The TMBA Info-Diet : How to Get Where You Want to Be in 10 Years

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I’m a big fan of the Foolish Adventure Podcast. I’ve listened to most of the episodes. I learn a lot from Tim and Izzy. A few months back I started emailing Tim. Then we started talking on the phone. That turned in to weekly phone calls that are invaluable to me. Sure… call it a bromance.

This morning I was walking around the neighborhood just a few blocks from the TMBA house listening to Tim and Izzy’s break up episode. They’ve decided to go their separate ways. Lucky for FA fans Tim plans to continue the program.

At the end of the episode Izzy decided to deliver a final piece of advice.

If you could only give one piece of advice to entrepreneurs, what would you say?

What Izzy said was wonderful. I suggest you check it out yourself. Here’s a pic of where I was when he was saying it. I sorta stopped my walk and took a picture on my phone…

Izzy paraphrased a piece of advice he heard from motivational speaker Jim Rohn.

Who you will be in 10 years will be the sum of the people you surround yourself with and the books you read. 

Simple. It sorta hit me like a bunch of bricks.

I feel ya Izzy.

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How I Approach Information and Entertainment

I’ve radically changed the way I consume information and entertainment since I became an entrepreneur. I realize my approach is somewhat extreme for most people. I tend to like extreme stuff.

I can’t tell you how many times people have suggested that I watch The Wire. I get it– it’s likely an insanely wonderful artistic achievement. Much like The West Wing was for me back in college. I would gorge myself on that catalog.

Now I wouldn’t do that. It’s not that I’m more disciplined. I’ve just immersed myself in a pursuit where learning how to be better is more entertaining than watching TV and movies.

I don’t feel like I need to get away from my business to be entertained.

I think there is a flow state that can be achieved where the entertainment you consume shapes the work you do rather than distracts you from it.

In general, I’m drawn to entertainment that contributes to what I see as my main projects.

For example, I see my email inbox as entertainment. I spend a lot of effort and time reaching out to interesting people and writing back and forth with them.

I also respond with effort to the people who write to me.

Many people preach “automation” with stuff like this. Fair enough– but it’s pretty much the last thing I’d want to automate.

Opposition and Balance vs. Flow and Constant Engagement

A lot of people want to minimize the impact of email or other work on their life so they can go have  a “real” life. They want to automate their customers. They want to get through their work and training so they can balance it with social stuff.

The question I’ve be asking myself: what if they were just the same thing.

What if you didn’t have anything to get away from?

Could be cool.

Thanks again Tim and Izzy.


PS, speaking of books being important, here’s a quick list of some that have had a huge impact on my business and minset:

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Published on 08.19.11
  • For just this reason I recently went “on vacation” with Netflix.

    Well, that and the fact I managed to bust out 4 seasons of Mad Men in close to a week. No one needs to consume that much television, even if it IS Don Draper and Joan Holloway.  ;)

  • Dan

    I learned all about the perils of Netflix when I visited the states in January. MAN is that fun. I started just scanning through movies and being like “NEXT!” totally new experience for me… I used to tolerate movies i didn’t really like that much because well…. it was a movie. 

    And stuff like Mad Men– I’ve seen it– that’s just plain dangerous :D

  • Hi,

    I read the Ricardo Semler books many years ago and they’ve had a huge impact on my life. Also I used to follow Tim Ferriss’s blog and admire what he has achieved and how he approaches life.

    All the best


  • Yauch

    I agree with your comments. I would rather have a book in my hand rather than sit in front of the tube. I love reading books or learning material that will make me better at what I do.

  • Bromance!  That’s too funny.  Dan, thanks for this article; it’s a great send off for Izzy.

  • Dan

    Not many people talking about that one out there! I heard about it from the 37 signals guy a few years ago and the book totally blew my mind. Couldn’t believe it was hard to find at the time. One of the best business reads I’ve ever had. 

  • Dan

    Speaking of books.. gotta get a new kindle ASAP. Finding that they are fragile for travel. … :/

  • Dan

    Cheers to you guys! 

  • Thanks for the book suggestions. In the middle of reading Get Things Done, and have of cause read The 4 Hour Work Week.

    Will add some of the other to my wish list on amazon, which I use to remember the books I want to read.

  • Dan

    Rockin’. GTD has probably been the most important business book I’ve ever read because the strategies impact my business every hour of every day. 

  • Could imagine that. Im 63% (kindle) into the book, and I have already implemented a lot of the thing into my own working day.

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