The Week at Peak

When I arrived at Kurnia guest house, I was ambushed. Well, maybe that word’s a little strong, but as I removed my bags from the car, two guys were already trying to offer me a scooter to rent for the week. How the heck were they there so quickly? It clicked a little later: on the way to the guest house, I was messaging a local surf guide and was planning to meet up with them that night to talk about getting some intel on the breaks. The scooter guys must have been friends and the word relayed. I parried …

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Gili Air: Fortunate or Unfortunate Timing

The journey from Pererenan to Gili Air was a touch more involved than expected.  It started at 6 am while traversing across the city with the first transport. This trip reminded me of last year when Jimmy and I made the same trek from Canggu to Padang Bai to snorkel. The wait in Padang Bai was two hours. One hour of waiting to access the port and around 45 min lining up at the port. Bear in mind, I’m carrying a 2.5 m surfboard bag weighing about 20 kg. We inched forward and I just let myself flow in the pedestrian traffic. Our luggage stowed atop the boat, it was time to …

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Blood, Sweat and Gears in Pererenan

Arriving in a new place can have an unsettling feeling. For me, it usually dissolves within 24 hours as I become accustomed to the new surroundings. On the drive to Pererenan from Medewi, I organised scooter hire via the contact of a Spanish couple I met in Medewi. $50 for the week. I’ll take it! The air-conditioned room and desk were a welcome relief from the humid outdoor conditions I faced in Medewi. Work was much more pleasant this week. After a quick room configuration change, I was set. However, the room was designed poorly with the air conditioning unit facing into the outside bathroom. The bathroom only had a …

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The Taste of a Day in Medewi

It’s 3:30 am and the first roosters start crowing. Hit the snooze on this first alarm until 4:30 am when the chanting from the neighbourhood mosques begins. They play the chanting on speakers to broadcast the sounds to the neighbourhoods. I’m told by my host that five religions peacefully coexist in Medewi. Impressive. Still, it’s dark at the hour but I know the morning dawn surf nears.  If I want to beat the crowds on the point, then I have to paddle out in the dark. I did this on Tuesday morning. I hit the lineup at 5:50 am while still dark. I caught one wave. Two people arrive. Then I catch one more …

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So Good They Can’t Ignore You Review, Summary, Notes and Quotes

Rule 1 – Don’t Follow Your Passion Newport contends that following your passion is dud’s advice. It takes courage and it’s admirable but for so many, it leads to not starting. Rather, passion follows a life of action in much the same way form follows function. Newport claims that compelling careers have complex origins that reject the simple idea that all you have to do is follow your passion. You must pay your dues and do the work. Discipline is your ally on this quest. “The key thing is to force yourself through the work, force the skills to come; …

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Extreme Ownership Notes And Quotes

On any team, in any organization, all responsibility for success and failure rests with the leader. The leader must own everything in his or her world. There is no one else to blame. The leader must acknowledge mistakes and admit failures, take ownership of them, and develop a plan to win.

Pre-Suasion: A Revolutionary Way to Influence and Persuade Summary

Pre-suasion How To Build Trust When You Have None Undertake a small trusting activity. Robert references a tactic that was used by a fire alarm salesperson named Jim. Jim would purposefully ‘screw up’ when delivering his sales pitch. The pitch included a test that the homeowners would need to take. During the test, Jim would slap his forehead and announced that he forgot a crucial bit of information—the accompanying book. He requested that the owners stay and do the test while he let himself in and out of the house to retrieve the book. Most complied in this small display …

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The Practice: Shipping Creative Work Summary Sketchnote

Sketch of the title and Seth Godin

A fan of Seth’s and looking for the skinny before pulling the trigger? I’ve got you covered in this summary of Seth Godin’s, The Practice: Shipping Creative Work. This post honours the content with limited commentary and opinion. I do, however, make links to other texts throughout the summary. To help consolidate my understanding, I like to draw sketchnotes that serve as shortcuts to the main ideas. You can find the completed sketchnote at the end of the post. This book is geared towards creatives who are either starving or selling out. Seth reminds us that a practice is merely …

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Think and Grow Rich Summary Sketchnote

This Think and Grow Rich summary sketchnote utilised the notes of the service. I’ve attempted to synthesise Hill’s main points with other content I’ve come across in recent times. Included in each section are links to this other high-performers and some questions that you can ask yourself. 1. Desire: How to Create The Desire to Change Desire. It can be a little dirty word at times. Often associated with craving and bad intentions. But to start any kind of change from within, one must have compelling reasons to change. This boils down to desire. In Personal Power II, Tony …

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Made To Stick Summary Sketchnote To Exponentially Better Your Storytelling

Ever told a story that had a lingering… … ending? You just kind of let it hang out there. Or maybe it was one of those monotone under-dramatic pieces that better suited to evening sleep routines. Well, Chip and Dan Heath’s Made to Stick summary sets out to counter this via their SUCCES principles. SUCCES is an acronym that stands for Simple, Unexpected, Concrete, Credible, Emotional and Stories. Remember this acronym and you’ll have success when writing or telling your next story. Let’s dive straight into the first principle. Keep Your Story Simple Stupid You’re probably familiar with the old …

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