before posting videos on youtube about it. However, Austin Kleon has convinced me that it is better to learn from a passionate student than a cynical and jaded old expert.
Right now, I am most passionate about learning as much as I can about herpetoculture, snakes, bioactive vivaria, and the scaping of functional and aesthetic miniature ecosystems.
Here is a recent youtube video I made about this exciting learning process that I knew nothing about 6 months ago:
What are you passionate about right now? Are you avidly learning about it? Could you be sharing your process more?
For more of the benefits of showing your work check out this short video about the book: