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Exploring my curiosity and sharing what I learn along the way. Gave up a grand slam on ESPN in 2012 and still waiting for it to land.
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May 26 4 tweets 1 min read
What I thought would make me happy:
• Nice car
• House
• Fancy watch
• Expensive clothes

What actually makes me happy:
• Free time
• Quiet walks
• Free writing
• Whiskey on the deck
• Country music on a sunny day

Find what *actually* makes you happy—then prioritize it. An important thought related to yesterday’s newsletter piece: sahilbloom.substack.com/p/the-beauty-o…
May 25 20 tweets 5 min read
On the beauty of enough…

How to fight back against the perpetual desire for more: Image My son was born one week ago.

I spent the first three decades of my life trying to find the meaning and purpose of all of this—then one day, it all came into view.

On Monday, I was with him in bed and had this profound sensation:

For the first time in my life, I have enough…
May 24 15 tweets 4 min read
Someone recently asked me what I would do if I were just starting my career…

Here’s how I’d approach it (with a bit of finesse): First, let me set the parameters.

I’m assuming I’d prioritize for:
• Foundation-building experience
• Asymmetric $$$ upside

I think the tech world offers both—specifically the startup world.

But you need to get crafty to narrow the universe to the highest-quality options…
May 22 6 tweets 2 min read
It’s wild that if an alien species in the nearby Andromeda Galaxy (2.5 million light years away) had an ultra-powerful telescope that let them zoom in on Earth, they’d just see a bunch of primitive humans putzing around with stone tools and have no idea how far we’ve come. They would have no idea that we all sit around arguing with strangers on a little blue bird app on our phones.

That’s what advanced life looks like.
May 21 8 tweets 3 min read
Dad Strength Is Real Let’s get more dads (and moms!) sharing their examples of strength this weekend.

Starting with this monster keg carry from @dougclinton!
May 21 20 tweets 4 min read
15 bad habits holding you back from your potential: Complaining Incessantly

Complaining never got anyone anywhere worth going.

The world is split between complainers and doers—the former talk while the latter act.

Complainers are on the sidelines.

Doers are in the arena. Doers fight—their bias for action creates results.
May 20 4 tweets 1 min read
“Hey Ro…wake up…market down bad, we gotta sell that high chair.” Actually, just read another tweet with a Buffett quote, so I’m going to be greedy when others are fearful.

Taking out a margin loan against the high chair and buying growth stocks.
May 20 5 tweets 3 min read
💥Investment Announcement💥

Excited to invest in @Bravado!

Bravado is a community for sales pros that is reinventing the way they engage, upskill, and land new opportunities.

Proud to invest alongside Tiger Global @Redpoint @PrecursorVC @markpinc @packyM @lennysan & more! If you’re a sales professional looking to level up, you need to be in this community.

Join at Bravado.co!
May 19 4 tweets 2 min read
How do you build a successful life without losing your peace of mind?

This discussion with @awilkinson was a breath of fresh air—exposing the lies hustle culture taught you.

We dove in on:
• Building slowly
• Digital detox
• Elastic band framework

It’s a must listen! Apple: podcasts.apple.com/podcast/id1593…

Youtube:

Spotify: open.spotify.com/show/6aB0v6amo…
May 16 7 tweets 2 min read
“Unlimited vacation days” is just “no vacation days” in hilarious disguise. Wishing the best of luck in your future endeavors to the senior Goldman Sachs banker who actually takes advantage of the new “unlimited vacation day” policy and is swiftly fired.
May 15 7 tweets 2 min read
I love when you give someone a compliment and they take it way too far.

I told my friend he was a good driver.

Next time I saw him, I overheard him telling people how driving was really a state of mind and all about being in sync with the vehicle.

I still can’t stop laughing. I was like “easy there @LewisHamilton!”
May 14 20 tweets 6 min read
I started establishing “Anti-Goals” for all new projects.

Everything changed.

Here’s how it works: A few months ago, I came across the idea of “anti-goals” from my friend @awilkinson.

It quickly became a staple in my life.

I use the anti-goal framework to:
• Plan for new projects
• Design my life
• Create self-improvement plans

In this thread, I'll share how it works:
May 13 6 tweets 2 min read
3 ideas from a crazy week:

1) If it seems too good to be true, it probably is. Applies to 20% risk-free yield, 200x ARR valuations, etc.

2) An ability to smile through chaos is an edge.

3) Find friends who pass your “Traffic Test”—you’re happy to be stuck in traffic w/ them. 1) If it seems too good to be true, it probably is.

My parents told me this as a kid. Despite knowing it, we still fall victim to our own FOMO from time to time.

Learn to identify when you’re falling victim.

At a minimum, cap the downside from those bets.
May 13 4 tweets 1 min read
What’s the most interesting thing you learned this week? When something seems too good to be true, it probably is.
May 12 4 tweets 1 min read
During the Apollo 13 return, the astronauts focused on keeping the earth in a tiny window to avoid missing the angle of re-entry.

In chaotic situations, a single point of focus can provide the clarity to survive.

Identify your single point of focus. Create clarity in chaos. It’s interesting to think about as you develop your own methods for navigating choppy, complex, or chaotic waters.

What is the one thing that really matters?

There’s usually one “North Star” that you can identify and focus on.

Applies to startups, business, investing, & life.
May 11 7 tweets 1 min read
Guys in cars bumping music too loud with the windows down have the largest gap between how they think they look and how they actually look. Guys—don’t be this guy.

Disclaimer: I used to be this guy.
May 11 4 tweets 3 min read
💥Exciting Announcement💥

Hyper Season 3 is now open for applications!

If you're thinking about joining an accelerator or raising capital, Hyper is a *flexible accelerator* backed by @a16z @sequoia and some of the biggest names in tech.

Here’s why you should apply: More competitive terms than competitors.

Unique relationship with ProductHunt with access to the team and launch support.

World-class advisors including @Alfred_Lin @rrhoover @deenashakir and more.

Small batches = personalized experience.

Efficient 4 week long program.
May 9 5 tweets 1 min read
How is it that doctors are allowed to work 24-hour shifts?

We restrict the number of hours that a truck driver can drive for safety reasons, but a doctor can work around the clock.

What am I missing? I have to imagine an average doctor that is fresh is more effective than a great doctor at the end of a 24-hour shift.

I *think* there’s research showing this.

So what’s the story here?

Why aren’t there tighter hour restrictions on doctors?
May 9 9 tweets 4 min read
2 years ago today, I was out on a walk and had an idea. I typed out a few tweets and posted it for my tribe of 500 followers to see.

2 years later, the tribe has grown a bit, but we’re just getting started…

Here are my 5 favorites from the wild journey: The Feynman Technique

A powerful framework for learning anything:

Step 1: Identify a topic
Step 2: Try to explain it to a 5-year-old
Step 3: Study to fill in gaps
Step 4: Organize, convey, and review

Genius is the ability to simplify, not complicate. Simple is beautiful.
May 8 23 tweets 5 min read
An open letter to Mom…

I've learned so much from you. This letter is my attempt to memorialize those lessons: In 1978, you hopped on a plane in Bangalore with a one-way ticket to America.

Your parents were—understandably—quite worried that you'd never come home.

Their friends told them you'd meet a guy, fall in love, and build a life.

Well, you did that—but it wasn't quite so linear.
May 7 25 tweets 6 min read
These paradoxes will change your life: The Brakes Paradox

What allows a Formula 1 driver to fly around the track?

It's not the engine, the tires, or the suspension.

It's the brakes.

Strong, reliable brakes unlock the driver.

Build brakes into your life that allow you to accelerate and hit turns without fear.