Mini Book Review of Deep Work

Mini Book Review of Deep Work

In this video, I’m doing a mini book review of the book titled – Deep Work, Rules For Focused Success In A Distracted World by Cal Newport

It’s a great and phenomenal book which talks about the importance of deep work versus shallow work.

Deep work is things like writing, producing content, coming up with business ideas, and making business plans.

While he generally defines shallow work as more of administrative stuff such as data entry, research, things like this.

Deep work is things that get you closer to your ultimate goals.  And shallow work while necessary, doesn’t get you closer to your big goals most of the time.

He doesn’t get into a philosophical argument on which one is better for the economy or yourself because both are necessary. But if you want to be successful, make a lot of money, and make a significant impact on the world he argues that deep work is not only the right thing to do but it’s the best route for you to take.

In his research, he estimates that people can only do deep work – which he defines as deep concentration and mentally exhausting work – for only  2 to 6 hours each day.

And without training your mind to do deep work most people can do it for less than two hours in any day.

This phenomenal book talks about how especially in our knowledge economy, how important deep work is because people who do shallow work are being replaced by automation.

I especially appreciate his emphasis on the importance of deep work and focus when it comes to the millennial generation, where I belong as I just turned 30 in December.

My generation was brought up with all this distracting technology so the focus is becoming a competitive advantage.

It’s normal to see people my age trying to do a bunch of things at once.  One example I see on a regular basis goes something like this… They have a movie on while doing research on the computer, while listening to music on their cell phones, all the while doing none of them well, which research has proved over and over again.

This is just one example of the highly destructive and fragmented stuff that takes us away from our deep work and getting closer to our goals.

Throughout the book, he argues that to have a highly paid job in this new knowledge economy, and to not be replaced by automation, that you have to do deep work, become highly productive and skilled, and produce tons of value for either your clients, society, or whoever your audience is.

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You can watch the full video below…

Practical Advice On How To Use Time Efficiently – Video

Practical Advice On How To Use Time Efficiently

How I Used To Always Feel

Below is a brief transcribed excerpt from today’s video – Practical Advice On How To Use Time Efficiently.

In the video below I expound on what I talked about in the Do More, Fail, More, Improve Faster video that I released in May.

Hey everybody Jason Rivera here from valueinvestingjourney.com, author of How To Value Invest, and chairman, CEO, and founder of Rivera Holdings LLC.

In the last video – Do More, Fail More, Improve Faster – I talked to you about, rather I was inspired by Gary Vaynerchuk.  In his video he talked about the need to do actual things…

Stop reading, stop learning, stop thinking, stop brainstorming and just go out and do stuff as much as you can.

Fail, learn, fail, learn, fail, learn, fail and learn as much as possible.

And I brought my thoughts into it in the Do More, Fail More, Improve Faster video.

But I didn’t really tell you anything practically…

I just said yes that was what you should be doing and that’s how I learn faster and that’s how I improve faster.

But I didn’t tell you anything practical and I hate when people do that.

That’s one of the reasons I wrote How To Value Invest because I was tired of seeing all these websites and books and stuff talking about value investing and finance telling you how you needed to learn how to value companies… But nobody ever tells you how.

Or they tell you need to evaluate companies on a deep level but they never tell you how.

That’s one of the main reasons I wrote How To Value Invest to show everyone how to do these kinds of things.

So today I’m going to give you a little bit of practical advice about stuff that helps me learn faster and become more efficient and productive with my time.

Just like everybody out there I have kids, I have a wife, I have family commitments, doctor appointments, car appointments, stuff like that so I try to make the most of my time.

And due to my health issues in the past there were many days where I could literally do nothing except learn 30 minutes of the day…

To see the full video watch below.

If you liked the video make sure to watch the other videos I’ve released.  And share, like, and subscribe to the Value Investing Journey YouTube channel so you’re notified anytime a new video comes out.

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Preliminary Analysis Training Video for Client

Preliminary Analysis Training Video for Client

In this video, I made a preliminary analysis training video for a Value Investing Coaching Program client.

In the video, I take the client through everything I do on a preliminary basis.  Explain why I look at everything I do.  Explain what everything means.  And most importantly, why everything I look at is important in the context of evaluating an investment.

Below is an edited transcript of the first part of the video… You can watch the full video further below.

And one last note before getting to the transcript of the video…

The client picked this company for us to do a real-time and real-world analysis on because he was interested in this company as a potential investment.

I’d never seen or evaluated this company before meeting and talking with this client.

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Since we’ve already talked about this company a bit on a preliminary basis, I’m doing things differently than I normally would on a preliminary analysis.

I’m also going through this slower than usual so I can explain what everything means.

The first thing I do is go to Morningstar, open up the key ratios tab and the financials tab in another page so I have those handy and ready.

The first thing I want to mention here is that I was able to find its ticker on Morningstar unlike the other day when we were talking.

It’s listed on the Frankfurt exchange on Morningstar under the ticker SGQ.

You’ll notice SGQ lists in Euros on Morningstar as well.  Make sure to always notice which currency the company lists on financial sites.

Go to Google Finance, same company but this time the company lists on the Singapore Exchange under the ticker B7K.

I’m going to reference the Google finance listing throughout but I’m going to be using the company’s financials listed on Morningstar because that’s where I do all my preliminary analysis as they have more information.

But because of this difference please keep in mind some of the numbers may be different from the ones you’re seeing.

This is because the Google finance numbers are i n Singaporean Dollars (SGD) and as mentioned above Morningstar lists its numbers in Euros.

The first difference you’ll notice is the difference in market cap of 28.9 million Euros on Morningstar and 44.4 million SGD on Google.

This is likely due to a conversion rate exchange difference and I’ll look at that later.

The next thing I do is get right into the preliminary analysis.  The same one I use for every company I evaluate…

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To see the full real-time and real world training watch the video below.

And if you’re interested in getting your own one on one Value Investment Coaching please go to the link below.

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Announcing The Value Investing Journey Shop

Announcing The Value Investing Journey Shop

Last week I announced the official launch of the Value Investing Journey – Value Investment Coaching Program…  Something I’d been thinking about for years.

Today, I’m again announcing something else I’ve thought about for years…

The Value Investing Journey Shop.

So far, the shop has all 12 past Press On Research issues.  And no one other than paid subscribers of Press On Research and members of select mailing lists has seen any of these.

Some highlights from these issues are below.

  • As of this writing, the average gain for all 12 picks is 50.3%. These picks are crushing the stock market since April 2015 I began releasing them.
  • As of this writing, the stock market has produced a 15.8% return.
  • This means my exclusive and unreleased picks since April 2015 have outperformed the stock market by 34.5 percentage points.
  • Two companies I recommended grew from sub $500 million market caps to $1 billion plus market caps as of this writing.
  • One company as of this writing is now past $2 billion in market cap.

You can choose to buy each issue individually at its full price or buy all past issues at the current 33% discounted rate.

In these issues not only do I recommend fantastic companies – and one terrible one to avoid – but I continue what I began in How To Value Invest and teach you what the metrics I use mean, why they’re important, and what they mean for the investment thesis.

By buying these issues you’ll also see a bunch of new things since the last time I released a recommendation article.  Some of which are below…

  • Refined valuations
  • Refined and expanded investment processes
  • Analysis and valuation of investment float
  • Some of the new metrics and analysis tools I use including Owner’s Earnings.
  • And more

I’ll continue adding more products to the Shop as time goes so make sure to check back regularly.

If you’re interested in seeing my past stock picks that have destroyed the market since April 2015 and learn along the way go to the page linked below.

Value Investing Journey Shop

Do More, Fail More, Improve Faster

Do More, Fail More, Improve Faster

The video shown below – Do More, Fail More, Improve Faster – was inspired by Gary Vaynerchuk’s – A Five Minute Plea To Do – also known as “Fuck Your Gonna, Go Do It.”

I’ve added a YouTube video widget to the front page of the blog so you can view this and other future videos posted here on Value Investing Journey.

I’ve already got several videos like this coming in the pipeline but if you have any topics you’d like me to talk about please let me know in the comments below.

Also, make sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel to get future videos as they release.