I’m now back in my hometown and looking at a month or so of not-particularly-thrilling-or-globetrotting time. I’m filling it with activities and concentrating on working out a lot and stocking up a good credit of time spent with my family; but I have to say the likelihood of doing any game until I leave is low. I have a lot of time on my hands and have decided that I should use it to also stock up on … ‘research’.
So far I’ve been on Sabbatical for five months and there have been ups and downs. I’ve had periods of smug bliss and on the other end of the spectrum I’ve had nights of cold sweats and lost sleep, tossing and turning and wondering “where is my life going?”. Over the last few weeks I’ve started to mull over the big questions in life. “What is happiness?”, “where should I live?”, “what should I do?”, “where should I be in ten years?”.. basically the anxiety-inducing fodder of the narcissistic worrier with too much time and money on his hands.
Then I thought, well… these are pretty standard questions aren’t they? I’m sure there’s plenty of material out there that could help me find some answers? My god! Why don’t I just research some answers!! Amazingly this never really occurred to me until now. I guess this is because of three reasons:
- I assumed that with such primal questions there simply could be no answer
- The Self-Development community seemed dangerously habit-forming. People seem to form a co-dependent need for the material and want more and more of it (and surely if Self-Development works you need less, not more of it).
- So much of it looked like horse-shit.
Then I thought, well those are probably the reasons that a lot of lonely blue-pill guys avoid Game, yet I know for a fact amongst the crap is some life-changingly brilliant material. Crikey!
So to make matters less painful perhaps I’ll stand on the shoulders of others. If you, my readers, have encountered any particularly resonant material in the Self Development sphere that you could recommend then please could you leave a comment and include details. Thanks!
Out of interest, currently on my list are:
- “Meditations” by Marcus Aurelius
- Re-reading “The Happiness Hypothesis” by Jonathan Haidt
- Re-reading “The Now Habit” by Neil Fiore
- Watching some Damien Diecke stuff (recommended by Ondrej) :
- Watching the Matthieu Ricard Ted Talk
- “Happiness: A guide to developing life’s most important skill” by Matthieu Ricard
- “Hardwiring Happiness” by Rick Hanson
- “The Happiness Trap” by Russ Harris (this one looks the best)
- “The Chimp Paradox” by Steve Peters
- Listening to the “Mass Control 2.0” Frank Kern series
- Learn more about TRT/HgH