Universe vs You

“The universe doesn’t care about you.”

It’s the central hypothesis of the book “The universe doesn’t give a flying fuck about you” by Johnny Truant. I’m not going to lie, yet again I was drawn in by the title. That and the fact that this eBook is free, relatable, funny, smart and it’s quite sarcastic too. There’s also a Battlestar Galactica reference and if that doesn’t sell you on this I don’t know what will.

Honestly this book is like a locker room speech style call to arms to start living your life. It’s deeply inspiring. Completely unhelpful in terms of techniques to achieve your goals, but definitely worthwhile reading for the sheer force of will it elicits.

In the grand big scheme of things we’re just a bug on the highway and the universe does not care about what we do with the nanosecond of time we have on this earth. But it’s for this very reason that we should care. Time won’t stop for us, the end is nigh so start doing “epic shit!”


Brain Hacks, Motivation

Intention is Key

I’ve been reading “The stuntman’s guide to learning anything” by Brett Solomano. I was hooked by the title, assuming rather incorrectly that it would be a how to guide for juggling chainsaws or executing a burnout in my driveway…

It’s not.

But despite my initial disappointment, I did find a few pearls of wisdom within this rather ill titled guidebook (seriously not even one word on how to do a wheelie) that made up for any feelings of animosity I had. It can all be whittled down into three main points.

The first being that intention is key! Intention is everything in fact, at least when it comes to learning. It’s therefore important to not only learn and therefore act deliberately, but to have a clear and precise plan for your actions. You must set clear and explicit goals early on, that are:

  • Specific
  • Measurable
  • Ambitious
  • In the present tense
  • Re-adjustable and refinable
  • Timed
  • Tangible

Once your game plan is put in place, you then have to hold yourself accountable in actioning it. While you can let others know and have that outside force keep you in check, an even better way to encourage accountability is by acknowledging the milestones you reach towards your goal. Celebrate the progress you make and it will stimulate your brain to keep going.

Finally you have to learn to retain the information you collect, by understanding how the brain undergoes this retention process. Unfortunately it does not learn chronologically, so for example reading a book from start to finish will be unlikely to result in learning. But if you can base your enquiries on information that has relevance to your actions or has similarities/differences to information you already have stored (thus allowing you to build from previous knowledge) then learning becomes much easier.