Alex’s Notes

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“Live in the present and the message of God will come out of you.”
– Jesse Lee Peterson

An unfinished thought


In case you haven’t noticed the world has changed recently and with it one of the most revitalizing surges of opportunity in recent memory.

When businesses around you close, when fear is the strongest smell in the air, and when assumptions require second thoughts you are forced to see the truth about your surroundings to power your convictions.

To see who you are, who others are, who needs help,

The Art of Business

An important business lesson I have recently internalized is that not every project is an art project that needs to achieve some higher purpose, but a straightforward end result that won’t explode on impact. This realization has increased my income, productivity, and made my art that much sweeter.

“Check your premises—If you seem to be confronting a contradiction, then at least one of your relevant beliefs is false.”

It is vital that words like “psychopath” and “narcissist” are reserved for those true chance encounters and are not lazily attributed to anybody who favors their position over your own.

To dilute such words can make you miss important cues and leave you in dangerous situations.

It’s not economical

is something we say to justify spending less of our own money to the expense of the actual economy.

Why not tip the delivery driver an extra $10 for saving you nearly an hour of your otherwise billable time?

Why not buy the {slightly more expensive but usable thing}?

“It’s not economical.”

It is not economical to cheapen the economy, which is the value people hold each other to.

Of course this is only true when your (billable) time is not worth much, which is why it has become “economical” to save rather than earn.

Steve Jobs

Read: November 2018

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Steve Jobs

by Walter Isaacson

I think this was the fastest book I ever read when at 18.

Reading about Steve Jobs makes you feel bigger than the world, yet restrained knowing that if nobody sees the imperfections and disorder in your product, you do and you know it. That way you know what to do for the best next time.

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Currently reading: Einstein

Read: November 2018

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by Walter Isaacson

Being a genius always sounded appealing to me so I read this book to study one. He played the violin, worked a desk job while working on his theories, walked with the best, and even ended up in Princeton – close to where I grew up.

I took more time understanding his personality and strange life scenarios than I did deep scientific research, but my favorite stories about Einstein came from my grandmother who used to see him walking on the Princeton campus.