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Train of Thought: American Anarchy, high mindset, success and coffee

by Brice Hogan

July 15, 2022 |

Hello Everyone,

Here is your weekly dose of improvement ideas. This is the stuff I have been thinking about and exploring this week. My favorite this week was listening to The Tim Ferriss Show with Balaji Srinivasan it's pretty interesting.


"Curiosity and questions will you get you further than confidence and answers" - Maxime Lagace

Hope you enjoy this week's issue!

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What I Listened To

The Network State and How to Start a New Country. The Tim Ferriss Show

So this was an interesting show. I listen to Tim pretty often and I don't think I have heard him this quiet on a show ever.

His guest was Balaji S. Srinivasan (@balajis) who is an angel investor and entrepreneur. Formerly the CTO of Coinbase and general partner at Andreessen Horowitz, he was also the co-founder of (acquired by Coinbase), Counsyl (acquired by Myriad), Teleport (acquired by Topia), and Coin Center.

He holds a BS/MS/Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and an MS in Chemical Engineering, all from Stanford University. Balaji also teaches the occasional class at Stanford, including an online MOOC in 2013, which reached 250,000+ students worldwide.

I had to laugh a little because I was pretty stunned myself by all the information Balaji knows and dumbs on you all at once everything from The Anarchy America (his argument makes sense) to Bitcoin Maximalist to how India will shape the world in the next 5-10 years

This one is a journey so buckle up it's a good one.


What I Watched

High-Level Mindset by Cordea I love TED Talks as most people do. You can find some interesting topics and interesting people. But when the title is Hi-Level Mindset I stopped to tune in.

I had an idea of what it was about but it was the presenter I was intrigued with. His name is Cordae the Rapper. He is 24 years old and what he says is truly worth 13 minutes of your time. We often look at packages that things come in and dismiss them because they don't fit our ideal.

In this case, there is a lot of wisdom from someone who we might dismiss otherwise.


Something I'm Reading

The Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande

I was excited when I got this book off Amazon a few weeks ago. I love checklists and trackers.

They remind me that you need to be aware of things.

Checklists remind me to be aware of things that need to get done. Bringing awareness as to why you are doing something is critical. Checklists insure that you don't miss steps or take shortcuts.

So I needed a Manifesto on it. I haven't been disappointed by it. There are some excellent stories that illustrate why a simple checklist is needed. See my article Checklists and The Imperfect Art of Priority


Interesting Articles -

How to Increase Your Chances of Success for Less than $4 By Kim Perell

My job as I see it is to put my audience (you) in a position to develop good habits and find ideas that spark inspiration. This article shows you how a small personal interaction can lead to big changes in your life and career.

Visualizing Three Types of Inflation by Dorothy Neufeld

Inflation has been a huge topic for obvious reasons. I try to keep my nose to the ground and aware of economic changes that are happening.

This was an excellent article that should give you some context of the various types of inflation that we are dealing with. There is a lot of misinformation and misunderstanding and I think this does a great job of explaining it.


Quote I'm Pondering

"Working hard for something we don't care about is called stress.

Working hard for something we love is called passion"

- Simon Sinek



Hello, My name is Brice. I am glad you're here.  I am excited to share with you all the things I'm learning and writing.  I am on a journey to share what I learn with you and in some small way give back so you can share with others  There are a few resources on this website that can help you accomplish that.

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