I recently watched an interview between Tom Bilyeu (Quest Nutrition founder) and Evan Puschak (The Nerdwriter). Puschak talks about developing your own world view. Bilyeu says he’s built his by combining great ideas from other people. He looks for the connections between ideas. I’m trying to do the same.
Bilyeu mentions Pete Carroll and his philosophy. In one of his talks, Caroll talked about John Wooden and the importance of knowing what you believe in.
But what hit me is that he had this philosophy. He knew what he thought, and it wasn’t like anybody else. And I just stumbled into trying into figuring that out…. If you want to be great, if you want to do something really at the top of your game, you got to figure out who you are, what you stand for, what’s important. And not even that, so you can convey it to the people around you, so they know about it.
What does this have to do with Ed Latimore’s book? He knows what he believes in. He wrote it down clearly for others to learn from. He knows how to fit wisdom into a tweet. In Not Caring What Other People Think is a Superpower, Latimore starts each chapter with a tweet-length heading and he expands on that idea over a page or two.
Here’s what Latimore has to say about having activities that lead to growth:
Overcoming the struggle is where it’s at. You will always need something to force you to grow if you want to be happy. There must always be a mountain to climb because happiness is in scaling the mountain; not in reaching the apex.
I learned about Ed Latimore through an episode of The Knowledge Project. I opened up Amazon and bought his book after hearing him explaining life before and after alcohol:
You ever watch Angel? That old show Angel? About the vampire with a soul. He was a vampire so he did a lot of ill shit as a vampire. And all of a sudden he’s got a soul so now he feels guilty about it. So he spends a lot of time brooding and feeling bad and trying to do good to make up for all the evil he put into the world.
If you enjoy him in that interview, you’ll like this book. The topics are similar and his voice comes through through in his writing. Some chapters end with actionable steps to take.
I’d love to know what I believe in and share it in a way that’s clear and entertaining. Ed Latimore shows what that can lead to. I’ll do the work to get there. One post at a time.