Codex Audentia

Codex: An ancient manuscript text in book form.
Audentia: Latin for “audacity”.

This is not a blog. This is my codex — a working notebook with all my notes and rambles in their full glory. It is raw, unpolished and unfiltered. I write these posts mostly for myself and don’t publicize them, so there’s no newsletter or RSS feed for these, sorry.

Rambles

Book Cover Design Brief

Staying true to the idea of documenting my journey in raw, unfiltered fashion. It's time to seriously start looking for a book cover designer for my labour of love over the last 12+ months. If I delay this any longer, my book may never get done.   Quick overview of the book The book is titled "TECH FLUENT CEO." The working subtitle for the book is: The Eccentric Entrepreneur's Guide to Leading and Innovating in the Age of AI (Subtitle could also be: The Ambitious Non-Techie's Guide to Leading and Innovating in the Age of AI) It's target audience is…
Aman Y. Agarwal
December 14, 2021
Reflections

Productivity Systems Review

As I've discussed before in this codex here and here, a routine is the most fundamental infrastructure of any profession. Without a solid customized routine, you're just an amateur. I'm on the right track. Big question in productivity and routines is, what do I optimize for? Depending on the priority, the routine changes. Here are some options: Reduced anxietyClarity on goals and what I need to be doingCreative energy, generating fresh ideasDeep focused energy Another question is, am I choosing priorities from the wrong emotional place? My routine can't be reinforcing impatience and beliefs like "I'm not productive enough," "I'm…
Aman Y. Agarwal
December 7, 2021
Reflections

It could take 50 years

If a daily or weekly habit takes 5 years to show an amazing result, is that worth the effort? It could be building muscle sustainably, stretching to become more flexible, learning an amazing new skill, etc. I'll be 34 in the next 5 years. If at 34 I'm healthier and stronger than I've ever been, more flexible and agile, more mentally clear and happy, and having enough money to retire, that is worth the wait. Then think about 20 years. If it takes me 20 years to build a net worth of almost a hundred million dollars, that's an INCREDIBLE…
Aman Y. Agarwal
December 2, 2021
Reflections

A Teaching Superpower

My unlikely, unplanned journey to becoming a world-class teacher. (This is not a blog. It’s a codex – raw, unpolished and brutally frank) Let's get 3 things out of the way first. I never planned to be a teacher, never thought it would be one of my careers, and wasn't good at it as a child. It was not god's gift nor a hobby.It's surprising to me that I'm now regarded as a world-class teacher. Now only have I personally taught people on 4 continents, many more have read my essays and tutorials, etc.I have however found more success as…
Aman Y. Agarwal
December 2, 2021
Reflections

Revisited: An Entrepreneur’s Routine

The last time I discussed this topic was in August 2020: https://aman-agarwal.com/2020/08/25/getting-into-a-routine-as-a-solo-entrepreneur/ What Happened It seems like stress, productivity, procrastination and discipline are all intensely interconnected. Over the last 13 months, I've been through many stages of crippling stress and procrastination, when I also felt very unproductive. At the same time, I've also made some terrific changes in my life that I can't take for granted: Had a 132 day unbroken streak of Chinese reading on LingQNoFap streak unbroken (and still ongoing) for 148 days straight. I never thought I could have achieved this, without the help of certain friends…
Aman Y. Agarwal
October 12, 2021
Rambles

Age of AI Post Design

This codex post is about how I'll design the webpage for each episode of the Age of AI Podcast. The key thing to understand is that these posts will become (by intention) the biggest source of traffic to the company website, and are therefore a crucial part of the business funnel. How I handle and guide the traffic coming to the page will decide how we find customers as a company, so it makes sense to put some thought into how each page will be setup. Here's what I'm thinking right now: It needs to provide value, while branding us…
Aman Y. Agarwal
October 3, 2021
Rambles

NEW Homepage Design for SANPRAM

It's time to design a new home page. Here's what the old one looks like: Needless to say, it's time for an upgrade. I don't think that the customers I'm trying to attract will find this very legitimate or give off the "world-class" feel I'm looking for. Process comes first How do we go about it? First, it's important to set a goal. What are we trying to accomplish here and how does this fit? The landing page should give an introduction and "anchor" our brand, for anyone who's curious about what the company does. It's not a sales page.How…
Aman Y. Agarwal
May 14, 2021
Rambles

Educational Resources for Employees

I wonder how I could provide my team with the training they need. Major areas: Negotiation and collaborationJob-related skills and knowledgeThings that would accelerate their career in generalPersonal growth and well-being Negotiation Black Swan method by Chris Voss. The most effective I've found yet. Ship a copy of the book to every new team member and see if they learned anything from it. Also the Vimeo uploads by this user: https://vimeo.com/user104273425 Things that accelerate their career in general Writing good emails. Speaking more clearly. Sales and marketing. I can share with them: The 10-day MBAEbooks that changed my life and…
Aman Y. Agarwal
May 3, 2021
Reflections

Hiring Philosophy

It's been a while since I wrote in this codex. I've been interviewing candidates for SANPRAM, and it's a little overwhelming. One of my core principles in recruiting is to root for their success. It has helped me receive consistently good feedback from them that it's the best recruitment process they've ever been through. But on the flip side, rooting for everyone's success means now I have too many candidates I'd love to somehow fit into my team at SANPRAM. I've grown somewhat attached to them! Naturally, it's not fair to them or to me to hire people who aren't…
Aman Y. Agarwal
May 3, 2021
Rambles

Brainstorming Job Descriptions

SANPRAM needs its first recruiting page. Let's chart out what the page will look like. Hiring Philosophy Trust is foremostRoot for their successLook for students of their craft - the very best way to see if someone's really fit for a role or not.Hire happy people - no complainersBe welcoming to everyone Audience People who want to try something unique, adventurousMotivated to learn new things and succeedMay be frustrated with job/internship hunting (not sure what they're good for, ignored/ghosted by recruiters, impostor syndrome, submitting resumes etc)Want to be given a chance, responsibilityWant to do great workHeart of a teacherEnjoys reading?…
Aman Y. Agarwal
February 6, 2021
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