Fasting vs. Slow-Carb Diet, Top $150 Purchases, Balancing Productivity and Relaxation, and More

Balancing productivity and happiness

“People tend to abandon the good system they’ll follow in search of the perfect system that they will quit.”

We’re going to kick off the year with an in-betweenisode where I answer the most popular questions you’ve submitted.

If you’re wondering what you can do to ask a question that gets answered in the future, these are good criteria to follow:

  1.  I can answer it in a few minutes or less.
  2. It will help more than the one person asking.
  3. It will not immediately be irrelevant.

In contrast, here are some examples of questions that don’t generally get answered:

  • “If you had $100 and six months, how would you turn it into $10,000 or $100,000, etc.?”
  • “If there were one particular home business opportunity where I could make $2,000 additional per month, what would you suggest?”

If I had the magical answer to either of these, I’d use it for myself! And if there were an answer to share with one of you, I’d share it with my whole audience — which diminishes its usefulness as a competitive edge considerably.

Without further ado, here are the questions I’m answering this time around. Happy New Year!


Want to hear another podcast where I answer questions?  — Listen to “17 Questions That Changed My Life.” In this episode, I share how reality is largely negotiable. If you stress-test the boundaries and experiment with the “impossibles,” you’ll quickly discover that most limitations are a fragile collection of socially reinforced rules you can choose to break at any time. What follows are 17 questions that have dramatically changed my life (stream below or right-click here to download):

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QUESTION(S) OF THE DAY: What was your favorite quote or lesson from this episode? Please let me know in the comments.

Scroll below for links and show notes…

Selected Links from the Episode

Show Notes

  • Slow-Carb Diet vs. Intermittent Fasting (IF). Is it okay to skip breakfast and get 30 grams of protein at lunch instead of within 30 minutes of waking? [05:11]
  • Are Stoicism and compassion mutually exclusive concepts? [09:21]
  • How do I deal with disappointment when reaching goals? [12:21]
  • I’ve talked a lot about success, but how about rebounding from failure? [15:08]
  • My top purchases for health, knowledge, and behavioral change. [18:26]
  • When does experience trump scientific explanation, if ever? [22:41]
  • Do high performers find intimacy and appreciation of small wins difficult? [27:11]
  • How do I distinguish “lucky” top performers from the truly good worth studying? [28:33]
  • How can someone use The 4-Hour Workweek principles when employed full time or actively serving in the military? [37:20]
  • How to think about balancing longevity with muscle gain and physical performance. [41:14]
  • On blending productivity with “relaxation” (or recovery) as a high performer. [47:06]
  • How to “break through the noise” — my three rules for branding and marketing. [52:38]

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