The Andreian Philosophy https://andreian.com Ancient Honor for Modern Conquerors Thu, 26 Mar 2020 00:09:12 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.4.1 https://andreian.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/cropped-ios-icon-114-32x32.png The Andreian Philosophy https://andreian.com 32 32 129367435 How to get MIT Classes for free https://andreian.com/free-mit-classes/ Thu, 26 Mar 2020 00:09:12 +0000 https://andreian.com/?p=6116 Image result for mit
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College is getting more expensive every year while the quality tends to be decreasing.

One professor at Portland State University conducted a personal study to determine just how ludicrous higher education has become.

Peter Boghossian, assistant professor of philosophy at Portland State, submitted a collection of troll essays to Portland State to see if they would accept them.

The papers included a passage of Mein Kamp replacing mentions of “jew” with “men”, obese bodybuilding, the culture of rape at dog parks–which even alluded to men being required to wear leashes or have female companions late at night to prevent men from raping.

Surprisingly–or not–Portland state accepted and published some of the papers, even referencing some as groundbreaking.

But #notallcolleges.

The cost of College 

The quality of college education has decreased substantially. New “liberal arts” appear out of thin air like fairies materializing from Disney stories.

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College has increased dramatically in price, more than many other consumer sectors. The price increase has no reason to be that high.

Financial aid–guaranteed money given to uneducated children–lets colleges charge whatever price they want for tuition since more than 95% of college-aged children have never taken a personal finance class and do not have the faculty to make life-defining debt decisions.

Even with the price of college increasing and the quality decreasing like an elevator in freefall, colleges are still one of, if not the best place to learn.

Many people sell online courses but most of them are worthless. College is still a good idea and statistically those with a degree earn more. However, you must pick the right degree. Specifically, not something in a new-created discipline based in current moral pop culture.

You don’t need to pay full price for college. Many universities offer their classes for free without credit. Then, you can take CLEP tests to earn college credit for a few hundred dollars.

How to get MIT classes for free 

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The Massachusetts Institute of technology has an excellent selection of free courses on it’s Youtube channel and official website. These courses are called Open Courseware.

 

Most-Visited MIT Open Courses 

Description source is from the course description or highlights.

Introduction to Computer Science and Programming in Python

6.0001 Introduction to Computer Science and Programming in Python is intended for students with little or no programming experience. It aims to provide students with an understanding of the role computation can play in solving problems and to help students, regardless of their major, feel justifiably confident of their ability to write small programs that allow them to accomplish useful goals. The class uses the Python 3.5 programming language.

Linear Algebra

This is a basic subject on matrix theory and linear algebra. Emphasis is given to topics that will be useful in other disciplines, including systems of equations, vector spaces, determinants, eigenvalues, similarity, and positive definite matrices.

Introduction to Algorithms

This course provides an introduction to mathematical modeling of computational problems. It covers the common algorithms, algorithmic paradigms, and data structures used to solve these problems. The course emphasizes the relationship between algorithms and programming, and introduces basic performance measures and analysis techniques for these problems.

Single Variable Calculus

This calculus course covers differentiation and integration of functions of one variable, and concludes with a brief discussion of infinite series. Calculus is fundamental to many scientific disciplines including physics, engineering, and economics.

Linear Algebra

This course covers matrix theory and linear algebra, emphasizing topics useful in other disciplines such as physics, economics and social sciences, natural sciences, and engineering. It parallels the combination of theory and applications in Professor Strang’s textbook Introduction to Linear Algebra.

Multivariable Calculus

This course covers differential, integral and vector calculus for functions of more than one variable. These mathematical tools and methods are used extensively in the physical sciences, engineering, economics and computer graphics.

Artificial Intelligence

This course introduces students to the basic knowledge representation, problem solving, and learning methods of artificial intelligence. Upon completion of 6.034, students should be able to develop intelligent systems by assembling solutions to concrete computational problems; understand the role of knowledge representation, problem solving, and learning in intelligent-system engineering; and appreciate the role of problem solving, vision, and language in understanding human intelligence from a computational perspective.

Introduction to Computer Science and Programming

This subject is aimed at students with little or no programming experience. It aims to provide students with an understanding of the role computation can play in solving problems. It also aims to help students, regardless of their major, to feel justifiably confident of their ability to write small programs that allow them to accomplish useful goals. The class will use the Python programming language.

What to do with your new Knowledge

While you won’t earn credit taking these classes, you’ll receive an excellent education at no cost.

You can apply your learning to CLEP tests for college credit. Or, just saunter in your new education because everything you learn will benefit your life somehow. Knowledge can never be used against you.

The Andreia Philosophy promotes mastery in three areas: Mind, Body, and Spirit. We believe every man must strive to live an accomplished life, seeking mastery in the three pillars, to live a fulfilling life.

Learn everything you can.

Waste no time.

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Musashi’s Weapon Strategy https://andreian.com/musashis-weapon-strategy/ Tue, 24 Mar 2020 00:00:58 +0000 https://andreian.com/?p=6113 musashi-weapon-strategy
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From The Book of Five Rings:

There is a time and a place for use of weapons. The best use of the companion sword is in a confined space, or when you are engaged closely with an opponent. The long sword can be used effectively in all situations.

The Halberd is inferior to the spear on the battlefield. With the spear you can take the initiative; the halberd is defensive. In the hands of one of two men of equal ability, the spear gives a little extra strength. Spear and halberd both have their uses, but neither is very beneficial in confined spaces. They cannot be used for taking a prisoner. They are essentially weapons for the field.

Anyway, if you learn “indoor” techniques, you will think narrowly and forget the true Way. Thus you will have difficulty in actual encounters.

The bow is tactically strong at the commencement of battle, especially battles on a moor, as it is possible to shoot quickly from among the spearmen. However, it is unsatisfactory in sieges, or when the enemy is more than forty yards away. For this reason there are nowadays few traditional schools of archery. There is little use nowadays for this kind of skill.

From inside fortifications, the gun has no equal among weapons. It is the supreme weapon on the field before the ranks clash, but once swords are crossed the gun becomes useless.

One of the virtues of the bow is that you can see the arrows in flight and correct your aim accordingly, whereas gunshot cannot be seen. You must appreciate the importance of this.

Just as a horse must have endurance and no defects, so it is with weapons. Horses should walk strongly, and swords and companion swords should cut strongly. Spears and Halberds must stand up to heavy use: bows and guns must be sturdy. Weapons should be hardy rather than decorative.

You should not have a favorite weapon. To become over-familiar with one weapon is as much a fault for not knowing it sufficiently well. You should not copy others, but use weapons which you can handle properly. It is bad for commanders and troopers to have likes and dislikes. These are things you must learn thoroughly.


 

Use the right solution for victory 

The right solution is not what you’re most comfortable with.

Your comfortable solution may fail you every day. You may be trapped on a plateau created by your inability to search for solutions outside of your grasp.

The proper solution for victory is what works.

There are no asterisks in history.

When things go wrong, most people double-down on their original choice instead of turning to the alternative or the unknown to find a better solution.

However, you continue returning to it because it is the only solution you know; you return to it like a lion who dies of thirst returning to a dry well year after year.

People are entirely terrified of the unknown, preferring the painful comfort of what is known; living in the miserable town you were born in until you die.

Before you go exploring the darkness, figure out what you are looking for. Set a target even if it’s vague. Don’t plot the exact points of how you will get there. Instead, test solutions but never marry them.

If your goal is happiness after a period of unhappiness, you must be willing to become an explorer and look for solutions in the darkness. Even if those solutions require you to sever ties with what you are most familiar with.

Do not define your solutions or assume they will come from what you know. Do not seek solutions from what you know. Be open to any path to victory.

Narrow mastery is death 

A master archer will be defeated by a intermediate gunner in most circumstances.

A novice gunner who believes his solution is superior to all others will be defeated by the archer who is open to all possibilities.

A master swordsman caught in a narrow hallway, opposing an archer, will think through his sword and rush his opponent, only to be filled with arrows matching the steps he took. If he is narrow in his thinking.

You cannot see solutions through one path. Nor can you expect the present to remain the same in the future.

Uber and Lyft are insane ideas. You call a stranger for a ride, hitchhiking to your destination.

Taxi’s never thought their human-delivery mastery could be uprooted by a new idea.

Refusing to see the world outside of your lens of mastery creates an open wound visible by all who want to destroy you. And they will. The better idea prevails.

By possessing narrow mastery, you become a target for all who found a weakness in your mastery.

Live in the moment. Plan for the future.

Mastery never ends 

The archer must continue to innovate, even if his innovation requires walking down a different path, putting down the bow and picking up the rifle.

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In a way, the rifle is the next step in the evolution of the archer, who is not a master of the bow but a master of accuracy.

One archer may think of himself as master of the bow. He will fall to the master archer, an amateur gunner who sees himself as a master marksman willing to eliminate his target with whatever tool will give him an advantage.

The true master holds mastery at the root.

Instead of mastering accounting, the true master chases perfection in finance. He is never irrelevant because he is a student of a larger, ever-growing mastery that can never be tamed.

Do not seek to master one skill. Instead, seek to master many skills while maintaining a beginner’s mind on a road with many paths.

A martial artist does not master karate and quit learning. He becomes a mixed martial artist; a student for life.

Mastery never ends. But it always changes.

Function over style 

Style isn’t made to be efficient, it’s made to stand out.

Before something can be stylish, it must be functional.

Style first comes at the cost of function.

While a Ferrari may be a stylish car, it’s functions are limited.

A Ferarri cannot drive through the snow, maneuver over speed bumps, or tow another vehicle. A beat-up truck can do all of those tasks.

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Style for style’s sake always reduces function. However, function has a style of its own that often looks better than style for the sake of style.

A classic suit looks better than the trendy style of the present decade. This applies to all decades.

A stylish product that doesn’t function is useless. A functional product is a useful solution.

Style should not be sought out. Style is a product of function if done properly.

The flashy fighter may excite a crowd but will leave them hollow after being defeated by a functional fighter.

The stylish new product appears fantastic until people use it and see there is no function or it does not function as well as a less styled product.

Style is emphasized when function does not exist at equal quality. Put function before style.

Style may come after, but function must always come first.

Function defeats style in all things.

Read next: Musashi’s 21 principles for life

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35 Mixes to Listen to While You Work https://andreian.com/mixes-for-work/ Thu, 06 Feb 2020 18:15:04 +0000 https://andreian.com/?p=5927 man sitting on chair and looking laptop computer

The verdict of whether or not listening to music increases your ability to study isn’t concrete.

Music releases dopamine. That much is clear. While music is pleasurable, it doesn’t correlate to making your more productive or more focused.

If music improves your mood, you will be more willing to focus–but it may not be on your work.

Relaxing Doesn’t Work

Being relaxed isn’t the optimal state for work. You want to be calm, but ready; potential energy ready to go, like a bow waiting to launch an arrow. Similar to what Musashi preaches in his 21 principals for life.

The problem with listening to music while working is the words.

It’s difficult to listen to your own thoughts while taking in the words of someone else.

Never cross streams.

While listening to Hip Hop while studying might be fun, you’re not going to get much done.

Work time isn’t for entertainment. Leave that for afterward as a dopamine reward for finishing studying. Or listen to music at the gym and let the sounds take over your mood, pushing you to work more.

That isn’t to say you need to study or work in complete, graveyard silence.

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Instead, listen to audio without frequent changes. Mixes, loops, or tracks without sound.

If you’re listening to songs, you will pay attention to the song more than your work. Music is ENGINEERED to be interesting. That’s the point. Musicians are entertainers.

If a song comes on you don’t like, you’ll break your concentration to change it. Whenever a song changes, your brain will observe the change in noise, distracting you again.

You can’t think louder than the song. Their words will be louder than your focused thoughts. Music prevents entering Deep work.

What is music for? 

Music is for entertainment. Emotional stimulus.

Good in the gym because we aren’t pushing our minds, we’re pushing bodies. Music is not for studying. But you can listen to something else.

My favorite sounds to listen to while working are long loops. Your brain will get into a flow listening to a repeated pattern over a long period of time.

In a way, hypnotizing.

Classical music works. Although The Beethoven Effect doesn’t explicitly show an increase in focus, you won’t be distracted with words.

My Favorite Sounds

Many of my favorite sounds are background music from videogames of my childhood. Stable sounds that cradle the background, locking your work in the foreground.

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The sounds I like, either don’t have any words, or repeat the same word in a hushed tone to prevent distraction. I want sounds in the background. Never center stage.

Below are some of my favorite sounds to work to. Feel free to bookmark this page to come back later, or follow my study playlist on YouTube.

35 Mixes to Listen to While Working

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1. Zora’s Domain – Zelda Ocarina of time

2. Gerudo Valley – Zelda Ocarina of Time

3. Astral Observatory – Majora’s Mask

This is one of my favorite mixes. Peaceful. Hopeful. Safe.

4. Clock Town Day 1 – Majora’s Mask

5. Windfall Island – The Wind Waker

6. Hyrule Field – Zelda Ocarina of Time

 

7. Lon Lon Ranch – Zelda ocarina of Time

8. Chasing the Black Caped Man – Final Fantasy 7

9. Jolly Roger Bay – Super Mario 64

Underwater sound. Good for tropical places.

10. Inside Peach’s Castle – Mario 64

11. Kokiri Forest – Zelda Ocarina of Time

12. Costa Del Sol – Final Fantasy 7

High energy, island-sounding music from Final Fantasy 7.

13. Bombchu Bowling – Zelda Ocarina of Time

14. Trappin in Paradise 50

Even though this mix has words, they’re muffled and stay in the background. One of my favorite mixes for aggressive, high-energy concentration.

15. Animal Crossing – Relaxing Nighttime Music

16. Animal Crossing – Relaxing Rainy Day Music

17. Animal Crossing 8-dimensional Music 

8D music–when wearing headphones–moves the sound in a circular motion. I don’t know how to explain it. Try it.

18. Gaming High – Lofi Mix

19. Regularly Scheduled Programming 

It’s like channel surfing in 1985.

20. Mass Effect – Citadel

Mass Effect is a Science Fiction game with excellent ambient noise that takes you to a future world. Some of these videos are animated, which looks great on TV for background noise.

21. Mass Effect – Noveria

22. Mass Effect – Huerta Memorial Hospital

23. Mass Effect – Dr. Bryson’s Lab

24. PrismCorp Virtual Enterprises

25. Tokyo Dreaming

26. Cowboy Bebop Lofi Mix

A remix from the anime.

27. Luxury Apartments

28. Persona 5 – Beneath the Mask

My current go-to. Muffled words, consistent beat, good animation.

29. Staying in.

30. Long Nights – Retrowave Mix

31. Late Night Vibes

32. Gaming High – Lofi Mix

33. Nintendo & Chill

34. We’ve never met but can we have a coffee or something

35. Raining In Paris

What’s Next

I made a full playlist of study tracks I use daily. All of these videos are on YouTube.

You may need some sounds to take with you. 

There is a way to do it, although it may not be the most legal; this is not an endorsement of this method–this is an explanation. Whatever you do is on you.

There are sites that convert YouTube videos into mp3 or mp4 files. After that, you can listen to sound files, or add them to a streaming service like Spotify or Apple Music.

If I were to Google it, I’d Search: YouTube to Mp3.

Try listening to some of these sounds while you work. If they help you work longer, keep it up. If not, ignore this completely.

Stay on the path and continue finding new strategies to walk faster and farther.

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Get a Rocketbook bundle from Amazon for almost 40% off today https://andreian.com/rocketbook-deal-amazon-02-2020/ Wed, 05 Feb 2020 21:23:46 +0000 https://andreian.com/?p=5919 rocketbook-amazon-deal
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Rocketbook is a smart notebook that could be the last notebook you ever own.

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Rocketbook provides different page layouts, but the most common–and the best format–is the dot grid; available in this deal.

Rocketbook is a notebook for everyone. I’ve use Rocketbook, particularly for taking notes and mapping stock trades. This bundle is a great deal because it comes with two Rocketbooks of different sizes; one notepad that can fit in your back pocket, and one full-sized notebook for more intensive writing.

The bundle comes with everything you need to start using the Rocketbook system. Two notebooks, two pens, and two cleaning cloths.

The best part of rocket book

Rocketbook is a smart-notebook. Not only will you never waste paper again, but all of your notes will also live in the cloud.

If you care about the environment, think about the amount of paper you use in one year. This replaces all of that paper.

Each Notebook page has a QR code in the bottom that, when you scan it, will transfer directly into your note-taking application like Evernote, Dropbox, Google Drive, or even slack. There are more integrations and smart features available as well.

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I transfer all of my notes to Evernote–my second brain.

for almost 40% off, this is a great deal for an item that will make your life more productive and focused.

This deal ends at the end of the day. Get it soon if you want it.

P.S: we get a small commission at no cost to you if you decide to purchase a Rocketbook. It’s a way to support us while also supporting the greatest version of yourself.

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Ted Bundy’s Last Words will Make you Never Watch Porn Again https://andreian.com/ted-bundy-last-words-porn-addict/ https://andreian.com/ted-bundy-last-words-porn-addict/#respond Mon, 03 Feb 2020 15:08:10 +0000 https://andreian.com/?p=5898 ted-bundy-last-words-porn-addict
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Ted Bundy is a notorious serial killer and porn addict who preyed on young women–college-aged–using his moderate looks, while, pretending to be injured, or needing help.

He was an active killer between 1974 and 1978.

During that time, he confessed to kidnapping, raping, killing, and returning to defile the corpses of thirty women; most of whom were young, college-aged girls.

His usual methods included pretending to be injured. He would wear an arm sling, or walk on crutches and appear to be a soft, feeble man. Picture a male-feminist who injured his arm opening a jar.

When he asked a young girl for help, he would wait for her to turn her back then strike her in the back of the head with a blunt object, usually a crowbar.

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Most of Bundy’s victims died from the initial strike. He removed the passenger seat from his 1968 Volkswagen bug to transport the bodies of his victims without getting caught.

Brave, since getting pulled over would essentially let an officer see his prey, inside. This is how he was eventually caught; running a routine stop.

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He killed in other ways as well. In one instance, he broke into a sorority house in Florida through a window, raping and killing two girls. He used a log to kill them.

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Ted Bundy didn’t Hate Women

Ted Bundy was a sick, twisted, weak man who was obsessed with women. In his mind, he thought he was a good guy.

He rationalized his addiction to women, never facing what he did and continually denying what he did until the last years of his life.

Some believe Bundy hated women. That belief is incorrect. He idolized women, making them his life’s purpose.

Executed by an electric chair, Ted Bundy was a terrible human who didn’t deserve to live.

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As sick as he was, Hollywood still made a movie about his life. They cast Zach Efron to play Bundy, portraying him as a wrongly-accused, handsome male feminist throughout the entire movie, showing–spoiler alert–one killing at the end of the film.

Sort of.

The film romanticized him in a gross and strange approach that, doesn’t make a lot of sense to someone outside of Hollywood.

His life isn’t useless to others. You can learn from everyone; even fucked up people like Ted Bundy.

You can learn how to prevent anyone from doing what he did. You can make sure you never fall to the depths of his dark addiction to women.

Listening to Ted Bundy may be the best method to learn why he did what he did.

Ted Bundy’s last words

Transcript

“My experience with pornography generally and with pornography that deals on a violent level with sexuality, is that once you become addicted to it–and I look at this as a kind of addiction–and like an addiction you keep craving something harder and harder. Something which gives you a greater sense of excitement. Until you reach the point where the pornography only goes so far. You reach that jumping off point where you begin to wonder if maybe actually doing it, will give you that which is beyond just reading about it or looking at it.

I’m no social scientist and I haven’t done a survey. I don’t pretend to know what John Q Citizen thinks about this, but I’ve lived in prison for a long time and I’ve met a lot of men who are motivated to commit violence just like me. And without exception, every one of them was deeply involved in pornography. Without question. without exception. Deeply influenced & consumed by addiction to pornography. There’s no question about it. The FBI’s own study on serial homicide shows that the most common interest among serial killers is pornography.

Those of us who have been so much influenced by violence in the media and in particular pornographic violence are not some kind of inherent monsters. We are your sons and we are your husbands. And we grew up in regular families. And pornography can reach out and snatch a kid out of any house today. It snatched me out of my home 20… 30 years ago.

And as diligent as my parents were–and they were, diligent protecting their children– and as good a christian home as we had–we had a wonderful christian home there is no protection against the kinds of influences that are loose in society that tolerates it.”

Ted Bundy was a porn addict.

He began viewing porn like anyone else. After some time, ‘regular porn’ didn’t work for Bundy anymore. He needed something more. In the video, Bundy says without a doubt it’s porn that causes behavior like his.

Straight, porn-addicted men have shared they watch gay, transexual, hardcore, or violent porn just to get off. Even though they’re repulsed by the material. No different than Bundy.

Bundy began watching hardcore pornography because normal porn no longer got him off.

Porn is a drug

Porn isn’t a drug like cocaine or heroin, but it affects dopamine just the same.

Like a crack addict, porn addicts need to seek stronger highs, chasing their first orgasm like a crack head chasing his first high, hustling on street corners.

Once Bundy’s brain adapted to hardcore, violent pornography, there was no other high he could find through porn.

He took matters into his own hands; raping, killing and defiling female corpses.

Ted Bundy’s porn addiction led him to commit crimes and was the reason his brain melted in the electric chair.

He was a disgusting coward who deserved the longest, most painful execution possible.

Watching porn has consequences.

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13 Tips for Having a 13-hour Work Session https://andreian.com/tips-for-long-work-sessions/ https://andreian.com/tips-for-long-work-sessions/#respond Thu, 23 Jan 2020 19:59:50 +0000 https://andreian.com/?p=5716 13-hour-work-session

The best way to get work done is with long, uninterrupted sessions. Cal Newport wrote a book about long sessions. I call it grinding. He calls it Deep work.

There’s a problem with technology. It’s so damn distracting. Twenty years ago there were fewer economic opportunities available but there was also less distraction.

Computing gives us access to great tools to produce beautiful art we couldn’t dream of making ten years ago. But with the creative potential–the Ying–comes the Yang.

Entertainment.

It’s too good now.

Your phone can play games consoles played in the 2000s. You can download new games on your phone while you watching The Irishman on Netflix. or The Witcher. They’re both good and their both long.

Video games look almost as good as real life. Soon, game worlds will be even better than the real world. At that point we’ll all be living in The Matrix, or Wall-E.

It’s hard to get anything done with access to unlimited entertainment. You’re always behind on shows, movies, and podcasts.

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Even while studying, most of us can’t go an hour without checking our phones. You may rationalize that you have to check your phone, but most of us don’t need to look at it more than once or twice an hour.

The worst part of living distracted is your lost potential. Most of your brilliance occurs in long working sessions. Dedicated, deep grind-sessions where you dance with mastery. At an arms-length distance. Like a middle-school ball.

But you get to feel her.

I’m more productive in long working sessions than I am in a distracted setting with multiple interruptions. I got the idea from the late author of Jurassic Park, Michael Crichton, who would finish books in around two months using dedicated, daily grind sessions.

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He would write, every day, for as long as he could. Usually around sixteen hours a day. Before writing, he was a medical student at Harvard. Achievement is a way of life.

My first attempt at a twelve-hour day with zero distractions sucked. I wanted my phone more than I wanted a Nintendo 64 at Christmas of 1996.

After about a month of grinding twelve hours a day every Saturday, I found a flow. I got more done in one month of my life than in the past three. I felt like I entered a hyperbolic time chamber made for training. Let me know if you get the reference.

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Now, Deep Work is my favorite way to work. It’s a competition against everyone reading this and everyone who isn’t. I want to do more than you.

I call my sessions Island days. Because I want my friends, family, and girlfriend to imagine me on an island far, far away. Without them. Without cell signal.

Below are  tested-tips for having a successful 13-hour work session.

13 Tips for Having a 13-hour Work Session


 

1. Turn Notifications Off

The first step to a long work session is notification defense. You need a moat protecting you from every buzz, brrp, and beep in your workspace. That means turning off your phone and putting it in a different room.

You need to remove all notifications from devices in front of you and devices that could demand getting out of your chair.

If you need to be in contact with others, use a service to send text messages through a browser tab. Android phones do this with Google Messages.

2. Have Tangible Objectives from Different Paths

If you aren’t familiar with paths yet, the About Page will help. My island days nurture each of my paths: Body, Spirit, and Mind.

I’ll have writing goals, like writing 5,000 words in a day. I’ll have Mind goals, like making a profitable day trade or forecasting for my next options contract. And I’ll nurture my body with shadowboxing, reflex training with a tennis ball, or straight up calisthenics.

Have pivots. If you hit a wall in one path you can pivot down another. Then come back once you’re ready.

In my sessions, I’ve found changing what I’m doing makes me overcome problems easier. I find inspiration from each path I walk to continue forward.

3. Eat

Eat before, after, or during your session. Experiment and find out what works for you. My mind clouds when I eat so I like to start on an empty stomach and eat around 3 pm.

I keep my carbs low. If you aren’t doing something physical, you don’t need a lot of carbs. My meal-break is high protein and high fat. Steak, bacon and eggs are a staple.

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Stay away from sugar when you break. Don’t let a meal period turn into a movie day. Use your island day to eat for performance.

I have protein bars in my desk for snacks. And other bars. I’ll throw the wrapper on the ground next to me like an animal. I don’t want to stop until I’m finished.

4. Take 10-minute activity breaks

Take 10-minute breaks for physical activity. If you’re already on the path to mastering a body discipline, think about how you can incorporate training into your grind sessions.

I love fighting and martial arts even though I’ll never make a career out of it. I take breaks and use a reflex ball, swing a kettlebell, or shadowbox. Sometimes I’ll work out with TRX bands.

You can take activity breaks on a schedule or when you need it. Don’t take a break when you’re flowing. Wait until you get stuck. You’ll bring a fresh perspective back to the workshop.

5. Proper Micronutrients

Eating will give you the caloric energy to work. You also need a glowing–like your pee–nutrient profile to demand a high caliber of work. Most people can’t do long working sessions. They aren’t healthy.

Vitamin D3 is a cheap supplement that everyone should use. It’s sunshine in a pill. Vitamin D3 isn’t even a vitamin. It’s a misclassified hormone.

Pill, Yellow, Isolated, Herbal Medicine, Isolated White

A multivitamin is a good health base. So is a green-supplement like Athletic Greens. I don’t like vegetables so it’s a must for me.

ZMA is Zinc Magnesium Aspartate. Shown to increase testosterone and improve sleep, ZMA will give you more energy and make you more rested. take this every night.

The last recommendation is DIM. DIM metabolizes estrogen so you can eat more beef jerky.

6. Light therapy

I like to work late at night. Unfortunately, there isn’t any sunlight exposure.

I bought a Light Therapy lamp to combat the darkness.

A light Therapy Lamp isn’t just a lamp. The light it produces mimics sunlight. I’m writing this now next to the lamp. My skin is warm and so is my face. I get the benefit of being alone and I feel like I’m outside.

It’s 2 am.

The right technology helps you do better work.

7. The right music

Don’t listen to songs with words while you’re working. People forget music is entertainment. It’s distracting.

I don’t want to focus on the music, I want to focus on the work. If you change songs even once; you’re focusing on the music.

Instead of music, listen to mixes, loops, or songs without words. Classical music is good too.

After years of experimenting, I found I work best listening to ambient video game soundtracks. Below are a few mixes and sounds I recommend.

Zora’s Domain from The Legend of Zelda

Cowboy Bebop Lofi

Mass Effect Ambient Space Deck

Animal Crossing 8D 

8. Create a working environment you actually ENJOY

Your workspace needs to be an inspirational place you enjoy being in.

A boring desk with no personality is a detention hall. Might as well carve a dick into the surface.

Add some personality to your space. Add your achievements and your history. I hang a Samurai Sword over my desk with a copy of A Book of Five Rings within reach.

Get a comfortable chair for your workspace. Working on an uncomfortable chair is like sleeping on a four dollar mattress.

man writing on white paper

Gaming chairs may look dorky, but they’re like sitting on a cushion made by the Sandman. Or Jordan Belfort. You need a comfortable chair for long working sessions at a desk.

Having two monitors is a big advantage. I spend most days trading or writing. With two screens I can research and execute trades simultaneously.

I have a few bobbles on my desk. A statue of a Neko Cat, A bamboo plant, an hourglass, and an Astrolabe.

9. Meditate before

Find the voices in your mind, hear what they need, then handle it. Going into a grind session with other concerns is like going into a movie while playing trivia games on your phone. You won’t get it.

man looking on mountain sitting on rock

So clear your mind before you start. Do your chores first. Or roll them into your working session as a break for later.

Put your affairs in order before you go to the island.

10. Be alone

You need to be alone on the island. Sometimes that isn’t possible which is why Noise Cancelling Headphones exist. These block out everything. I’ll sometimes get to a coffee shop at 5 am and leave at 5 pm. The noise-canceling headphones turn a public place into my personal oasis in the desert.

person looking out through window

You want to be alone so other people aren’t getting in your mind. That’s why we turn notifications off too. We don’t want to think about anyone we want to think about the work.

One call from your mother will ruin all of your momenta. Never answer the phone during sex, never answer the phone while on the island.

11. Plants

Plants make you happier, make you feel like you’re outside, and they clean your air. You don’t need to get some fresh air outside if your home contains plants. Plants make your air fresh naturally.

area covered with green leafed plants

I have a bamboo plant on my desk that I got from a Korean market. My house is filled with plants. The air in my home is better than the California air outside. I made an environment better than anything out there.

I like my workshop.

If smoking plants helps you grind, do it.

12. A visual reminder why you’re doing it

Why are you doing what you are doing? A visual reminder of a goal, a mission, or a philosophy can be a nice reminder to keep going.

A lot of my inspiration comes from the Samurai Miyamoto Musashi. I have his book on my desk. I’ll read a few pages if I need to. The other book on my desk is The War of Art. Then I have the sword above my head. These items serve me as reminders to stay on the path. To keep going.

shallow focus photo of black SLR camera on white wooden shelf

Musashi believed in The Way of The Sword. It’s not outdated wisdom because he held a sword instead of a mouse. It’s brilliant. The sword was his path. Everything he was and did came from the sword.

You can have a path and gain identity from it too. Don’t forget who you are while working.

13. Have Fun or Seek Meaning

Everyone says have fun. I don’t think that’s always good advice.

You shouldn’t do things you don’t want to do. But you need to do things you need to do and those things are often not what you want to do.

It isn’t usually fun doing what needs getting done. It’s meaningful.

Meaning is more important than fun. But that’s been forgotten for a long time.

time lapse photography of man jumping

Look for meaning first. Meaning is a deeper experience than fun. Fun doesn’t last long because it doesn’t take long to get. Finding meaning in a skill is one of the hardest things a man can do.

Most men don’t find meaning because having fun is seductive like a prostitute who robs her clients after service. You’re left with nothing afterward.

Sometimes you have to do things you emotionally don’t want to. These moments need your mind to disconnect. Don’t have any thought about it other than doing it. You don’t have to be there to experience it.

Try working from 9 am to 9 pm next Saturday. Use the tips listed to make the experience as fruitful as possible.

Delegating your work to one day gives you freedom for other days.

Try one of these bad boys:

 

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Filler words to Remove from Your Life https://andreian.com/filler-words/ https://andreian.com/filler-words/#respond Tue, 21 Jan 2020 19:08:32 +0000 https://andreian.com/?p=5718 12-filler-words-to-remove-from-your-life

Filler words fill moments of silence in conversation.

Anxious, depressed, nervous people have minds full of thoughts, worries, and concerns. They can’t string together a sentence without thinking about the sentence. Everything is planned and nothing is natural.

If you use filler words, it means you’re moving too fast. You’re anxious. You don’t pay attention to your breathing.

Filler words can also mean you’re in a depressed, slow state, and you don’t have enough confidence to put a punch behind your words.

No Interruptions 

People use filler words so that they don’t get interrupted. They want to convince people what they’re saying is true. They use filler words, thinking these words add more flavor to their sentences. More punch. Filler words do the opposite, like adding a home depot bucket-sized amount of salt to a recipe when a pinch will do.

Fear, Public, Speaking, Stage, Fright, Anxiety, Anxious

People who use filler words are easily upset with silence. They don’t want to upset anyone or make them uncomfortable. They are people-pleasers who need to be accepted by others to accept themselves.

Once you accept yourself you no longer need acceptance from others. You become a better listener. You use silence in your speech to emphasize your points.

Instead of talking you begin holding court. People listen to you and wait for what you have to say. Each word you speak, delivered with the accuracy of an Orator.

person standing on stage

Cutting filler words out of your vocabulary won’t make you confident alone. But it will help.

Musashi–the greatest swordsman who ever lived–said the way is the same in all things. Those weren’t his exact words, but he said something similar.

He means the way you do one thing is the way you do all things. And all things are the same.

You must be disciplined to reach greatness. Have no mind; hold a dedicated purity to your mission.

Don’t hold fear; follow it.

You can’t have fear. You follow it. With an empty mind, you become a perceptive owl; watching, but not drowning, in thought. Your fears tell you who you are meant to be.

You only feel fear when it matters. No one is afraid of things that do not matter.

Cutting these filler words out of your vocabulary won’t change your life on its own. However, you will get more opportunities presented to you with your newfound, confident demeanor.

Cut these filler words to optimize your speech.

12 filler words to remove from your life


 

Um

Um is a pioneer of filler words. Should have died from dysentery, but instead, Um made it all the way to the end of The Oregon Trail.

Used to hold a place in silence, Um is the classic panic-word for the anxious. Instead of letting in space, Um fills space. You need space to have a balance. We need balance in all things–even our dialogue.

People who use Um talk fast. They’re afraid of being interrupted. Understand if what you say is important you don’t need to talk fast. You need to talk slow so your audience understands your message.

group of people inside white room

The audience doesn’t care what you have to say if they interrupt your silent pauses.

Good.

Observe this and understand they don’t respect you. keep your message to yourself. Make new friends. If you did have something important to say, keep it to yourself. The others will learn a lesson; disregarding what you have to say creates consequences.

Today I want to give a speech about, um, workplace safety–workplace safety is, um, the most important thing to the company because, um, without safety, um, we wouldn’t be safe and–um, we would get hurt. Ummm–one second looking for my–um, notes.”

Uh

Second to Um, Uh is another filler word used to close a silent chasm. Like Um, Uh falls from the mouth of the anxious man who holds himself in little regard.

Understand that meaningful change doesn’t happen quickly. Evolution takes place over hundreds of thousands of years. your transformations won’t happen overnight, but they will happen. Faster if you stay married to your path.

Our sales numbers… Uh, are down and uh–shit. Let me start over. Uhhhh–where was I? Oh yeah…

Like

Like is a champion of filler words. Used by the valley-person, people who say Like too much think about what they say while they’re saying it. The pattern creates space to think of what to say next while saying like. The word also created ambiguity.

Speaking ambiguous is a cowardly way to prevent offending someone. Saying Like is a Scapegoat in case what you say bothers the ear of who hears it.

Like is a weak attempt at control. It’s an expectation that others will speak over you unless you maintain a constant sound stream.

Great individuals hear the word like–like short fingernails scratching an acrylic sheet. Confidence men listen for Likes to find their targets.

person wearing black formal suit

Great individuals are good listeners. They take instead of give because they are sure of themselves. They don’t need to say anything because they have nothing to prove to anyone except themselves.

People who talk too much or too fast need to be liked by others. They reveal personal information, attempting to connect with others. it shows weakness.

Like, should only be used when describing something.

“I was like, at the store, and like, I wanted shoes. Like red ones. But like, they didn’t have my size and I couldn’t, like, find anyone to help me so I like left.”

You know?

You know can have multiple extensions and tones. All start with You Know. The most recognizable is, “You know what I’m saying?”

People use You Know when they don’t believe their own words, aren’t confident in their delivery, or expect their audience doesn’t believe what they are saying either.

two men talking to each other

The audience may not believe the speaker because their message is nonsense, but more likely, they don’t believe the speaker because he doesn’t deliver with confidence.

A stupid idea delivered with confidence will go farther than a good idea with a pathetic delivery. People still buy the book, The Secret, for this same reason. A stupid idea with good marketing and delivery.

Hearing You Know what I’m saying is an indication of nonsense. Either the speaker doesn’t believe in themselves, or doesn’t believe their message. Watch for this.

“It’s a good deal, you know?”

“You should really help me with my homework, you know?”

“This is how you get abs bro, trust me. You know?”

You know? Means, I don’t believe in what I’m saying. Please agree with me so I can deliver my message a bit easier.

Pay attention to You knows. You are not put on this Earth to agree with others. You are here to make an impact by following your chosen path.

Fuck

Fuck is the grownup version of Um, like, and other filler words. Fuck is a special word. it can be used to explain almost anything. Fuck can be a description for any scenario. Fuck yes, Fuck no, Fuck…

This filler word not only reduces your vocabulary, but it also makes you appear less intelligent. Even though words are just noises you make with your mouth, some words are decidedly bad.

man showing his tattoos on hand

Fuck is the worst of the bad words because it is a crutch for the weak to use to limp through difficult conversations with peers.

“Fuck that.”

“What the fuck! I fucking knew it, you lying, cheating–fuck!”

“I don’t know, it was okay–I went to the fucking store, then, fuck. I fucking forgot what the fuck I was talking about.”

Right?

Right is a filler word similar to you know. It’s used for agreeance by people who need acceptance from others.

Whenever you say Right? You’re asking permission to continue speaking. It’s a way of asking whether or not your listener agrees with you while asking for their permission to continue speaking. Right? is an approval-seeking word, no different than, You know?

two men sitting on bench talking near village during day

“John is a cool friend, but he can be such a dick sometimes, right? Like, we were hanging out the other day and I swear he didn’t want to buy his round of drinks. Right? And so…”

“Can you cover my shift? I can cover for you sometime. I’ve always offered to do that, right? You remember right?”

Yeah

yeah is a multi-use filler word. It can manifest as approval-seeking in the same category as Right? and, You Know?

“I went to the store. yeah? Then, I went to the car wash. Right? After that, I had to eat some fast food. There was nothing else around. You know?”

Yeah can be used for filling other people’s silence. Audience members can seek the approval of speakers by filling their silence with words instead of listening and waiting to respond. You hear this amateur mistake on inexperienced podcasts.

Not on the best podcasts for men.

man in brown drawstring pullover hoodie sitting on brown bench beside woman

Let the silence sit. Eye contact is all you need to show someone you are listening. You don’t need to fill their silence with yeah, mmhmm, agreed, yes, okay, etc.

Too many people are afraid of silence. Constant stimulation is the norm. Those of us who do not fear silence appear in the image of Gods.

Bill Clinton, regardless of what you think of him, is a skilled listener. People describe their experience meeting Clinton like they were the only person he was paying attention to. Even in a crowded party. Proficient listening like Clinton’s will have others falling in love with you. Lining up to get your approval because you are one of the few who don’t need it.

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He’s a good listener: image source

I was going to the store, you know?” “Yeah.Then, I was walking through the aisle,”–“Yeah,” “And, I found what I wanted–” “oh yeah,”

I Mean

I mean is used like Like. It’s a scapegoat to fall back on or fall forward upon. If someone disagrees, weak individuals retort with, “I mean, not really.”

I mean”, pulls the punch on your words. While you believe what you say, you could believe an opposite belief–or pretend to–so you don’t make your audience or conversation partner uncomfortable.

I mean is in a category of filler words used to virtue signal agreeance.

Say what you mean. Don’t say I mean.

I mean, I don’t think this deal is fair.

You mean it, but you would rather take a bad deal than make the other upset. Because their needs are more important than yours.

Your needs and the needs of your family come first. The needs of strangers come last.

Kind of

Kind of is like ‘I mean’ and ‘Like’.

Kind of & like are often used together to create even more of a safe space for conversation.

people who are too agreeable say ‘Kind of’ to prevent uncomfortable disagreements.

“I kind of like you more than a friend.” This means I like you more than a friend but I don’t have the confiden–the balls to say it with courage.

The car doesn’t look ‘Kind of’ like a toaster. It looks like a toaster. I’m not ‘Kind of’ sore. I’m sore or I’m not.

You See

You see is an agreeable filler word like ‘You Know.

Most words used to fill silence that begin with ‘You’ attempt to build rapport from a place lacking self-confidence or confidence in the topic discussed.

‘You see’ can also be a passive-aggressive introduction to school someone on why they are wrong. Or, to show intellectual-superiority, believing whomever you are saying this to should know what you are telling them. Or that you stand above them in intelligence.

Man, Portrait, Old, Glasses, Artist, Wrinkles, Elderly

“You see Bill, on Monday’s we actually fill out our timecards. On-time.”

“Then, you see, the only possible truth for fixing economics is Socialism. There is no other way.”

I Guess

‘I guess’ is used to placate a speaker with a verbal agreement, without agreeing with what they say. Weaker individuals, or individuals lacking self-confidence use ‘I guess’ to externally agree with stronger individuals while disagreeing internally.

Those who lack self-esteem or care about others more than themselves cannot tolerate conflict. Disagreements are conflicting, albeit at the lowest scale of conflict.

So you see, the Earth is flat.” “I guess that makes sense.

“Well Robert, the company has hit a rough patch and we need you to be a team player and support the company. Therefore we need to dock your pay by 20%. Sound good?” “I won’t be able to pay rent anymore. But I guess that’s okay…”


Be concise with your words

Don’t speak fast or slow. Speak concise, accurate, and clear; usually somewhere between fast and slow. A controlled pace.

Look at presidential debates from the past to see what concise speech is. This debate between John F Kennedy and Richard Nixon is a good example.

Once you learn how to speak your power increases. People take you seriously. You get more responsibility and get more rewards.

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When is The Right Age to Stop Chasing Women & Running Game? https://andreian.com/what-age-stop-chasing-women/ https://andreian.com/what-age-stop-chasing-women/#respond Thu, 16 Jan 2020 18:44:20 +0000 https://andreian.com/?p=5622 at-what-age-focus-on-girls

You stop chasing girls once you fully dedicate yourself to a bigger purpose- when you put the mission above the woman.

The optimal age is as young as possible. For most, around 14-18. Around the time you can make your own decisions. The later in life you begin walking your paths the less time you have to pursue mastery.

The greatest in their fields have a pattern of starting young. but not all of them, so don’t worry.

Don’t compare your journey to anyone else’s.

if you want a fixed answer, stop chasing women once you leave college.

Completely.

High-value individuals get chased. They don’t do the chasing. However, get what you want. but want something other than women. Want meaning in your life and mastery in your three paths.

Gaming, Girls.

In 2005, Journalist Neil Strauss published a book called The Game.

In The Game, Strauss penetrated a secret group of men–led by one man, Erik Von Markovic–A Canadian who prefers to go by his Pick Up Artist PUA name, Mystery.

In the early 2000s and up until the turn of the decade, chasing women and ‘running game’ was a cultural phenomenon, and still is today albeit much less; the temporary Social Justice trend – created a ‘victim first’ narrative that disavows the seduction process.

This made approaching potential partners a multi-variant risk that could lead to legal issues, internet doxing, or false rape allegations. Many men are afraid to approach women for these reasons.

Loneliness.

No one wants to be lonely. Feeling unwanted is a toxic emotion; a signal telling your brain, “we are on the path to abandonment. if we don’t correct, survival is uncertain.

Seduction is an important part of life that lives outside of dating. A car seduces you with clean edges and engine noises. A puppy seduces you into adopting him.

The Game created dating theories that were field-tested during the day or at nightclubs. Day game and night game.

For many, learning Game gave confidence skills that developed other core proficiencies like charisma, or negotiation.

However, practicing talking to women has a fatal flaw.

smiling woman while sitting at the bar

If you focus on game and women, you no longer focus on the self. You. Your journey and your path. You have mommy issues and need a woman to fill the hole inside you with a different one.

Game conditions men to seek women for self-esteem. Women become more than a game, but the meaning of life.

A man without a path for himself is no man at all, but a child who searches nightclubs & bookstores for a new mommy to pat his head.

Game is an adolescent endeavor. It is a hormone-powered distraction like a Real Girl luxury sex doll.

That isn’t to say chasing girls and having fun is wrong. It’s a ton of fun. But you need to understand it’s for young men and amateurs. Life amateurs. Wasted space. Those in their mid to late twenties and thirties, reading game blogs while their careers falter and their dreams die.

Making your goals about women is, to steal a quote from the forty-year-old virgin, “Putting the pussy on the pedestal.”

Pleasure-seeking behaviors like running game have no meaning.

Meaning comes from overcoming difficult, self-rewarding obstacles like the path to mastery of a chosen discipline.

Learning game has some value, but learning how to talk to women won’t make you confident. only competence makes you confident.

When to stop chasing women

Chasing women implies that you need to compete for female attention. This is a lie. The only approval you need is your own.

Game is fun but it isn’t fulfilling. Fulfillment comes through accomplishing meaningful goals. Like the Andreian Creed, Self-Fulfillment through Accomplishment.

SFTA.

Have as much fun as you want while you are young. Playing games is for kids and so is practicing game. Except for a man who has earned himself a day off through tedious dedication to his path.

difficult roads lead to beautiful destinations desk decor

You stop chasing women when you dedicate yourself to a path. A mission. A calling, a purpose, a destiny.

Andreians have three paths. Three pillars. Mind, body and spirit.

Finding a calling can happen at any age. For those who are too lazy or afraid to try, you never find a purpose. Using women or ‘family’ as a purpose acts as a convenient, unquestionable virtuous scapegoat.

Most virtue is fake anyways. True virtue is executing without broadcasting. If you want to be virtuous, live that way. Stop telling your friends and strangers on social media how good of a person you are.

That’s virtue masturbation.

Purpose comes from inside. You can love your family, your wife, and your kids without making them your purpose.

No one wants to be someone’s purpose–no different than worship, like how some simple-minded people worshipped inanimate objects.

The optimal age to stop chasing women

The optimal age to stop chasing women is as young as possible. Chasing implies that you are not the prize. She is. This is only true if you believe it.

All beliefs start in your mind. You can erect a new value system whenever you want to. Rise above what culture and society want from you. Get what you want instead.

Valuable men

bring to mind a high-value man for a moment. Most men will think of an honorable family member, a professional athlete, doctor; a competent man.

COMPETENT.

The opposite of a competent man is a useless man. Know any useless men? What do you notice about them? They aren’t good at anything.

Game teaches you to be a SIMP.

Sucker Idolizing Mediocre Pussy.

I can’t think of a worse description for a man than a SIMP.

Fall in love twice.

This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t fall in love, flirt, or make women part of your life.

Just don’t make them your entire life or base your self-esteem on what women or anyone else thinks of you. Except for your mentors. Take their words of encouragement & criticism like foul-tasting medicine.

person on top of mountain during daytime

Meet women as a by-product of your adventures. If your purpose is reading, spend time in places where people read. Meet a woman there. But don’t go there to meet women. Go there because that is your identity.

Don’t go out of your way to find a date. Do you, how you normally would, and keep an eye out for opportunities.

Think of your missed opportunities with women. Seeing a beautiful woman in the store, at your gym, wherever. You can probably think of at least twenty missed opportunities.

These opportunities are how you meet women. Not seeking them out. But living a full life.

Competence equals CONFIDENCE

As you become more competent you will become more confident to approach women. Then, no more missed opportunities. And you still become a competent man.

Let your hormones drive no later than the age of 24. Once you turn 24 there is no reason to chase women anymore. You need to find a purpose.

Or, stop once you finish specialization. College, the military, trade school.

Again, the earlier the better. We all have different versions of being competent. There is no wrong way to live. But there are better and worse ways.

You can still have fun after the age of 24. You can have fun all the time. Understand that nothing will bring you more joy than walking your destined paths.

The initial work on your purpose will be difficult. Soon you will understand the hard, meaningful things are most important in this life.

Your time in college–or another specialization program–is for learning likes, dislikes, but more importantly; learning how to learn.

Mastery, walking down paths, is a lifelong process that never ends. Even in old age, you continue mastering. You also teach. Teaching has satisfaction difficult to mirror.

Have fun in your early twenties and before.

When you find a calling, chase it for the rest of your life.

If you don’t know what you want to do, read. It’s okay if you don’t know who you are yet. Panicking doesn’t help. Relax with me.

After high school, the next four years of your life are for finding mastery paths. See the about page for more information.

Books to help find meaning

The Post Adolescent Window

The post-adolescent window is best used to learn everything you can about the outside world and yourself. After that, you find skills you want to master. Follow their paths until you die.

Self-Authoring is a proven method to help you understand yourself.

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What is Nofap? https://andreian.com/what-is-nofap/ https://andreian.com/what-is-nofap/#respond Mon, 13 Jan 2020 16:55:35 +0000 https://andreian.com/?p=5620 what-is-nofap

Nofap is a men’s movement created by Alexander Rhodes.

The movement started with an article posted to Reddit that declared men who abstain from porn & masturbation for seven days see an increase in testosterone of 145%.

Nofap grew into a decent-sized community from its start in 2011.

All that’s required to join is abstaining from masturbation, pornography and paying pixel prostitutes for their nudes on onlyfans.

Even if you didn’t know what Nofap is before this, you may have tried it before. Ever heard of No nut November? It’s the same concept, except this one is forever.

Celebrity Entrepreneur Tim Ferriss wrote a post for Nofap when he issued his NODNOM challenge; no booze no masturbating. For a month.

Aubrey Marcus, the founder of Onnit, Podcaster, and former Fleshlight entrepreneur tried Nofap. He lasted nine days out of his goal of 18 months. However, he was abstaining from masturbation and sex. 

Nofap does not restrict sex. It encourages sex. Removing sex from your life is as useless as if your third leg was actually a third leg.

 

 

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In an impulsive moment on November 3rd, I declared that I wasn’t going to have sex or masturbate indefinitely. My goal was 6 months. I lasted exactly 9 days. Pathetic? Maybe. Embarrassing? Definitely. Perfect? It just might be. Because even though I only lasted 9 days in my first attempt (I plan on restarting…soon 🤷‍♂️), I discovered probably the most important and somewhat shocking thing about myself…ever. I DON’T LOVE MYSELF​ Sounds crazy right? I mean, I’ve been reading, writing, and talking about self-love for years. I legitimately thought I was actually doing a good job in that department. People would ask me about my self-love and I would say “Yeah, it’s great. It’s just this other shit that is bothering me.” – – – To continue reading about my experience and what I learned about self-love check my newsletter that releases tomorrow (Wednesday). Link in bio to subscribe 🖊 Thanks for all the support loveheads, make sure you give yourself a little love today. It’s important ❤

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Nofap Science

The science of Nofap is spotty at best. While many talk about the benefits of nofap–like on the R/nofap subreddit–experts believe it’s all placebo. This Psychologist said the benefits of Nofap are only incidental.

There is some supporting evidence for Nofap; including the original study that started the Nofap movement. But there still isn’t a definitive answer if abstaining from masturbation does anything other than torture you.

Even though something may or may not be proven to be effective in a study, that doesn’t mean it isn’t effective for you.

Try everything, keep what works, kick what doesn’t. This way, you are always growing.

Below are articles both supporting and arguing against Nofap.

Pro Nofap

Research on the relationship between ejaculation and serum testosterone level in men. 

The original article that started the movement. Men reached a peak of 145.7% serum testosterone baseline levels after seven days ob abstaining from ejaculation. There was no difference in baseline levels between the second and fifth day.

Increased estrogen receptor alpha immunoreactivity in the forebrain of sexually satiated rats. 

From the article:

“Estrogen receptor alpha (ERalpha) participates in the neuroendocrine regulation of male sexual behavior, primarily in brain areas located in the limbic system. Males of many species present a long-term inhibition of sexual behavior after several ejaculations, known as sexual satiety. It has been shown that androgen receptor density is reduced 24 h after a single ejaculation or mating to satiety, in the medial preoptic area, nucleus accumbens and ventromedial hypothalamus.”

Endocrine response to masturbation-induced orgasm in healthy men following a three-week sexual abstinence. 

An Abstinence period of three weeks produced elevated testosterone levels in men.

Against Nofap

The Nofap Community needs to do more fact-checking 

I tried nofap and it sucked for me.

Why we’re scared of masturbating 

Nofap Resources 

Websites 

The original Subreddit

Alexander Rhodes’ website | the creator of Nofap.

Your brain on porn

Not necessarily against Nofap, but completely against porn. YBOP has a good selection of studies to think about, too.

Books

Your brain on Porn 

Written by Gary Wilson, who has compiled the biggest repository of Nofap Science. although we still want more hard science before we conclusively say anything.

Your Brain on Porn is probably the least dramatized book. Nofap participants can tend to exaggerate the benefits of Nofap. But you won’t know unless you try. Nofap could be what you need to start a new life.

Breaking the Cycle

This book advises how to break the cycle of pornography addiction. Breaking the Cycle takes a hard look at the shame attached to pornography addictions–which can become quite severe.

Breaking the Cycle talks about one horrifying component of pornography addiction; progressive overload. You may start with step-mom porn, but once that is no longer interesting, you may evolve to a darker fetish that you don’t even like.

The Demise of Guys

Written by Philip Zimbardo, who created the Standford Prison Experiment.

He believes the two factors contributing most to the demise of guys are Pornography and Video Games.

No More Mr. Nice Guy

No more Mr. Nice Guy explains who nice guys are and how to stop being one.

This isn’t a book about being mean. It’s about standing up for yourself. Some passages reference men who consume too much adult content see women as goddess’ instead of people.

While not being entirely about Nofap, it’s a good read for anyone who wants more information about abstinence from masturbation and pornography.

Videos 

Gary Wilson, founder of Your Brain on Porn, giving a Ted Talk about the dangers of Pornography.

 

Elliot Hulse: Bodybuilder, strongman, trainer, and influencer, discusses how Nofap has changed his life in another classic YouTube video.

Joe Rogan is skeptical of Nofap. He’s right to do so. The science isn’t there yet to prove anything conclusive. Still, try everything and keep what works for you. Don’t let a study be the permission slip to try something new.

Andreian Nofap articles 

  1. What is a Nofap Relapse and How Can I Stop it?
  2. What is Nofap Edging and why is it so Dangerous?
  3. What To Do In a Nofap Emergency
  4. The Nofap Flatline | What it is and How to Beat it
  5. NoFap Superpowers | Can quitting Porn & Masturbation make you Superhuman?
  6. NoFap Hardmode: A Near-Impossible Challenge for Men
  7. Nofap Depression: The Connection

What to do with this information

Nofap doesn’t have a lot of hard science yet. That doesn’t mean Nofap isn’t effective, it means it isn’t well studied.

It’s almost impossible to create a Nofap study.

Not only do you have to keep men from masturbating, but you also have to account for all kinds of variables. Hormones fluctuate all the time.

Pinning full credit for increased or decreased testosterone on abstention from masturbation is harder than a former pornstar trying to make a career as a serious actress.

Become your own scientist.

Try Nofap for a month. If your life is better, keep going. If it isn’t, stop. That’s all you need to do. Keep it simple.

If you want real results, try going without porn and masturbation for 90 days. That’s the time most report to “reboot your brain” and kick the habit.

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Take a moment and breathe. Inhale, exhale–multiple times using deep, powerful breaths.

Clear your mind.

Close your eyes and start to visualize waking up.

This day is different. Inside of your mind, you can visualize any reality you want. You can create the life you want in your head–become the greatest version of yourself–then bring it into reality.

You can do anything with enough focus.

Your visualized self does everything right. He doesn’t smoke cigarettes, sleep in, or eat the food he knows he needs to stay far, far away from. He takes care of himself.

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He works hard. He wakes up on time and he knows his weaknesses. He adapts his life to overcome them. He might use a daylight alarm clock to help wake up because he knows he tends to sleep in.

Your best self overcomes problems.

This ‘you’, does everything you know you need to do for yourself. He takes care of you like how you should take care of yourself. He takes care of you like how you take care of your dog. Or your child.

The greatest version of yourself–the version you could be today if you took care of yourself–knows what his paths are for his mind, body, and spirit. And he pursues them every day like a thirsty man chasing water.

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You may be reading this article on your phone. You may be at your desk, sitting in a comfortable chair.

Silence your phone.

Spend between ten and twenty minutes imagining what a day-in-your-life looks like if you did EVERYTHING you know you are supposed to do.

Please.

Most of you will continue reading without doing the visualization exercise. You aren’t ready to become the greatest version of yourself and your presence is no longer wanted.

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What Could Your Life Look Like?

One of my favorite quotes from Jordan Peterson’s best-selling book, 12 Rules for life, is this one.

“You need to consider the future and think, What might my life look like if I were caring for myself properly?”

I think about it often.

During my morning and night meditations–part of the primer that prepares me for the day or prepares me for rest–I meditate on my life if I did everything to my exact standards.

Achieving a perfect day is hard if not impossible. The greatest version of yourself is an ideal to strive for.

Primers are part of The Andreian Code. They occur in the morning and at night. Then, again on Sunday to prepare for the rest of your week. Sunday primers include cleaning, meal prep; all the things you can do to focus on work the rest of the week. Meaningful work.

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In my hallucination, my life is hard work, but greatly fulfilling and full of purpose. All of our lives can be fulfilling. But we must follow the paths we know we each need to take.

Three paths for the Andreian.

Body, Mind Spirit. Learn more about the paths on the about page.

If you know yourself–and knowing yourself is hard–you know what you want. What you truly, truly want. Most of us bury our wants & needs because we fear we will never get them. This is a lie.

You can have anything.

You can get what you want and if you try you most likely will. Getting what you want isn’t a complicated process. People try to make it complicated so you will buy their self-help books and worthless courses. They sell these things to get what they want with your support.

 

That’s not to say all books and courses are worthless. But we often spend too much time thinking and planning how to get what we want instead of going out to get it.

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We fear the small failures we will face while chasing what we want so we prepare until there is no time left to pursue our destiny.

Almost half of us fear failure and the other almost-half fear success. Both groups fear the unknown and don’t know what their life would look like if they got what they wanted.

A small minority knows what they want, spend time walking their paths every day, and take care of themselves properly so they are optimized for getting what they want.

The Andreians.

Aun Drey ans.

How different would your life be if you started taking care of yourself today?

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