WELCOME – WHAT THIS SITE IS ABOUT

The motivation for this site was to attempt to bring back the Renaissance Man. To be a person or learning and action. To be someone who was active in science and the latest in technology, who knew how things worked, literature, who knew war and peace, made art and poetry and music and danced, who knew history, and was active in business and more.

The “downside” is, there is so much to learn, and more to learn in each day. The upside is – it has never been easier to learn new things and grow as a person. In some areas, we will apply only “theory” – in other areas, we will apply our theory. Here is the Life Maxed Out curriculum.

The courses will be linked or embedded. Keep in mind this list is a suggested list, you can add or swap anything you desire. If, for instance, in the art section, you only wish to focus on one art form such as watercolors, then do that! We do highly recommend taking a least one course in each so you are familiar. The main point of Life Maxed Out is that in every major area of life you have built something! Something you are proud of! Even if it is just one thing!

Art 

  • Learn to draw pencil/digital
  • Learn to photobash
  • Learn to collage
  • Learn to sculpt with clay
  • Learn to sculpt in VR
  • Learn to paint watercolor
  • Learn to oil paint
  • Learn to draw head and hands

Money

  • What is money
  • How the rich invest
  • Basic Finances course (know the lingo)

Art History

  • Great artists
  • Great schools
  • Great designers
  • Great architects and buildings and styles

Writing

  • Write an essay
  • Write a powerful op-ed
  • Write a short story
  • Write a novel or a play
  • Write a short self-help pdf/pamphlet

Robotics and AI

  • Build a robot
  • Build a drone
  • Learn to do machine learning

Science and Math (use YouTube, MIT open courseware, Khan Academy, Udemy, Coursera, etc.) 

  • Biology
  • Basic chemistry
  • Algebra
  • Calculus
  • Genetics
  • Advanced: try to understand Einstein’s theories (from a mathematical perspective)
  • Buy a telescope
  • Buy a microscope
  • Bonus: Watch and take notes on all videos on these channels: Smarter Everyday, Veritasium, and Engineering

Technology

  • Buy crypto and stake it
  • Learn how bitcoin and the blockchain works
  • Learn how Ethereum works and what it does
  • Make your own crypto coin

History (this list is from a Western point of view) 

  • Major periods (Enlightenment, Renaissance, Industrial, etc.)
  • Major battles and wars
  • Word War I
  • World War II
  • American Civil War
  • Forming of America

Body

  • Pick a diet
  • Work on flexibility
  • Hydrate

Nature

  • Learn the basic plants where you live
  • Learn the basic animals where you live
  • Understand evolution and natural selection

Travel

  • Pick 10 or more countries you will travel to in your life
  • Pick 10 places in your country you wish to see

Business

  • Start a business online with any product you can think of
  • Create a landing page
  • And have a free offer and a buy now button
  • Create an IG channel or TikTok or YouTube (or all of them) and post creative ads
  • Run an email blast campaign

Your Mind and Spirituality 

  • Go through a psychoanalysis
  • Do or read some Jungian analysis
  • Record your dreams for a year and make drawings of them
  • Learn basics of stoicism
  • Learn to meditate in a style of your choosing
  • Learn basics of REBT and NLP
  • Learn to visualize
  • Read 10 classic self-help books
  • Learn about the great mystics and mystic traditions
  • Learn about the major religions – customs and practices

Philosophy

  • Relativism
  • Existentialism
  • Ancient Greeks
  • Plato
  • Aristotle
  • Neitszche
  • Consciousness
  • Post-modernism
  • Capitalism versus socialism and communism (cf. Modern Monetary policy)
  • Fascism and anarchy
  • Abortion versus pro-life
  • Pro gun versus anti-gun
  • Learn who to debate a topic
  • Proofs for and against God

The total experience

  • Visit a bad neighborhood
  • Visit a prison/prisoners
  • Do a police ride along
  • Work a working class job if you don’t have one for a few weeks
  • Suggested reading/documentary list:
    • Hitler: Psychopathic God
    • War Junkie
    • Police books
    • Books and academic papers on criminal psychology
    • Documentaries about Rwandan genocide, Balkans, holocaust, slavery, Maoism, Cambodia, Italian fascism, the Spanish Civil War, communism and famine, North Korea, etc. (take notes as you watch this and make sure they are from unbiased sources)

Build

  • Build a chair
  • Weld metal

Music

  • Learn to make beats (Soundtrap)
  • Write a song and sing it or hire someone to sing
  • Learn and instrument (keyboard, tin whistle – one song)
  • Learn a dance (or many dances)

Programming

  • Learn basics of computer programming Harvard CS50
  • Learn to build a VR game using Unity
  • Learn basics of C#

Quantum Mechanics 

  • Learning complex numbers
  • Learn quantum computing

Miscellaneous

  • Free dive
  • Survivalist course
  • Bouldering/Climbing
  • Motorcycle
  • Airplane lessons
  • Helicopter lessons
  • Gun training
  • Sword training
  • Become part of a gaming community
  • Boat
  • Driving a semi
  • Learn to read in another language (if you have time, learn to speak it)
  • Learn 2,000 Latin phrases and words

Reading list (These are suggested books, feel free to add or subtract. I count audiobooks as books read, and also, if you can watch a play – that counts too! Take notes on each book, try to remember key themes and how it can relate to your life!)

  • The Unneeded Redundancy (Dystopia) – shameless plug of my book! Ha! 
  • Dante’s Inferno (Spiritual, philosophical, amazing) (you can also read the entire Comedia) 
  • 1984 (Dystopia) 
  • The Fountainhead (Dystopia) 
  • Atlas Shrugged (Dystopia) 
  • We (Dystopia) 
  • A Brave New World (Dystopia) 
  • Fahrenheit 451  (Short, dystopia) 
  • Handmaid’s Tale (Short, dystopia) 
  • Catch-22 (Dystopia, anti-war) 
  • Blindness (Dystopia, on racism) 
  • The Count of Monte Cristo (adventure)
  • Ragtime (period piece, fun) 
  • Henderson the Rain King (fun) 
  • Three Musketeers 
  • The Night in Lisbon (great love story) 
  • The Little Prince (SHORT) 
  • Ender’s Game 
  • Dune (Sci-fi)
  • I, Robot (Sci-fi) 
  • Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (Sci-fi) 
  • Ready Player One (Sci-if) 
  • Ready Player Two
  • A Christmas Carol 
  • Jonathan Livingston Seagull (Short) (Inspirational)
  • Cloud Atlas (Sci-if + adventure) 
  • The Leopard (Political, about Italy) 
  • The Misanthrope (Play, humor) 
  • A Clockwork Orange (Novella, dystopia) 
  • Animal Farm (Dystopia, allegory) 
  • Lord of the Flies (Dystopia) 
  • The Hobbit (Short, adventure, fantasy) 
  • Lord of the Rings Book 1 (Adventure, fantasy)
  • Lord of the Rings Book 2
  • Lord of the Rings Book 3
  • Othello (SHORT)
  • Macbeth (SHORT)
  • The Color of Water 
  • The Crucible
  • No Exit (SHORT) 
  • Da Vinci Code (Fun book)
  • Angels and Demons
  • The Death of Ivan Illych (Short) 
  • Dr. Zhivago 
  • The Stranger
  • The Plague 
  • Electra (Sophocles)
  • Emma 
  • Franny and Zooey
  • Hamlet (SHORT)
  • Henry V  (SHORT)
  • Snowcrash
  • Foundations 
  • Pygmalion 
  • King Lear (SHORT) 
  • Julius Caesar (SHORT) 
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream (SHORT)
  • Cyrano de Bergerac (SHORT)
  • The Master and Margarita
  • Of Mice and Men
  • Old Man and the Sea
  • Catcher in the Rye
  • Invisible Man
  • Zorba the Greek (fun, spiritual, possibly inspirational) 
  • St. Francis by Kastansakiz (fun, spiritual) 
  • Great Gatsby
  • Lolita 
  • I, Claudius 
  • Native Son
  • Maltese Falcon (Short and fun)
  • Waiting for Godot  (Short and weird)
  • Portrait of an Artist as a Young Man
  • Ulysses (read later on in life) 
  • Call of the Wild  (Short)
  • All Quiet on the Western Front  (Short)
  • Swann’s Way (if you like this book, there are 7 others, very, very long) 
  • Gilgamesh  (Short)
  • Beowulf
  • Iliad
  • Odyssey 
  • On the Road
  • Blood Meridian
  • Pride and Prejudice
  • Sappho Poetry 
  • Rumi (Coleman Barks) 
  • Hafiz Poetry
  • Aeneid
  • Metamorphosis (Ovid) 
  • Treasure Island
  • Gulliver’s Travels
  • Antony and Cleopatra
  • Beloved
  • The Bell Jar 
  • The Big Sleep
  • The Bluest Eye
  • Brothers Karamazov
  • The Chrysanthemums 
  • Robinson Crusoe
  • Paradise Lost 
  • Pygmalion (Shaw) (Short)
  • Prometheus Bound (Short) 
  • Siddhartha (Short) 
  • Candide (Short) 
  • Les Miserables
  • Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • Madame Bovary 
  • The Red and the Black 
  • Leaves of Grass (Poetry) 
  • Book of top poems ever written (Poetry) 
  • Frankenstein
  • The Good Earth 
  • Hedda Gabler (SHORT) 
  • Jane Eyre
  • Jurassic Park 1
  • Jurassic park 2 lost world 
  • Kindred 
  • Lord Jim 
  • Lucky Jim  (Short) 
  • Medea
  • A Model Proposal (Short) 
  • Murder on the Orient Express
  • Night (Wiesel) (Short)
  • Utopia 
  • Hills like White Elephants (Short story)
  • Vanity Fair
  • Middlemarch
  • To the Lighthouse
  • Grimm’s Fairytales
  • Aesop’s Fables
  • Notes from the Underground
  • The Awakening
  • Huckleberry Finn
  • Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  • Grapes of Wrath
  • The Stranger
  • The Plague
  • The Time Machine 
  • White Fang (Short) 
  • Their Eyes were Watching God 
  • The Sun Also Rises 
  • The Secret Agent 
  • Slaughterhouse 5  (Short)
  • To Kill a Mockingbird 
  • The Portrait of Dorian Grey
  • The Importance of Being Earnest  (Short)
  • Don Quixote (just book I) 
  • Dune
  • Three Body Problem
  • Death’s End
  • Dark Forest
  • Tale of Two Cities
  • Poems of Gerard Manly Hopkins
  • Perry Gynt (Short)  
  • Moby Dick 
  • Chronicles of Narnia Book 1
  • Chronicles of Narnia Book 2
  • Chronicles of Narnia Book 3
  • Chronicles of Narnia Book 4
  • Chronicles of Narnia Book 5
  • Chronicles of Narnia Book 6
  • Chronicles of Narnia Book 7
  • Hunger Games Book 1
  • Hunger Book 2
  • Hunger Book 3
  • Harry Potter Book 1 
  • Harry Potter Book 2
  • Harry Potter Book 3
  • Harry Potter Book 4
  • Harry Potter Book 5
  • Harry Potter Book 6
  • Harry Potter Book 7 
  • Pilgrim’s Progress
  • Dracula 
  • Sherlock Holmes (All stories) 
  • Casino Royale (Bond)
  • Live and Let Die (Bond)
  • Moonraker (Bond)
  • Diamonds are Forever (Bond)
  • From Russia, with Love (Bond)
  • Dr. No (Bond)
  • Goldfinger (Bond)
  • Quantum of Solace (Bond)
  • Octopussy (Bond) 
  • 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
  • Peter Pan (Short
  • Dr. Jeckyl and Mr. Hyde (Short)  
  • Robinhood (Short) 
  • Wizard of Oz (Short) 
  • The Trial 
  • Metamorphosis (Short Story) 
  • Hunger 
  • Roll of Thunder Hear my Cry
  • The Raven (Poe) 
  • Annabel Lee (Poe)
  • The Bell (Poe)
  • Jason Bourne Novels 
  • Telltale Heart  (Poe) 
  • Murder at Rue Morgue (Poe)
  • The Fall of the House of Usher (Poe) 
  • The Cask of Amontillado (Poe)
  • The Pit and the Pendulum  (Poe) 
  • Oresteia 
  • Agamemnon
  • The Libation Bearers
  • The Eumenides
  • Oedipus Series
  • Oedipus Rex
  • Oedipus at Colonus
  • Antigone
  • Lysistrata (Short) 
  • Alice in Wonderland
  • Through the Looking Glass
  • Dr. Faustus (Marlowe)
  • Faust (Goethe)
  • The Scarlet Letter 
  • Foundation Series (Definitely read first book)
  • The Canterbury Tales 
  • Dead Souls  
  • The Night Before Christmas Gogol 
  • Ballad of the Songbirds and Snakes (Hunger Games)
  • Read a book of great poems, memorize at least 10 of them!

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