The Ed Latimore E-Mails

Lessons from the 59 unopened Ed Latimore e-mails I’ve gone through.

  • Ask yourself this question: What is the one thing you need to change that will make the greatest impact on your life. Me: actioning the systems I have laid out for myself.
  • This goes well with the Domino Mentality – sticking to one little habit will knock the domino into the next habit making it easier to knock over.
  • Thinking about where you could be in 5 years will help you a lot.
  • The best way to change a habit is change your environment. Do something new. Get rid of something old. Take time away from everything to figure out what is really important to you. The stuff you miss – bring it with you. The stuff you don’t, leave it there. Friends. Family. Whatever it takes.
  • Get rid of people who disrespect you.
  • Spend an hour a day alone working on something that makes you respect yourself.
  • Improve the caliber of the people around you.
  • Things are always worse in your imagination.
  • You’re not alone. There is always a silver lining and your struggles will pass. You will get through the other side a better person.
  • Here are ways to pass the time in quarantine: Board games, writing, talk to your loved ones, work out, sharpen old talents, learn new skills, spend time alone and learn to make money online.
  • Don’t confuse the good reason for doing something (be healthier) with the real reason (looking good naked and being attractive). Stay true to your real reason.
  • Be nice on the internet. You never know when it will come back to haunt you. Ed recounts the tale of someone who berated him online. This person, a few years later, had the conversation brought up during job interviews and and masters degree applications, where he was denied based on his conduct.
  • There is no such thing as “half-anon.” Your details can be found and your misdeeds will be known. Be a nice person. You want the stuff people can find to be to your advantage. The internet is a tool. Make sure it works for you.
  • Don’t make enemies for free.
  • Apologies mean more when you don’t have to make them. If you mess up, you should clear that up as soon as possible.
  • Want more energy? Get more sleep then wake up early, shut up, build a ritual, break down complex tasks and focus on the process instead of the outcome.
  • The goal of having money should be to free up your time for what is most important to you.
  • There is no “proven path” – just temperament, aptitude and ambition. You need to learn everything about yourself to get ahead.
  • Confidence and success are contagious. If you need motivation in something, do something else you can crush and the effects will bleed over into the things you don’t want to do.
  • Embrace the suck. Turn your prison into a playground.
  • Use your time instead of having it use you.
  • Become orderly, it promotes an execution mindset. Prime your workspace ahead of time for production.
  • Pick something to be great at and be great at that thing. Find a way to excel in your own way.
  • You might need a dick detox.
  • 5 ways to be chill: show gratitude, have a growth mindset, realize patience is a refined version of confidence, appreciate the small things and build a value system.
  • Economic freedom is the basis of personal freedom.
  • Your freedom might not be someone else’s freedom.
  • There is a subtle difference between can’t and won’t.
  • Here are the four levels of personal freedom: Still in the matrix, using your eyes for the first time, out of the matrix, you can dodge bullets and you don’t have to dodge bullets.
  • Don’t toss your long term friends to the ground just because of the whole “average of the 5 people you around most” thing. Sometimes those long term friendships will go even farther than someone you will network with for a year for the learning benefits.
  • Woven is a scheduling app that will help you manage your time. You should have a plan and a schedule to do said plan. (I signed up for it)
  • Focus is trainable.
  • Make sure you get in a place where you can remove distractions.
  • Remove your phone from your space if you check it often.
  • If you think of all your tasks as easy, you are more likely to start.
  • Blocking off your time for a scheduled task will help you keep your mind from wandering.
  • Don’t be a perfectionist – it’s going to kill your productivity. Even if you make a mistake, you can go back to correct it later when you have scheduled yourself time to do so.
  • Put your rewards in the right place. rewarding yourself early will always sap the momentum out of whatever you are doing.
  • Don’t schedule your leisure – schedule was has to be done and once you’re done – you get it by default.
  • Entertainment, sex and thinking are cheap. Get some stress in your life. It will sharpen you like iron.
  • Switching tasks is lost time and flow is real. Check out the book flow.
  • First drafts are for word vomit. Throw up all over the page. Make it rain. Edit later. Thank yourself you did it.
  • Before you write – set yourself up for success. Do everything, like eat, use the bathroom etc. before you sit down to work. Minor distractions will kill your flow.
  • Silence your inner critic. Build a system that reviews LATER.
  • Shut up and start winning. You don’t need to argue that you’re right. Prove it. If you can’t prove it, learn something and move on. When you do this, you’re mentally free which leaves a whole lot more room to be happy.
  • Do you want to be right or happy? You really can’t have them both.
  • Everyone has there own life hacks. Here are a few ways Ed says you can unfuck your life:
  • Learn to order your favorite dishes in the language the meal originates from.
  • Use a condom.
  • Clean things look more valuable.
  • Start improving your wardrobe at your shoes.
  • Money in the bank > good credit.
  • You probably need a dick detox. Get rid of that porn addiction.
  • A good fighter has 4 attributes: physical fitness, mental toughness, emotional resilience and spiritual determination.
  • Each area develops the other so they are all developed at once.
  • If you have two paths – think about the worst case scenario for each path. Whichever one is easier to endure, go that route.
  • Nothing is guaranteed except death.
  • The best you can do is be in the best position you can be in for when something goes wrong. Things will go wrong. If you are in tip top shape, you’ll be able to handle it no problem.
  • Want more luck? Change your perspective about hardship, try more, act with intention, have a flexible plan and lie to yourself. You’re way luckier than you think.
  • If you don’t DO anything though, luck will never have a way to find you.
  • Where unlucky people see a setback, others see a set up.
  • Develop a meaningful goal – one that forces you to develop skills, abilities and connections that you do not have currently.
  • To achieve your goals you need: discipline, consistency and conscientiousness.
  • The more you take your goals seriously, the more life will take you seriously.
  • It’s always better to be wanted, even if you don’t want to be around other people.
  • Writing things down helps you place those ideas in the physical world.
  • Writing helps free up mental space for other activities.
  • It also helps you remember your ideas. You forget more ideas than you ever remember.
  • Writing makes you mentally tougher because you have to think through your ideas.
  • Don’t deprive the world of your unique perspective.
  • Switch your focus to something that brings you joy. If you don’t have anything, create it. Be selfish if you have to. It’ll bring you (and the people you care about) a lot of benefits.

Something in this list is going to stand out to you. Work on it. You’ll feel better.

Misc. Nate E-Mails

All I plan on doing here is taking what stands out to me from his e-mails and putting it here with a little commentary.

April 15th:

Yeah, I know, that’s a long time ago to be JUST opening up the e-mail now. 7 months. Ouch.

“You don’t hate the action, you hate the idea of action. Once you push past that – you’re good to go.”

He also quotes Jim Rohn: “Everyone experiences two pains in life.  The pain of discipline and the pain of regret.  The difference is discipline weighs ounces while regret weighs tons”

Of course he points out that there is probably something I’ve thought of doing and haven’t. Of course that’s correct. For my own sake, I will list those things:

  1. Working out everyday.
  2. Fasting.
  3. Getting the abs I said I would (like 15 years ago in high school.)
  4. My budget and the difficult conversations around those.
  5. Getting things set up for my kids to make videos, drawings etc.
  6. Cleaning out our storage room.

I’ve stopped the inaction over reading and going through courses/e-mails to get caught up on what I said to myself I would do. It feels really good. My inaction has obviously cost me a lot over the years and I’m looking to change that.

I don’t think reading this back in April I could have said I was motivated. Now I can and that makes me happy.

July 3rd:

This is around independence day and a reminder to fight for your independence. I’m Canadian, but even I want a piece of the American Dream pie.

Nate explains that he got behind on his bills and as the months went on, further and further in debt. Feeling like he was unable to get out, he felt worthless. This spilled over into his personal life – impacting his wife and kids.

I hit that point and boy, did my mood ever tank. I was not the greatest person to be around. Sometimes I still have those days, though they are getting more scarce. I’ve actually found since working through the Richest Man In Babylon that I’ve felt more optimistic. Like it or not, I managed to entwine my mental health with the state of my finances (and the number on the scale.)

Just DOING something, like the book study, was enough to get me into the doing mood. I’m trying to leverage that feeling and create the habit of doing and being HAPPY that I am doing.

Nate’s saving grace was a financial education not taught in schools. He was able to get disciplined and leverage that financial education for a new future. I fully expect to do the same, using him and his course as the backbone of my mentorship. Like Nate, I’m not trying to get rich quick but I would like to be rich forever when I do become rich.

He says he’ll be a millionaire before he dies. Ever since high school I told myself that some day I would be one too. I’m going to try to use these systems to do just that.

Nate outlines (through his partner) the Dave Ramsey system:

1. Save $1000
2. Snowball your debt. Pay off all your debt from smallest to largest. You roll all the payments in together (as things get paid off) to really move the needle
3. Save 3 to 6 months of expenses
4. Investing 15% of your household income
5. Save for your kid’s college
6. Pay off your house
7. Give generously

They are however, unconvinced that this is the best way. Nate’s partner said this felt taxing trying to get over the finish line of paying off their house and saving for college.

Until he encountered the concepts in the little black book. Dun dun dun!!! No idea what the black book is – but it contains financial secrets that skyrocketed their success and accelerated their money. The hint we’re left with is that it is leverage.

Yes. If you get Holy Shift, you’ll get a copy. This and the promise to never be a slave to money again. I’m not convinced that this e-mail would have got me to buy the course if I would have looked at at the time. Either way, I have it now and I remain hopeful that it’s worth it. Even if it isn’t, I bet I’ll learn something. If I’m confident about anything, is that they know more about money than I do.

August 17th:

“Very few people ever go straight into entrepreneurship. If you have a 9-5 use that time to build and create for when the moment is right.”

Nate had a side hustle start to work out and quickly left his 9-5. You know what happened, the work dried up and it put him on the defensive trying to get by. He wishes that he would have done then what he knows he can do now: hold a stable 9-5 and use his other time to create those new cashflow opportunities.

Despite now having a successful financial education business, he still finds the time to flip items on the side for profit. Don’t burn your bridges too quickly when you don’t have to. Don’t be afraid to have a few side things going on. Don’t be afraid to invest in the knowledge of others. The possibilities of increasing your cash flow are endless.

September 7th

Labour Day! The day we celebrate the achievements of workers in Canada (and the US).

Nate doesn’t like the fact that we don’t have a day that teaches workers how to make their money work for them. What good is spending most of your life at work if you never get past where you started?

In this e-mail, Nate is trying to re-imagine labour day as a day that comes everyday where workers are always reminded that there money works for them. It shouldn’t be the other way around.

I think that is an interesting idea. I could certainly teach my family to celebrate that. I know where I can find the information too – Holy Shift 🙂

Various E-Mails

After joining Holy Shift – I received various e-mails about things going on in it over time. It seems like:

  1. There is a facebook group
  2. There is giveaways
  3. Lots of people (with video testimonials added)
  4. And new content being added all the time.

Nate also asked in one e-mail that, once I go through the course, if I would shoot a short 5 – 10 second video about my thoughts on the course. I’m going to leave this in my to-be-completed wealth e-mail folder so I don’t forget.

Another e-mail is about the perfect investment: “The Perfect Investment” a video designed by one of his clients. I have not watched it as it has been added as part of holy shift. I’ll comment on it as part of my overall commentary on the course, once I complete it.

November 5th

Ahhh, the sweet, sweet smell of progress. Getting this e-mail looked at with in a month. Hell, that’s currently a new record baby.

That puts up my mindset which conveniently is the topic of this e-mail. If we tell ourselves positive stories, they are more likely to manifest. Nate brings up a biggest loser contestant Sam. Sam, when he was working out, said that he saw himself as a lion.

Why? Instead of being Sam the fat guy who would always feel fat, he turned himself and his story into Sam the lion – a force of nature. At one point, when I was trying to have an online identity I called myself Fat Tobin (and some of my handles still are). A while ago, I decided to try and drop that. I felt like, even though I remember using that identity as someone who could handle the pain of life, using the word Fat kinda pins me into the undesirable outcome of not being able to get into the physical shape I want.

Nate encourages us to take him to review our habits and work on, 1 per month, at getting rid of them and replacing them with better ones. 1 habit per month for 12 months means in 10 years you could have change 120 habits. That’s powerful.

Don’t give up. Self-reflection is the key to your own personal growth. You can make a change. You’ve made a big change before and you can do it again!