NoNothingNovember 2015: What Can You Learn From One Vice-Free Week?

First week done.

As I mentioned in my introduction to NoNothingNovember 2015, I was going to let go of three vices: online distractions, sleeping in and eating sweets and snacks. I also vowed to work at least an hour on this blog per day and publish one blog post per week.

Unlike last year, where I updated my progress daily on this blog, I chose to write those posts on Reddit and then only use my blog to provide weekly updates.

Several of the habits that I am following for NoNothingNovember are also part of Victor Pride’s “30 Days of Discipline”.

NoNothingNovember Purple Rain

No online distractions

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Your Wishes At The Tip Of A Button: 11 Apps That Would Be Great To Have

We live in amazing times. Almost anything we want, there is an app or application somewhere. If I listened to my iTunes library, it would take me three months of non-stop listening to get through all my songs and podcasts once. I still remember when CDs came up. I had to save up $20 to get a CD with 10 songs. One hour of recording. We now truly live in abundance!

And how have all these innovations come about? Software. Computers have become so powerful that you can serve literally any desire with a program.

Is that because computers are so omnipresent and powerful, or because we have adopted our lives to fit into a computerized platform? Hmmm…

Whatever it may be, apps can be great tools. And this is what day 2 in “Become an Idea Machine” is about…

11 Apps That Could Solve A Problem You Have.

Here is the list. I will also provide some ideas to take the first step. I can’t just say “a time machine” without coming up with at least some specifics how to make this invention happen. Otherwise, the ideas are just speculation and wishful thinking.

#1 – An app that projects phone callers’ images in 3D.

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How to be grateful: 10 hard gratitude problems

And we are on our way!

We are talking about Gratitude. The first challenge in “Become an Idea Machine” is to…

Solve 10 Hard Gratitude Problems.

This is to stop complaining about things we don’t like and instead recognize the possibilities of being thankful in what we normally see as a negative.

Mike Cernovich has similarly devoted a complete chapter of Gorilla Mindset to this reframing problem.

Here is my list of 10 things I don’t like, turning them into opportunities I can be grateful for.

1. I am grateful for long commutes…

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How To Grow As A Person, Idea Machine Edition


If you have read James Altucher’s Choose Yourself, you will be familiar with the Daily Practise. It serves as a foundation for any change you want to apply to your life. It essentially covers:
1. your physical health, by working out or even just taking a walk for 20 minutes outside;
2. your spiritual health, for example through expressing gratitude;
3. your emotional health, by connecting to a person every day, or even connecting two people with each other;
4. and your mental health, through the idea challenge.

What is special about “Become An Idea Machine” is that it provides 180 different topics or ideas. For example, “10 Meetups you could run in your area”. Or “Locate one character in history you admire and write 10 questions you would ask of him or her”. “10 Things I have at home that I don’t need and could either donate or throw out”. “How could I monetize my website or podcast?”. “Alternatives to Getting an Expensive College Education” and so forth. Some days are easy, some will truly challenge you.

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NoNothingNovember, 2015 Edition

Welcome back.

Last year in November, I took part in a challenge called NoNothingNovember. You let go of three of your vices for a whole month. Why that? Aren’t those vices not part of why we enjoy life? Drugs, alcohol, sweets, sleeping in… watching TV, funny YouTube videos, video games, even pornography – and don’t forget staying in the loop on Social Media and being updated on our friends’ progress.

At one point all these distractions change from enriching our lives to controlling our lives. We are not living our life because we have a purpose. The distractions, our vices, provide that purpose. We don’t live a self-determined life anymore.

How do we gain that control back?

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