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I’m a former heavyweight pro-boxer (13-1-1) and alcoholic (Sobriety date 12/23/13), current writer, and aspiring chess master. I was raised in the projects by a single mom and failed high school, but I eventually earned a bachelor’s degree in Physics.

I teach what I’ve learned from the hood, the ring, and everything in between.

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How to use Big Stick Energy to survive the Prisoner's Dilemma

How to use Big Stick Energy to survive the Prisoner’s Dilemma

Life is a game. Even when it’s serious, you’re still just playing a game. The cruelest part of this game, aside from it not seeming like a game, is that no matter how well you play, you can never beat it.

Apr 14, 2024
Stop trying to be perfect— The 70% Solution

Stop trying to be perfect: The 70% Solution

Preparation is essential, but after a certain point, the only thing left to do is act. Any more preparation is, at best, a waste of time and, at worst, a comfortable lie we’re indulging in to protect ourselves from the possibility of failure.

Change your perspective
Mar 24, 2024
The value of hard things

The value of hard things

Suffering a setback makes you more rigid and resilient. The moment you make finding the easiest, most pleasurable way to get through any situation your priority, you have lost battle twice.

Mar 14, 2024
The Roots of Online Hostility— Why is Twitter So Toxic

The Roots of Online Hostility: Why is Twitter So Toxic

There are a few reasons why social media tends to be so volatile, polarizing, and abrasive. If we ever want to solve a problem, we first have to recognize the problem. Today’s newsletter covers why Twitter/X is so volatile and what to do for your own sanity.

Mar 03, 2024
5 metaphors from physics and calculus on happiness

5 metaphors from physics and calculus on happiness

I’ve figured out how to be a happy person despite dealing with setbacks. Learn how to increase your happiness or get it back if you’ve been knocked down.

Feb 22, 2024
3 frameworks for making better decisions

3 frameworks for making better decisions

Here are my three frameworks for making decisions—with a bonus fourth. These metrics are responsible for everything positive in my life, regardless of the domain. Furthermore, whenever I’ve found myself in an adverse or precarious situation, the reason is because I was not following these metrics.

Feb 14, 2024
How human behavior is subject to inflation

How human behavior is subject to inflation

If you’re 35 and still struggling with the challenges of a 20-year-old, you’ll have the “spending power” of someone who had their spending power reduced by inflation.

Feb 08, 2024
How take advantage of weak ties in your life

How take advantage of weak ties in your life

The old saying is, “It’s not what you know, but who,” but how do we use it to our advantage? The Theory of Weak Ties is here to save the day, and baked into the solution is an easy method to increase your chances of finding work, clients, friends, and romance.

Jan 05, 2024
11 reasons why we can't have nice things

11 reasons why we can’t have nice things

Here are 11 reasons why humanity is doomed and everything is f*cked. If we could fix even 2 of these things, our planet would become unrecognizable in the best way.

Dec 26, 2023
Confirmation Bias, Cherry-Picking, and Echo Chambers

Confirmation Bias, Cherry-Picking, and Echo Chambers

The three-headed-dragon of cherry-picking, confirmation bias, and echo chambering make you stupid and unable to deal with reality. Learn how to defeat it.

Dec 14, 2023
Federal informants and diplomats— Do you know who you're dealing with?

Federal informants and diplomats: Do you know who you’re dealing with?

There are certain classes of people who can take your life and get away with it. They won’t even be tried. This is why it’s important to stay calm and always know who you’re dealing with.

Dec 03, 2023
The Ethics of Uncertainty, Survivors Bias, And The Law of Large Numbers

The Ethics of Uncertainty, Survivors Bias, And The Law of Large Numbers

A great line from the hit series “Narcos” illustrates the law of large numbers idea more poetically. “The bad guys have to keep getting lucky. We only have to get lucky once.” No one outruns the law of large numbers forever.

Nov 28, 2023
Expected Value— An Old Way To Make New Decisions

Expected Value: An Old Way To Make New Decisions

“Take the probability of loss times the amount of possible loss from the probability of gain times the amount of possible gain. That is what we’re trying to do.” This is expected value.

Nov 19, 2023
From 2-D for 4-D— Beyond the surface area of luck

From 2-D for 4-D: Beyond the surface area of luck

The original concept of the “surface area of luck” is useful, but there is more to it. Read on to change your life with great serenity and better outcomes.

Nov 14, 2023
The Dichotomy of Control— A Street Smart Survival Tactic

The Dichotomy of Control: A Street Smart Survival Tactic

The dichotomy of control. I couldn’t control poverty in my neighborhood, but I could control studying hard to maximize my scholarship chances. I couldn’t stop school bullying altogether, but I could control not letting it make me cruel or bitter.

Nov 03, 2023
Dream Job or Pipe Dream? How to know if you're just an amateur or a bonafide pro

Dream Job or Pipe Dream? How to know if you’re just an amateur or a bonafide pro

“Amateurs think talent and dumb luck are big factors in achieving good outcomes. Or they believe that bad outcomes are the result of bad luck.”

Oct 26, 2023
Most Self-Help Is BS. How to Become Unrecognizable in Just 1 Year

Most Self-Help Is BS. How to Become Unrecognizable in Just 1 Year

The journey requires sacrifice, but the rewards are great. Avoid shortcuts that promise easy transformation. Embrace the trials that deliver real change.

Sep 21, 2023
The difference between being productive and busy

The difference between being productive and busy

“While you will hit all phases if you seriously pursue a skill or goal, you’re likely wasting time if the harder you work, the less money or progress you make. Yes, there are limits to things, but you shouldn’t struggle to make logarithmic gains before making big or linear gains.”

Sep 06, 2023
Art vs Business

Art vs Business

“The best thing to do is create the highest quality product possible. Whatever you do, try to be the best at it and make sure you get better every day.”

Aug 30, 2023
5 steps to control your temper and stop being scared

5 steps to control your temper and stop being scared

“I get sad and angry, just like every other human. The difference is that I’ve learned how to control and transmute those emotions rather than being controlled and transformed by them.”

Aug 21, 2023
Why you want revenge—and why you shouldn’t get it

Why you want revenge—and why you shouldn’t get it

“When a person wrongs you, it’s more like they’re self-interested to the point of ignoring your well-being, even if that means specifically victimizing you to get something they want.”

Aug 16, 2023
How to focus better and improve concentration

How to focus better and improve concentration

“Put your mind on your breathing. Try to consciously breathe more slowly with increasing depth and control. Successful people use these methods to eliminate distractions, do more work in less time, overcome a lack of sleep, and increase productivity.”

Jul 26, 2023
Your outrage makes the media rich

Your outrage makes the media rich

“The media creates division because division creates engagement, and engagement drives dollars. Your lack of emotional control is paying for someone’s mansion, lambo, and vacation. Are you ok with that? I sure hope not.”

Jul 19, 2023
Are you tired of the sea of bullshit, scams, and hustles on the internet?

Are you tired of the sea of bullshit, scams, and hustles on the internet?

Be careful who you listen to on the internet. There are a lot of people who haven’t done anything to earn the right to give the advice they constantly spout. In fact, many of them are hypocrites, contradictions, and several cases, outright liars.

May 23, 2023
Everyone wants to live the good life

Everyone wants to live the good life

If you always focus on your system, you never have to face when things aren’t working because you aren’t trying for a goal. By telling yourself that you’re just tweaking the system, you can justify your failures and shortcomings. The system is in place to help you reach the goal. Not replace it.

May 03, 2023
The Fear-Preparation-Familiarity Feedback Loop— How to stop being afraid of anything

The Fear-Preparation-Familiarity Feedback Loop: How to stop being afraid of anything

“Your mind is more powerful than fear. Everything you fear is worse in your imagination than reality. We have a tendency to focus on what is lacking and what can go wrong. Humans are naturally more pessimistic than optimistic. “

Apr 25, 2023
The Priceless Path to True Happiness—The Surprising Limits of Money and Material Possessions

The Priceless Path to True Happiness—The Surprising Limits of Money and Material Possessions

​Money is important, but only insofar as it removes stress from your life. Once your health and safety are taken care of, more money won’t do much to improve your quality of life.

Apr 17, 2023
The Reality of Self-Care— It's a Process, Not a Quick Fix

The Reality of Self-Care: It’s a Process, Not a Quick Fix

“It’s difficult to care for others if you haven’t taken the time to properly care for yourself. You have to selfishly strengthen your position so that you can give freely of your time and resources to those less fortunate.”

Apr 10, 2023
Want to put your life on the fast track? Take on bigger responsibilities

Want to put your life on the fast track? Take on bigger responsibilities

“If you aren’t already on the path to make more of your life, leave a mark, and beef up your obituary, then the introduction of any obstacle or responsibility won’t make that any easier. To use another example:”

Apr 03, 2023
Why old friendships can be like scabs and scars

Why old friendships can be like scabs and scars

“Think of it like this. If an ex sends you a “Merry Christmas” or “Happy Birthday” text, they probably mean it, but it’s also a low-risk investment to keep alive the possibility of extracting energy from you.”

Mar 08, 2023
The hard way to escape the slow pull of reality's quicksand

The hard way to escape the slow pull of reality’s quicksand

Your actions set things in motion in *your* universe. You create your universe the same way you create your life.

Feb 23, 2023
5 lessons from getting punched in the face

5 lessons from getting punched in the face

Getting punched in the face isn’t that bad. In fact, it can be the source of some valuable lessons. Here are five things you can learn from the experience.

Living in the hood
Oct 07, 2022