On having a good night’s sleep

We all get the same amount of hours per day. You get 24 hours per day, your neighbor gets 24 hours per day and even Elon Musk. If we all get the same amount of time per day, how does one do more than his neighbor? The answer can come from either being more focused and productive, or it can come from working harder. Of course, doing both is possible for a select few.

If you want to achieve high levels of success in life, then you are going to have to work hard for it. Reading the biographies of Elon Musk, Stephen King, Sam Walton, Arianna Huffington and Bill Gates quickly makes you realize that it isn’t going to be easy. If you work the same amount of hours (the typical 8 per day) as your co-worker and neighbor, then don’t expect to get any further than them. You’re going to have to endure countless sleepless nights. That’s how you get ahead of the masses.

Recently, there has been a major movement promoting the idea of having a good night’s sleep. The movement is trying to undo the belief that sleeping few hours per night makes you cool. For the longest, sleeping a few hours per night has been a badge of honor. I’ve been hearing this a lot from successful people, such as Arianna Huffington and Ryan Holiday. I know they mean well, and I know what they are promoting is good for our health. Here is my problem though.

Would they be where they are today, if they had slept the recommended 7 to 9 hours per night while they were young and ambitious? Would Arianna Huffington and Ryan Holiday be at the height that they now enjoy if they had slept 8 hours per night while establishing themselves? I don’t think so, and I don’t think they would believe that either. The problem is that successful people are giving the ‘sleep more’ advice to unsuccessful people. While they are doing a good deed, unsuccessful people might end up getting screwed if they take their advice word for word.

You should have a good night’s sleep, but if you are young and ambitious maybe you should hold off on that. Follow their actions, not their words. Elon Musk and Stephen King busted their asses off to get to where they are today. If they would have slept 8 hours per night they might have never done anything. How would Stephen King have written a book after work, while caring for a family, and still sleep 8 hours per night? It would have been very unlikely, if not impossible. Stephen King wrote those books on little to no sleep and that is why he is the prolific author and writer that we know today. Same goes for Elon Musk, Bill Gates, Sam Walton and Gary Vaynerchuk.

Having a good night’s sleep is great advice, but if you want to be successful hold off on that for now. You need to work hard and do more while you still can. Take advantage of your youth, because it will soon be gone.

Key signs that you are a nice guy

I recently started reading a book titled No More Mr. Nice Guy by Dr. Robert A. Glover. I got to page twenty, then started skipping chapters and skimming. It wasn’t really catching my interest so I decided to put it down and start reading something else. I’ll come back to it some other day. The good thing is that I did run into the page where he lays out the signs that you are a nice guy. Contrary to popular belief, being a nice guy is not a good thing. If you want to get the most out of life, then you can’t be a pushover. You have to let your masculine energy out and go after what you want. Forget what women or our society tells you. Letting your masculine energy out is how you get what you want in your health, career, love and friendships.

Here some characteristics of a nice guy.

-Nice guys are givers. 

-Nice guys fix and care-take.

-Nice guys seek approval from others. 

-Nice guys avoid conflict.

-Nice guys believe they must hide their perceived flaws and mistakes.

-Nice guys seek the “right” way to do things.

-Nice guys repress their feelings.

-Nice guys often try to be different from their fathers.

-Nice guys are often more comfortable relating to women than to men.

-Nice guys have difficulty making their needs a priority. 

-Nice guys often make their partner their emotional center.

-Nice guys tend to be disconnected from other men.

-Nice guys tend to be disconnected from their own masculinity.

-Nice guys tend to be monogamous to their mothers. 

-Nice guys tend to be dependent on the approval of women. 

Some of the main takeaways that stand out to me, are that you have to do what you want. Don’t overly care what others think, nor should you bend over backwards to help everyone. Basically, stand your ground and maintain clear boundaries (don’t be apologetic for being a man).

These characteristics are very familiar. I definitely recognize some of them in me and in good friends. When I look at these I can’t help but think that it takes hard work to be awesome. If you just go with the flow and let others dictate your actions, then you will certainly not be awesome. You have to actively pursue awesomeness in every aspect of your life.

Ego is bad and an important issue

Ever since I read Ryan Holiday’s newest book Ego is the Enemy, I’ve been more aware of ego and its effects. Ego is bad period. Not only do I spot my ego from allowing me progress quicker in my endeavors, but it is also becoming more noticeable in those around me. It’s amazing how ego really is an issue. A very important issue. Ego might be one of the sole reasons most of us are not where we want to be in life.

I’ve noticed myself holding back from taking risks, because it might be embarrassing. But, honestly, who cares if it’s embarrassing for me? I know I’m insignificant, just another person on this planet, but my ego prevents me from seeing the facts at the moment and makes me feel more important than I really am.

It has also been evident when someone is trying to give me advice, but I don’t want to believe that they might know what they are saying. For whatever reason, I don’t feel at the moment that they know more than me. Of course, later I find out that they did know more than me and I’m reminded of how out of control our ego can get if unregulated. I can only imagine how bad it is for someone who has never been exposed to the idea of ego being the enemy to their progress in life. Keeping your ego in check is a daily task, not a once in a lifetime activity.

“A tendency arises to separate from the ego everything that can become a source of such unpleasure, to throw it outside and to create a pure pleasure-ego which is confronted by a strange and threatening ‘outside’.” -Sigmund Freud

Organic eggs versus regular eggs

I usually buy regular eggs that can be found at any grocery store. As you know the prices can range from $1 – $3 for a dozen. I wanted to try organic eggs so I went to a organic food store and decided to buy some free range organic eggs. They cost me $5 for a dozen (there was also jumbo/ free range/ organic/ vegetarian feed eggs for $10 per dozen, that I want to buy next).

After eating the entire dozen organic eggs over the next week, I definitely could tell the difference between the two. Here are the main differences that I noticed.

  1. Organic eggs are brown as opposed to the usual white. This is not a real difference. It just means the chickens were brown instead of white. I imagine it is a purely marketing thing. I’m sure it effects some customers though.
  2. Organic eggs have a tougher shell. The amount of force you use to crack a regular egg is not enough to crack the shell of the organic egg. You have to hit the organic egg harder against the counter or pan (however you do it). Once I went back to using regular eggs, I actually shattered the first egg by hitting it way to hard and made a mess everywhere. I guess I quickly got used to the toughness of the organic egg’s shell. Keep that in mind when you switch back to regular eggs.
  3. The yoke in the organic eggs takes slightly more effort to break up once it’s in the pan (if you’re making scrambled eggs). The yoke is noticeably thicker.

Those are the main differences for me. As far as taste goes, I couldn’t taste the difference. I use herbs and spices with most meals. My next goal is to buy the $10 per dozen eggs. My prediction is that the shell will be even tougher to crack and the yoke will be even thicker.