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Boring. Geeky. Vanilla. Yet, it is the very building block of your thinking and learning optimisation.   Welcome to the under-appreciated yet PRICELESS art of note-taking.    Note: I would never have thought to make a post on this if it weren’t for the recommendation of Scott McKeon - so I have him to thank for this very public display of my nerdiness.    I have a very unique approach to note-taking across many areas of my life, from reading to documenting events and stories… then using them in unusual ways going forward.    Until Scott pointed it out, I never thought of the potential of this

It is almost impossible to change someone’s mind when you confront them in an argument. To change people’s mind, the art of convincing, is much more effectively done by leading the horse to water.    By making them feel like it was their idea.    Inception, the 2010 sci-fi film by Christopher Nolan follows a mischievous group who try to convince man called Robert Fischer (played by Cilian Murphy) to dissolve his dying father’s company.    But they must convince him that it is his idea, and to do this, they infiltrate his subconscous.    The journey deep into Robert’s mind   What I love about Inception is that it

Welcome to the original publishing of  “Gillage - My Perfect Village” by Joe Wehbe.    The below will sound some combination of crazy, utopian, anarchic, naive, ‘airy-fairy’, and in the most painful sense, completely logical.    “Gillage” as we have affectionately come to call it, is a dream a few friends and I have of a better world - all starting from one communal village. This dream is a place where we can create what I call the ‘Thousand Doors System’ for everybody (where everyone embraces uncertainty and has limitless opportunity).     The reason for sharing Gillage with you is that I want you to be

Everyone always begins with HOW.  But HOW is not nearly as important as WHY.  Everyone starts out with the wrong word, and the wrong question.  WHY does this happen?  Human nature. We want to get where we are going faster. We want to learn what they learnt better and faster, so we can do more.  Examples.  Sir Richard, HOW do you do it? Everyone asks, HOW has Richard Branson started so many companies?  That’s not nearly as useful as asking WHY Branson does what he does. Interestingly, the WHY will unlock the HOW.    Elon

We need sharing that is done more intentionally.    Connectors Some people are connectors. Connectors see two great things and bring them together.  Connectors think of you when they read, listen to, or see something that you would love, that you would get use from. They introduce you to special people, special opportuntiies, and special things. Our world lacks connection. Our world needs more connectors… and, what’s important to know, connection is a positive sum game. The rising tide lifts all boats.   If you don’t have a connector in your life you’re missing out. If you’re not acting as a connector yourself, you, and those around you,

Welcome to The Most Useful Page On The Internet - my (Joe's) best recommendations, tips and hacks, to help you on your journey to open a thousand doors for yourself! This is meant to make it easier for you to find the things you need next - if you don't have a good recommendation, or want to discover new tools or resources, then this is made for you. It's meant to save you time so you can do your great work, and get to great places, faster! This is The Most Useful Page of Life and Meaning Tools Disclaimer One: The one thing

Everyone should hear the parable of the Mexican Fisherman and the Banker before they die.   Here is the parable as told in Tim Ferriss' book, The 4-Hour Work Week.    An American investment banker was taking a much-needed vacation in a small coastal Mexican village when a small boat with just one fisherman docked. The boat had several large, fresh fish in it. The investment banker was impressed by the quality of the fish and asked the Mexican how long it took to catch them. The Mexican replied, “Only a little while.” The banker then asked why he didn’t stay out longer and catch more

The thing about an iceberg is that 90% of it is under water. Though without knowledge of icebergs, you wouldn’t even realise that so much lies beneath the surface. All your photographs, recounts and recollections will show is the 10% above the water, the part which you assume to be the whole. This is what I call The Iceberg Effect or The Iceberg Problem; the simple reality that for any individual, group or problem, most people will process information, make judgments and react prematurely based on the 10% of the information they see above the surface. The 10% above the

Widely considered the most important idea I've discussed, it was the first set of podcast episodes. You can check out Episodes #001 - #003 where I discuss this concept in more detail. Links to the Youtube videos below:  Part 1 Part 2 Part 3   On January 4th 2018, I was terrified.    I was taking my first trip back to Nepal- the place where I’d gotten horrifically unwell just two years earlier. I felt obligated to go back, given I was a Co-Director of From the Ground Up, a nonprofit started by Nick Abraham that was working in the community of Ghumarchowk, Nepal. So, young

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