I believe we’re all shaped by the sum of our many experiences. At the most influential level the biggest factors that shape us includes our families, where we were raised, and who we call our friends.
Among our environment and surroundings, I also believe a big aspect of what goes into developing our world-view is the content we consume.
The books we read.
The movies we watch.
The Facebook Videos and YouTube Videos.
The 60 second Instagram vids and IGTV.
The snapchats, tweets and TikToks.
On this page I’ve arranged my favorite content. Some of these are from my favorite authors and thought leaders. Others are personal mentors and teachers of mine.
The medium of content ranges from books to digital courses, tweets to YouTube Videos.
At the core, I follow these individuals deeply because they all represent values and virtues I strive to work towards.
I want to share what I’ve learned from these giants that I’ve had the privilege to stand upon.
This page is titled “Lindy Library” because of the Lindy Effect. It’s a term popularized by philosopher Nassim Taleb stating that how long something’s been around is a great indicator of how much longer it’ll last.
In other words timeless material tend to stay timeless.
When reading material it pays dividends to revisit the classics. In this case, these are my classics.
(Updated: Oct 12, 2019)
Free Material That's Shaped Me
Is this not one of the most important questions for human beings? Every time there’s adversity, I remind myself to zoom out to get the full perspective.
2. Finally Wealthy, Naval Ravikant
Two profound lines:
“When you’re finally wealthy, you’ll realize it wasn’t what you were seeking in the first place.”
“A calm mind, a fit body and a house full of love must be earned”
Wealth isn’t money, it’s the riches of the three above.
3. One Simple Talk That Will Change Your Life, Tai Lopez
Tai Lopez is the epitome of what it means to be an “internet entrepreneur”. At first glance you might be overwhelmed by his flashy Lamborghinis, mansions, and play-boy lifestyle. I sure the hell was when I discovered him in 2015 seeing this dude on Instagram, posted up with selfies, next to all the A-List Celebrities.
But if you really “get to know him”, as much as you can through your phone or Laptop Screen, Tai’s a guy trying to truly help others. He often cites books and his mentors. In a world that talks the talk, as much as skeptics and haters will hate, you can’t say anything when the guy walks the walk.
In one of my favorite videos I watched several times, he talks about how everyone’s “optimizing” for the wrong thing in life. Don’t be fooled though. This click-baity title actual holds up to it’s worth.
Gary Vaynerchuck, commonly known as Gary Vee, is the most A-Type guy you’ll ever come across. If you watch ANY of his videos, you’ll see his abundant enthusiasm. People are surprised to learn that his bravado is how Gary is 24/7. Funny enough, like Tai, from first appearance folks may take Gary for an ego-driven, self-centered, obnoxious individual when he interrupts his interview guests, when he talks about himself over and over but you’d be surprised!
Once you really understand what Gary Vee’s about and his philosophy, you’ll learn he’s all about giving, empathy, caring, kindness at the most extreme levels.
In this video his 6 Minutes is a wake-up call and a reality-check. Keep your life in perspective with this video because he hits with a message worth anyone’s time.
4. “Productivity Advice For The Weird”, Ramit Sethi
6. “How To Get Rich Without Getting Lucky”, Periscope, by Naval
7. Wait But Why [Blog]
9. Sam Ovens [YouTube]
10. “Don’t Live In Extremes” by a Monk
11. “On The Shortness of Life” by Seneca
12. “These two men paid over $650,000 for lunch with Warren Buffett—here are 3 things they learned” by Warren Buffett
People I Learn From
1. Gary Vaynerchuk [Social Media]
2. Naval [Periscope, Twitter, YouTube]
3. Ramit Sethi
4. Seth Godin
5. Rener Gracie
6. Ryron Gracie
7. Firas Zahabi [Social Media]
8. Wait But Why [Blog]
9. Sam Ovens [YouTube]
10. Mike Arce
10. Ed Latimore [Twitter]
11. Depesh Mandalia
Paid Material That's Shaped Me
1. 67 Steps by Tai Lopez [Digital Course]
2. 80/20 by Perry Marshall [Book]
3. I Will Teach You To Be Rich, Ramit Sethi [Book]
4. Linchpin: Are You Indispensable, Seth Godin [Book]
5. Gracie University, Gracie Jiu Jitsu [Martial Art, Self Defense System, Philosophy]
6. Can’t Hurt Me, David Goggins [Audio Book]
These are just the tipping point of content that’s shaped me into the person I am today.
What’s your top 3 that’s shaped you today, whether it’s a thought-leader, a book, a piece of content?
Share below so we can all learn together.