Do the Opposite #84
Can You Become Financially Independent, How to Get Off Autopilot, Intentional Living, New Name
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Hey everyone, hope you’re doing great!
Here are some personal updates I want to share with you:
I’ve been thinking of a new name for Do the Opposite. I’ve spent so much time brainstorming ideas for in the past week! I have a super long list of potential names in Notion: so far there are some OK options, but nothing I absolutely love and want to go ahead with yet.
Here’s how you can help, if you want. What do you think the name should be? The themes I’m thinking are: self-discipline and discomfort. Maybe you think I shouldn’t change the name? Reply to this email with your answers, I’d love to hear from you!
A book I’ve been reading and enjoying is “Discipline Is Destiny: The Power of Self-Control” by Ryan Holiday. I love reading about discipline and ways to improve my own self-discipline when it comes to sticking to habits and decisions. Ryan is a great storyteller too, he always finds fascinating real-life stories as examples to illustrate his points.
Full disclosure: it’s an Amazon affiliate link, so if you buy the book I’ll get a little bit of $$. This is something new I’m trying out.
We had a pretty cool weather event this week in Calgary: an intense fog followed by colder weather, which resulted in this:
As we build the foundation of our lives in our 20s and 30s, it’s easy to get to a place where we think we’ve got it all figured out. Things are falling into their respective places — a mix of a stable job, family, daily routines and habits. These things are great, but we should be wary of our routines taking over our lives and determining our direction as a straight line. The Fioneers show how we can break out of our comfortable existence and explore new things.
This article goes together with the one above, as spending time intentionally is the opposite of being on autopilot. However, despite our best intentions to change our habits, we often fail at that. Leo provides techniques we can use to make sure we stick to our decision to live intentionally more often than not.
If you’re curious about Financial Independence (FI), and whether it’s something that’s realistic for you personally, you absolutely have to watch this interview with Mr. Money Mustache, aka Pete Adeney.
It offers an overview of the principles that allow one to become financially independent, like the 4% rule (aka how much you need to save to reach FI) and the relationship between your savings rate and years to reach FI. In other words, how to get to the point where work becomes optional, and passive income from your investments covers all your expenses. See the chart below for illustration:
In the video, MMM also shares the tips and techniques he uses to live a middle class life for quarter of the cost it takes an average person.
A couple of useful timestamps:
56 mins: MMM talks about habits
1 hour 2 mins: Baby Steps to start your journey to FI:
One of my favourite podcast episodes of 2022. If anyone can be called a genius, it’s John Carmack. He is a co-founder of id Software, responsible for such classic gaming franchises as Wolfenstein, DOOM and Quake. After that chapter of his life was over, Carmack joined Oculus as its CTO to work on VR headsets. Now he’s working on developing Artificial General Intelligence (AGI) at his new company, Keen Technologies. Oh, he also builds rockets as a hobby.
To me, he’s an example of a clear thinker and a bold innovator; definitely one of my personal heroes so I was really happy when I found this interview.
“At 30, I exercised to look good. In my 50s, I exercised to stay fit. In my 70s, I exercised to stay ambulatory. In my 80s, I exercised to avoid assisted living. And in my 90s, it’s just going to be out of defiance!”
We should all take a page of Dick Van Dyke’s book — exercise should be a non-negotiable priority for all of us. One of my main goals this year is to start exercising regularly.
“What you do every day matters more than what you do once in a while.”
— Gretchen Rubin
“Whenever you're feeling moments of discomfort, that means true change is happening for you.”
— John David Washington
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