Tools Of Titans book review part 0 – Habits

Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.

Benjamin Franklin

Hi RIP friends,

Few weeks ago I’ve told you that I started waking up early, thanks to several input signals last of which was reading first pages of Tools of Titans by Tim Ferriss. I’m still waking up early, finally made the switch to 6am (still aiming to 5am) and it’s been great so far. It’s amazing how things go smoothly and quality of life improves once you overcome initial costs of installing a new habit.

I kept reading ToT as one of my daily routines. Essentially, the whole ToT book is about offering you a vast amount of options in terms of new habits to install. Tim says he wrote this book as a collection of life gems / advices / habits given by successful people he had as guests on his podcast: The Tim Ferriss Show. I truly love the idea of squeezing roughly a hundred of two-hours long interesting interviews in a sort of “collection of life directives“.

I knew little about Tim Ferriss before buying this book. I heard about the 4 hour workweek, of course, but neither I purchased it nor I researched about the author and the messages he wanted to communicate.

Then I saw this book recommended by so many people I follow, including James Altucher (James’ podcast with Tim, Tim’s podcast with James), and I wanted to try it out. I knew I loved the format, the interviewees and the topics: how to become healthy, wealthy and wise.

So that’s my Christmas gift to myself: 700 physical pages of amazing life lessons!

I’m a scientific person who does things in the most structured way possible. When I read a book I want to know everything about the author, the story behind, related works and so on. I want to explore further concepts I liked, I want to build on top of the ideas I’ve read about. This book is a gold mine for a person like me. It could keep me busy for a century. Read a chapter, get interested about the topics, go listen the whole associated podcast, get to know the podcast guest more, repeat with next chapter.

Trying to read between the lines of Tim’s comments within each podcast, it seems he did almost the same, but at the next level. Listen, interact with the guest, ask questions, experiment techniques on himself, repeat with next guest. It’s like cooking: once you have so many ingredients you can then start to mix them up for unique recipes. A lot of them won’t work – who cares – some of them will rock. I love Tim’s experimental approach to life!

Inspired by him, I’m writing my own “Life Directives” doc too. It’s not meant to be a book, just a life cookbook for myself. I’m parsing articles, videos and blog posts I saved in last years and extracting gems from them. Obviously ToT is one of the sources!

Must say that extracting ideas from an already compressed book like his is not simple. It’s like a juice of another juice.

My process is: read a chapter with a black pen on my hand, underline the concepts I want to export, transpose them to my doc once in front of a computer.

I don’t usually like to underline on a physical book, but who cares! That’s not a normal book: it’s a trip, an experience. I want to feel I’m physically consuming the book. I want it shredded at the end of this adventure, like a backpack after a hiking month, as a sign of the fatigue and toughness of the adventure itself.

About the content. The book is divided in three sections: healthy, wealthy and wise. Each section is mainly composed by “podcasts extracts” but there are special chapters written by either Tim himself or someone else that don’t follow the standard podcasts extract scheme. In the healthy section there are two very interesting special chapters on workout and meditation that I took as they are and started implementing straight away.

I’m roughly at 30% of the book, started moving first steps in the wealthy section. I must tell I’m not onboard on every chapter. The healthy section dives into subjects I don’t want to experiment with (for now) but it’s good to know what’s around, which variables one can play with in the game of life. More on this in the next part of this multi-post book review.

Do I recommend the book?

Totally! You won’t agree with everything but I guarantee that, even if you just take the 20% of this book that resonates with you the most, it would be worth 10x the money and time you spent on it.

To whom?

To whomever wants to improve the quality of their life. To those who are struggling to get things done. To those who have a researcher mindset and can’t just sit and repeat meaningless actions for the entire life. To those who want to overcome procrastination and laziness. To those who have an entrepreneurial mindset and want to build something. To anyone who is less than 25 years old.

Is that an affiliate link?

No, not yet. Well, I guess I’ll setup an affiliate account on Amazon,.I think there’s nothing wrong on making few dimes on such heartfelt recommendations!

A case of study: myself

Ok, how has the book influenced me so far? How is it worth the 15 USD I paid for it? I already said I started waking up early also thanks to Tim. Reading thru the pages of ToT I found that many successful persons have some sort of morning routine, usually including some form of meditation and physical activity. So I decided to have one. Reading Tim’s deep personal struggle on one of the special chapter (no spoiler!) I rediscovered the importance of uninterrupted blocks of focused work on a single task. So I decided to organise my time to allow for such blocks.

I’m trying to structure time following a simple pattern which is essentially a variation of what James Altucher suggests in his Choose Yourself book (which I didn’t read btw): trying to make yourself 1% better each day by doing something that improves life on physical, emotional, mental and spiritual levels.

My structure is similar, but my levels are slightly different:

  • Physical: do some kind of workout each day, at least get myself out of breath each day.
  • Social: connect with new people, re-connect with old friends, enjoy the presence of friends, family and my partner, do something that makes at least a relationship better.
  • Creativity: do something that’s expression of my uniqueness. Write, code, play guitar, whatever stimulates my mind and makes me do something.
  • Curiosity: learn something new. Read blogs, watch youtube videos on topic I want to learn more, taking a coursera class, watch a TED talk. Whatever stimulates my mind and expands my knowledge and brain capacity. P.S. I love TED talks! I’d like to host a TED marathon with friends, watching the top25 TEDs of all time plus someone I personally loved, and following up on each one with a discussion within the attending crowd. And obviously one of my dreams is giving a TED talk!
  • Spirituality: I’m no religious but I do consider myself a very spiritual person. My daily spirituality routine includes some form of meditation, journaling exercises (write down your anxieties, what scares you, what you’re grateful for, what’s important for you, how you see yourself in 5 years…), decluttering (both mentally and physically) and finding new ways to improve my happiness baseline.
  • Pleasure: enjoying a videogame, wasting time on Facebook, browsing the internet, watching a movie or a tv series or just doing nothing.

Well, not everything is doable every morning! My goal is to do at least a single step on each ladder each day. So far I’m devoting time to Creativity, Curiosity, Spirituality and Pleasure each morning. Social is tough at 6am, but I see room for improvements: I could write an email to an old friend I don’t see much anymore, connect with a new person, prepare a handwritten letter for Miss RIP (or prepare her breakfast, she’d love it). I’d prefer in-person social things but I could still do something.

Physical, don’t hide. You’re next in line. As soon as temperatures will allow a morning run there would be no valid excuse.

What’s your routine?

Early to bed and early to rise…

Hi RIP friends,

Let’s steal half of the famous Benjamin Franklin’s quote for today’s post.

Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.
(Benjamin Franklin)

The second half is reserved for for Tim Ferriss’ Tools of Titans book review, which will take some time.

Tim, seriously, 700 pages??

Ok, straight to the point. After so many signals on books (like the above mentioned ToT), videos, blog posts – check out this amazing post by ESIMoney – I decided to give it a try: I’m waking up earlier than usual since Tuesday January 10th, weekends included.

 

Why?

No, it’s not a procrastinated “new year resolution that won’t make it to February“. I’ve always told myself the following story: “I’m not a morning person, I like to stay up till 12am, 1am, 2am“. I was convinced by that. But that’s just a story that you can and should change. I was not fully satisfied with going to bed so late, spending too much time in front of a computer after 10pm and always feeling I was missing quality time with just myself.

So I tried it. I challenged the status quo and started experimenting something new. Let’s see what happens, I started without a plan. The goal is to install a new good habit.

 

How earlier?

I used to wake up at 8.30am. I know, it sounds ridiculous. Shame on me! I moved the alarm clock at 7 and after few days moved again to 6.30. Next goal is to reach at least 6am, planned to happen on Monday January 23rd, but I’m secretly aiming to 5am. 5am gives me roughly 3 hours of morning time. Plenty of time!

Wait… what? They say the magic hour is 4am? Ok, one step at a time…

 

How did I do?

One of the biggest challenge of every time I try to install a new habit is the beginning. The first step. Not the biggest challenge though, that one is consistency, i.e. not giving up after a while. But still the first step is a major blocker.

To help making the first small step a giant leap for myself (in your face, Neil Armstrong!) there are two ingredients that I discovered they work well for me:

  • Strong Motivation, backed by concrete goals (desire to reach something) and some form of discomfort in current settings (desire to leave something).
  • A Brain Blocker, a way to stop thinking and put myself in autopilot. I discovered that my mind is my worst enemy in such situations. Should I go to the swimming pool? Mmh… why? It’s cold outside… I don’t know… maybe I can do something else instead. No. Stop thinking. Just do it. Yeah, I know these words look cliché (and a company logo) but it’s how it works for me! Wanna jump from a 10 meters high springboard? Let’s see… ouch, it’s so high… let me think… I may get hurt… and so I spent five minutes staring at the pool’s water, among preteens laughing at me… Then I blocked my brain, assessed that there were no risks, and then I just jumped.

My bed is the springboard. When I tried this in the past, the brain blocked me from actually leaving the bed. Snooze the alarm, just stay another 5 minutes in the warmth of my blankets, silence the alarm, goodbye! I had to silence my brain instead and just go out of my bed as soon as the alarm rings.

Then I discovered that this is an actual technique, known as the Heroic Minute:

The heroic minute. It is the time fixed for getting up. Without hesitation: a supernatural reflection and… up!
(Saint Josemaria Escriva )

Well, I transformed it into the Heroic Five Seconds. A minute would be too long 🙂

I discovered there’s a whole community behind this idea, both on Facebook and Twitter. I didn’t, but feel free to join the #HeroicMinuteChallenge if it helps you staying committed.

I never risked going back to bed once awaken but it seems to be an issue with someone. To avoid this you can get dressed soon (you’re less likely to undress to go back to bed), light all the lights in the room (your brain will adapt to the new normal), move to another room (get far from the bed), drink a big glass of cold water, do some stretching exercise, wash your face with cold water, do some awakening meditation or quickly go for a walk.

Going for a walk excites me enough, but given my current balcony view and the fact that current forecast’s maximum temperature for the upcoming week is -5 I’d rather skip it for now.

Waking up early is amazing, but every rose has its thorn: I have to go to bed early too. That’s the hardest challenge now. I used to go to bed late, very late. I don’t remember when it was last time I went to sleep before midnight. Usually spending a lot of time in front of a computer or my smartphone, rarely reading a book. It’s still time with myself since Miss RIP goes to bed earlier than me, but it’s not quality time. I’m tired, I’m low in energy level and most of the activities I’d like to do in the morning simply can’t be done at night.

In previous attempts to move my wake up window a couple of hours earlier I tried (and failed) to work on my bedtime. Intentionally trying to go to sleep earlier. Failed. Even if I tried to turn off lights and pretend to be ready to sleep I’d stay awake forever.

This time I forced myself to not care about bedtime and just force wake up time and see what happens. It happened that the first night I slept something like 5 hours instead of my usual 7. I was not very fresh that Tuesday at work!

Coincidentally we – the RIPs – had a very intense social second week of January: Wednesday to Sunday evening all booked with my Theater rehearsals on Wed, dinners at friends’ houses on Thu and Fri, a surprise party on Sat and a boardgame evening on Sun. Going to bed early is going to be a tough challenge. I may need to give up something I’m not sure I’m actually ok with.

Anyway, so far it’s working fine. I left earlier than usual evening events and set a hard rule of no digital after 10pm. Wasting my attention on videogames, mails, facebook and whatever else late in the evening makes sleeping harder. I can tolerate watching a movie though. Let’s rephrase the rule in “no digital device closer than a meter to my eyes after 10pm“.

On Monday January 16th, after a week of experiment and with less social events in sight, I moved my alarm to 6.30am and conquered the last (for now) 30 minutes of territory.

 

What does it feel like?

So far so good: I’ve finally found the time I was missing in my life. Time for my projects, time for myself!

Not enough, though (yet). Waking up at 6.30 gives me roughly 90 minutes of peace before the world (Miss Rip) wakes up and destroys the atmosphere. I guess there would be even less time available with kids around. I’m joking, though. Before this experiment I used to keep sleeping for another 30 minutes after Miss RIP’s alarm clock rang. Never been there to kiss her or hug her when she awakens. Now I hear her alarm from the other room, acknowledge my time is over, and run to her to wake her up with hugs and kisses. It’s amazing how this simple small practice boosts her happiness (and mine too).

Anyway, 90 minutes of myself every morning is an amazing gift. I actually crave for it when going to sleep! This, combined with The Fridays, gives me plenty of time to enjoy life in my way.

After the mentioned long social weekend was gone I was finally able to go to bed very early for my standards. On Monday I fell asleep at 9.30pm! I hope I won’t feel guilty with Miss RIP and friends for trading my evening social time with my egoistic morning time.

 

What do I do with this extra time?

These first 10 days have been very experimental. I focused on enjoying whatever I wanted to do, without much structure. I’ve been reading (Tools of Titans), planning the day, writing, blogging, meditating, stretching, playing videogames, washing dishes, stared at the outside snow, completing a jigsaw puzzle, watching youtube videos and reading other blogs. Unstructured time just to see how it feels, to try to destress, to simply enjoy life.

Free lunch is over though. I want to follow some kind of structured routine that involves:

  • Physical (10-60 minutes): walking, biking, do some workout routine at home, go to the swimming pool. The goal here is getting my body challenged.
  • Curiosity (10-30 minutes): read nonfiction (or mind challenging fiction, like The Silo Trilogy or Hyperion), study, watch youtube videos and TED talks. In general: getting my mind challenged.
  • Creativity (30-90 minutes): write a blog post, code for a pet project or a new software idea, write down 10 ideas, enjoying thoughts experiments (like the dinner table series on waitbutwhy) and/or create new ones. The goal here is to put myself at work on something I’m passionate about.
  • Spirituality (5-20 minutes): daily meditation, weekly reflection about where I am in life, where I’m going and what makes me happy. This is to find my purpose in life and remind myself to not forget that there’s more than living in survival mode and chasing pleasures.
  • Planning (5-20 minutes): planning the day, scheduling the duties (errands, bills, social events), play with the Eisenhower Matrix and set morning time for the “important but not urgent” items. This is to try to keep some sort of control over natural life chaos.
  • Leisure (0-30 minutes): whatever I want that makes me pure short-term pleasure like watching an episode of a tv series, playing a videogame, solo play a boardgame, waste time on facebook…

I don’t want to be too broad though. I’d like to focus on few projects, ideally just one at a time for each category.

 

Yeah but this blog is about Personal Finance and FIRE. Is waking up early related to money?

Personal finance is a journey. You may jump in after a tough awakening from your financial nightmares, then you start tracking pennies to get your head above water. You become financially awake/aware. You install good habits and reach integrity, right direction, wealth.

Then at one point money start fading into the background. You have enough of it. You can finally focus solely on how to improve your life. I don’t care about money, I care about building a happier and better life. Follow your passions, find your purpose, seek happiness, improve well being, connect with others. Money is just a means to these ends.

So yes, waking up early perfectly fit my Personal Finance framework: it’s a way to improve my life using my resources (time here, not money).

Plus, as an amazing positive feedback loop, waking up early makes you a more organized and productive person. A person with excess of quality time available to work on side projects, learn a new skills, plan and prioritize things in your life, remove some physical and mental clutter and explore your inner self. All of these will somehow find their way to improve your wealth.

Not convinced? Let’s ask Kobe Bryant:

Kobe Bryant‘s words!

Thanks Kobe 🙂

 

Bottom Line

Wake up, don’t be lazy! The world is awesome when the others are sleeping! That silence, the hidden sunlight, the frosty winter… I can’t imagine what will it look like to go for a long walk before dawn in spring or summer! Coming back at home after hours of walking in the woods… and it’s still 8am!

And it all started with setting an alarm clock and waking up within a minute!

You still not convinced? There are plenty of resources out there, like The Miracle Morning book and the associated Facebook community.

Btw, if you need some help, you can always purchase a money shredder alarm clock, they say it helps 😀

So guys, go to bed and see you tomorrow at 6am!

Yaown… what time is it? What’s up?

Nothing, nothing, go back to sleep my friend 😉

Boredom

Hi RIPpers!

Few days ago RIP Sr came to visit me in Switzerland for the weekend. It has been a nice August weekend, with very good weather (28 Celsius) and plenty of activities for him: swimming, e-biking, walking, barbecuing with a dozen of friends… he’s no more used to live at this rhythm, he spends days mostly at home, watching television and playing card games (not gambling) online. He’s still in a friendly relationship with my mother even though they are no more together since 10 years. He’s 65 and not in good shape.

ripsr

You may have heard of him because he helped me a lot with my personal finance since I was a kid. He’s very proud of his son job and nice salary, even though it means that I have to live far from him. As always we spent few hours discussing finances.

I showed him my NW document and my FIRE goals, without going deep into the math. I told him the 4% rule and the target NW to call it FI. He’s supportive, it’s always been a dream of his. When he was young he thought: “accumulate 100M Italian Liras (50K Euros…) and you’ll live out of CDs dividends!”. Good thing he didn’t follow his plans 🙂 Sometimes I’m scared that what I’m planning right now will look so silly in 30 years and my future failure would then look so predictable.

Anyway, this post is not about money and finances.

We discussed briefly his lifestyle: no activities, little social life, a smoking addiction and a non negligible alcoholic consumption. I fear for his health. Both his parents died relatively young (grandpa 66, grandma 79) and he’s not taking care of himself. Obviously, I didn’t throw all these facts on the table at once. After our first day together I saw him so tired and took the chance: “father, you should do more physical activity. You’ve got plenty of time. You’re not too old! In my last hike trip I’ve been hiking for 2 days with 3 retired men of your age, then I had to slow down because I wasn’t able to keep their pace!! You are so pale and it’s summer. C’mon, walk at least an hour each day, get some sun, breathe some fresh air!”.

I was prepared for a wide range of possible answers – ranging from depression to anger – but his caught me unprepared: “I know, I should do more… but sometimes I do walk and reach the woods in my neighborhood… but then I don’t know what to do, I get bored.

His answer was unexpected, even though I’m solid on this topic. I decided to smile him back and listen to him instead of replying directly. In my mind thousands of possible answers, suggestions, solutions to the boredom problem. But I need to accept that there are people who can’t be helped on this.

People get bored. As far as I can understand, this is a thing. My father has never been a curious person. That’s sadly funny to see how he was aiming to his own Financial Independence without anything to do with his time. He was accompanied to pension in 2006, at age 55, and his life slowly decayed to misery. Laziness and lack of curiosity destroyed him. He’s no more the fast-thinking person he was till 10 years ago. And he’s been lucky: millennials in Italy will have to work till age 75. He retired at 55 thanks to an unsustainable pension system who brought Italy to the 3rd largest national public debt worldwide.

Anyway, what is boredom? I don’t care about “boring moments” like waiting in a line or going to work with nothing to do or being stuck at the airport for hours with no internet… I care about boredom mindset. The permanent state of mind where if you don’t have something mandatory to do then you’ll get bored. People who are scared when I tell them I dream FIRE because “you’re going to get bored”. People with no passions. People with zero curiosity. People that fear to fail in trying new things or simply scared by new things. People who don’t want to be intellectually challenged. People with fixed mindset.

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In my opinion, boredom mindset is one of the worst mental illness you can get. It prevents you to enjoy life at its full potential. And it’s a choice. Essentially you limit yourself by self locking your feet with ball and chain!

Why so many people seem to be infected by it? Seriously, it’s the top complaint when I tell people my plans: “you’re going to get bored”. Maybe it’s simply the normality: people have not explorative minds. People don’t ask themselves too many questions. People don’t question what they see and what they experience. Maybe that’s why religions are so popular: religion it’s the utterly “don’t ask” medicine. Maybe curiosity and creativity are not the norm.

[Fun Story: well, it’s not so fun, it’s actually turbo-sad. But it’s worth sharing: few days ago I read an article that made me think about the boredom problem. It was shared by some racist person on facebook that I happen to accidentally not have yet removed from my contacts with the intent of: “look, everyone says cops are criminals because they hurt black people, but look at how good people are these two guys…”. The article is in Italian but it says that an old couple of retired people were so bored and lonely that they started crying and screaming till someone called the cops. The cops spent few hours with the old couple and they cooked together and talked a little bit. Yes, ok, it makes for an amazing headline on a local newspaper. But what the fuck… how can someone start screaming because they feel bored? They are not even “alone, they are together, they are a couple! Don’t they have anything to do? Any passion? Read a book! Cook a new recipe. Go walking. Study Biology. Learn Swahili language and please… no. There’s no such thing as being too old for learning something new. Few years ago it died at age 110 Carla Porta Musa, an amazing Italian writer with 100 years of career and a lot of projects left unfinished on her deathbed. I’m sorry, I can’t sympathize with the old couple mentioned in the article]

I’m good at talking, am not I? But I mentioned that I’ve experienced sparkles of boredom during my longest sabbatical before joining Hooli. Yes, I had a lot of excuses, but truth is that I experienced signals of meaninglessness and uselessness when I hadn’t anything mandatory to do. This is something I need to address before FIRE if I want it to be a success on psychological level too.

Next question is: how to prevent the boredom illness for a person at my age, with my background? My recipe has 4 ingredients:

  • Be curious, learn new things. Assume you know very little about yourself. Be open to new experiences, even those who look not interesting at first sight.
  • Be creative. Train your creativity muscle everyday. Creativity and curiosity are two amazing medicines.
  • Be active, do things. Think less, plan slightly less and do more. Feel your body. Don’t waste it. Push it to the limits. Do sports go to sleep physically tired at least twice a week.
  • Be social. Meet new people and get to know them. Listen to them like today is their last day on earth. Share your passions, meet people similar to you for 80% of your time and people completely different from you in the remaining 20% to avoid overfitting with what you believe you currently are. Don’t be afraid of those who are different from you, or think differently. Embrace diversity.

If you keep training your body, your creativity, your curiosity and your sociality you will never get bored. In fact you’ll reach the opposite state of mind. There’s no word for that so I ‘m here to tell you I’m forging a new one: sboredom (joking, it really sucks! In Italian it looks like a bad word!). That state of mind where you know you’ll never get bored anymore. You know the time you’ve left on earth is not enough to satisfy all your current passions, let alone those passions you don’t know yet you have!

That’s the necessary state of mind for even desiring to be FIRE!

That state of mind will make you hate wasting your time, like waiting on a line or going to work when you don’t enjoy what you’re doing. That state of mind where you even question Hooli as a workplace – and you know 99.9% of the people would immediately swap their job to yours if given the chance. You get more aware of priorities in life. You know your time is limited and there’s no way you’re going to waste it doing something you don’t want.

And then I think about RIP Sr and about the world being filled with people like him. All the time in the world at their service and nothing to do. Screaming because you feel alone and lost.

How to cure society from this evil epidemy?

Working 40+ hours per week is not going to help. You don’t have time to explore who you are and what you could be. After 40+ years of mentally unchallenging activities you’re left with no energy to explore further. I sincerely hope that this paradigm will be rejected at society level thanks to automation and no need for everybody to work that much. Part time jobs, 60%, 50%, something like 20-25 hours per week should be the new normal. More time for yourself at 20-30-40 years will make you a better person.

Early Retirement is one of my dreams simply because slowing down is not socially accepted and hard to implement today. Early retirement is a vertical part-time strategy, opposite to conventional horizontal part-time where you work less per week but still till “retirement age”. It seems that things are changing though. Studies and experiments are happening all around the world. Part-time working is shown to boost productivity. In Sweden they’re experimenting with 6 hours workday. In Switzerland working 80%, 60% or 50% and taking prolonged sabbatical is becoming more common. I hope that in the near future working today’s 50% will become the new standard, so that we’ll call 40 hours per week “working 200%”.

Having more time alone is not enough though. That’s actually the “old retired couple” problem. Do I want to give them more free time? To make them suffer even more? Am I so evil?? If you’re not trained to be a curious person you won’t spend your extra time aiming to sboredom.

Education plays an important role here. Did I mention I want to revolutionize schools? I’ve been a volleyball coach for 2 years in the past. Kids in the age range 10-14. Even though it was such an amazing experience, like that time when my guys won a match on the day of my 21st Birthday against the top team in our league, I’ve had sad moments with them while probing their curiosity. Kids are fun, but at one point they stop exploring and quickly adapt to what’s out there. That point is shifting toward earlier stages of their lives. Their imagination is driven by what they saw in the latest blockbuster movie or videogame: “Spiderman is the best!!”, “I love minions!”, “I know all pokemons names!!”.

When I ask if they are curious about how the world works, how math works, what’s the “matter”, what are the “forces”, why we experience gravity,… none gives a shit. When I ask them to come up with a nonexistent super hero and imagine his super powers… no, sorry, creativity is not living here anymore.

What a shame! Education should help kids to be creative and curious. Reward them not by the solutions they give to simple and brainless problems, but by the questions they bring to the table. Teach them not to be sure. Not unsure of themselves, but unsure of the answer they find to the questions they ask. Help them find the answers to their questions and then question the answers. Teach them how to verify a solution and how to reach the same conclusion in 10 different ways. Make kids love to go to school to learn and play, and not let them be scared by examinations.

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In my why school kids will have a question book they fill over the years. The lessons will be interactive and nothing is taught directly but stories are told. Questions will be asked and kids will go hunting for answers and comparing different answers found by different kids. More questions will come. Teachers will help students to structure their knowledge and help them model the world.

Okay, that’s too much for this post, I started ranting 🙂  The why school project must wait their turn in my infinite todo list… Yes, it’s one of the bittersweets problems with sboredom: you have more projects than time!

So how can I help someone who’s paralyzed by boredom mindset? How should I help RIP Sr? How can you help you beloved friends/relatives who suffer the same illness? I guess the best way is showing leadership and integrity: teach by doing, be an example. Involve them in your passions, show them how you can take a challenge on something you’ve never been good at. “Look, I’m attending Tango lessons and we all knew I totally sucked at dancing! Now after 3 months I’m good at it and I’m having a lot of fun! Why don’t you try?”. Start early, as soon as signs of boredom mindset appears. Don’t let it settle down, it’s harder to defeat then.

Say no to boredom, say welcome to sboredom!