Zsolt Babocsai

Choosing What to Think: No Bullshit Meditation

Do you choose the contents of your awareness? If you pay attention, you’ll quickly realize you don’t. So who or what does then? If you are not in control of what’s in your head, are you in control of anything? Continue reading “Choosing What to Think: No Bullshit Meditation” »

Lessons Learned #3/2016

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Question authority and ideas taken for granted by other people. In the end, you are always responsible for the choices you make even if someone tells you otherwise. Inspired by Stanley Milgram

Reduce or eliminate chronic inflammation (the cause of most chronic disease) by: Continue reading “Lessons Learned #3/2016” »

I’m not like most people – Why the blind obedience to authority?

I’m not like most people. We like to think that don’t we? Especially when most people are depicted as sadistic maniacs, or at the very least, as people who will torture a human being just because someone else says so. Continue reading “I’m not like most people – Why the blind obedience to authority?” »

Lessons Learned #2/2016

To live 100+ do low intensity exercise most of your waking hours. Have a purpose for existence. Switch off regularly. Drink little, eat little animal products and mostly plant foods, not too much. Have strong family ties, belong to a community and hang out with people who reinforce all your positive habits.

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Lessons Learned #1/2016

I learn new stuff all the time. Some of it I figure out from my own experience, some is inspired by books, movies or personal encounters. Over time, much of this knowledge fades away and is phased out by new ideas I get busy with. I want to change that and be able to internalize the stuff I learn and to also put it into practice. Continue reading “Lessons Learned #1/2016” »

How to form new habits: a brutally honest follow-up on what worked and what didn’t a year on

mountain biking

In the fall of 2014, after an intense period of non-stop travel through South and North America, I chose to settle. I had to build up my life systems and routines from scratch. I read a couple of  books on how habits worked and started experimenting. I’d already posted a follow-up a few weeks later, where I came to conclusions that still hold true today. However, now, a year later, I have a much more accurate overview of what worked and what didn’t. Continue reading “How to form new habits: a brutally honest follow-up on what worked and what didn’t a year on” »

How to break the rules and get away with it

lampas budapest

I finished work at 10pm and felt like getting away from the solitude of my computer was becoming a matter of life and death. It was too late to bother anyone with a phone call so I headed straight to a place where I knew I’d find something happening.

The space (where you can actually see the stage) is unlikely small. The people off stage barely outnumber the musicians on it. That makes you wonder: no serious performer will waste their time playing here. And yet, this goofy place, called Lámpás, will hit you in the face almost every night with a live performance that would be hard to come by anywhere else. Continue reading “How to break the rules and get away with it” »

Vicky needs a coffee

I walked past a middle aged man gazing into a café the other day. I was right behind his back, when he suddenly turned around, and shouted „Vicky needs a coffee” right into my left ear. He was obviously talking to his friend on my right and didn’t see me coming.  The woman he was referring to inside the café, looked exhausted after what must have been long hours of sightseeing in the heat of the Budapest summer. Continue reading “Vicky needs a coffee” »

A trip to Morocco

Berber Village in Morocco

After having lived in some and visited most South American Countries, I thought seeing a bit of Africa would hold no major surprises for me. Like many times before, I was wrong. Continue reading “A trip to Morocco” »

The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg – Book Summary and Key Takeaways

Power of Habits

My fascination with habits and how they influence our daily lives started with this book. An interview with the author, Charles Duhigg to be precise. Almost two years  later, I thought it was time I actually read the book.

I had already been applying many of the principles Duhigg describes in the Power of Habit in my habit tweaking experiments and they worked wonders: I gave up smoking (2 months in yeah :) and switched to a healthier diet. But most of all, I’ve developed and awareness of my habits and consequently, a capacity to change them. To make a long story short, the stuff works, so it was time I got the full picture. Continue reading “The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg – Book Summary and Key Takeaways” »

How I Quit Smoking – Habit Tweaking Four Weeks On

Quitting smoking is hard

Wow! It’s been such an educational four weeks and I have so much to share I don’t even know where to begin…. Let’s start with the big picture and work towards the specifics. A few of the key lessons I’ve learnt to start with: Continue reading “How I Quit Smoking – Habit Tweaking Four Weeks On” »

Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products by Nir Eyal – Summary and Key Takeaways

Hooked Book by Nir Eyal

I can’t decide whether I’m more interested in designing habit forming products or in finding out how to prevent products from forming my habits. Either way, Nir Eyal’s book, Hooked, is a fascinating read. It walks you through the steps that lead to forming new habits around a product using loads of real life examples and also offering a way to approach the inevitable moral questions. What follows is a subjective summary of the book with its key takeaways and some of my own thoughts attached. (Emphasis is from me.)

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Why New Year’s Resolutions are a Waste of Time and What You Can Do Instead

Did you set a New Year’s resolution last year? Chances are you did – every second person does, every year -, but you probably don’t even remember what it was by now. Close to 90% of New Years resolutions fail. Why not try something new this time?

Habits are things you do without choosing to them. - Zsolt Babocsai

(Apologies for being so pompous as to quote myself here, but I did search for a good quote on habits, and beside a few ones that you already know, I didn’t find any that captures what I mean, so I had to make my own.)

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Good Carbs Vs Bad Carbs or How Not to Get Diabetes

How little I know about some basic stuff that have tremendous influence on the quality (and length) of my life sometimes amazes me. I’m due for a blood test to determine whether I have diabetes a week from now. In the meantime, I have a chance to learn more about the things that can make me diabetic and conduct some experiments on myself.

Blood glucose chart

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How to run a survey with a 95% response rate

Do you ever see those folks standing at a busy part of town holding a questionnaire in their hands? As soon as you spot them, you’re trying to think of a polite and yet firm way to reject them. I often wonder who actually does stop to talk to them. What kind of a response rate do they get? Maybe 10%? Continue reading “How to run a survey with a 95% response rate” »

Minimalism Redefined

Living Room

Minimalism shouldn’t be something to aspire for. It should be our default way of being.

Only, it’s not. Continue reading “Minimalism Redefined” »

The grass is greener in Hungary

nagymaros

source: nagymaros.utisugo.hu

We had two options. 1. Risk getting lost in the woods at night without a torch 2. Go down to the main road and take the bus back to where we left the car. Continue reading “The grass is greener in Hungary” »

How travel makes you a better decision maker

hamster-contest-colombia

For the record, I’m not saying travel makes your decisions better, although it might. What it definitely does is it makes you a better decision maker. Continue reading “How travel makes you a better decision maker” »

How to stay fit and eat healthy while travelling

Costa Rican Vegetarian Dish

Although I was being conscious of staying fit and healthy throughout the 9 months of my travels, I was expecting to gain some extra weight, because I really didn’t hold back when it came to tasting local delicacies (Save the fried worm in Ecuador, but that had little to do with healthy diet and more with disgust.)

When I stood on the scale after getting back home, I was very surprised to see 78kg, the exact same numbers as when I left.

Staying fit and eating healthy can be a challenge if you are living your “ordinary” life at home. Travelling makes it near impossible: you don’t have your own space and access to a kitchen is often limited. Stacking up food makes no sense, buying ingredients for one meal at a time is a hassle. Your routines are broken, you miss out on sleep, it’s difficult to get to a gym so on and on.

So how did I not gain any weight after 9 months of travel without setting foot in a gym once? Continue reading “How to stay fit and eat healthy while travelling” »

9 months, 12 countries and 50,000 km later

It’s been a hell of a trip. I’ve seen, experienced and learned so much that I’d have to write a book to share all of it. Even if I had the time to do so, which I don’t, I’d never be able to tell the whole story. Most of what I’ve seen and learned cannot be put into words or reflected by pictures. But a few bits can. Here is my humble attempt of doing that.

South-America-Trip-2014
Continue reading “9 months, 12 countries and 50,000 km later” »


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2016
February
9Choosing What to Think: No Bullshit Meditation
January
25Lessons Learned #3/2016
18I’m not like most people – Why the blind obedience to authority?
10Lessons Learned #2/2016
3Lessons Learned #1/2016


2015
December
25How to form new habits: a brutally honest follow-up on what worked and what didn’t a year on
November
20How to break the rules and get away with it
June
21Vicky needs a coffee
March
5A trip to Morocco
January
21The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg – Book Summary and Key Takeaways


2014
December
22How I Quit Smoking – Habit Tweaking Four Weeks On
2Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products by Nir Eyal – Summary and Key Takeaways
November
23Why New Year’s Resolutions are a Waste of Time and What You Can Do Instead
11Good Carbs Vs Bad Carbs or How Not to Get Diabetes
2How to run a survey with a 95% response rate
September
24Minimalism Redefined
1The grass is greener in Hungary
August
11How travel makes you a better decision maker
4How to stay fit and eat healthy while travelling
July
199 months, 12 countries and 50,000 km later
2Travel advice for dummies
May
27Costa Rica Beach and Chocolate Tour
22How to instantly change your mood
18What visiting Costa Rica taught me
14Just like that
5A year without Facebook
April
22Becoming an Entrepreneur by Jake Desyllas
8Eating healthy and building a healthy eating business in Colombia – Inspired by Daniel Salazar
1The fine print of Existence Inc.
March
27The cycle of wellbeing and misery – and the way out
19The price of minimalism
11The Medellin myth busted
4Want or need?
February
27My life in Quito Ecuador
14Why do we travel? – Inspired by Erzsébet Best
January
18“There are more solutions than problems” – Joos Fleskens
7“I do music because I am madly in love with it.” – Sandra Durán
3Scrap the guidebook and make people laugh
1Tales from Tena, Ecuador


2013
December
26How to find your purpose in life – Inspired by Alexis Vaughn
18How to get up after hitting rock bottom
97 things I learnt living without a cell phone
4The upside of minimalist travel
1“You do better business if you have principles” – Interview with William Encalada
November
24Climbing Pichincha Volcano
20Daniel Kao: “Inspire them to think instead of killing their dreams”
14Why run
October
27Must have
16First week in Quito, Ecuador
12Madrid overnight
5What a life
September
25I’m a caveman
9My minimalism
August
215+1 questions to ask yourself if your business is stuck
6Dan Ariely: Predictably Irrational – Summary and Key Takeaways
July
17Iron Man on Facebook
3Are you a wantrepreneur?
June
18The 10 000 hour rule myth
8Conformity and restaurants
May
26What’s wrong with dying today?
8Accomplices
April
23By the side of the road
5Listen to the child
March
28Embrace uncertainty
20Being comfortable with being uncomfortable