Ikigai was really just a collection of Sebastian Marshall’s blog posts, ordered in a way that made sense and outlined a bit about himself as well as his philosophy and some fun history lessons. While there was a lot of stuff it that didn’t resonate with me, this book did have an incredibly important affect on my future reading. It made me realize that I need to start focusing on history and biography literature more, and the over repeated business stuff less. The other thing I’m starting to realize is that I really need to find some people I consider peers. I want some fact based, rational thinkers with the drive to press forward. Reached out to author about this.
Worth rereading?: Yes
Important Take Aways:
- Become a creator in everyday possible: “if you have a sincere interest, then why not try to write an analysis or critique or user guide or quick-start manual or observations or … something?”
- Consciously decide to pursue wealth and power. These are virtuous things, and there are unlimited amounts of them available. Do it honorably.
- Go somewhere, cafe maybe, Take Notebook, pen, paper, coffee. Write “What do I want” on the top, underline it sit there, stare at the page, write it all down. No judging, no holds barred, just write
- Always work on the big creative project first that require mental energy and give forward momentum
- Stop letting people haggle with me. Just tell them no, it always pisses me off and they’re usually the worst clients.
- Get Better about just saying what I think. Stop censoring myself for the sake of others.
- Don’t get in arguments with Peasants. <– Sounds horrible, but really not as bad as the title. Maybe Sebastian has some copywriter in him, hell of a title for link bait.
Derek Sivers’s “Obvious to you. Amazing to others” post
Donald Trump’s “Think Big and Kick Ass in Business and Life”
Winning Through Intimidation” by Robert Ringer
“Pitch Anything” by Oren Klaff,
Who Says Elephants Can’t Dance? by Lou Gerstner.
Musashi by Eiji Yoshikawa.
Lone Wolf and Cub.
“An Introduction to Cyclothymia” or declaring war on the publishing industry in, “An Open Letter to Simon and Schuester CEO Carolyn Reidy.”
General Washington, President Jefferson, Judd Weiss, Shoguns Ieyasu and Yoshimune, Emperors Meiji and Augustus. Miyamoto Musashi, Adam Smith, and Carl von Clauswitz.
Ramit Sethi wrote a great post about this—”Barriers are your enemy”—worth reading for more examples on eating healthier and managing finances.
“Action. Then details. Remember that. Action first. Then details. Action.”