How to Approach Goals Like a Math Problem

How to Approach Goals Like a Math Problem


First off I just want to show appreciation for everyone that has helped me along the way of my life and building Makerbars. Firstly, I want to thank my dad for always telling me to just go have fun when I was keen on training as a 12 year old. Secondly I am appreciative of my trainer Colby for always teaching me that when you feel like you’ve given your all, you really have 40% extra if your life depended on it. And thirdly, I would like to thank my brother, David, for always looking out for me at school and around the sporting events since the age of 4 years old.


Maker is a brand that tells people “You will make it.” That is our slogan because I truly believe that by saying your truth, helps give you clarity and manifests the right energy to attract your goals. Here is an exercise for you: (Fill in the blank and say it out loud: I will make ________.) I will make the team, I will make associate, I will make partner of the firm, I will make a difference in the environment, I will make someone smile today. These are the values that I wish to emulate through Maker. Focus on them, be specific. The clearer you are about what you want to Make, the more efficient your decisions will be towards getting there. This brings me to the next section: a simple equation towards your goals.

Math and Goals

I believe that achieving your goals is a matter of mathematics. Many things in life are qualitative and are not explained by numbers, but in the long term, there are numbers that every successful person shares in common. To paraphrase the teachings of great economist Benjamin Graham, “The market is a voting game in the short term and a measuring stick in the long term.” At the end of the day, the skills you need and the tangibles you need can be generally measured by numbers. Let me give an example of Kobe Bryant. He trained 6 hours a day, every day. He developed a system that worked best for himself and stacked thousands and thousands of hours towards that direct goal. In any given game, Kobe could score 81 or he could shoot three complete airballs in a row. This is where qualitative analysis comes in; did he eat the right things, was the ref not called plays in Kobe’s favor, the list goes on. But over the long term, the determining factor of his success was based on the hours he put into his craft, and more specifically, the amount of myelin he builds up around his nerves. If you spread your time too thin onto things that don’t help you achieve your goals, then it will simply take longer to get there than if you concentrate your efforts on your specific goals. Notice that Kobe did have a wide menu of exercises that he did (running, court drills, lifting, he accounted for sleep, nutrition, etc) but they all synergized to help him become the best basketball player he could be. 

The advent of Artificial intelligence

It could be helpful if there was a system in place that could help you figure out exactly what you had to do on a basic action by action level to maximize the efficiency towards your goals. Essentially an optimal goal reaching system. I believe that Artificial Intelligence (A.I) and machine learning could be the answer to this. Imagine if there was a computer that could track every action you did on a day to day basis (which many computer programs are already trying to do, see Amazon.) and it could give you accurate suggestions on what you could tweak in your routine to more efficiently move towards your goals, based on data from thousands and thousands of other athletes like Kobe. You could, and I don’t recommend, try to do exactly what Kobe did on a day to day basis, but it is also important to tailor it to your specific life circumstances. There is a long way to go in terms of A.I. strength and personal security before this becomes a reality, but I believe it is doable.

Example of a mathematical manifestation

 “I will make a software program that recommends actions for people's goals''. =100 hours programming + 100 hours reading on athletic performance + 100 hours of seeking advice from mentors (X5 because we always underestimate the work it actually takes to accomplish something.)

Those are just a few thoughts and ideas for today. Now here is a data sample of some actions today:

Run and audiobook 6-730

Breakfast = Makerbowl

Marketing work 7:30-9

Break = ginger tea

Production design 9-11

Lunch = Tofu + rice + spinach and onion

After lunch = walk and meditate 30 mins

12-2pm = misc tasks

Break = read news, check email

2pm-4pm = misc tasks

4-430=snack; tuna melt

4:30-6= Reading

6-7= cook dinner

7-8= hangout with friends

8pm= prep for tomorrow (clean, shower, meal prep, etc)

9pm= Read until asleep


Progress towards fitness= 1.5 hours

Progress towards health= 2 hours

Progress towards business= 7.5 hours

Progress towards reading = 1.5 hours

Progress towards cooking = 1 hour

Progress towards relationships = 1 hour

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