Book #3 changed the way my mind worked forever

I experience mixed feelings whenever someone recommends a book or a song that came out years ago and which I’m just discovering now. One part of me is grateful for the recommendation, but another part of me says, “This came out years ago and I’m only just discovering it now?!”

Two of the books I’m going to share below just came out in 2020, so it’s entirely possible that you haven’t heard of them yet. …


You can have almost anything you want in life as long as you a) help enough other people get what they want, and b) you don’t care that in the beginning, most people will just think that you’re failing. Today, I’m going to show you the hidden benefits of letting people think just that.

The genesis of this idea came to me after reading Plato’s Republic, specifically when Socrates is talking to (arguing with?) Glaucon about virtue (being a good person). They’re discussing whether it’s best to be thought a good person by everyone in the world but really be…


Okay, so the premise here is that in the future, soldiers are broken down into light in order to get them to the front lines faster, where they rematerialize (or not) in almost literally no time at all.

I, for one, thought that was a pretty sweet premise.

What I like about The Light Brigade is that almost right from the beginning, it just opens up this giant question mark and not only does that first question mark not get answered until the very end, but there are lots of little question marks popping into existence throughout the whole story…


There’s a way that your readers can help you earn extra income that won’t cost them an extra cent, and only takes a few extra seconds of their time.

Not only that, but they’ll actually feel great about showing you their appreciation and helping you out financially at the same time. It even has a little bit of a “stick-it-to-the-man” factor in it, but I won’t focus on that aspect so much.

Simply put, it has to do with how the Amazon Affiliate Program works, and the fact that once a reader of yours clicks on your affiliate link, anything…


“You” are something that the universe is “doing,” in the same way that a wave is something the whole ocean is doing.

It’s not an exaggeration to say that I usually read something that Alan Watts has written, or listen to something that he’s said, every single day. He’s one of my largest intellectual influences, and, not surprisingly, he’s known to vast audiences as having been the foremost interpreter of Eastern philosophy for Western audiences. That being the case, it’s my sincere pleasure to introduce him to still larger audiences.

Much of the source material for this piece comes from his posthumously-published book, Just So. It’s an extended discussion of our human context within the wider universe, our strange fascination with money…


Good Morning!

As usual, I have to give you the monthly “heads up” that this Progress Report is just to keep myself accountable, and thus more likely to achieve my biggest goals (detailed below).

That means that you can safely skip large sections of this thing, ignore the boring parts, etc.

The first part of this Progress Report is copy and pasted from last month (because it doesn’t stop being true), and then down below there are sections dealing with the books I read last month, my physique update, my income report, my goal updates, etc.

BUT, having said all…


Subtitle: Get these two things right, and you can safely ignore pretty much everything else

Elon Musk is the worst person to ask about starting a business.

You’d think that business advice from him would be priceless; and for business-owners and creators at a certain level, it could be. But the plain truth is that he’s just too advanced for most people to be able to learn anything that they can immediately apply.

I have enough faith in him to believe that we’ll colonize Mars in our lifetimes, but I wouldn’t go to him and ask about registering a domain…


I probably owe more to Jordan Peterson than to almost any other living writer. As trite of an observation as this usually is…Dr. Peterson changed my life. Irrevocably. I mean, after reading 12 Rules for Life, my life won’t ever be the same, and that’s a good thing. Trust me.

So don’t think that I’m not grateful to him for that, or that I’ve somehow “turned my back on him,” or anything like that.

It’s just that he and have split ways a little bit after the publication of Beyond Order, and, although it’s still a book that’s absolutely worth…


Nearly 1 in 3 American workers run out of money before payday — even those earning over $100,000 a year.

In fact, even up to the $200,000 a year range, 78% of workers live paycheck to paycheck, and the reasons for that make total sense when you think about it. It’s not always their fault, but in life, even things that aren’t your fault can still be your responsibility.

It’s not your fault if some hacker clears out your bank account, but it’s still your responsibility to come back from that and to feed your family.

It’s not your fault…


Love him or hate him, Ol’ Donald J. was able to convince more than 62,000,000 people to trust him with their lives. Twice!

I’m going to show you exactly how he did it, without getting bogged down with cute ideals like “morality” or “justice.” In all seriousness, though, while those are obviously important (far more important than power), persuasion is neutral, and it takes on the color of the person who wields it. In this case, um…orange.

But that’s neither here nor there. And by the way, this piece is decidedly NOT political. At all. Hell, I’m Canadian!

Matt Karamazov

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