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March 25, 2018
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*** Tim’s questions are colored blue

Maybe you can tell people a little about that book, in manga format (japanese format) and we’ll use that as a jumping point? 

  • “Best idea that got nowhere” 
  • Daniel Wrote a Manga called “The Adventures of Johnny Bunko – a graphic novel that reveals the 6 essential lessons of any satisfying productive career
  • Tim notes that Kevin Kelly (arguably the most interesting man in the world) at one point gifted that book the most
How did law school help you make better decision?
  • principle in social science: Law of surrogation (how you make decisions)
  • When you have to take a decision, look at somebody who took it and what were the consequences 
    • example: “should I go to this restaurant? – let me check the reviews first” 

How do you go about preparing a 30-60 minute speech right now?

  • Looking at how audiences react – instant feedback
  • watching the audience instead of watching the speaker

When you are testing a speech or an article, what are you looking for or what types of question do you ask?

  • “Let me take your simple question and complicate it” – Daniel Pink
  • Speeches and written words are different
  • Asking yourself “does that makes sense?” 
  • “what about it that doesn’t make sense?” 
  • Dan tests his writing by reading aloud to himself and also having someone else do it for him so he can listen to someone else reading it


Could you explain for people what Motivational Interviewing is and maybe give an example? 
  • Therapeutical method for addiction treatment
  • Asking Bob that is struggling with algebra the following question 
    • “on a scale of 1-10 how ready/much would you want to study? 
    • If he says a low number, ASK “why didn’t you pick a lower number?”
    • This makes Bob think why he’s not a lower number, so he’ll articulate his small reasons 

When people have their own reasons for doing something, they are more likely to endorse the behavior and more likely to carry it out

  • Surfacing your own motivations through questions 


  • We’ve overdosed on control – which is not an effective way to motivate people 
  • Human beings have 2 responses to control: they comply or defy 
  • We must abandon control for motivation and better go for our inner stronger motivation 
  • Skills which can be outsourced are less valuable 
AAA  (triple A) 
  1. Asia 
  2. Automation 
  3. Abundance 

Firm believer in structure and shape

  • organizing ideas
  • knowing what the final shape will be 
  • Doing research and writing at the same time in order  to always see where the gaps that need to be filled are 


  • Doctors are more susceptible to prescribe antibiotics in the afternoon compared with the morning
  • There is also less-handwashing in the afternoon


What are other examples related to the when? The timing

We move through the day in 3 stages :
  1. Peak
  2. Troph
  3. Recovery
  • Night owls usually move in the reverse order 
  • Our cognitive abilities change during the day 
  • Peak = when we are most vigilent and can combat distraction 
    • Analytic work 
    • Heads down focus
    • Writing a report / analyzing data


  • Troph = early afternoon, early to mid-afternoon
    • here we should do more of our administrative work 
    • we have less cognitive power during this time
    • Batching routine emails
    • Filling reports 
    • Anything that doesn’t require too much cognitive power 


  • Recovery = elevated mood than during the troph, but less vigilent than during the peak 
    • Brainstorming
    • Insight work 
    • Things that require iteration and little creativity


Research tells us that time of day explains 20% of the variance in how people perform on cognitive tasks 

What does your first 2 hours of your day look like? Do you have any particular routines?
  • A shower 
  • Going downstairs and seeing a person of the family
  • Protein and caffeine for breakfast 
  • Hard boiled eggs or peanut butter 
  • “I keep the hard boiled eggs industry in the business” – Dan Pink
  • Giving himself a quota of 700 words – no smartphone around and not doing anything until this is finished

In order to have good ideas, you need to have a lot of bad ideas

Principle learned at a writing course in college:
  • “the problem with the essay is that you don’t know what you think” 

Sometimes you have to write, to figure it out

  • Writing as a way to actually bring new  ideas into your head 
  • Thinking about writing as something you do NOT when you have your ideas ready, but to figure out your ideas
  • Book proposals in the non-fiction world are made before you start writing it 
  • Book proposal = business plan for the book 
  • A book proposal has the same ingredients as a startup pitch deck 
  • What part of the marketplace does this book cover?
  • Why wasn’t this already filled?

Say something important rather than say important things


Pitch example 
  • “a whole new mind” book was pitched as future shock meets 7 habits of highly effective people 
  • If you think of a map of ideas, why is there nothing in that specific place that you want to fill? 
  • Make sure someone hasn’t gotten there first, but also, why didn’t they got there first? What are they missing? 


  • Sometimes, just the act of  writing something down solidifies it

Writing a failure resume – resume of all failures – what was learned from each one


Are there any books that you’ve gifted often to other people?

  • Bird by bird by Aanne Lamott
  • The War of Art by Steven Ppressfield
  • Man Search for Meaning by Vviktor Frankl

If you could put a short message on a billboard to get a word, a quote, a question to millions of people, what would you put?

  • Assume positive intent

If there’s anything on your mind, don’t be shy, you have the comment box down below ⇩⇩⇩ Promise I won’t bite ⇩⇩⇩