Guy on the right is @atticusking. As owner to amazing companies like Victoria Court and Ignition, he's easily one of the sharpest and most consistently successful entrepreneurs in Manila.
He's also my godbrother — our dads would have been best friends for close to half a century this year if Tito Archie didn't pass away in an unfortunate accident some years back.
So I'm still on a bit of a high from the other night. After going hard at the gym, we spent the next several hours talking about family, the growth of our businesses, progressive new diets, a spectrum of different workout techniques, the importance of goals...all the good stuff.
But the true highlight for me was how we spent the latter part of the night on YouTube watching videos of Rogan, Sam Harris, Jordan Peterson, Shapiro and other people I deeply look up to debating on religion, politics and economics — I do this ALL THE FUCKING TIME and to have someone I love like a brother enthusiastically geek out over the discourse with me was such an incredible feeling. I'm not alone! 😂
Made me so happy when he said he wanted to expose Storm (his infant daughter) to these intellectuals so she grows up to be a thinker.
After a final hour of discussing several of the points made and the powerful takeaways, Atz left me with advice, the source of which being his own personal experience. Knowing I'm newly single, he said to go ahead and keep dating as much as I want...but to never ever settle.
Solid insight. There will always be this endless, flowing stream of girls, but when you get yourself right, you'll never have to choose anything other than the best.
Keep your mind sharp. Keep your body inescapably fit. Keep your money right. Keep your focus keenly on your goals for yourself. Keep your heart in the right place. Keep a humble, incessant desire for definitive self-improvement.
Keep THIS sort of elevated existential work-life balance and settling for someone beneath you won't ever cross your mind.
His wife Kim is a stellar human being and it's such a joy to see how happy they are. This, to me, is the apex experience of spending time with people you care about.
If only our dads could see us, he said.