TL;DR background: I am focusing on self investment without the sales pitch. I am not an investment advisor, life coach, or any other credential holding spokesman. I am just a regular guy who has tried a lot of different things, and basically failed at most (all?) of them.

I mentioned this isn’t a sales pitch, right?

I will flush out over time why I am publishing these habits, but none of these ideas are my own. …

Don’t look at me, I wasn’t there.

I was asked a very good question from a friend supporting my attempts to catalogue these self-investment techniques (or habits? I’m still working on what to call them). The TL;DR background story to this adventure is that the internet is flooded with the “7 Habits of Highly Successful Billionaires” (or 20 habits if the writer was paid per word). If you couldn’t hear me laughing at my own joke, I played on the wording of the best selling 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. The habits I am collecting are not specifically in this must read, but most will fall under the 7th habit: sharpen the saw. …

Disclaimer: I only read one book, but when you haven’t actually sat down and read a book since college (high school?), you have to milk it for all its worth, right?

Yesterday, I published the first of many positive habits that I think are both easy, but high yielding, personal investments in oneself: read more books. To read more books, or a book, was not a whimsical inspiration. My want to read was more of a New Year’s Resolution. (I know we are in March…)

My current job title is Web Developer. This means I sit or roll (on my yoga ball) in front of a computer all day. Consider that I also freelance, treat my iPhone like an appendage, and follow so many friends on snapchat that their Stories length rivals Lord of the Rings, the last thing I want to do is put my face in a book... …

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For the past few weeks, I have been listening to a podcast by the author of the 4 Hour Workweek, Timothy Ferriss. I came across the The Tim Ferriss Show by chance, scanning the top charts of iTunes in my effort to avoid what I really dread– reading books. Except, while listening to Tim interview one successful person after another, one commonality was that they all loved reading books. Crap.

If you google phrases like “characteristics of CEOs” or “habits of millionaires,” you will come across a hefty stack of click-bait lists that try to dissect (or stalk?) the day to day lives of Forbes Billionaires. Without surprise, the lists overlap constantly. …

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Josh Tomaino

I’m a Web Developer, Software Engineer, Hacker, Cracker, Code Smacker, Chat Room Yacker… what what? I thought I would use Medium to write great stories. #fail

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