In life as long as you simply follow what you’re interested or passionate about, how can you not succeed? My whole life whenever I’ve pursued something I’m genuinely and passionately interested in, I’ve always succeeded. I’ve always found inner motivation and power to pursue it. But whenever I’ve pursued things others told me that I “should” do, I failed.[Read more…] about JUST FOLLOW YOUR PASSION!
The privileged are often the most nihilistic, empty, apathetic, depressed, filled with existential dread, addicted to drugs and alcohol and carnal pleasures, and with no meaning, purpose or direction in life.
Nikola Tesla strove to create innovations and technologies to help people have the easiest life possible. But question— once we have an easy life, then what? What do we want to do with our easy life? And is this even something to be desired?
I say — an easy life is a boring life. I advocate for a simple life, but a challenging, difficult and interesting life is far preferable! If anything, a simpler life encourages a more creatively productive life which is good!
I say the goal:
[Read more…] about Once We Have an Easy Life, Then What?
Entrepreneurship — risk taking to do new dope shit, that doesn’t necessarily have to lead to money making, but doing something truly great, worth while, fun, interesting and grand.
Better to buy (and eat tons of delicious lamb) than buy a Lamborghini.
[Read more…] about LAMB
Better to workout a lot, and eat a lot of lamb (flesh meat, bloody high in saturated fat and cholesterol) and look like a greek god (transforming your body into a Lamborghini) than to be fat and just buy a Lamborghini.
I don’t think I’ve ever read a comment online (or even in real life) which has personally benefitted me — whether it be a positive one or negative one. No great ideas are created via committee. Avoid the trap of trying to placate others. Have extreme faith in yourself, your own ideas, and propagate them widely:[Read more…] about Why I Don’t Read Comments
How did Trump win? Easy; the liberal media gave him probably $1 trillion dollars worth of free marketing and advertising.
Humans aren’t rational or objective. We are emotional beings. This means:
[Read more…] about All Press is Good Press.
As as long you’re in the media spotlight, you will win.
Is it ethical for a person to become financially wealthy as a consequence of their political, racial, or socio-economic stance and theories?
I think not.[Read more…] about The Ethics of Personal Enrichment
Do we control our hormones, or do our hormones control us?
Ignore anyone who believes in some sort of classless, or hierarchy-free utopia. Utopia actually literally means “no+place” (ou, [not] + topos, [place]). Even the closest notion we got is elysium (where the fallen heroic heroes go after death)— but this also implies some sort of heroism on their part.
By photographing what you eat, you show who you are:[Read more…] about You Are What You Eat
Or in other words:
Never do anything online (or offline, in real life) that you wouldn’t be comfortable the whole world knowing about you, your opinions or what you say and what you’ve done.
The internet archive, way back machine, and now taking screenshots. It’s soooo easy to uncover hidden dirt— even people modifying their own Wikipedia pages (or having friends or colleagues do it for them).
You can only truly critique people you truly love and understand.
Certainly real life (embodied, flesh-based reality) is the best life.
We play in video games characters who are insanely buff, muscular, and adrenaline junkies. But why are we so timid and cowardly in real life? This is my fun and thrill in street photography — it is like the ultimate real life First Person Shooter (FPS). And I think this is why my street photography Gopro POV videos were so popular.
Let’s say all the conspiracy theories or whatever is true. You discover the truth or truth(s) about everything — then what? What is the positive utility of knowing the truth, or knowing truth(s)?
Perhaps the utility is to just encourage others to think for themselves and not get easily suckered or deceived.
To guide others to not be taken advantage of, and to NOT become pawns for the advancement of others and their personal agendas. This is why I mostly steer clear of politics and the media — everyone is in it for the money, personal advancement, fame, or hubris.
Or better yet:
Don’t trust anyone on social media.
As long as your self-esteem, money, reputation, social standing, or financial livelihood depends on social media (Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, Snapchat, TikTok, whatever) … people will always distort themselves (their opinion, their physique, take steroids-testosterone-weird-chemicals), etc.
In fact if your livelihood is dependent on social media, it actually seems illogical to *NOT* “cheat”.
Credit to Daniel Kunitz (New Frontier Fitness) who first wrote about this notion of ‘Workout Porn’ in his book “Lift“). The notion of workout porn is fascinating — it is essentially sometimes we like to watch other people workout more than we like to workout ourselves. But what if workout porn was a good stimulus to get us to workout? Shout out to CT FLETCHER as well as Calum Von MOGER.[Read more…] about Workout Porn
You cannot buy happiness, but you can buy productivity. Some things (all Amazon affiliate links which means if you buy anything on these links via below, I get around a 5-7% kick-back):
- Coffee. Wink coffee (light roast) is great. I just grind it at home with either my mini stainless steel Porlex grinder (thanks Jun) or just using a random Nutribullet grinder (I do not believe in these stupidly expensive fancy coffee grinders). I also am a huuuuge advocate for the Clever Coffee Dripper (Cindy and I bought ours in Vietnam 3 years ago, traveled the world with it, and still use it [several times a day] here in the states). Clever is great — best hybrid between pour-over and the thickness of espresso. I drink lots of black coffee (no milk, no cream, no sugar, no silly almond or other pseudo-milk things) and water during the day to maximize my creative productivity.
- 100% cocoa powder: I like the ‘Viva Natural’ 100% cocoa powder (no sugar) to give me a mid-day boost. I drink it just with boiling hot water. It acts as another good creative stimulant to me.
- Matcha green powder: This stuff is very strong and potent. MatchaDNA seems to work well, and just a tiny bit of it (like seriously a very little amount) gives me a strong buzz. Careful with this stuff; I once drank too much powder, and I got really nauseous. The good thing with matcha green tea — L-Theanine + caffeine (good buzz).
My honest appraisal:
Facebook is a ‘net positive’ for society, but Instagram is a ‘net negative’ to society.
Why?[Read more…] about Facebook is Good, Instagram is Bad.
Why I bought Bitcoin (BTC) and Digibyte (DGB) and think cryptocurrency (and other forms of crypto, like digital ledgers) are the future for photographers and this brave new digital economy:[Read more…] about BITCOIN AND CRYPTOCURRENCY FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS
There are 3.5 billion smartphone users in the world which means:
There are 3.5 BILLION photographers in the world!
A great entrepreneurial opportunity ripe for you![Read more…] about Everyone With a Smartphone (iPhone or Android) is a Photographer
How to become #1 in a given category on YouTube, which is the world’s second-most visited website (after Google). In other words:
- Google is the world’s #1 search engine
- YouTube is the world’s #2 search engine
If you master YouTube *AND* Google, you are golden. This is how to do it:[Read more…] about YouTube SEO (Search Engine Optimization) for Photographers
How to become happy:[Read more…] about Happiness 101
To me, the apex success is simple:
Do what you love, and *NOT* be homeless.
In other words, consider this a quick and easy guide to (quickly) become a self-employed photographer. The goal is to make a living *NOT* a killing with photography:[Read more…] about How to Become a Self-Employed Photographer
I am convinced:
If your goal in life is to have apex happiness, you *CANNOT* be employed by a boss.
Or in other words:
[Read more…] about Self-Employment As Necessary Unto Apex Happiness
For apex happiness in life, you must become self-employed.
Sociology — the workings of society. What will the sociology of the future look like? A glimpse:[Read more…] about The Sociology of the Future
Society can only function (well) if we got people who obey, follow orders, etc. A society (anarchy) with no functioning government, and all these beast-like humans cannot function. Thus society does soft coercion to get us to follow rules for the sake of the collective.
[Read more…] about Why Society Doesn’t Want Free Thinkers and Free Livers
Modern society as a Christian society … in which the collective is more important than the individual?
With energy, physics and people … do they generate energy or suck away and parasite energy?
- Physiological thriving: Going to bed at 8-9pm, and waking up (naturally) without alarm clock.
- Intermittent fasting during the day. Breaking your fast with a very delicious meat-forward meal.
- Creative productivity: To always have inspiration and motivation to make more and new art works.
- High muscle mass (skeletal muscle mass) and low body fat percentage (low adipose tissue). Ideal bodyfat percentage is ~10% for men, ~20% for women.
- Lots of sunlight. Walking around a lot, outdoors with fresh air. Having some randomness and chance in your day. *NOT* following any form of schedule.
- Some form of physical activity or exercise.
My personal goal and quest:
How can we maximize our human potential with as little money as possible?
- Eat super-cheap industrial meats. 99 cents a pound for pork loin shoulder roast. You can buy beef for $2.99 a pound (ground beef). Or even buy cheap cuts of steak. Chicken leg quarters (the best taste) can even be bought around 99 cents a pound to $1.29 a pound. The secret is to go to ‘ghetto’ grocery stores. Yeah yeah we all know organic non-GMO stuff is best, but whatever. I’m for industrial meat.
- Workout wherever, whenever. Certainly the peak happiness in life is not attainable without muscle (having high muscle mass and low body fat). Also we delight in movement. Thus just get a cheap-ass gym membership, or workout at the park, in the streets, or at home. ‘Necessity is the mother of all invention’!
I am my selfie.[Read more…] about Why Shoot Selfies of Yourself?
[Read more…] about Better to Record and Shoot Videos of Your Food than Still Photos
If you really want to share the *experience* of eating out or whatever, video is faaaar better than (boring) still photos.
The challenge a lot of us photographers face:
How can I discover intrinsic motivation to go out and make new photos?
Some thoughts:[Read more…] about How to Motivate Myself to Make New Photos
The brave new world of (future) living:[Read more…] about The Future of Living
How is apex productivity possible? My thoughts:[Read more…] about APEX PRODUCTIVITY
Towards a new conception of live, work, play. The ideal:
Live somewhere hella cheap, and derive your income from elsewhere.
An insider view to my home gym workouts:[Read more…] about ERIC KIM WORKS OUT AT HOME GYM
No real identity, no real opinion:[Read more…] about PUT YOUR FACE ON IT
Or in other words:
[Read more…] about Why Blogging, Vlogging and Internet Media is More Important than Ever
Yes, your opinion is valuable!
- I am really good on the keyboard and computer (I have all the epic hotkeys for MacOS on my MacBook Pro laptop), and I also can type 150 words per minute.
- I am fearless, I say everything and don’t self-censor myself
- I have high muscle mass and low bodyfat, which means perhaps … I have more metabolic energy to create?
- I drink a lot of water and black coffee during the day and I also do intermittent fasting. I also get to bed early (8-9pm-ish). Perhaps this helps me become more productive?
If you cannot market yourself, you will not be able to stand out or succeed:[Read more…] about No Marketing, No Future
There are a lot of anonymous letters being published on issues x, y, z and people are afraid of losing their jobs or whatever.
But … if one has a *true* belief in a certain cause, or truly cares … one would *NOT* do it anonymously.
Or in other words:
Put no faith into anonymously published things.
- The anonymous letter is fake (the letter writer is pretending to be someone who they actually are not)
- They are virtue-signaling their thoughts without real ‘skin in the game’ (Nassim Taleb), and thus their opinion has lesser worth.
Certainly if your opinion is like a life-or-death scenario (if you’re from North Korea or so), then anonymity is good. But if you’re just afraid of losing your job, economic livelihood … put your face and the name in the game.
As a kid who grew up to video games, I am a huge critic. My thoughts and experiences:[Read more…] about ERIC KIM Critique of Video Games
On the internet there is truly no downside to sharing ‘too much’. In fact, the more you share, the better:[Read more…] about Just Record and Share It!
The best camera (by far) is RICOH GR III. Why? Simple:
- Smallest size (the biggest bang for the buck possible). Like a McLaren.
- Best JPEG images. Best cross process JPEG filter (love the orange-cyan vibes like a Transformers Michael Bay film) as well as the high-contrast monochrome.
The simplest workflow is the best workflow. Some thoughts:[Read more…] about How to Simplify Your Workflow
When I blog and have a certain idea I want to hyperlink, I will create a *NEW* blog post outlining the idea, and keep the ball rolling!
Everyone is a great photographer now, but not everyone is a great marketer:[Read more…] about Photography Marketing 101
Avoid a lot of modern thinkers and writers. Why? Low-key they are spiteful people full of hatred, malice, and petty envy-jealousy. They want a reason *why* they are so miserable, and they blame others.
“Bad”is not the opposite of “good”. I would say “not good”is a more accurate antithesis of “good”.[Read more…] about Good vs Not Good
If you want to do a ‘phone-forward’ approach to photography, get Google Pixel, not iPhone:[Read more…] about Why Google Pixel Camera is Superior to iPhone Camera
Honestly at this friends, to have the guts and the courage to go out and shoot *any* photos takes insane guts. So this is our new mantra:
All photos are good photos.
And applied to street photography:
[Read more…] about ALL STREET PHOTOGRAPHS ARE GOOD PHOTOGRAPHS.
All street photographs are good photographs.
Ironically enough, those who are born privileged have it the worst. Why? They will never have the chance to become great. Why? Only difficulty and need/want will give birth to your inner genius. In other words:
Rich kids born into wealth typically turn into degenerates, lazy people, and don’t do anything interesting with their lives.
Note the kids of Rockefeller — none of them of note. Also the kids of Warren Buffett— none of them have made a huge mark on history or society. Trying to live in the shadow of your (extremely successful parents) is a curse. No room to grow, ascend, or fly?
I also highly doubt Elon Musk’s kids will do anything of repute. Musk has apparently said that all they do is play video games.
Punished by privilege.[Read more…] about Punished by Privilege
Needless to say, obviously there are some people who are born richer, more advantageous, or higher-class.
But why atone for this?
If you want to succeed far into the future, best for us to get into bed with Google and YouTube (YouTube is owned by Google). In other words:
- Focus on Google SEO (search engine optimization) and YouTube SEO.
- Check your own website PageSpeed Insights.
- Learn more about Google Web standards here.
In praise of abstinence over moderation:[Read more…] about Abstinence Over Moderation
[Read more…] about How to Increase Your Muscle Mass
Because most people are either cowards (no skin in the game), or their opinion (online) depends on advertising, revenue, sponsorship, etc:[Read more…] about WHY IS EVERYONE SO FAKE?
As long as someone monetizes their YouTube channel with advertising or their own website-blog with ads … don’t trust them. Why not? They cannot truly be 100% free with their thoughts, in fear of losing sponsorship or advertising revenue.
More trust of people who are either independently wealthy, have a random side-job (plumber, janitor, cleaner, construction worker) than someone who is employed with the aesthetics of their body composition. No trust in ‘fitness experts’ who hasn’t publicly admitted to steroid usage. This is why I trust CALUM VON MOGER more than other guys, because he has openly admitted to steroid use!
Or in other words:
[Read more…] about Why I’m So Suspicious of Everyone Online and on the Internet
To practice ‘good’ grammar or to speak ‘well’ is anti-creativity. Why? Imagine poetry, rap music, or any great form of art with “proper” grammar.[Read more…] about Grammar is Anti-Creativity
The idea of a sleeper:
It looks boring, plain and slow but in truth under the hood… it is a beast!
Or in other words:
Cars which look really fast are typically not.
And maybe with humans and wealth:
People who look super rich, are most likely to be the most poor.
People who look poor are often very rich!
Towards a non-interventionalist approach:[Read more…] about Just Leave Others Alone
Nobody wants their loved ones of themselves get Alzheimer’s disease (loss of cognitive function) or to get it themselves. So if we truly do value our mind, we would also value our body. In other words, if we understand Alzheimer’s disease as Type 3 Diabetes (which is caused by overconsumption of sugar, carbs, starch, sweets, pastries, alcohol and desserts) then perhaps we would attack the issue differently. Obesity (overfat) is only “bad”because it is linked with metabolic disease, which will erase your mind.[Read more…] about Alzheimer’s Disease as Type 3 Diabetes
The more these technology companies (FacebookGram, GoogleTube) can distract you, the more profits they can make! Why? When you get distracted or interrupted by an advertisement, they make money.
In the future, focus will become the ultimate luxury.
Google and Android — all distractions. Anti-focus. Apple as the luxury brand — freedom from advertisements and disruptions. Which makes me think:
Perhaps a lucrative industry to get into now and the future is investing in anti-disrupting technologies?
Note Bose and noise canceling headphones. Noise cancelling technology as super interesting … as the technology gets rid of distractions (via negativa innovation). Ad blockers on your devices are also good … they remove and subtract distractions from you. And truth be told I’ve never met a programmer or IT person who doesn’t have Adblock installed on their browser. In other words, don’t trust Google Chrome.
Hate means ‘strong emotion’. So when people hate x, y, z … they actually are obsessed with it, and love it.