Last year, AoM contributor Kyle Eschenroeder published a piece on the site called “Meditations on the Wisdom of Action.“ It contained 116 short, punchy devotional-esque passages on the nature and importance of action. It was my favorite piece of content in 2016, and I still find myself continually thinking about its principles, and utilizing them in my life. The feedback we’ve received from readers has been similarly enthusiastic. At over 16,000 words, this longform article was about the length of a short book. So we decided to turn it into one, and titled it The Pocket Guide to Action: 116 Meditations on the Art of Doing.
Today on the show, I’ve brought Kyle on to dig deep into his philosophy on action. He shares why inaction can be expensive, how action can sometimes mean not doing anything, and why taking action is the best way to find courage and passion in life. Along the way, he shares tactics you can take today to help shift yourself into a more action-oriented mindset.
If you’ve been struggling to get started on a project or have just been feeling unmotivated, this podcast will light a fire under your rear!
- Kyle’s posture towards action that runs counter-culture of the rah-rah motivation movement
- How Kyle came to formulate his philosophy of action
- How non-action can be action
- Why is inaction expensive?
- How do you get yourself to do the thing you need to do? How do you take the first step?
- The beauty of cold showers
- Balancing book learning with experiential learning
- Actions that have more leverage than others in setting you up for better future actions
- Creating habits towards action
- Why right action is proactive and not reactive
- Constraints you can set for yourself in order to focus on right actions
- Are probabilities useful to look at when deciding on whether or not to take action?
- Action’s magnetic effect
- The bad questions people ask that keep them from getting going
- The negative side effects that action can bring with it
Resources/People/Articles Mentioned in Podcast
- Meditations on the Wisdom of Action
- 10 Overlooked Truths About Action
- My podcast with Steven Pressfield about overcoming Resistance
- My podcast with Edward Slingerland about the idea of trying not to try
- The James Bond Shower: A Shot of Cold Water for Health and Vitality
- How to Create Habits That Stick
- Charlie Munger
- How to Hack the Habit Loop
- My podcast with Charles Duhigg about habits
- What Do You Want to Want?
- My podcast with Ian Bogost about setting up constraints for yourself
- The plugin that removes your Facebook news feed
- Ben Horowitz
- Edward Thorp
- Lessons in Manliness from Viktor Frankl
- Why Every Man Should Put Skin in the Game
- A Call for a New Strenuous Age
Yes, Art of Manliness published this book, but it’s a good one. Kyle’s insight about action is something that I find myself returning to again and again when I’m feeling a lag in my motivation. Pick up a copy in the AoM Store today. If you buy 3, you’ll get a free Take Action poster. If you buy 6, you’ll get free access to Kyle’s action course.
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Last updated: May 5, 2017