First - let me get this out of the way : I fed a squirrel. I saw a bunch of squirrels so I went back to the RV and got some almonds. I put one in my hand and sat around forever, and finally a squirrel came and ate it. It was the cutest thing ever - he put his little front paws on my hand to eat it. Now I'm obsessed with feeding the squirrels, but I haven't had any more success.
Ok, so let me share a few things with you that will keep you entertained for a while.
I read the book, "The Four Hour Workweek"
This book is probably the single best personal improvement book I've ever read. It talks about how to maximize your LIFE by working as efficiently as possible and using your free time well. As I read the book I alternated between thinking "wow! I do that too!" and "oh my god, I need to write that down!"
I'm not a huge fan of these sorts of books usually, but this one was great. It has very practical and specific advice, and you can tell that the guy is actually living the life he wants to live. I actually took notes (which I never even did in school) and have already implemented a few of his ideas.
Next up is what I consider to be the best blog on personal improvement out there today. I used to be a big Steve Pavlina fan, but as far as I'm concerned, he's lost it. Don't get me wrong - he's an incredible person and has a lot to admire, but I find his newest advice to be 95% new age junk that isn't actually going to produce results.
Tyler from Real Social Dynamics is one of the most, if not the most, talented pickup artists in the world. He has a lot of great ideas beyond just picking up women and has a very thorough approach to self improvement. His blog is the only blog that I read on a regular basis - I cut out all the ones that I felt were a waste of time, and his was the only one left.
Last, but not least, I just did a monster interview with the guys over at Pickup Podcast. It was so long that they split it into two parts. I talk about my book a lot and what it was like living in Hollywood. I think you guys will like it, so click here to listen to both episodes.
Time to go to the creek....
Can't wait to hear how you implement the teachings from the 4-hour work week book.
I totally agree with you, it's very inspirational.
awww, you were sick when you recorded that. did they leave in the part where i come over and say "hi"? you know, the important parts...
Wow, very, very nice radio voice. Seriously second only to Johnny Saviour, you probably have the best PU voice of all I've heard.
This is a continuation of the story, How I Became a Famous Pickup Artist Part 1. If you haven't read that already, you should do so before reading this article.
Papa was notorious for being in contact with everyone in the pickup scene. I couldn't blame him, either - he was the business side of "Real Social Dynamics", a company that taught seminars and workshops to aspiring players. Not surprisingly, he was the only person at the seminar that I knew.
In order to extract every last precious second out of my experience, I had gotten on the earliest flight to Chicago that I could book. I called Papa when I arrived at the hotel at 10am. I could hardly make out his voice. He'd been out in the clubs until very late and was still sleeping.
So, I've been doing a good bit of reading lately. In addition to all of those Chris Van Allsburg children's books, there are three wonderful books that I have been plowing through. I finished a book called "The Thirteenth Tale" by Diane Setterfield last week. This one was a total page-turner. It is a story about a somewhat reclusive auther/biographer who is asked by a world-reknowned novelist to write her biography. I don't want to give anything away, but what happens as a result is a story full of twists, turns, and emotions running deep. As one of the best books I've read in a while, it is extremely well-written and has characters rich with depth and power. I absolutely loved it. A couple of weeks ago, I borrowed a book called 100 Cupboards for my nine-year-old nephew to read. Suffice it to say that he's not really into books, and so, I started to casually read it one morning while I was taking a break from working on my website. Within the first 10 pages, I was hooked. Since I new I had to finish "The Thirteenth Tale" first, I decided to hold off until that book was done. I am so glad I did because this book is a roller coaster ride in and of itself. It starts off on an unusual premise when a boy named Henry arrives in a small, sleepy town called Henry, Kansas. He arrives there to stay with his aunt and uncle because his parents were kidnapped while travelling in a South American country. He stays in the attic, and within his first couple of days there, he discovers something hidden behind the plastered wall that his bed leans up against. The rest of the story is imaginatively well documented, and I couldn't put it down . . . This book is all about adventure and non-stop action. Don't let the slow-paced opening chapter fool you. Once the story gets going, it won't let you go. If you liked the Harry Potter series, then you will love this one. What I liked the most was the main character named Henry. There is this dignity and humility about him that is all too intriguing. I kept rooting for him all the way through. Of course on the same day that I finished "10o Cupboards", I rushed off to the library to get part 2: Dandelion Fire. Within two days, I read all 466 pages of it . . . I was not disappointed. This book packed more of a punch than the first one. I am looking forward to the next and last instalment of the series when it comes out in January of 2010. Thanks to these books, I am now also a fan of their author N.D. Wilson. (www.ndwilson.com) He's really quite good, and I'm looking forward to reading more of his work in the future. Okay, so over the next week, I'm taking a break from reading and will return to my other passion--KNITTING!!! There is a brand new pattern I am itching to get started on. No rest for The Asian!!! Is reading better than chocolate? Hhhmmm, tough call. -gordo