Salt Lake Coffee Break. SLC, Utah. Wednesday, 1:13 AM
“Jam sesh?”, the text reads at 6:15 PM. It’s my buddy Dan and he’s also crazy like me.
There’s a reason why I drive my Tacoma 27 miles to a downtown coffee shop a few times a week. I know exactly what I am getting into every time: 6-8 hours of uninterrupted output, hot yerba mate, a dose of Alpha Brain (my favorite nootropic) and the company of a co-schemer.
He’s my accountability partner, or partner-in-scheme.
And it’s time to do what I do: build digital assets.
Just me and my 3-year-old Macbook Air, mentally-enhanced brain and a coffee shop that reeks of a terrible, low-budget indie film.
And I wouldn’t wanna be anywhere else. It’s my time of peak performance, and it facilitates my 1k daily flow better than any other set of rituals.
Somewhere in Japan, circa 1999. Californication era.
The Red Hot Chili Peppers are minutes from taking the stage.
Anthony Kiedis, lead singer of the group, sits down with paper and a large marker and wavily scribbles the song schedule for the night.
Then he drops down and does sets of knuckle push-ups before carefully pouring cups of ginseng tea for the rest of the band.
In a nearby room, bassist Flea stretches with the help of Woody Harrelson, who seems to be in the room primarily for comic relief.
A faint techno noise hits the walls while the entire band stretches and practices yoga.
Later, Flea finds John Frusciante, the other guitarist in the band, where they shred guitar notes in unison, standing up, staring at each other’s faces inches apart. The focus is strong.
Moments after in a dim room, the band huddles together for a group prayer.
“Let’s show ’em that we love them, let’s show ’em that we love each other, let’s make people feel good…” Frusciante says with long, awkward pauses.
One by one, they walk on stage and the crowd of over 17,000 erupts.
They proceed to put on a legendary show.
It’s funny, because the Chili Peppers’ irreverent genius seems accidental, but their pre-stage acts are anything but…
…their approach to world-class performance are engineered by rituals.
For a more detailed look at the band’s habits and tour life, see the full documentary here:
Find mentors, find rituals. Then find your peak performance.