#21 Brain-jitsu 🥋
🥋 Brain-jitsu: principles from a combat sports legend.
⚡ Weekly Hack: Hormesis for humans.
💵 Recent Deals in Spain: Sherpa, Barkibu, Aquí tu reforma etc.
💭 Thinking or Reading: stupidity | genius.
I keep thinking about the (surprising?) amount of transferable principles between entrepreneurship and combat sports (BJJ in particular).
Here’s a good set of quick principles / ideas by Firas Zahabi - arguably one of the greatest Mixed Martial Arts coaches ever (who also studies philosophy):
On the importance of hard, strong people: We are seeing a decline in valuing (as a society) physical strength, resilience and being hard / tough (particularly in the developed world). There is a reason why Plato (the philospher) used to say - “No philosophy until you are 30. Exercise and wrestling first”.
On mental toughness: Self-imposed physical exercise can help you develop mental strength. Being mentally tough = someone who is able to see positive in the worst situations.
Winners see a bad situation as temporary.
Living a principled life: If you live a principled centered life, your foundation is solid. You can lose it all, except your principles. Base your life around virtues instead: honesty, courage, empathy and so on. Corruption is the root of many evils in society.
The da Vinci model = living your life according to a mixture of logic and art.
On the importance of combat sports training. Everybody should do combat sports (up to a minimum level) - we’d all be better human beings. You want to have the choice to be courageous, and not be forced to patience (another virtue) in some life-threatening situations. Your life will be less fulfilled if you don’t develop combat sports skills.
On finding flow: Willpower is a commodity, it is finite. If you can find flow in an activity, you won’t be relying on will power.
On raising children: The worst thing you can do to your kid is giving them stuff they haven’t earned.
On the power of leaning-in: Being proactive is one of the most powerful, understated things a human can do. You can program your mind to do anything.
Books he recommends:
Happiness cannot be pursued,
it most ensue
- Viktor Frankl
⚡ Weekly Hack: Hormesis
Within the hormetic zone, there is generally a favorable biological response to low exposures to toxins and other stressors.
A little over 100 years ago, a german guy found out the growth of yeast could be powerfully stimulated by small doses of poison - aka yeast started growing like crazy.
It turns out this is a very powerful concept that translates to humans in some way across a variety of disciplines.
Find out how to get inside your hormetic zone with your stressor of choice - sports, thinking, reading, developing in X - develop a consistent habit of doing so and you will reap the rewards.
💵 Recent Deals in Spain
You love startups and want to enjoy a Spanish lifestyle? Come join the Spanish startup ecosystem. Here’s a list of recently funded startups:
Sherpa.ai (AI) raised $8.5m
Barkibu (pet health) raised $5.6m
Aqui Tu Reforma (proptech) raised €3m
Parlem Telecom (telephone networks) raised €3m
Brickbro (proptech) raised €1m
Rentchester (furniture renting) raised €750k
Gazoom (gaming) raised €400k
Bcome (sustainability) raised €350k
Fazil (neobank) raised €186k
Entrii (analytics) rasied €130k
Corgee (Fintech) rasied 100k
💭 Thinking or Reading
🥊 Shaq (2.16m, 150 kg) picked up for the first time ever
The guy picking up Shaq is Francis Ngannou, a guy who started out working in sand mines at age 10. His story is so mind-blowing they are making a movie out of it. You can also watch him fight for the heavyweight UFC title March 27 - preview here.