This is what I used to be up to on July 22, 2019
Building this website
I am almost done building this website, just a couple more features to add and I will consider it done and usable. First, I need to finish the "Book Notes" section, specifically the design. I know design is not that important and it actually has been giving me the most trouble, but I do want the website look at least somewhat good. The last feature I will make is a favorites page, where I will talk about or just list things I like the most.
First "serious" hustle
I have been dreaming about making an alternative income from a side hustle project for some time now and read a ton of books about it. The common theme with all those books is that a lot of the times a good "business" idea comes from scratching your own itch. I have been searching for that itch for a long time and came up with two. I actually thing those two itches have real good potential to turn into a hustle ideas. (it is so great and useful that I have been learning Django Web development, since it really improves the odds of actually making the project happening).
So, the first itch I cam up with is a directory of museums around the world (will start with NYC only) that will tell me when their free or "pay-what-you-wish" days/hours are. This will take some time to create, but with technology that people created it is very, very possible. I give myself 2 weeks to come up with a first working draft to share with people for free and see if that spark any interest. I will spend a total of one month and if the product fails I will move on to the second itch of mine. I will probably work on it a little bit during that month too.
I am currently reading the following:
- HTML and CSS: Design and Build Websites by Jon Duckett. (For the whole theory)
- Data Science from Scratch by Joel Grus.
- The Model Thinker by Scott E. Page.
- Eight Dates by John Gottman.
- 366 Daily Stoic by Ryan Holiday.
- Prediction Machines: The Simple Economics of Artificial Intelligence by Ajay Agrawal.
- The Design of Everyday Things by Don Norman.
- Don't Make Me Think by Steve Krug by Steve Krug
- The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles by Steven Pressfield.
I know this is a big list of books and one might argue that it is silly to read that many books at a time and they could be right. I like to read that many books at once, because that help me keep the interest alive and whether I keep reading a book or not is a good indicator of whether it is a good time to read it or not, since it has to compete with so many other books. I feel no pressure to drop the book for some time, only to come back to it later. It is easy to do in the 21st century, thanks to tools like Kindle. I have all the previously mentioned books on my Kindle and read a little bit of each on my way to work. Unfortunately its is sometimes hard to read while walking, especially in NYC, so I only read when I am on the train. When I am walking I usually listen to podcasts...
Listening to Podcasts
I only started listening to podcasts about a year ago, but can already see a great effect it had on my life. This is mainly because you get exposed to other people (smart people) and get to hear their thoughts on different topics and actually find new topics to get interested about. Thanks to podcasts I decided to make a personal website and actually ended up doing a lot of good things thanks to people I hhear from on those podcasts. I used to mainly listen to Tim Ferriss podcasts, because he had some incredible guessts over the ears, all talking about their lives and things that impacted them the most, this was extremely useful and motivating to hear. I have now switched to different podcasts, mainly more specific ones, but whenever a new episode of Tim Ferriss podcast comes out, there is now way I am not checking it out. So, here are the podcasts I am currently listening to or am planning to listen to:
- The Partially Examined Life Philosophy Podcasts: Episode 201 Marcus Aurelius’s Stoicism with Ryan Holiday.
- Software Engineering Radio: Episode 373 Joel Spolsky on Startups: Growth and Valuation
- Software Engineering Radio: Episode 315 Jeroen Janssens on Tools for Data Science
- Unemployable: A Four-Phase Approach for Creative Entrepreneurs
- 99% Invisible: Episode 340 The Secret Lives of Color
- IndieHackers: #102 Quick Chat with Pat Walls of Starter Story