10 books I read in 2018

Here are all of the books I read in 2018. They are in no particular order. I loved some more than others but I enjoyed reading all of them.

My goal for 2019 is to read at least one book a month. If you have any book suggestions, please let me know in the comments. 

  1. Living with a Seal by Jesse Itzler
  2. Waking Up by Sam Harris
  3. Discipline Equals Freedom: Field Manual by Jocko Willink
  4. Ikigai: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life by Hector Garcia
  5. The Daily Stoic by Ryan Holiday
  6. Iron Man: The Gauntlet by Eon Colfer
  7. Cracking the PM Interview by Gayle Laakmann McDowell
  8. Living with the Monks by Jesse Itzler
  9. It doesn’t have to be crazy at work by Jason Fried & DHH
  10. Forever Nomad by Tynan
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A new journey – Los Angeles

It’s been 33 days since I moved to Los Angeles and it’s a dream come true!

It’s a great city with amazing weather (well, this last month has been an exception!), good and talented people, and most importantly amazing beaches, mountains, and landscape.

LA is also home to many tech and space startups and of course Hollywood! 

While I’m happy to be finally living in LA, I will miss Miami and my friends back there. Miami gave me a temporary home while I embarked on a new journey in the US and will forever be grateful to everyone who helped me along the way.

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“Hard choices, easy life. Easy choices, hard life.” — Jerzy Gregorek

That’s one of my most favorite quotes. I first came across it via Tim Ferriss’ excellent podcast interview with Jerzy Gregorek who is regarded as the Lion of Olympic Weightlifting.

Upon reflection, this quotes holds a lot of truth. Whenever I made hard choices in life such as leaving a job or relocatting to a new country, the outcome was always very positive and made my life easier and better. The opposite is also true. Whenever I chose the path of least resistence, I didn’t get the results I wanted.

This is even true with diet and exercise. If you make the hard choice of becoming disciplined and strict with your diet and exercise, you will always achieve amazing results and that will in turn improve your well-being and your life in general. Giving up to temptations and being easy on yourself makes you lazier and unhealthier. 

Let’s remind ourselves to always make the hard choices. 

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Back to writing…

A long time ago just right before twitter, facebook and other social networks took off, I used to maintain a blog. In fact, the blog became so successful that it became an online business and I later sold it to a US startup called OleOle.

The blog was called Realmadrid Talk. It was the most popular Real Madrid blog on the internet (ranking on the first page of Google after Wikipedia and Realmadrid.com for ‘Real Madrid’). Thanks to the blog, I made enough money as a 16-year-old in Libya to support myself and eventually use the money to move to Europe. Also, thanks to the blog, Real Madrid discovered me online and later offered me my dream job! 

Blogging changed my life. 

Now, I haven’t regularly written a blog since 2010. I’ve decided to start one here in an attempt to share my thoughts on the things I’m most passionate about; technology, space travel, CrossFit, health, and life hacking.

I know I might not be doing this regularly but if you are interested, you can follow me on Twitter and I will be pushing my articles on there.

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