As an entrepreneur, I have studied Musk, and he is not outstanding in terms of energy alone. In 2018, he reduced his working hours to 80-90 hours per week. He said that if more than 80 hours are exceeded, the degree of pain will increase exponentially. As a control group, investment banks usually work 100 hours a week, and many founders of startups exceed 100 hours a week. I can confirm these two data. I have been an investment bank and now start a business. There are many such people around me. However, working hours and work quality are not the same thing. Although Musk only works 80 hours a week, his work quality and output are much higher than that of ordinary people. This is more worthy of study. I will talk about this later. Many people talk about energy, but they may not figure out what energy is all about. Because energy lacks a unified definition and lacks metrics. For example, if you work 100 hours in an investment bank and 100 hours in a transaction, is it the same energy? Playing games for 100 hours and doing housework for 100 hours is the same energy? Is it the same energy to learn English for 100 hours and math for 100 hours? For the convenience of explanation, I will take my own experience as an example. Real-time tracking of transactions, making judgments on market changes, and quickly operating large capital transactions, requires a high degree of concentration, and consumes a lot of energy. It’s a bit similar to playing fighting games, and it’s also similar to sprinting. Therefore, my colleagues and I often practice Muay Thai. Of course, the trading work is not continuously high-intensity, but the frequency of high-intensity is very high, especially in the absence of automated trading. Because the company’s new trading system has been delayed, I once had to manually operate ETF arbitrage strategies, while other institutions are automated trading. I only had to analyze their trading rules on the spot, predict market fluctuations, and place orders in advance to compete for liquidity and For trading opportunities, the operation must be so fast. Later, I went to a quantitative hedge fund in New York. The transaction volume of this institution accounted for a few percentage points. I don’t think there will be any problems with IT infrastructure this time. I didn’t expect to experience similar manual operations for some time. , This time there is no UI, just click on the command line to place an order. Investment banking work is somewhat similar to playing RPG games, similar to running a marathon. Quick response and concentration, without the requirements of traders. But investment banking work is not easy. You can imagine that you just finished working all night, rubbing panda eyes, and you have to go to the airport in the early morning. In the narrow space of taxis, you can read the information you just got while driving in many countries. Accented conference calls, while changing the PPT, have to deal with the sudden large-scale tearing of human beings. It is not a work that can be distracted. In general, 100 hours of trading work consumes more energy than 100 hours of investment bank work, but it is not necessarily true. The two cannot be converted at a fixed exchange rate. If a trader is asked to do investment banking work, he will not necessarily be energetic and comfortable, and it is more likely that he will fall asleep before doing so. The emotional energy of a trader may enable him to calmly deal with market changes and large profits and losses, but if he is asked to deal with investment banking work, he may be unable to do what he wants. The above example shows that there are different types of energy, which are affected by many factors. For example, it cannot be said that long-distance runners are more energetic than sprint champions, and vice versa. To improve energy, you need to figure out what energy is all about, and then you can use different methods to improve different types of energy. In my opinion, there are many kinds of energy. The first is general energy, that is, energy that can be used for everything; the second is attribute energy, which has specific attributes and can only be used for specific things. To prevent you from dozing off, let me ask a few questions first: What kind of energy does eating beef affect? What kind of energy does practicing Muay Thai affect? Questions, what kind of energy does it affect the readers? How to improve general energy? I wanted to write more systematically, but I don’t want to be too academic, so I’d better feel free to write wherever I want. How to improve energy, I used myself as a guinea pig and experimented for decades. However, everyone’s situation is different, just for reference. I was the first to focus on general energy, such as tracing the source. I first thought about this problem for two purposes: one is to improve athletic performance; the other is to improve learning efficiency. Exercise and learning are two good examples. This chapter mainly focuses on sports. If you are not interested in sports, you can skip it and see the next chapter for writing and learning. But I suggest that you read this chapter patiently, because sports energy is the foundation. Exercise is the most primitive competition, and it is also the most full and ultimate development and use of the body. Analyzing how to improve sports energy is of great help to improving other types of energy. Because I have to take myself as an example to explain, in order to be convincing, first introduce the basic situation. In all standard sports tests, I get full marks, including sprinting, long-distance running, shot put, long jump, high jump, pull-ups and some special subjects, and this is also true of working for so many years. Therefore, although I am not a professional athlete, a little bit of experience is useful to most people. Sports, scoring different sports. Let’s talk about fitness first. At one stage, my goal is to increase the dimension, become bigger, and pursue a strong and full body. Therefore, the diet is high-protein low-carb water, eat multiple meals a day, eat a dozen eggs, and ensure adequate sleep, usually within 9 hours. In fact, 8 hours is enough, but more sleep will be beneficial for overweight muscle recovery. Through the adjustment of fitness, diet, and sleep, I have achieved a strong and full body. This is an improvement in performance for fitness. On the other hand, my energy state is also “strong and full”. In this state, I like to lift weights. Objects, show their power. Later, at a stage, my goal was changed to clear muscle lines, and fitness, diet, and sleep were adjusted accordingly. In terms of fitness, the weight loss and gain group has increased stretching and muscle separation training, aerobic training, and weight loss training (such as basketball). In terms of diet, the carbohydrate intake was further reduced; in terms of sleep, it was reduced to 8 hours. At this stage, the muscles become smaller, but the lines are clearer, and the energy state is switched to “agile burst.” In this state, you like to jump, run faster, and do actions that reflect explosive power and speed. Besides sprinting and long-distance running, I usually participate in competitions, but long-distance running performance is better than sprinting. In order to improve my sprint performance, I need to adjust my energy state to “strength and burst”. At this time, agility is not the most important thing. In addition to regular sprint training, fitness increases weight and diet increases carbohydrates, but reduces physical exertion such as basketball. Sleep is maintained for 8 hours. Try to adjust the state of sprint competition to be like a leopard ready to go. Preparing for the long-distance race is in conflict with the sprint. If only to improve long-distance running performance, I basically stop fitness, reduce diet, do weight loss training (such as basketball), and endurance training (long-distance running), in order to pursue a state of “lightness”. Since I am generally confident of winning the first place in long-distance running, I mostly sacrifice preparations for long-distance running and mainly prepare for sprinting. The above fitness, diet, and sleep adjustments can all increase general energy. But different adjustments also increase the attribute energy of different attributes. For example, some increase sprint energy, and some increase long-distance running energy. If you are not interested in sports, you will find it very boring to see here. In fact, the general energy that is improved through fitness, exercise, diet, and sleep can be used for study and work. If you are energetic and lively, but feel dizzy as soon as you study, there are also ways to increase the energy of learning attributes. How to improve study energy? Study energy is a very important attribute energy. What is the so-called lack of “learning energy”? Emotional and drowsy are both ecstatic and drowsy, not contradictory. In this case, it is time to sleep and have high-quality sleep. Lack of interest and sleepiness. If you have a choice, don’t learn what you are not interested in; if you don’t have a choice, one is to cultivate interest in excavation, and the other is self-hypnosis. For example, I was lack of interest in finance at the beginning, but why did I become so interested later? My approach is to practice. I put the knowledge in the textbook into practice, and tested them one by one, and got feedback. The feedback made me excited to apply what I learned, and I started to enter the financial room. The best way to learn knowledge is to use it, test it, and perfect it-this is the right way. There are also sidetracks. If you are lack of interest in history and have a strong interest in Tang poetry, then you can compile historical knowledge into poetry, which is also a challenging and interesting thing. Using fun to drive boring is equivalent to getting rich first and then getting rich, and ultimately achieving common prosperity. The second is self-hypnosis, which requires a strong spirit. If you don’t like history, you can try to hypnotize yourself and convince yourself that you are Sima Qian. The greatest ideal in your life is to finish the “Historical Records.” Chicken, writing “Historical Records” is your only pursuit…Slow response and slow thinking may be a problem of innate IQ, thinking methods, learning methods, or energy problems. Energy problems can generally be improved by diet, exercise, and sleep. When I work as an investment bank, I have a slow response and slow thinking. My approach is: skip breakfast, a fruit box at noon, eat a meal for dinner, and practice Muay Thai at night. Chinese food is generally more sleepy than western food. The reason is that the staple food of Chinese food is more carbohydrate, the intake of staple food is also larger than that of western food, and more oil is often used in cooking. This explains to a certain extent “Why do many Europeans and Americans still work with full blood in the afternoon without taking a nap?”-because they mainly serve Western food, and Western food is not as sleepy as Chinese food. The three-meal habits in the West are also different from those of the Chinese. Chinese people pay attention to good food for lunch, whether it is a canteen restaurant or a takeaway, it is both rich and large. Westerners, especially mental workers, usually eat lighter foods for lunch, many of which are salad box/salad bowls. Salads are just a bunch of vegetables with a few pieces of meat garnished. For several years, I only ate fruit boxes for lunch, except for lunch. I usually get sleepy after a big lunch, and I have to rely on other methods to stay awake and sharp, such as washing my face in cold water and listening to music. Thinking wildly, always wandering into meditation, meditation, and clearing distracting thoughts through religion or other beliefs. I understand, I don’t remember that I have a bad memory, take notes, memorize, practice, and teach others. I can’t understand it at all. The brain is blank. This is generally a problem of learning methods, not a problem of energy. There is a learning principle: first simplify complex issues in order to grasp the main structure; then complicate simple issues for completeness. Work and energy work and study overlap and complement each other. However, learning input is the main focus and work output is the main focus. For example, memorizing words is generally considered learning, not work, because there is no output. But typing against a handwritten manuscript is not considered study, but work, because the electronic manuscript is output. How to do a boring and trivial job I usually write articles and code, which requires a lot of typing. I type quickly, and I am the first place in the company’s typing competition. However, typing speed is far less than thinking speed, which is my efficiency bottleneck. First, it drags down thinking; second, it is too boring and trivial, and sometimes it is wrong and needs to be corrected. All of these lead to turbulence and consume more energy. So keep it smooth and reduce friction. For this, I did something. First, do special typing training to strengthen muscle memory, especially those unskilled numbers and symbols input, to form a faster and more accurate conditioned reflex; second, study input method skills and optimize, such as custom shortcut input; Third, I think of typing as playing the piano. Writing code, thinking is fun, writing is hard work. When writing code, I often type on the keyboard like playing a piano, shaking my body, and after a paragraph is struck, my hands are raised high, just like playing the piano, it’s not a lot of enjoyment. Playing the piano can also improve the typing speed and accuracy. If you are typing very slowly, you may wish to play the piano more; fourth, I will do body stretching and finger movements to ensure that the fingers and the whole body are in a good state of flexibility and coordination. This is borrowed from my preparation before the competition as an athlete. Before major exams, I would move my fingers to ensure the speed and fluency of writing in a better state. The above methods can reduce energy loss, and the third method can also increase energy. When boring typing becomes fun to play the piano, people will enter a mildly excited state. Speaking in English, it is “I’m on a roll.” How to do well, and the secret to vigorous energy for work that you don’t like is obsession. A wonderful life is not difficult. Choose a difficult problem, preferably a math problem with paper and pen, or a philosophical problem without paper and pen. Invest in research, unknowingly, and a lifetime will pass. Or on the contrary, make money as the goal, and think about how to earn it all the time, and don’t ask what it is for. When I die, I hold a pile of gold coins like Grandet and say: Ah, it’s so warm… So , The wonderful life lies in what you can be obsessed with. Therefore, most people cannot have a wonderful life, because they don’t like, let alone indulge in their work. I don’t like investment banking work. Maybe it can bring about the growth of ability, vision, income and vanity, but it can’t make investment banking work itself interesting. How to maintain vigorous energy and do listless work has become a problem. I think this is also a problem for most people. I opened my eyes every morning, feeling repetitive and unanticipated. I put on my headphones and used music to relieve this emotion and gain energy. In order to maintain vigorous energy, many colleagues drink Red Bull coffee and take pollen supplements. I will listen to music, soothing, intense, and speaking in different languages. During my investment banking period, I listened to almost all classical and pop music. A college roommate once posted a small pink note on his desk, which read “Life is a journey of misery, and the greatest learning is to find comfort in misery.” There may be hardships in life, but most ordinary people don’t experience too much, and they often encounter boredom, repetition, and nothing to look forward to. Therefore, it is more everyday to find something that is not poor or boring in a poor and boring life. Of learning. In the investment bank office, sometimes it’s late at night. After sending out the written email, I move the office chair to the floor-to-ceiling window, and then hold the printed presentation materials to watch in silence. At this time, I can smell the fresh ink scent, and I can see it. I clear every spelling mistake and font size error. I use music to massage every boring detail, watching the flashing city outside the window, thinking about how to adjust the valuation and M&A plan. At that time, I couldn’t think of it. On a website called Zhihu, answering the question “How to have vigorous energy?” Life is really unpredictable. Sexual energy, love energy, the effect of emotion on energy, the effect of food on energy, Musk’s learning and working methods, these will be updated if you have time in the future. I am developing a utopian community application called “New World”. To apply for the closed beta, please add WeChat dewbot.