Hey there, I’m Justin.
Great, now that you have a semi-unique identifier (see data type) to attach your perception onto. Why don’t we get into some of the boring but customary details?
- I try to build products that I would love to use and then turn them into sustainable businesses (see entrepreneur).
- I’m humble enough to understand there are many people in the world who know far more than I do and many of them have been kind enough to share their knowledge (see voracious reader).
- I’m always trying to beat my own bias by collecting objective data on the things I do (see quantified-self).
- Lastly, I’m a movement enthusiast, who’s always searching for new and better ways to keep my body athletic and energetic (see Ido Portal Method).
I study people and their works in a wide range of disciplines – strength & conditioning, philosophy, entrepreneurship, book writing, and others – in order to record their stories and what they’ve learned in their time meandering through this thing we call life.
A bit about me.
I’m right on the line between an INTJ and an ENTJ. I’m slightly more introverted than extroverted, but ambivert is normally what I’d describe myself as. Here’s a good summary of my INTJ results.
I’m all over the map. My focus is on movement, entrepreneurship, technology, and philosophy. Within those areas, there are multiple specifics that I take the most interest in, like soccer, gymnastics, rock climbing, or weightlifting. To things like blogging, photography, marketing, product development, databases, frontend development, and economics.
This blog’s mission can be boiled down to this question: how can I become the person I believe I’m supposed to be?
The first way I try to answer this question is by understanding the “clouds” of the problem. Seeing as much of the larger picture as possible allows me to pinpoint gaps or bottlenecks to dive deep into. This is a map of the first principles that make up a topic.
The second way I try to answer this question is to take these first principles and dive deep into a specific skill set or topic inside of a very broad domain. You could refer to this as the “dirt”.
In the end, I hope that what I blog about will be useful to someone and therapeutic to me.
What am I mastering?
I recently asked myself this question:
What are you focused on in this life? Life will feel long, but after the time has gone by it will have seemed short. You cannot do everything. So what are the few domains that you want to excel in? What are the skills you’d like to consider yourself a master of?
I’ve had a hard time thinking of particular skills that I’d like to be a master of. They’ve all felt too small or low-level or temporary. So after some time, these are the three I settled on that made me feel confident:
- Become a master at asking questions. Questions that take you deeper down the rabbit hole. Questions that allow you to truly glimpse what it’s like to experience life from another person’s perspective. Questions that take you through their thought processes. Questions that allow you to dive deep into the depths of their knowledge.
- Become a master at telling stories. Stories that have the power to open people’s minds to perspectives they may never have otherwise considered. Stories that cause people to question their own ethics, morals, and decisions. Stories that don’t just reinforce accepted and popular narratives, but bring to light the realities and rationalities in unpopular and minority opinions.
- Become a master organizer. This may sound kind of boring to some. But I view this as a general looking at a battlefield or an executive with their company. A ridiculously complex reality that needs to be organized, categorized, broken down, dissected, and somehow understood – even if it’s imperfectly understood. When someone can do that, they allow everyone else to move in a unified direction following overarching principles. They can affect the whole by taking action on the manageable pieces, especially now that they can understand how those pieces fit into the larger puzzle.
It really doesn’t matter what domains I get into. If I can master these skills, I will be able to succeed in any domain.
And I believe that you can too.