Stuff I Like

"I have never let my schooling interfere with my education."  — Mark Twain
“I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.” — Mark Twain

Everything I’ve done in my life has been self-taught. From computers, coding, design, flash programming (that was a waste of time), animation, video editing, podcasting, marketing, writing, and most importantly, learning — has all been from me schooling myself. So, here’s some stuff that I’ve come across that have helped me and I hope you can find some use of it as well.


Currently reading:

Reading next:

  1. Get Big Fast and do more Good
  2. Seneca Letters from a Stoic
  3. How Children Succeed
  4. Emergency
  5. On Writing Well
  6. Losing My Virginity
  7. Meditations
  8. Start With Why
  9. Trust Me, I’m Lying
  10. 4 Hour Body (again)

All-time favorite books:

  • Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki
    This is where the damage took place, this is the first self-help book (or any book for that matter) that I read on my own. I listened to the whole audiobook on my way home from Dallas and by the time I pulled in the driveway I knew that I was going to take control of my life and leave the status quo.
  • Anything by Tim Ferriss (4-Hour Workweek, 4-Hour Body, 4-Hour Chef)
    Tim is the man. His first book, The 4-Hour Workweek changed my perception on being productive, creating a passive income, and see that there is more to life than work. The 4-Hour Body is about finding interesting and fun ways to hack your body to achieve maximum results with less effort. It’s the encyclopedia on living better. I also lost 50 lbs and still using ideas from it everyday. And then the last one, The 4-Hour Chef, I think that it’s his best book ever. Tim transforms you into an alpha learning machine. By analyzing life at every detail through rapid learning, he gives you a new perspective on being the best at everything you want to do (even if you’re not interested in it yet). I really enjoyed the audiobook, Tim narrated a good part of it and went off script. And the best part, it’s free (here’s how to get it.)
  • The UltraMind Solution by Mark Haymen
    I listen to this book at least once a year in audio form. There are many great health and body books I’ve read in my life, but this is made the biggest impact. Right after I read this for the first time, I also read Skinny Bitch, The Omnivores Dilemma, and Food Matters.
  • Rework by Jason Fried & David Heinemeier Hansson
    This book is required reading for anyone that I work with. It’s a no-bullshit approach to working lean and efficient. Not only is it my favorite business book, it’s a simple and easy read that has awesome illustrations (I like pictures!) The book is designed in a way that makes you feel like your completing a chapter every few pages.
  • The Greatest Salesman in the World by OG Mandino
    This is a powerful little book and its small enough to fit in your back pocket. As cheesy as the title may sound, it’s has nothing to with being a salesman, more so to be a better person. Although it’s only 110 pages, it should take you 10 months to read. The idea is to read one scroll every day for a month, 10 scrolls total. I didn’t even read the last few scrolls because it already taught me that good habits can be formed by doing something little everyday. That is why I like to have 30-day challenges when I want to do or learn something.
  • Born to Run by Christopher McDougall
    I started listening to this audiobook while I was running on the treadmill, by the time I finished it I was out on long (12 mile) fun runs. Christopher McDougall was a reporter for AP and editor for Men’s Health, he discovered this hidden tribe in the Copper Canyons that could outrun a gazelle. He strongly believes that humans are build for long distance running. I believe so too, think about this for minute, could you outrun a dog? Yes, because a dog has to stop and sweat through it’s tongue while a human can run and sweat at the same time, humans are the only species in the world that has sweat glands.
  • Pitch Anything by Oren Klaff
    This book isn’t about being a salesman, it’s a about being a great deal maker. You can use these principles at any level be it a business deal, job promotion, arguing with the wife (or kids), winning a bet with friends, etc. It’s about persuading anyone to buy-in on what you believe in.
  • The Easy Way To Stop Smoking by Allen Carr
    Quitting smoking is one of the hardest things I’ve done in my life. I’ve recommend this book to several smokers who have successfully quit smoking. The best part is that he tells you to keep smoking while you read it, it took me about 8 times reading it to finally do it. The synopsis is this: Smoking is bad for you, everyone knows that — but he paints the picture of how being a non-smoker isn’t so bad. If you’re a smoker and want to quit — give it a shot, what do you have to lose?
  • The E-Myth Revisited by Michael Gerber
    This should be required reading for any entrepreneur, the main thing I took away from this book is this: Work ON your business, not IN it.





  • Homepage (I made this)
    I created a simple homepage for me to list the most important thing that I need to do today, and by design, you can only list three simple things. By setting it as my homepage, I see it every time I get on the internet or open a new tap to help eliminate distractions. Feel free to use it as well, I also have another one that I designed here.
  • Spreed!
    For speed reading, paste a block of text in here to read it 3x faster, amazing.
  • Paper Rater
    An online proofreader, I use to to quickly proof many things I write. I also have the computer read it out loud to hear what it sounds like after.
  • Google distance calculator
    Whenever I go on a run, I like to change courses and being that I don’t bring any electronics with me, it’s fun to go back and trace your route to see how far I ran.
  • iTunes U
    A lot of people don’t know about this, but iTunes has a section called iTunes U which is recorded lectures from major universities including Harvard, Stanford, and MIT. Lectures are worth gold.
  • Evernote
    I hate paper and clutter, whenever I want to keep something — I just take a picture and throw it in Evernote. Whenever I need to see it again, I find it — I’ve reduced so much stress and clutter with this application over the last 5 years, and it’s only $5/mo. Worth every penny.
    This is my go-to website when I want to learn something new, be it Photoshop, photography, video animation, marketing, coding or iPhone apps — it takes you step-by-step via video tutorial to show you exactly how the pros do it. Here’s a promo to get it free for 7 days.
  • Pandora
    I use to have over 10,000 songs on my computer and not only did it take up a ton of space, it was a pain to find something good and discover something I’ve never heard of — until I met Pandora and put all the songs on a hard drive I call “The Morgue” where I put stuff to die. Pandora is great. Lately I’ve been listening a lot to Lindsey Stirling (video).


Tangible things

  • The Manifesteaux Poster
    I’m not tying to exploit my own stuff, it’s just that I have this in my office and read bits of it all day long. I originally made it for my kids, but I’m the one using it the most.
  • Ear Plugs
    I use these just about every day, it’s hard to focus in a hectic house. I use these to get a quick 20 min power nap, meditation, or to focus on work.
  • Vibram FiveFingers
    These are the perfect running, climbing, anything shoe — note, they hold some oder so keep them in a bag or outside.
  • Door Frame Pull-up bar
    Sitting/standing in one place for while hacking away at a keyboard is a good way to die early, I put a pull-up bar in the hall so that every time I walk past it I do few pull-ups. It’s one way to help stay active when working on a computer.

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