What is the best blender?

So you’re thinking about getting a blender.

Maybe you’re looking for a blender to help improve your diet, or maybe just for a tool that can help you make better mixed drinks. Either way, you’re in luck!

I’ve been using blenders consistently for almost two years. I even have a juicer, but you won’t need that to begin with.

When it comes to blenders, I don’t recommend getting an expensive one to start off with.

I recommend starting with a cheaper blender like the Magic Bullet. Its got enough power to chew through most things and generally comes in a kit.

If you need something with more power, go with a Ninja blender. It’s drastically cheaper than either the Blendtec or the Vitamix, but still packs plenty of power.

Here’s a video of me going into one of those evil overlord mega-stores to show the prices you can find blenders for there and I share my thoughts on some good options:

Here are some various recipes:

For the Keto people here is a collection of smoothies and shakes.

A couple recipes for bulletproof coffee can be found here and here.

A huge collection of recipes for mixed drinks can be found here and here.

Bodybuilding.com has a great collection of protein shake recipes that can be found here and here.

As promised, here is Joe Rogan’s go to smoothie recipe.

Also if you were looking for a super healthy smoothie, that is extremely high in antioxidants here is Dr. Rhonda Patrick sharing hers.

Where you can find the blenders

If you’d like to get any of the blenders mentioned, just click on the pictures and it’ll take you over to Amazon.

Magic Bullet here:

Ninja here:

For those who would still prefer a Blendtec or Vitamix because it can chew through an iPhone or an iPad, you can find them by clicking the images below.

Vitamix here:

 

Blendtec here:

 

Thanks,

-RF

Start A Car Washing Business

So you want to try your hand at the car washing hustle?

That’s great to hear! First, I’ve got some tips and resources for you.

Can I start a car wash business cheaply?

Absolutely! In fact, I went to a mega-store nearby just to find the necessary products that it would take. Here’s that video:

 

 

Resources

The guide that I mentioned can be found here, but it’s more of the business related stuff than it is actually car washing related.

If you actually would prefer to get everything from amazon, the Chemical Guys have a pretty good kit that you can get here.

You can get the pressure washer that I found on Amazon hereyou can get the foam cannon to pair with the pressure washer here.

Also if you’re only going to use a hose and no pressure washer, you can get the foam gun attachment here.

How do I wash a car?

Here’s the best video I’ve found on washing your car:

 

How do I build my car washing business?

First and foremost, do good work. That’s the most important thing in any side hustle.

Beyond that I’d try to make sure that I had good marketing.

When it comes to marketing this kind of business, there are 3 great ways to get word out in 2018:

  1. Referrals
  2. Flyers
  3. Social

Referrals are easy enough to ask for, but can be hard to get unless you do exceptional work.

A great primer on flyers businesses similar to car washing from Neville Medhora can be found here.

As far as social goes, I would use either Facebook or Instagram because those two platforms would shine for a car washing business.

Facebook because it’s ad platform is very robust and would let you target people local to you.

Instagram because the photo sharing aspect would help a great car washing business shine.

Types of posts you could do for each include:

  • Facebook
    • Live streams of cleaning.
    • Explain how different compounds work.
    • Give tips for in between washes.
  • Instagram
    • Before and after shots.
    • Short videos of different washes.

But there are plenty other things you could do as well, those are just some quick thoughts.

Till next time,

-RF

My Reading List Part 2: Pivotal

April 19, 2018

The Pivotal

These are the books that I believe provide an amazing foundation for whatever life throws at you. Of course, this is excluding any spiritual texts that you might adhere to.

The books that you will find listed below range from the regular self-help books to books on risk and even some on influence. There are books concerning physics and others concerning work, exercise, and diet.

This isn’t anywhere near all the important books you should read but it does provide a good jumping off ground.

Even if you get only one of these books, you will be better for it.

**Disclaimer** If you purchase any of these through the links, Amazon will pay me a few cents at no extra cost to you. If you don’t want them to pay me then you can google the books but do not click the links or I will receive bread crumbs.

 

The Books

  1. Incerto by N.N. Taleb Nassim Nicholas Taleb is a trader turned essayist and flaneur, in his own words. He has a brilliant understanding of risk and all its functions. This series will leave you infinitely better than it found you, and you will understand the world at a much deeper level than before.
    1. Fooled by Randomness This book concerns the way that risk and randomness affect our decision making, and how we’re prone to misinterpreting signals. Our misinterpretations lead us to under preparing for the worst events and over preparing for slightly bad events.
    2. The Black Swan This is the book that put Taleb on the map. It’s main focus is on the randomness of events, and how we should hedge against things we can’t see coming or predict especially in finance and economics.
    3. Antifragile In my opinion, this is Taleb’s magnum opus. Antifragile is many things, a guide on becoming the kind of person who get stronger when exposed to stress, a textbook on the science behind fragile and antifragile systems, and a primer on solutions to many problems facing the world today.
    4. Bed of Procrustes A collection of aphorism and knowledge that all grandmothers know, but no colleges teach. Taleb share folksy knowledge that carries weight here.
    5. Skin In The Game This helps show the importance of negative incentives. CEOs need the risk of personal loss so that they don’t blow up companies by taking foolish risks so large they threaten the whole economy and need the government to bail them out. Hawkish politicians might be less hawkish if they had some form of negative incentives since they generally aren’t the ones dying in war.
  2. Poor Charlie’s Almanack by Charlie Munger Charlie Munger is Warren Buffett’s closest friend and advisor. This book contains his collected wisdoms, axioms, and principles that have led him to success.
  3. Principles by Ray Dalio Ray Dalio is a billionaire, philanthropist, and head of one of the most successful hedge funds in history, Bridgewater. This is a collection of the principles he learned regarding work and life. It’s a guide on how to find happiness, balance, and success.
  4. Art of Profitability by Adrian Slywotzky A fictional story that teaches you some elementary and complex topics about profitability in an incredibly entertaining way. Helped me win brownie points at our office through different ideas.
  5. The One Thing by Gary Keller Gary Keller is the Keller of Keller-Williams Realty, and here he shares his method for focusing and increasing productivity.
  6. How to Win Friends & Influence People by Dale Carnegie This is the beloved book on relationship building that everyone recommends. It’s an extremely good guide on how to behave in interpersonal relationships.
  7. Zero to One by Peter Thiel Peter Thiel, founder of PayPal, wrote this brilliant treatise on capitalism that reexamines the purpose of it as a system. The book works as a textbook on economic theory and a checklist for whether or not a company is doing something truly innovative and original.
  8. Tim Ferriss’s Series
    1. The Four Hour Workweek Tim Ferriss’s first book concerns doing the minimum effective dose for accomplishing the most important tasks you need to do. This contains hacks and tips on how to get more done in less time.
    2. The Four Hour Body If you’ve looked for shortcuts on getting in shape this is it. Tim lays out how to affect your body chemistry so that your diet produces noticeable results quickly, and methods of exercising that don’t require hours in the gym.
    3. The Four Hour Chef This is two books in one. The first book is how to become a fairly good cook in an extremely short amount of time, and the hidden book is how to deconstruct any skill and learn it faster.
    4. Tools of Titans Tim asked incredibly successful people for tips, tricks, and techniques that they used to become successful and then he documented all of it.
    5. Tribe of Mentors This book builds upon Tools of Titans, but where ToT is the playbook this is the guide to building the mentality. This is self-help where ToT  is tactics.
  9. Crush It! by Gary Vaynerchuk Gary Vaynerchuk took his dad’s liquor store from $3M in revenue to $60M in less than 5 years. Now he runs his own media company with revenues of $100M per year. This is his guide that tells you how to create content and build a following.
  10. A Man For All Markets by Ed Thorp Imagine a latchkey kid growing up in the ‘50s with a knack for science and mathematics who instead of staying on his track to be a professor, left MIT after figuring out how to beat blackjack. Then he went on to use his mathematics background to start a hedge fund that made him $800,000,000.
  11. Beat The Dealer by Ed Thorp The guy from above teaches you how to play blackjack the way he does. I’ve used this to turn $6 into $300 in a few hours. I like blackjack too much to stay in a casino though.
  12. The Success Principles by Jack Canfield If you’ve seen the Tai Lopez “Here in my garage” commercial for his 67 steps program then this book will seem familiar. It’s 67 steps but instead of $67 it’s less than $15. From the creator of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series, this is a must read.
  13. Psycho-Cybernetics by Maxwell Maltz This is what most self-help books find their basis in. With some materials it’s best to go to the source and get the purest form of the information, and it definitely applies to the self-help genre.
  14. The Second Law by P.W. Atkins This is a book that gives a nontechnical breakdown of the Second Law of thermodynamics. It helps you understand the way the world functions on a physical level.
  15. Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman Danny Kahneman is a non-economist who won the Nobel in Economics because he recreated the field of behavioral economics. This book teaches you about the way we think and make decisions.
  16. Meditations by Marcus Aurelius Marcus Aurelius was a Roman Emperor who also practiced stoicism. This book is his journal and lets you peek into the mind and thought processes of the most powerful man in the world who struggled with things that most people today struggle with like how to be a good person.
  17. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho Many have found this book to be a revelation. Paulo Coelho wrote this book to inspire people to follow their “personal legends” so it does seem slightly “new-agey” but it is a very good read regardless.
  18. The Robert Greene Series
    1. 48 Laws of Power Modern version of The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli. Rules about how to influence others and gain leverage in relationships.
    2. The 50th Law Teaming up with 50 Cent, Robert Greene wrote this book primarily concerning what people can do when removing fear from the equation.
    3. Art of Seduction Builds upon the 48 Laws to help the reader understand what’s arguably the strongest form of influence, seduction.
    4. Mastery How to become the very best at what you do. A guide on discovering what you can master and how to master it.
    5. 33 Strategies of War This is a 21st century update to Sun Tzu’s classic The Art of War, and contains many examples from history. This is a tactical guide on how to win.
  19. As A Man Thinketh by James Allen Self-help book in a similar vein to Psycho-cybernetics. Concerns changing your life by changing your thoughts.
  20. Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl Imagine one of the prisoners of Auschwitz sought out a way to keep himself sane and find meaning in both the torturous work the Nazis assigned and in his terrible predicament. Viktor Frankl did just that when he was imprisoned in Auschwitz, and then he wrote an incredible book about how he made it through.

My Reading List Part 1: Financial

April 19, 2018

I have a love for finance that’s probably less than healthy, but if I had to boil my finance library down to the essentials this is what you would get.

Ultimately, the purpose of listing these here is so that someone else might discover something outside of their normal comfort zone.

I seek out book recommendations to read things that I wouldn’t normally read because I am constantly trying to combat the tunnel vision that I am prone to developing.

Among the books listed are 1 textbook, 1 treatise on money built from hundreds of interviews, 1 action plan, and 1 fictional book that imparts incredible wisdom.

Check these out if you meet any of the following criteria:

  • You struggle with money.
  • Maybe you have an interest in the stock market.
  • You have control over spending but don’t know what to do next.
  • You have no clue about money, taxes, or investing but want to learn.

**Disclaimer** If you purchase any of these through the links, Amazon will pay me a few cents at no extra cost to you. If you don’t want them to pay me then you can google the books but do not click the links or I will receive bread crumbs.

The Books

  1. Money: Master The Game by Tony Robbins To make this book, the famous motivational speaker and coach, Tony Robbins interviewed hundreds of the most successful people in finance to learn how money/investing/retirement plans/etc. work. The people he interviewed include the likes of Carl Icahn, Ray Dalio, and John Paulson. He divulged the knowledge with this book. All profits go to Feeding America.
  2. Unshakeable by Tony Robbins Building upon Money: Master the Game, Tony Robbins along with Peter Mallouk provides an action plan that is easy for anyone to follow. Tony teamed up with one of the best financial advisors in America, Peter Mallouk, to deliver this book. There’s also a podcast for this book.
  3. The Richest Man in Babylon by George Clason This is a classic book on personal finance. It’s a fairly short read with easily digestible lessons and teaches you a different way to see money through a historical fiction tale.
  4. The Kelly Criterion by Ed Thorp Ed Thorp breaks down a better version of the Nobel prize winning Black-Scholes formula and teaches you how to value options. If you don’t trade or don’t want to trade in the stock market don’t get this, but if you do have an interest then this book is worth its weight in gold.

What things are truly in my control?

The first prompt makes me think about the act of doubling down in blackjack. I know it isn’t the best analogy because blackjack has a layer of randomness in it that is uncontrollable, but I think of it because the player only doubles down in certain situations. He only doubles down when the odds are in his favor.

In a way, he’s limiting the act to when he is in control and the dealer isn’t.

We can double down on our strengths and turn our weaknesses into strengths, but there are things we can’t change. We can work harder on the things we’re successful at that also better our lives. Also, we can cut back on reality TV and learn new skills instead. However, we can’t change that there are only 24 hours in a day or that some people are more successful and/or productive with the same amount of time.

We can change the way we view things that happen to us, but not the fact that random events will occur.

We can change the lens we look at the world with and that is all that truly matters.

We can choose to listen more and be more honest, but we can’t change the fact that sometimes people talk about us behind our backs.

Although even with that, we can change the way we react.

Most things that affect our quality of life are within our control, yet most of the time we don’t think they are.

Maybe it’s because we don’t want to shoulder responsibility for the situations we find ourselves in. (Yes there are situations we find ourselves in that are no fault of our own, but by shouldering responsibility (not blame) we actually have a chance to actively change things instead of passively allowing them to happen to us.)

I’m not sure though so I’ll have to think about it more.

What do you think?

-Ryan

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