Found a Cool New Podcast About Brain Hacking

I am fascinated by the brain. I love genius movies like “Phenomenon”, “A Beautiful Mind”, “Limitless”, etc. They are very inspirational.

As a society, we’re still in the early stages of learning about the brain. I grew up with the belief that you’re born with a limited set of brain cells and you can’t grow new ones, so everyone you drink alcohol or get hit in the head, you’re using up your supply. Society taught me this.

Well we’ve come to learn that you can grow new brain cells. And studies are ongoing around how we can accelerate neuroplasticity (create a real life NZT-48 effect).

Or perhaps Elon Musk is able to “Trancend” first with his venture to link the brain to AI.

Until any of this things happen, we have to make do with what we’ve got. Jim Kwik of KwikBrain had started a podcast in bite-sized chunks. I really like the 10-20 mins episode format. Each episode focused on a single topic.

Jim explains things really, really well. For example, I don’t know that I’ll ever forget the first 10 elements of the chemistry periodic table again thanks to his clever strategy.

I’m looking forward to following Jim and maintaining/I my brain.

[Quora] I’m 25, bored at my job, and torn between starting a business or travelling. What should I do?

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If your are confident in your abilities, in that you believe you can always get some job to survive, then I would recommend traveling.

You are only young once and those years are precious. I’m turning 40 myself, shortly. I have a wife and 3 kids. I’m not a mega-millionaire, but I’m doing well. I have everything I need and more. One can’t help but look back and think: “If I focused on my career more when I was younger, I’d be so much farther ahead than I am now” or “If I started a successful business earlier, then I’d be able to enjoy my money earlier in life”.

That said, on the whole, I have no regrets at all. I did an exchange program for a year in University. I met an incredible set of friends around the globe that I still keep in touch with. I learned to live on the cheap. I partied hard while my body had the ability to recover more quickly. All these experiences have shaped who I am. The younger you are with the experiences, the more profound they are in your life; think of it as the rooting system.

Having lived through those phases, I can appreciate the subsequent phases in life that much more. I have a wife and kids now; I’m settled and perfectly content. I don’t need to “party” anymore…been there, done that. I don’t need to chase tail anymore…been there, done that. I know what I like, what I want, what I need, and I can better appreciate what I get or have gotten.

I think getting out of your bubble teaches one empathy. Overall, this is better for humanity and society.

Last point, if you are really good, you’ll start to lay the groundwork for your business as you travel. Whether that means blogging you experiences and building a following and/or meeting future business associates/partners and/or generating ideas based on your experiences. There is no reason you couldn’t do both simultaneously.

[Quora] As a recent college grad interviewing at startups, how do I respond when I’m asked for my salary requirements?

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First question to ask yourself: do I have a salary requirement?

If not, do some homework. If so, do this homework anyway to see if your number is realistic. 😉

Look on Glassdoor or other. Research salaries of roles in like companies in the same geography. Compare those with a little research on LinkedIn to gauge experience of people in those roles at those companies.

As others have suggested, I would always try to get the company to state their number first. Ask: “What is the salary that you have budgeted for this role?”. If they balk, they’re lying (or not serious about the role or not well organized and that is a red flag altogether). You can get them to provide a number by saying something like: “While numbers matter, it’s more about the work, the culture fit, and the opportunity for me that matters. I’ll weigh all of these factors in my decision”

Also, remember salary isn’t everything. But don’t accept anything far below your number. It is okay to sacrifice a small percentage for other factors (benefits, culture, interesting work, stock, etc.). And if you do, always ask for a 6 month review to re-assess.

Good luck!