Tuesday Treasure #13: family members, nutty beliefs, cold bore

Hello family!

I’m sending this newsletter out to 297 of you, which is pretty cool – and absolutely blows my mind.

I truly appreciate you. 🙂

To show my appreciation, I published a list of Tuesday Treasure Family Members.

(If you weren’t included on this list but you want to be, simply reply to this message with three bullet points about yourself! Also, if you were included and want something changed – or want to be taken off – no worries. Let me know and I’ll remove you right away. 🙂

Last week, I got around to writing about my five day solo retreat without technology. I also updated the site with tweet threads and an archive of all previous issues of Tuesday Treasure. These databases will be updated weekly!

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Okay, now that you did that…

Let’s open the Treasure!

What The Hell Is Cold Bore?

Navy SEAL snipers are the elite of the elite.

I recently learned they do one exercise, called “cold bore,” that is supposed to simulate the conditions of war.

Here’s how it works:

Immediately upon waking, the trainee has to shoot at a target. The shooter has one shot with one bullet. If he misses three days in a row, he is out of the program.

Here’s what learning about this exercise taught me:

  • Make it harder. Is it likely the Navy SEAL will have to shoot immediately upon waking in a war situation? Maybe, maybe not. But how else are you supposed to prepare for combat? You can recreate reality by making practice and training more difficult.
  • Sometimes you only get one shot. It could be a shot at a new business or a relationship. You may only get one opportunity to pitch your company. So prepare more.
  • Figure out what you can control. Navy SEAL sniper Brandon Webb used to sleep with his bullet. Literally curled up next to it. He figured it was the only thing he could control.

Urban vs. Rural vs. Suburban

The United States broken down by location is…

  • 52% suburban (~170 million people)
  • 27% urban (~88 million people)
  • 21% rural (~68 million people)

That means there’s a good chance you’re reading this email from an urban or suburban community (if you’re in the U.S.).

Because of that…

Many people (myself included) have no idea what it’s actually like to live in a rural community.

Then I stumbled across this thread from a man who lived in a rural community for eight years.

If you’ve never lived in a rural setting and have no idea what it’s like, I’d recommend checking it out. It may put into perspective many of the conveniences you take for granted.

The Power of The Process

Brandon Stanton started taking photos of New Yorkers in November 2010.

Next thing you know, he’s got 18,000,000 people following him on Facebook and snapping portraits of President Obama.

The most interesting thing about Brandon’s journey to me was his initial goal: take 10,000 photos.

He didn’t decide… “You know what, I’m going to post a few photos on Facebook to see if any take off.”

He committed to the process.

And because he improved his photography and storytelling, the process worked.

If you’d like to read Brandon’s entire story as told by Kevin Lee, click here (it’s really, really good).

A Few Nutty Things I Believe

I got this idea from Stew’s Letter, which is perhaps my favorite letter on the Internet. I’d figure I’d give it a shot…

  • We are all connected. By we,” I mean we as humans. But I also mean all living organisms. Trees, plants, bees, birds, deer, catfish. All of it. Here’s the analogy… A wave off near Florida might not think it has anything to do with a wave off the coast of Great Britain or a wave in Australia. But they’re all inherently the same thing. Although we are separated by physical body and mind, it is only an illusion. I am you and you are me.
  • Love is the single most important trait in the universe. More important than intelligence or wisdom. Love is number one. The reason? Love is the act of two “separate” things merging into one.
  • Positivity is practical. For many of us (myself included), our mind naturally looks at the glass half empty. But what I’ve done in the past few months (years?) is to train my mind to look for the good. And that gives you incredible power to shape the future the way you want it.
  • The mind can create reality. We tend to believe the mind is separate from reality. But I believe our mind can quite literally create reality. I believe our own mind can create the life we desire, and I intend to prove that over the coming months, years, and decades.

Are these crazy? Have I completely lost it?

It is certainly possible.

Hit reply to let me know what you think about any of these!

What Are You Up To, Danny?

Yesterday, I started Phase 3 of the Live Hard Program. You guys know I’m always looking for ways to take my performance to the next level.

Here is what I am responsible for completing every day for the next 29 days (Day 1 was a wrap!)…

  • 2 45-minute workouts
  • 10 pages reading
  • Progress pic
  • 1 gallon water
  • Clean diet
  • 5 min cold shower
  • 10 min visualization
  • 3 added Power List tasks
  • 1 random act of kindness
  • 1 in-person conversation with a stranger

If you’re looking to do something similar, I’d recommend starting with 75 HARD (wrote about it here and here).

If you have no idea what any of this means, you can learn about the Live Hard Program here.

Oh, and I’ve also started doing Morning Pages, which is a 750-word stream of consciousness. There’s something really enjoyable in seeing my thoughts on the screen. It’s kind of like meditation, except I see it. It has made me less judgmental of what I’m creating and more willing to experiment.

I’d recommend giving it a go, even if you don’t consider yourself an artist. As Brandon Stanton would do, commit to the process and good things will come.

As always, respond back with your favorite piece of Treasure! I look forward to hearing from you.

To your success,


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