Alright, today is an exciting announcement -- applications for GiveGetWin Summer Camp III at UChicago are now open.
Summer Camp will be 10 June 2017 to 25 June 2017 at the University of Chicago's Polsky Exchange. It's all-day, everyday for that time -- intense amount of skills training in entrepreneurship and leadership.
Past attendees have gone on to start their own companies with very high success rates (see the success stories tab on the website), as well as get jobs at established companies like Facebook and a number of fast-growth startups.
Russell Silver, from GGWSC'15, wrote of his experience:
"There are very few things that can truly prepare you for life after university—especially when you plan on that life being an entrepreneurial one. After 4 years of higher education, hundreds of hours of classes, dozens of books, and countless TedTalks, I can attest that nothing is 100% effective. But I can confidently say, minute for minute, that my experience at GGWSC was as close as it gets." He's now running his own company in Toronto.
Gwen Yi, GGWSC'16, wrote of her experience:
"If you’re young, ambitious, digitally savvy, and think you might have a shot at running your own online business, GiveGetWin summer camp is absolutely the right place for you. In just 2 weeks with Sebastian, I’ve learned more about sales, business and marketing than I have my entire life – and that’s saying a lot, having dabbled in this field for the past 3 years. Sebastian is magnanimous throughout the program: from sharing his personal insights to inviting his personal friends as speakers, he personally ensures that every attendee walks away with new connections, practical experience, and a renewed sense of purpose.
"But mind you, GGW is intense. You work from dawn to dusk. You don’t go out and party after. You listen, learn, tweak, iterate, strategize, execute – non-stop, for 2 weeks. All in the company of amazing, kind-hearted, supportive achievers. No one introduces themselves; in fact, I only found out how stellar my colleagues were through snippets of conversation over take-out lunches. Everyone is humble, but hungry – focused on maximizing the value they give and take out of this program. It’s a delicious, wholesome brain bath. I loved it, and I would whole-heartedly recommend it to anyone who’s looking to push themselves to the next level."
There's a lot more stories and testimonials like that.
We don't have a set age range, but the typical attendee is an undergraduate or recent grad (though last year, we were delighted to have two gentlemen who recently out-processed from the U.S. Army and U.S. Marine Corps, who greatly enjoyed the experience and got a lot from it).
If you're an undergraduate, it might be one of the highest-ROI-per-minute things you could do this summer.
If you know some great young people, by all means pass it along -- the program is free to attend if you're selected, though our selection process is intense... we take a maximum of 20 people, and expect 300-500 applications this year.
But if you're good, or know someone who is good, definitely apply or pass it along. It's potentially life-changing for someone who wants to master skills in entrepreneurship and leadership that are very difficult to get.
For more information and to apply, go here:
See you in Chicago!
If you haven't joined the third Ultraworking Pentathlon, it's starting this Saturday -- so jump on now if you'd like to get 16 days of peak performance + permanent lessons and levelups in your productivity and workflow.
Details are all here:
Always honored and thrilled to work with you, regards,
Hello old friends,
Machina is free for 72 hours at Amazon.com
I do most of my writing these days at The Strategic Review, where a free long-form essay with actionable insights from history comes out every Thursday.
I get asked frequently why I don't post them online -- and the answer is, I'm interested in reaching people who very much want to read them, but not interested in reaching the general blogosphere.
Hello old friends,
It's my favorite month: March. I like the name of the month, the concept of the month, and I love that spring is here.
We've got a few big things at Ultraworking coming.
The first is that Pentathlon III is up --
Boom! It's 2017. Oh my goodness, 2016 was the best year of my life by far. Knock on wood, everything is working. It's working marvelously, even.
One of my very few regrets is that I'm doing less ad hoc writing. I published 52 essays at The Strategic Review in 2016, the first half of which got edited into the book Progression; the second half will be in the upcoming Machina (rough guess on ETA: February).
TSR roughly doubled in size, all through word of mouth. (Thank you.) But I didn't blog as much as I used to, and I used to have a lot of fun doing this.
I've also learned a lot about making things happen in the last year, that I think might be useful to you. I'm going to be blogging a little more in 2017.
So without further ado, here's two things that have been huge for me.
Trying to figure out the best gift for that top performer in your life that doesn't need anything?
How about a one-way ticket to peak productivity in January?
You can now buy an entry into the Ultraworking Pentathlon for a friend or loved one:
One of the most important things for your entire life is choosing what projects you work on.
If you choose your projects right, life will be very satisfying, full of achievements, every year will be a little easier and better than the last one.
If you choose your projects wrong, you'll get stagnation, be forced to re-start from scratch when things fail or get abandoned, and otherwise have a rather frustrating life.
And yet, it's rather hard for most people to choose what to work on. There's potentially... well, infinite things.
I'd like to recommend a guideline to you: only do 10-year projects or short projects, and almost nothing in between. Since switching to this view of the world, life's gotten immensely easier and better for me, I've been able to have a lot more successes, and deliver a lot more value to the world.
We're doing the Ultraworking Pentathlon again, from 7 January to 22 January.
The first Pentathlon was a really big success. We've incorporated feedback and the next one is going to even better.
The Big Idea
The big idea is very simple: there's hundreds of "known best practices" and 1% edges in the world that most people aren't doing them. There's also dozens to hundreds of little techniques, tricks, and advantages you can stack up to make your life run better.
Super jazzed the GiveGetWin Tour IV videos are up.
Tons of love and huge respect to Angela Cheung, the master videographer who traveled with us for the first 80% of the Tour. She did amazing work at lightning speed. It was really such an honor and privilege to work with her.
Here was the trailer from NYU --
TSR is approaching the one-year mark.
As most of you probably already know, I write one long-form actionable historical essay every Thursday the The Strategic Review. I'm closing in on the one-year date of restarting TSR (last December), and there's been a really marvelous reception to TSR.
In fact, I've done almost no promotion, and TSR has net-gained in subscribers (more new people joining than unsubscribing) in 46 out of the 49 weeks TSR has been out there. That's nearly 100% word of mouth. I'm very, very grateful that everyone recommends TSR.
Some reader feedback to Dubious Battle #1: Faith vs Works
It's really a privilege to get unsolicited reader feedback like this --