Marc Ecko is the guy behind Ecko clothing. After studying business and entrepreneurship for the past 2 years, I’ve found his story is the common tale amongst entrepreneurs. Lots and lots of struggle fed by more struggle and challenges along the way. This is a powerful School of Greatness interview so please feel free to enjoy the new SoundCloud player here on this site.
Hope you all are having a fantastic time learning the force.
This is my reflection and meditation upon reading Who Moved My Cheese by Spencer Johnson. It’s a simple book which can be tied to a million metaphors… here is one:
Hustling is key to success and those two little rats (Sniff and Scurry) are the quintessential hustlers. They did a few things that I appreciate:
See the Big Picture
Himmm and haaa didn’t notice that the cheese was shrinking. They didn’t notice that their time in tube three was running out. The signs were there but they just sat around getting fat and practicing stupid the whole time. When the cheese ran out they were obliterated.
Sniff and Scurry saw it coming. When the cheese finally ran out they weren’t surprised. They didn’t waste a minute to get to the business of finding more cheese.
This s$%t is happening on the daily in this country. THE CHEESE IS MOVING FOLKS. Higher education? Scammy finance rackets? Are you a involved in the movie rental business? BlockBuster declared bankruptcy in 2010 people. There is no reason you should think that whatever cheese you’ve got is not going to run out.
Himm and Haa took forever. Haa got it after a while and I think his process would be far more enjoyable if he had enjoyed the hunt for cheese. Himm is simply a metaphor for what to avoid. Do not wait for the cheese.
Sniff and Scurry got to work immediately on hunting more cheese. There wasn’t even a discussion about it.
| Cheese Gone | I’m Finding Cheese |
There is always going to be cheese.
Macroeconomic forces might alter the big picture for governments and the international monetary fund, but that crap doesn’t affect me or you. Those things don’t affect us because, though we get international news, we live in local economies. We live in local relationships. You can start from nothing tomorrow and be great now.
100% is possible 100% of the time.
Cheese is, of course, a metaphor. It is the representation of getting what you want, be it a relationship, a bunch of money or inner peace. You’re only going to find it by taking action, finding new opportunities and executing on them like your life depends on it.
Helpful for Course Selection:
- MITAdmissions.org – Physics
Right now I’m going to build my cirriculum for the Physics challenge.
To start off I found a list of the courses that are offered:
|Course #||Course Title||Level|
|8.01SC||Physics I: Classical Mechanics (Fall 2010)||Undergraduate|
|8.01||Physics I (Fall 2003)||Undergraduate|
|8.01||Physics I: Classical Mechanics (Fall 1999)||Undergraduate|
|8.012||Physics I: Classical Mechanics (Fall 2008)||Undergraduate|
|8.01L||Physics I: Classical Mechanics (Fall 2005)||Undergraduate|
|8.01T||Physics I (Fall 2004)||Undergraduate|
|8.01X||Physics I: Classical Mechanics with an Experimental Focus||Undergraduate|
|8.02SC||Physics II: Electricity and Magnetism (Fall 2010)||Undergraduate|
|8.02||Physics II: Electricity and Magnetism (Spring 2007)||Undergraduate|
|8.02||Electricity and Magnetism (Spring 2002)||Undergraduate|
|8.022||Physics II: Electricity and Magnetism (Fall 2006)||Undergraduate|
|8.022||Physics II: Electricity and Magnetism (Fall 2004)||Undergraduate|
|8.022||Physics II: Electricity and Magnetism (Fall 2002)||Undergraduate|
|8.02T||Electricity and Magnetism (Spring 2005)||Undergraduate|
|8.02X||Physics II: Electricity & Magnetism with an Experimental Focus||Undergraduate|
|8.03||Physics III: Vibrations and Waves||Undergraduate|
|8.04||Quantum Physics I||Undergraduate|
|8.05||Quantum Physics II||Undergraduate|
|8.06||Quantum Physics III||Undergraduate|
|8.08||Statistical Physics II||Undergraduate|
|8.13-14||Experimental Physics I & II “Junior Lab”||Undergraduate|
|8.2||Introduction to Special Relativity||Undergraduate|
|8.21||The Physics of Energy||Undergraduate|
|8.224||Exploring Black Holes: General Relativity & Astrophysics||Undergraduate|
|8.225J||Einstein, Oppenheimer, Feynman: Physics in the 20th Century||Undergraduate|
|8.231||Physics of Solids I||Undergraduate|
|8.251||String Theory for Undergraduates||Undergraduate|
|8.261J||Introduction to Computational Neuroscience||Undergraduate|
|8.282J||Introduction to Astronomy||Undergraduate|
|8.286||The Early Universe||Undergraduate|
|8.811||Particle Physics II||Undergraduate|
Classical Mechanics and Electromagnetism sounds great.
Vibrations, Waves -> Amazing
Really, as I look through this list I’m intimidated but really excited.
Nothing on the list above makes me think, “I don’t want to do this.”
The goal of this project is to complete an Undergraduate course load in Physics so I have to identify a schedule that will satisfy the requirements of the major. To gain an understanding of this, I’m reading the department of physics website.
I already have an undergraduate degree so I feel comfortable skipping classes that will overlap with perhaps humanities and the like that I already completed in previous years at the University of Nevada, Reno.
“The emphasis of both the undergraduate curriculum and the graduate program is on understanding the fundamental principles that appear to govern the behavior of the physical world, including space and time and matter and energy in all its forms, from the subatomic to the cosmological and from the elementary to the complex”
I’ll be doing the flexible option which accommodates for those interested in tailoring their learning to a reflect broader interests.
This Degree Chart is what I was looking for.
Build the Course List:
General Institute Requirements (GIRs)
8.01: Physics I – Classical Mechanics – Incomplete
8.02: Physics II – incomplete
18.01: Calculus I – Incomplete
18.02: Calculus II – incomplete
Plus the Physics Departmental Program
- Required Subjects
8.03: Physics III – REST; Physics II & Calculus II – incomplete
18.03: Differential Equations – REST; Calculus II (REST) - incomplete
8.04: Quantum Physics I – REST; 8.03*, 18.03* - incomplete
8.044: Statistical Physics I, 12; 8.03, 18.03 - incomplete
8.033 Relativity, 12; Physics II (GIR), Calculus II (GIR) - incomplete
8.21 The Physics of Energy- incomplete
8.20 Intro to Special Relativity or 8.033 – Relativity This this video helped me think about the situation… ) - incomplete
6.001 (5-3-7) Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs - incomplete
A Focus on Computational Physics
18.330 (3-0-9) Introduction to Numerical Analysis - incomplete
6.042J (5-0-7) Mathematics for Computer Science - incomplete
8.13 (0-6-12) Experimental Physics I - incomplete
This Was A Complex Process And I Have to Decide Before Midnight.
My First Semesters Work Load
This will be completed by January 30th
8.01: Physics I – Classical Mechanics –
18.01: Single Variable Calculus –
18.02: Multi-Variable Calculus –
18.03: Differential Equations -
I’m going to complete the course work for a 4 year physics undergraduate degree over the course of the next 12 months, without going to school.
This was inspired by Scott H. Young and his MIT Challenge.
He completed a 4 year Michigan Institute of Technology (MIT) Computer Science course without attending (or paying the tuition to) the school.
Remote learning and the information age provides us with amazing tools to learn at accelerated levels. I’m going to test my capacity for learning. This will be a challenge in terms of commitment, hard work and learning potential.
My first step is to complete my Letter of Accomplishment (LOA) this will map out the next 3 months so all I have to do is show up, rather than decide on what to do.
Not going to lie, the math is especially daunting for this one. Though I consider myself to be proficient at math, this is going to immediately become a real challenge. The first few weeks, I expect to be the most Challenging.
I’ll be using this to help me revamp my math skills so that I can overcome the first weeks challenges of becoming proficient at math again.
Identify a Physics Department that Puts Lectures and Notes Online for Free:
- MIT Department of Physics
- - Exploring others -
Elon Musk is the world changer of our time. In order to be able to play at his level. I’ll have to have a strong core understanding of Physics.
My vision for the world is to stop the destruction of our biosphere.
If you’re looking to buy something for that minimalist computer geek, you’re probably out of luck. They probably don’t want anything.
Aside from Chocolate, Bacon or Beer…
Well, those would make excellent gifts.
Yes do that.
If you are dedicated to getting them something material that will make their lives better, my I suggest some bulk USB sticks (this affiliate link is to the least expensive pack of 10 USB sticks I could find on Amazon.)
Why bulk USB sticks?
Minimalists love to share files with their friends. They are often givers who get more value from providing people with things than they do from having things themselves.
Also, they are entirely reusable. When you give someone some files with a USB stick, you also give them something that they could use 100s of times down the line. It’s not wasteful. Many minimalists (ok people like me) don’t want want to contribute to the consume and throw away while leaving external costs to the rest of the world model. At least these little USB sticks can provide value for people years from now.
One last benefit. If you give a friend of yours 10 USB sticks, you might just find yourself receiving a USB stick full of delightful files down the track somewhere too. What’s good for them might just be good for you too.
You know that feeling where you’re listening to music or reading a book and you think, “ARRRGH I should have written that!” It’s like someone snuck in with telekinesis and jacked your idea straight from your soggy brain.
For example: I wrote a song called “Rich Kid Blues.” It wasn’t finished of course because I’ve got a 100% success rate at writing songs halfway and never touching them again. Anyways, I had “Rich Kid Blues” half written and was procrastinating when some guy name Jack White came out and wrote it.
Blah! Jack White sneaks out and beats me to the punch.
Alas, it’s happened again.
Colin Wright nailed a philosophical framework that I might have considered my own. Even better, I think he did it in a way than I had it in my head.
It’s a short read, you could bang it out in an afternoon.
If you want to pick up the book, you can get it here (he’s included an audio version for those of us who prefer to listen.)
By the way, the Act Accordingly mindset is going to have me finish a song one of these days.
The problem with working by the hour is that it incentivizes inefficiency.
I had a job in New Zealand working on a big construction project. We had about 3 days worth of work in the building, but the team I was working with was paid by the hour.
We made that 3 days worth of work spread out for 3 months. Every day would involve getting to the building, setting up, resting, walking around aimlessly, talking for an hour about what to do, resetting the equipment. Finally we would do 5 minutes of work and then take a break.
During that time, I was listening to podcasts and building out my understanding of how to be more successful so the job was ideal. It gave me time to study. I got paid to make myself better. I listened to books and podcasts which were DOUBTLESSLY integral to getting me to where I am today.
But the point still remains that we were burning up MASSIVE resources. We were a team of 3 getting paid $25 an hour for doing nothing. Accommodation in that city is stupid expensive and I bet the crazy cost of building is largely due to inefficient work ethic of the building community. The problem was that we were being paid by the hour.
Paid by the hour = focus on how to make the job last longer and get less done.
Building value into systems is about the opposite. Building value involves getting as much done as possible and doing it faster and faster and faster and faster and faster.
So work by the hour on junk projects as a path towards self improvement. Work by the hour to get yourself to a point where you have a grasp of the productivity mindset. When you get there, throw that $/hour mindset into the trash can and play with the big boys.
Want me to expand on this idea? Is there anything in here that requires clarification? Please leave a comment below.
Thanks for Reading!
in the 1970s it was all flower power and rock bands.
In the 1980s it was Michael Jackson and Nintendo.
In the 1990s we had Grunge, Hip-hop and Raves
Now in the 2010s we are all about maximizing human potential as optimally as possible.
We’re all about healthy, wealthy and wise now and the old systems aren’t going to be able to keep up.
It’s an unprecedented time to be living and for those who take the chance, it’s going to be awesome.
What a blessed time it is to be on earth.