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All posts by John Alexander

My Dad Had a Stroke – 2 Lessons I Learnt

My Dad had a stroke 3 weeks ago. He wasn’t the first, and won’t be the last. Every few seconds someone in the world has a stroke. Here are my 2 main take-aways from the experience: If you think a...

/ October 19, 2020

Value – The Driving Force in Friendships & Relationships

Its useful to question the relationships in your life, and ask what the value exchange is. Value can be created in different ways, and its not all financial. Perhaps you have a friend who’s reliable and helps you out in tough situations....

/ October 19, 2020

How To Hedge Long Term Plans With Long Term Strategies

We don’t know what the future holds Think of your early childhood aspirations. Maybe you wanted to visit space, practice a profession or pursue a sport. Whatever you thought of when you were little, chances are, life has deviated from that early vision....

/ October 19, 2020

Dan Hardy – Part Reptile Book – Plant Medicines Mushroom Routine Excerpt

For many UFC fans, a Dan Hardy fight always had the makings of good entertainment. It wasn’t just his strong looks (mohawk & tattoos), his high level Muay Thai striking skills backed up his attention grabbing appearance. Every fight he...

/ January 31, 2018

How the Dutch used the credit system to expand across the world – excerpt from Sapiens

Yuval Noah Horari uses his knowledge of history to explain how and why humanity has got to where it is. Sapiens is a book I’ll need to read over multiple times to really capture all its value. The below is...

/ January 30, 2018

The Mexican Fisherman Parable

I first came across this parable through Tim Ferriss’ book “The 4 Hour Workweek” – and it has stuck with me since: An American investment banker was at the pier of a small coastal Mexican village when a small boat...

/ October 27, 2017

Why I Switched to Squatting on the Toilet

After living in Asia for 18 months, I inadvertently picked up a new habit; the toilet squat. I think it stemmed from watching the local Thai & Balinese squatting on the side of the road. It seemed so foreign to...

Societal Roles

Once upon a time, many years ago, life felt unburdened by expectations. I was in my early teens, carefree, and just thinking short term. Wasting time playing computer games didn’t seem to matter. Sure, I had exams to pass and...

How To Make Friends (and how to think about all human relationships)

Dale Carnegie’s book ‘How to win friends and influence people’ is a great book. If you’ve been interested in personal development for any length of time, you’ve likely come across it. Its probably one of the most popular books on building relationships. However it...

An Evening With Homeless Guys in San Francisco

Arriving into a new town, you often just go with the flow. So after a week in San Francisco, some friends suggested we join ‘SantaCon’. Dressed up in our best Santa gear, we hit the bars. Briefly, it was pretty...

/ January 24, 2016