Friday Links 09-06-05

From the Web

Don’t Hold Back or Water Down Your Thoughts – Don’t spend time worrying about what other people think.

Cal Newport’s College Freshman Advice – Don’t choose a major. Read big ideas. Oh, and learn to drink like an adult so you don’t make a fool of yourself.

From the Archives

Nine Habits to Change Your Life – Here’s an older entry about some of my favorite personal habits. With one or two exceptions, I continue these today.

Friday Goals Update

As a semi-weekly feature, I write a bit about what my goals are and the steps I’m taking to reach them. My current goals include, growing the income of this website, increasing my muscle mass and learning to speak French.

I released an upgrade version of How to Change a Habit earlier this week. One reader wrote in to tell me that my offer for free upgrades for anyone who purchased the old version was a bad business move. Perhaps. But, at the same time, I want to reward the loyal readers of my website who purchased the ebook earlier.

In addition, I’ve been working on a new product currently titled, Think Outside the Cubicle. It’s a productivity guide for all the students, entrepreneurs, freelancers and people who don’t work inside an office. I’m really excited about the book because it allows me to share a lot of ideas that would otherwise be briefly summarized or watered down in an article.

A few of the current chapter titles are:

  • Don’t Work 9-5
  • Energy, Without Caffeine
  • Be Lazy

My fitness goal is on track, although I may need to increase my calories. My hope is to overshoot my weight goal by a little bit, and then work on slimming down slightly with a moderate calorie diet and continued exercise. I’m trying not to rely excessively on protein shakes and use diet to fuel any growth.

After conducting a dietlog, I found my protein levels were in the range they needed to be to gain muscle, so I’d say most concerns about getting enough protein on a vegetarian diet are unfounded.

For my goal to learn French, I’ve been spending some time with a few French exchange students, and I’ve loaded some audio in French onto my MP3 Player. I still have a long way to go, but I’m getting better at understanding pieces of spoken French.

  • Hey

    It’s not just about getting protein, it’s about complete and bio-available proteins. For instance, rice contains protein but it’s not complete so you need to add some other kind to make a full amino acid profile. I recommend Lyle McDonald’s protein book for more info.

  • Blake

    Hey Scott- TOTC sounds like it’ll be a real gem.

    One of the problems I have in an often less-structured schedule is a lack of urgency in getting work done. When I can foresee in the coming week or so that I will have little available time due to tight scheduling, I surprise myself with how much I squeeze into that time. When I have ample time, I’m often disappointed by how little I actually accomplish (work stuff and otherwise). Productivity habits are easy to maintain when we’re bound to a rigid, time-consuming schedule, but I find it difficult to do the same when I have a very loose schedule. I don’t imagine I’m alone in this regard, and I’m guessing your new product is going to cover this in a way?

    Keep up the awesome work Scott!

  • Scott Young


    Yes, getting all 8 essential amino acids is important, however you can consume them over a period of a day or two and they will still combine. Also, soy protein (despite some critiques) does have all 8.


    Yes. A good portion of the book details a different work philosophy I have for working at home projects.


  • Chantal

    Three websites I have found useful for learning a language:

    Bonne chance. 🙂