10 FUCKING THINGS

— To Get Done

[Warning: This post was drafted 44+ hours fasted.]

“Discover how to enhance your productivity and focus by transitioning from task-based to project-based work. Understand the significance of artificial intelligence in modern life and its impact on your career. Learn about the process of creating compelling images for content using AI, thus reducing reliance on stock photos. Plus, gain major relief from feeling the need to conform or please others. This post also offers a critical look at so-called “experts”, emphasizing the importance of proven action over fancy titles. Finally, get a sneak peek into upcoming products for members and insights into effective business communication practices.”

In this post:

  • Get that told-you-so feeling by nodding uh-huh that most “experts” are just self-and-industry-serving shills and worthless, destructive assholes.
  • Realize the importance of knowing your audience and responding appropriately for more effective communication.
  • Learn about the AI-driven process of creating compelling images for content, reducing reliance on stock photos.
  • Understand the role of artificial intelligence in modern life and how it impacts your career.
  • Gain insightful knowledge into the transition from task-based to project-based work, increasing productivity and focus.
  • Gain major relief from any perceived need to blow smoke up asses.

A Little Bit of Lots

This shall be an inspirational “freebie” post. Be prepared to be inspired, and I’m not joking.

No PAYWALL!!!

“The beatings shall continue until morale improves.” — Captain Bligh

(“… Pour encourager les autres.” — Voltaire)

Experts

Besides, it’s Sunday morning (for me), and I just read this week’s Sunday with Sisson, so I can do what I want even though I didn’t stay in a Holiday Inn Express last night…

The Age of the Expert is dead. It’s gone. Dust and ashes on the wind, scattered into a billion particles.

For some people, this is scary. These are the former Experts, the ones whose meal ticket depends on people trusting their word and paying fealty to their position in the hierarchy.

It’s also scary to people who came to rely on the Experts…

But all that’s gone. Now, someone sitting in a position of authority is initially diminished in my mind.

… We should have known all along. Expertise isn’t something that requires a label, fealty, or even sway. It’s establish through actions that are objectively observed as valuable and effective, and it’s obvious to everyone.

Robert Oppenheimer was an expert. Whether, or not, he was ever called that is meaningless and superfluous. It was just fucking obvious. (This is not to suggest I approve of dropping the nukes on Japan… I do not, but that’s a subject for another time.)

In other words, the mere act of seeking out someone who calls himself an expert—or is labelled as such by “authorities”—is to set yourself up to become a useful fool in the service of whatever their agenda happens to be. In the same way that good and nice speech requires no protection of its freedom to dance on tongues, no genuine expert needs any acknowledgment as such, and to do so is to signal that the individual is really an anti-expert—because the concept of expertise implies…an essential defining characteristic…is that it’s in the service of human values, well-being, happiness, and prosperity, widely applied.

Expertise simply exists where it exists and requires not a word of assertion or reinforcement of the claim and title. To do so is to expose the reality: which is, that there is no expertise there; or more typically, that a confidence-scheme, con game is afoot.

We’ve seen this a lot lately, haven’t we?

Artificial Intelligence

Here’s a little mind worm for you, offered from two perspective, both with validity.

  1. This rise of conmen “experts” and suppression of true expertise coincides with the rise of AI, which has already been quite capable for years—the public just wasn’t aware. AI renders anything but ground-breaking, original research and discovery of almost no value in terms of a paycheck.
  2. AI will drive a lot of prices toward zero, expertise is just one of them. If a very low-cost AI can do your job better than you can (the case for millions, if not billions of people, already), you’re in deep doo-doo.

What are you going to do?

Nobody is going to keep you on out of the goodness of their heart, human.

Embrace that.

Figure out what the fuck you’re going to do about it now.

NOBODY is coming to save you.

NOBODY gives a fuck about you.

… I am astounded daily at the paralyzing fear people have of AI, and the whistling-past-the-graveyard element in all of that is palpable—also fucking pathetic… I am losing all respect for many other people on a daily basis. You may be aware I’ve been deep-dived into it since late 2022. I’m well in advance of 99.9% of all other people on the planet.

Proof? Right fucking here shut up.

You know, I do really hate belaboring the point about AI, and probably not for the reasons you think. I’m not some jilted lover frustrated over not getting what I want.

It’s that I shouldn’t have ever had to say anything but to say, You Better Check This Out. But just like fucking Covid, and masks, and lockdowns, and the vaxx, it takes fucking years for people to say: you were right (again).

I just get so tired of abject stupidity, shortsightedness, fear, and trepidation…and FEAR…masquerading and parading. It’s fucking pathetic.

Intransigence is the true Original Sin.

How do you get started with AI?

You sit down in front of one; any one, it doesn’t matter, and you start typing (or talking, with my GPT-4 bots). Ask questions as though you are interested in learning something. Don’t complain. Nobody gives a runny-shit about your silly-ass judgments…and that’s a projection on my part because last November I was doing the same thing, laughing my silly, know-nothing ass off about it too.

But I don’t commit The Original Sin for long.

Ever.

Midjourney AI Images

My favorite way to get going on a post—this one, like most, was a few minutes from conception to tapping away—these days it to begin by going to Discord where the Midjourney bot resides and typing in a prompt or two for the header image. I haven’t gotten to the titled subject of the post yet, but it’s about my new work process I’ve dubbed “10 FUCKING THINGS.” mostly because I can, and it gives me jollies to think of people so stuck-the-fuck-up that they’re rubbed wrong by it (grow up).

So…

/imagine [prompt] You have “10 FUCKING THINGS” to do and everything you do has to advance one or more of those “Things To Get Done.”

That rendered this grid, pretty funny.

It can’t do words yet, ironically, so it just tosses up random letters and numbers when context call for it. Reminds me of a savant who can sit at a piano and compose beautiful and amazing music, but is non-verbal and illiterate.

But clearly, it had taken “fucking” too literally in the non-literal way (pain in the ass shit).

I almost used the one on the lower left, but then decided to give it another go.

/imagine [prompt] You have 10 things to do and everything you do has to advance one or more of those “Things To Get Done.”

Et voilà.

Could have used any one of them, but I liked the sort of 3D look of the lower-left.

I now have a massive collection of hundreds of curated creations, and many of them will come in handy in the future. So much better than searching Google Images with all its banal, recycled, reprocessed crap that predators like Getty Images vomit and diarrhea all over the place.

So circling back to the previous section, how could I or anyone teach or instruct anyone how to do this, or to use the large language models (GPT, et al.)?

They are the teachers in themselves. You engage them as you would any other teacher, and you get the most out of them by just going in there and engaging. It’s not guided. You create the path as you go.

It’s wonderful. Just do it. Pick something you don’t know a lot about and go for it (the more technical and hands on, the better). … That puts you way ahead of the pack, because most people go in with something they know a lot about, as though to assuage their fears, or something…

10 Things

Alright, now we get to what I had intended to get into in the first place. You’re dealing with a hyped-up, caffeine, nicotine, and ketone-fueled head that’s 44 hours fasted this moment, last meal Friday afternoon; it’s Sunday noon. Meeting my American expat friends for our 18.00 Sunday weekly down at Mike’s Mexican for dinner, which is walking distance for me, a 30-minute drive for them—that’s way over on the other end of the traffic-clogged Pattaya Beach.

They picked it, not me.

The Shredded Beef Burrito

I usually have that dish, probably because two other guys always have it, and for a long time, so I figured it must be pretty good, and it is. Sometimes I’ll get the fajitas or…their taco salad is pretty good, ground or shredded-beef option.

That probably doubles my total carb intake for the whole week in that single meal (which is probably the more ideal way to consume carbs…a 1-2x per week glycogen-loading and metabolic-flex-test exercise).

… Anyway, this:

Things To Get Done For Members

After decades of trying every time-&-task management tool in the world, I never stuck with any of them for one simple, fundamental reason:

FEATURES are OVERHEAD!

Every microsecond of time you spend managing your management system is time—and especially, attention and focus—spent away from Things to Get Done (a philosophy I’m casually familiar with).

This is a problem with tons and tons of products and services. Features features features features features…when…you just wanna get something done.

The classic example they give is that you really don’t care about the drill and what-all list of features it has—except the essential one: that it can produce the 1/4″ hole you want done.

So like you see on my board up there in the upper left corner, features is #2. Sure, you have to mention some of them, but then you must follow up with #3, which is how you the customer are going to benefit.

What’s it gonna do for me, dammit?

So how do I spin that board for members and not-yet-members alike in that 3-question framework?

  1. Obviously, it’s my list of things to get done. I began by doing to-dos of 10 things, and was using the Todoist app (the best I’ve yet found) to help track them, cross them off, etc. The rule was to get all 10 things done, then make another list of 10 things…WRR. Good. Worked well for a few days. Some power.
  2. Then I had a way-more-powerful epiphany. What if instead of doing a bunch of small-stuff to-dos, I instead make a list of 10 Big Things; projects, basically, and I run them concurrently? Then the only rule is that everything I do has to be something that needs to get done under one or more of those projects? Fucking amazing. I’m suddenly driving 10 Big Projects forward every damn day…every hour of work time. Yea, 10 is not a hard & fast rule. Keeping it real is a hard and fast rule.
  3. What it does for you is: can’t you see it? There are two things. First, in terms of the system, you’ll be getting the things you want done like never before. Your head will not only be focussed on the tree or two you’re obsessed with…or the small grove of trees… You’ll be elevated to where you not only see the forest, but all 10 forests. (Or, I suppose you could say that you’re seeing all ten groves of trees comprising your own forest.) Second, and more specifically in terms of membership, you can plainly and clearly see the massive amount of benefit coming down the pike continuously for members; no letting up, no backing down.

It’s just business. I will ensure that nearly every gram of benefit accrues to members as promised always, reiterated above.

You can see I’ve crossed off a couple. #1 is still up there because it’s ongoing; it’s in full swing, months still to go on what’s now a 114-Lesson Course in No-Matrix/No-Pill thinking.

You can see I’ve combined some things and moved another thing up. That’s another feature of the system. You don’t have to complete them in order or work on them in any particular priority. It’s better that you find something you’re really hip on doing right this moment—the only must being, that it advances one or more of those projects.

I’m almost ready to publish #3. That’s months in the thinking more than in the making, and the title is different now:

It’s not going to be a post here anymore. Too long. Way. It’s going to be an e-book.

A paid e-book. Members will have full access.

Sometime next week; it will be ready. It’s already near 12,000 words, I think.

The title up until 2 nights ago: “Intelligence, Self-Awareness, and Consciousness: A Journey Through Intriguing Hypotheses.” No wonder I couldn’t finish it. Yawn…

Then I’ve moved up my DIY Debt Settlement e-book for next because that’s already over 100 pages and will take only a week or two to get it ready. For those who don’t know, I used to run a debt-settlement company I started in a spare bedroom with 200 bucks to my name in 1993, grew it to 30 employees doing $3 mil per year, and ran it for about 20 years. We settled $3-4 million of mostly troubled, defaulted credit-card debt monthly for clients and CC companies alike, at an average of 35-cents-on-the-dollar.

You must call me an expert and pay fealty!

That one will be priced at 50 bucks on the nose (because it’s an actionable specific-to-a-task benefit), but as always free to members (meaning that minimally, there’s a 30-dollar discount built in for anyone who signs up on the $30 quarterly plan and grabs it).

… From there, it will be all hands on deck for the biggest project of all:

The photo is one I took myself at the Buddhist Blessing for the house I built in Sisaket in 2020, as a Covidiocy pastime.

I forbid my workers from wearing masks on the job. Actually, I simply made it known through Yui that I despise the masks and have no respect for anyone who wears them. That was sufficient.

… I always get a lot more done through people by means other than barking orders. Often, if you have to bark orders, you’ve got something wrong, or the employee is a wrong fit…and voilà, there’s another topic to explore—and it just went on the left side of the white board, where ideas go to dry-age and season.

So, that book is basically everything on the board that’s about diet, food, gym, and fasting…now combined into one. Not sure if I will retain the title/cover. I’m considering professional help in what’s called “ghost publishing.” It’s self-publishing, but genuine experts do it who have a slew of bestsellers under their belt (that’s why you’ve never heard of it).

Scott Adams of Dilbert fame just used Joshua Lisec to do his book (both ghostwrite and ghost publish) and has nothing but good to say. A friend of mine used Joshua to do his book, and his relationship-coaching business has exploded and is still exploding—even after having doubled his rates (which are 4x what they were when I first encountered Noah in about 2018). Anyway, I’ve corresponded with Joshua on and off for a couple of years, so we’ll see.

No matter what, though, members get the book free, and they’ll also get it first.

Don’t Blow Smoke Up In, or Otherwise Kiss Ass

I’m always dumbfounded by businesses always walking on eggshells around customers and prospects.

It’s nauseating.

… Great experience yesterday, though. Unbeknownst to many, there are lots of Indians in Thailand. It was about 80 years ago or so that many of them immigrated here, not sure why. My first real friend in Chiang Mai when I arrived was Indian, and it was his great-grandfather who come to Thailand way back.

But, as with Indians elsewhere, like UK and USA, they tend to mostly stick to their cultural roots, so they do things like open restaurants (there are perhaps more Indian restaurants in Pattaya proper than the number of all other cuisines combined…my first experience with Indian food was in 1989 in one of them right in this city and have been a lover of meat-based Indian curries ever since) and tailoring/clothing shops.

I went to a men’s clothing store yesterday, looking to up my attire game—since I’m radically altering my body composition…fucking rapidly (5 days on, 2 days off eating, combined with 4-days-consecutive in the gym…will do that, which is why you never hear about doing that). I didn’t know this, but the proprietors are Indian, and they put on one of the best shows of polite respectfulness and service I’ve ever encountered.

It wasn’t dripping and nauseating. It’s a men’s store, and it felt like being a man, dealing with other men.

I’ll close with a recent experience that got me thinking about suck-up behavior.

I got a stupid fucking email. It was in response to one of my automated email sequences that go out to new and first-time subscribers to the email list (keep that in mind) typically by grabbing a free download.

“I lied” is the subject because I did. It began as a 6-email sequence, I said it was 6 in the course of the sequence and even said “this is the last one” when #6 goes out. After a few days, I decided to add a 7th. Rather than go in and find instances and edit the other 6, I just admitted I lied.

See how easy that is?

So yea, he’s an idiot.

This is merely an object lesson. I have nothing against him personally (that’s why I’ve redacted the name/address) but at the same time, I have no inclination whatsoever to blow smoke up or otherwise kiss ass. Nor, to be conciliatory or polite. A thanks for alerting me to tech issues is appropriate.

This is what my No-Martix/No-Pill training is about in part—lie detection everywhere; knowing exactly what’s going on around you at all times…and doing it in a flash, automatically, reflexively (I’m a 3-decade expert; you shall pay me fealty for that expertise, too).

I read that email, saw the one keyword-lie (the adverb), knew instantly everything that’s going on in his head, his motivations, emotions, everything…and in 10–20 seconds, typed out the neutral, matter-of-fact reply, hit send.

Done.

It has nothing at all to do with him being vegan. I’ve had many vegan readers over the years…most antagonistic, but a lot who are not. It’s a lot like religious folk tolerating my rants, criticisms, and derision toward their faiths (which is WAY tuned down because it seems that traditional religious institutions are needed after all, and on a practical social level, if for none other).

The email told me that he’s not at all a prospect…qualified, really…for membership, that there was, in fact, nothing to be done and that in reality, he’s irredeemable.

Know that early, face it, move on. Don’t think about it except for what the experience may contain that’s of some benefit you can use (such as like I’m illustrating that exchange right here). It’s also important to say that this is not something I’d normally do; but this is a hard-stop, no-moving-forward situation, and he’s getting in my shit like some entitled chick.

So he’s dismissed and gets to fuck off.

If you know everything about that email down to fine-dust detail, way-good for you. Otherwise, the 114-Lesson No-Matrix/No-Pill Course is just what you need.

The red underlined elements are each a piece to the whole integrated puzzle of what’s really going on in his head, what his values are, what emotions arise because of them, and why he takes the actions he does. I didn’t even bother with all of them. There are a lot in such a short email.

Can you understand what sort of benefits you can derive from that on both the negative side (avoiding costs and losses and time wasted) and on the upside (identifying opportunities to seize upon for continual prosperity)?

There is no way you’ll ever forget learning this information. Even if you paid 100 times more than the 2 quarterly payments of 30 bucks it’ll cost.

5 Comments

  1. Nick Glatz on August 13, 2023 at 20:16

    Hey Richard – damn long fast, way to go. WRT the carb intake – I know you shoot for under 100G a day…I do as well. I find 80-100g a day is a sweet spot for lifting, hormones, no cramps, etc. At 52, more than ever before, I’m finding it necessary to increase PRO. For me, it’s 135G a day….anyway, great F*ing article and I still love the food, workout and nutrition sharing….I’m getting to the age where I can relate to closely tracking it all. Thanks again.

    Nick G
    Minnesota

  2. Andrew From Oz on August 14, 2023 at 06:25

    Love the whiteboard mate, was one of the best things I have implemented. On the clothing front, what does leveling up your attire game include?

    • Richard Nikoley on August 14, 2023 at 06:28

      A high quality white linen/cotton shirt, and dress shorts (like cutoff slacks, just to above the knee.

      I’ll be getting to light dress shoes as well. No socks.

  3. Andrea Ge on August 19, 2023 at 04:13

    Great post, Richard!

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