Hey everyone, I'm up on GiveGetWin today: 1-on-1 Productivity and Asset Maximization Session With Sebastian Marshall
Some of the stuff you'll be getting --
You're going to learn...
- Why aren't you getting stuff done? The biological basis of unfinished tasks
- How to break bad habits
- How to start your day in a productive and goal-oriented way by building a dashboard
- How to stay on track with your priorities
- High-tech & low-tech tools to increase your productivity
- How to build a contact database and always find the right people to get your job done (and get started right during the training session with Sebastian)
- How to build max out assets from projects and explode your portfolio: learn to make a completed project much more valuable. It's a stepping stone on the way up, not just one more thing checked off your todo list.
- Personalized, hands-on 'getting-it-started' including...
--> Get your own dashboard started for your production
--> Get your contact database built and running
--> Stay on track of your goals and priorities by setting some clear metrics
--> Get a customized version of a post-project debrief to get thank-you letters, referrals, and testimonials
--> And whatever else you want some hands-on help with. Sebastian will bring a tight value-packed agenda, and is also committed to helping you reach your productivity goals.
Now, go check out GGW and go grab a hands-on training session with me. Even before it was announced, one particularly hawk-eyed GGWer already grabbed one of the four slots... so, don't delay and I look forward to connecting with you.
Sebastian, are you familiar with the treadmill+Anki meme?
This is very much the same feeling I have. I got a lot of value out of Ikigai which is why I follow this blog.
However when he starts listing the book itself as one of his "achievements", starts posting about penny pinching and selling his time for $40/hr I am starting to wonder if maybe his best talent is marketing.
Perhaps there is a middle ground between cynic and follower here. Blog readers need not be acolytes or worshippers of the writer to like the writing. I do agree it would be nice to see more about the charity.
I agree. I find he has a unique voice and many cool insights, and that's why I follow him. Hating on him for slight flaws (if you can even call them that) is only going to be neurosis-inducing for him and so distract from the objective of getting Sebastian to keep giving us more value-added reading.
Seriously, compare this blog to anything you might read about personal development in a newspaper or see on TV and you'll see that it's like comparing the Stone Age to the 21th century.
Very rough, very unfinished --
We'll 90% likely work on implementation/execution through the Zorig Foundation --
Met their executive director in Ulaanbaatar last time, and they have quite high integrity, a good track record, low corruption, and good relationship with the international community. It was a State Department officer that introduced us to Zorig.
I appreciate your skepticism here. Disclosure in my own life is my own prerogative, but a nonprofit / charitable endeavor exists in the public and must have accountability and trust in public. If you or anyone have any thoughts on transparency and results in the nonprofit world, please email me any time.
“Some people have no idea what they're doing, and a lot of them are really good at it.”
― George Carlin
The value I get from this blog vs the time I spend reading is just ridiculous.
Would I want to know more about Sebastian's projects? Yes. Is it crucial for me to keep enjoying this blog? No.
Just my two cents :)
I'm a George Carlin fan too. Good quote.
A few points:
*The script on the Zorig Foundation is actually Mongolian, not Russian. Mongolia switched from their tradition alphabet to cyrillic after allying with Russia some time back.
*My understanding is that the Zorig Foundation is generally regarded as one of the most trustworthy, effective, and largest in Mongolia.
Charlie Montgomery, the Environment / Science / Health / Tech officer for the U.S. Embassy to Mongolia recommended Zorig. I met their executive director, Badruun. I believe in what they're doing, they're exceptional, capable, and ethical people.
*In real estate, we got master leases on apartments, furnished them, added serviced qualities, hooked up internet, utilities, etc, and got between a 17% and 70% monthly premium in prices over the rents + operating costs + amortized costs (of furnishings, appliances, etc). 17% range was for long-term rentals, 70% for operating on a short-term basis. I'm happy to discuss it with anyone in real estate.
*I'm not a hot-shot, don't make a lot of money by entrepreneurial standards. I do alright for myself and really enjoy my life and adventures, the stuff I get to do, etc, but you should only listen to what I have to say if it's interesting for you and enriching your life.
*Good catch on the Ulaanbaatar point. Website isn't a high priority, but yeah that's an error. Thanks for pointing it out.
The Internal Scorecard
I think there's a tremendous amount of misconceptions regarding achievement, productivity, creativity, ambition, work, work rate, work ethic, and so on.
So I'm thinking of publishing some analysis weekly with examples of what happened in the week, successes and failures, noteworthy events, what I'm reading and listening to, and so on. If it goes well, I can give you a picture of a workweek for me, intermix tactics and techniques, and give you practical guidance about what's working well and what isn't.
It's always better to look at actions than words. If someone says that they're committed to being healthy, but then they order a fat stack of pancakes... well, maybe they're not so committed after all. Recently I've been thinking about this truism in terms of goals and priorities. Your priorities are what they look like.
When you ask someone what his goals are, especially a young person, you'll probably end up hearing a bunch of talk about making money, traveling the world, getting healthy, learning some big skill, or contributing to the world in some way. Great goals. But if we examine people's actions, do they line up with these goals? Sometimes, but very often they're directly contrary to their goals.
The average person eats unhealthy food, spends a lot of time at a job he doesn't like, engages in junk entertainment like TV or video games, maybe drinks some alcohol, and then goes to sleep. Is he getting closer to his goals? Is he getting farther away from them? What can we conclude about the intent behind his goals?
Maybe the most interesting question would be: what goals is he moving towards? I'd say that he's moving towards comfort. Not decadent comfort like a hammock on a pristine beach, but the comfort of not having to think or exert himself. The comfort of mediocrity. And to be clear-- if someone says that comfort is his only goal, I'd have no criticism of these actions. I have different goals, but even I'm not arrogant enough to judge someone by my own goals rather than his own.