Me in 1 minute and 33 seconds... or something like that.
I’ve been a podcaster, tech pundit, founder, and photographer.
But I have always failed to achieve ”success.” In part, because I allowed the Resistance to derail my aspirations but mainly because of my limited mental models. What are mental models, Wikipedia writes:
”A mental model is an explanation of someone's thought process about how something works in the real world. It is a representation of the surrounding world, the relationships between its various parts and a person's intuitive perception about his or her own acts and their consequences.”
So I began to think what if I nurtured my mental models? What if I took the time to develop what Charlie Munger (vice chairman of Berkshire Hathaway) calls a lattice of mental models. Farnam Street, shares:
“So the more mental models you foster, the better your understanding is about how something works in the real world. The latticework of mental models puts them in a useable form to analyze a wide variety of situations and enables us to make better decisions.”
So I have decided to focus on these themes to build a rich lattice of mental models:
- Art and Creativity Books
My hope is that by developing a deep understanding of how things work, I can add significant value in solving interesting problems.
This is what I am doing Now.
My research focuses on one simple question: ”What is your purpose in life?”
It’s a familiar yet complicated question but one that you must answer because it’s necessary, Gautama Buddha explains: “Your purpose in life is to find your purpose and give your whole heart and soul to it.”
I have found that the best way to find answers to the complicated question is to ask better questions so you can get better answers. Author Tony Robbins writes: “Successful people ask better questions, and as a result, they get better answers.” Getting better answers are the tools needed that will help you uncover your purpose.
Here are a few of my favorite questions from blogger James Clear:
- What are the fundamental forces that shape our success and failure?
- What common misconceptions do we have about the way the world works?
- What are the organizing principles that determine the growth and improvement of all living systems?
- How can we pinpoint the hidden roadblocks in our lives and overcome our mental barriers?
These are excellent questions that drill down to the core in finding your purpose in life. But finding your purpose is only part of the solution you now need to apply these insights to your daily lives.
My ultimate goal is to live an abundant life. I hope that my work will save you time, make you more purposeful, and help you build a life of no regrets.
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Robert Rodriguez Jr., Owner at Robert Rodriguez Jr Photography LLC. Ramon has been one of my mentors and trusted advisors over the past few years and instrumental in the success of my photography workshops business. His willingness to listen and understand both my challenges and goals is a rare skill that makes Ramon special. His ability to provide sound marketing and leadership advice is great, and I have no hesitation recommending Ramon and his company to anyone looking for personal; and business strategies that make a difference.
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CEO and Co-founder of SportsYapper. Ramon is a dedicated journalist who is passionate and extremely knowledgeable about social media and technology. I expect him to continue to become an increasingly influential voice on the web, providing valuable insight into new services & technologies that consumers should be aware of. I'm glad to know Ramon online and off.
Dawn Ringel, Executive Vice President at Warner Communications. Ramon is intelligent, a great listener, and an engaging writer, and he’s obviously passionate about new media. He welcomes the chance to “dialogue” with experts who can help him deepen and broaden his perspective. It’s always a pleasure to work with him.
Ruben Quinones, VP - Client Strategy, Path Interactive. Ramon is a humble, creative professional who has quickly made an impact in new media. His passion and knowledge is a strong asset in this new economy. I have had the pleasure of having him as a guest lecturer in my NYU social media class, and would not hesitate to have him back again.
Dave Armenti, Sr. Content Marketer at TripAdvisor. I brought Ramon onto the Skyword team to contribute articles for my client Western Digital. We needed a professional photographer who knew the ins and outs of the industry, the products, and the inspiration behind stellar photography. This person also needed to be an exceptional writer! Ramon fit the bill on all accounts and was an absolute pleasure to work with. He was timely, professional, and most of all personable. I would recommend Ramon to any other organizations or clients that need a photography writer. Not to mention his photos are beautiful as well!
Scott Pytlik, Senior Communications Manager at 2K. Ramon's involvement in new media and Twitter is how we first connected on a potential story idea. Out of that initial exchange formed a solid working relationship and mutual respect. Ramon is knowledgeable about technology and looks for new opportunities where he can continue to learn more. His writing flows well, and he can explain techie and nerdy concepts in lamen terms. Ramon is a pleasure to work with, and I'd recommend him to any PR professional looking for an expert technology reporter.