Laurent Perrier

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Stop Watching Sports

Watching sports it the biggest waste of time.

Let’s take for hockey for example. There are 84 games in a season and at least 16 playoff matches. That’s over a hundred games per year, and each game clocks in at about 2.5 hours.

That’s a 250-hour commitment.

By comparison, a TV show season is at most 24 episodes of 45 minutes each. That’s a total of 18 hours of entertainment. You can watch 14-30 TV shows instead of watching one hockey team.

Do you watch more than one sport? You might need a calculator to figure out how much time you spend “watching the game”.

But that's not all of it.

Do you ever leave the TV on a little bit longer after a game to watch some of the commentary and locker room interviews? Yea I thought so.

What about sports news highlights? Sports talk radio? Do you read about the game in the newspaper the next day? Do you talk about it with your friends and coworkers? Do you participate in fantasy pools?

Even the most ardent Game of Throne fan doesn't spend that much time consuming collateral content about the show.

And if the the sheer amount of time spent consuming sports content wasn't enough, it also has the lowest amount of transferable knowledge to other areas of your life, and the least likely path from consumer to producer.

What else could you be doing for 90 minutes every day?

June 22, 2019
Choose to believe

Ten years ago I read The 4-Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss. The title is cheesy and the premise sounds like a scam for gullible idiots.

Despite all that, I read the book and it had a profound impact on my life.

I ended up applying many of its concepts to my first business. I wasn't even aware I was doing it at the time, at least not at first. Probably because I was working a lot more than 4 hours.

But in reality, I was front-loading the work.

And despite how ridiculous the quote of only working 4 hours per week may sound to most people, I found that it’s actually possible. I don't always work so little, but at times I have.

I didn't know it then, but the key to making it happen was to hold my disbelief long enough to read the book. I chose to believe working only a few hours per week was possible, and I took decisions that aligned with that desired outcome.

Being called naive is not usually a good thing, but sometimes being a little bit naive is the only way to take a chance on something different.

June 4, 2019
A New Beginning

New series! I'm starting a new passive income side business and I want to document the process.

I first started with Instagram stories, then moved to YouTube but now I'm back on Instagram because video is just too time consuming for now.

April 10, 2019
The Blog #4 - Making The Layout Responsive

In the fourth episode of this series, we'll be making our blog layout responsive so that it looks good at any resolution and on smaller devices. I'll share how I choose breakpoints and a few other tricks that help with responsive website development and media queries.

September 5, 2017
Use Flexbox To Create A Website Layout

If you’re not familiar with Flexbox, it’s a set of CSS properties that make it easy to style websites and position elements on a page. You can use it instead of floats, or table layouts, both of which are pretty awful to use.

In this video, we'll be creating a website layout using flexbox for a fictitious company that specializes in cars, solar roofs, tunneling, as well as some space exploration on the side.

August 21, 2017