March '21 - Highlights

Video // Date: March 25, 2021

6 Steps To Better Sleep | Let's Talk

Tom Merrick, the Bodyweight Warrior, discusses six key topics to be aware of to get good sleep, which is crucial to feeling good and performing well. Like he says in the video, the point is not to be perfect in any area, but to do them all as well as you can.

  1. [0:49] Setting your circadian rhythm
  2. [4:52] Coffee
  3. [6:13] Training
  4. [8:21] Food
  5. [9:49] Supplements
  6. [12:48] Tracking

Stay tuned for our interview with Tom coming out later this year.

Video // Date: March 18, 2021

Gabor Mate on How We Become Who We Are | Conversations with Tom

Gabor Mate, renowned expert on addiction and childhood trauma, discusses how crucial our early experiences are for our future success and emotional wellbeing. As our childhood is largely beyond our control, he advocates ‘compassionate enquiry’ – understanding that we are just products of our circumstances, trying to objectively understand why we do what we do, and realising that our failures do not make us intrinsically worthless.

Timestamps are in the video description on YouTube.

Video // Date: March 13, 2021

Final Thoughts on Free Will

Sam Harris, neuroscientist, author, and expert in mindfulness and meditation, takes Gabor Mate’s argument one step further. He presents a case for determinism: that all events, including our own thoughts, feelings, and choices, are completely determined by previous events.

Rather than making us feel powerless, Sam Harris explains how understanding this concept allows us to be much more understanding and empathetic towards others, and just as importantly, towards ourselves.

Whether you agree with his ideas or not, he presents an interesting, unusual perspective on life, one which can help us have more compassion.

Jordan Peterson’s EMPOWERING MESSAGE to Take Responsibility For Your Life | NEW w/ Aubrey Marcus

Video // Date: March 10, 2021

Jordan Peterson and Aubrey Marcus discuss how to take more responsibility for your life, and why you should do so.

Being responsible for ourselves and our future is a tough, never-ending commitment – Jordan also talks about the barriers people face, such as victimhood or feeling inadequate, and how to overcome them.

[2:40] The effects of the internet on the distribution of knowledge, and why we should question our own conclusions
[8:11] How the ways we engage with the internet fuels our bias and polarisation
[12:29] An example of marketing and the attention economy leveraging emotions
[6:11] Why conspiracy theories are unrealistic
[23:59] Why conspiracy theories are attractive
[25:22] You have more political power than you think
[28:00] How and why you should stand up for your values
[31:50] The importance of looking long term: setting and prioritising goals
[38:28] Consider the cost of continuing to do things that make you dislike yourself
[41:32] On Harry Potter: cultural phenomena and higher purpose
[44:48] Carl Jung’s theories of on motivation and interests: “It’s the manifestation of your potential higher self in the present.”
[47:08] Jordan Peterson’s interests
[49:32] More on our interests: how admiration creates growth
[50:15] The strength of our impulses
[52:53] – On human potential and identity: “Who could you be?”
[56:11] On identity politics: why your identity must be negotiated with others
[1:00:17] The most important obligation parents have to their kids
[1:02:56] More on the dangers of identity politics
[1:05:09] How our identity develops
[1:07:45] Why you should always tell the truth
[1:09:13] Balancing independence vs. peer pressure
[1:11:08] Why being human is a constant balancing act, not an equation to solve
[1:15:17] Why being a victim is attractive, but unproductive
[1:19:01] Jordan Peterson’s advice on life
[1:24:26] Why acting in your own self interest is best for everyone, and why selfishness is not
[1:25:55] On transcendent equality, and its importance
[1:28:57] The importance of faith and gratitude
[1:35:02] On the haters – the reasons for and dangers of being contemptuous of others
[1:38:51] Why recognising our potential can make us feel inadequate in the present
[1:41:56] The solution to feeling inadequate – how to form realistic expectations and enjoy the process
[1:43:33] The ‘arrival fallacy’ and why fulfilment is found in progressing towards our goals, not in achieving them

Getting Lean vs. Staying Lean (What To Expect and The Harsh Reality)

Video // Date: March 1, 2021

Mario Tomic, fitness coach, whose mission is to “cut through all the usual fitness nonsense”, breaks down the untruths behind the Instagram ‘aesthetics’ culture, and offers practical advice on getting and staying lean:

  1. [1:13] Our body fat percentage constantly fluctuates around a baseline. We should aim to maintain a range, not a specific percentage.
  2. [4:03] There are tradeoffs to being very lean: worse energy, sleep, productivity, and overall quality of life. We should then be strategic with our body fat levels and decide where we actually want to be, and for how long, rather than glamorising aesthetics.
  3. [6:00] To make staying lean more sustainable, build more muscle. Doing so increases our TDEE, allowing us to consume more calories while still hitting our body composition goals. This means we have higher energy levels when leaner, and also look better when less lean. To put on significant muscle mass, we must be patient and make a long term plan.
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