A few notes --
1. Kai and I co-authored a book a while back. It’s basically done. I still keep wanting to do tweaks and edits, but I’ve got to send this baby off into the world. We’ve had some great early reviewers of which I’m grateful. Now, if you'd like to be involved, here's a good opportunity --
We’d like to have 15 small samples of the book get sent to people when they sign up via email.
I’ve been trying to do this, but I’m too close to the work — I can’t tell which samples/excerpts would be most interesting and relevant to people, in the right order.
So, if you’re interested, you get an advance copy, you read it, you get any questions answered you want, you pick out 15 sections that you think are relevant, you format them into Mailchimp. Pay is $100 for it.
Requirements: Read a lot anyways. Like, a lot. And read fast. Basically, you get a copy of the book to read for free, and get paid $100 for choosing and formatting 15 pieces of the book into emails. If you read fast and like the kind of writing I’ve done, this could be a pretty cool role.
If you’re interested, email me sebastian -at- sebastianmarshall.com, CC kai -at- kaizau.com, include your 3 favorite books and anything else relevant in terms of work experience, why you’re interested, what else you’re working on if anything, and the timetable. The book is in the 80,000 word range. Potentially a cool experience if you’re a reader anyways and a chat to jam with Kai and I, and use your eye to select and format some writing while reading a good book.
2. My new site is about ready to launch. I’ve got first drafts written of a few pieces. I just need to make sure all the technology is working correctly, write the various About pages, etc, and we’ll be good to go, so keep an eye out.
3. To those who have been asking when the next Strategic Review on history is coming out, the answer is now: pretty soon. Next up will be Xenophon, the Athenian who studied under Socrates as a youth, joined the ill-fated mercenary expedition to Persia, and was elected one of the commanders after the officers were betrayed and executed by the Persian King Anaxerxes and his satrap Tessaphernes. Some fantastic lessons about leadership and human nature.
There’s actually a lot more than this going on, but we’ll stick with three updates for now. Shoot me an email if you’re interested in curating those 15 excerpts, and stay tuned.
I've gone back and forth on how much an idea is worth a few times. At first, I thought ideas were worth a lot. Then, I thought it was all execution, and ideas are worthless. I've been thinking about it some more in light of some recent deals, and I've come around a little to believing in the value of ideas again -- with a caveat.
But first, let's check out the best post written on the subject. Here's Derek Sivers --
To me, ideas are worth nothing unless executed. They are just a multiplier. Execution is worth millions.
AWFUL IDEA = -1 WEAK IDEA = 1 SO-SO IDEA = 5 GOOD IDEA = 10 GREAT IDEA = 15 BRILLIANT IDEA = 20
Happy new year!
I am hoping you would share your resources for your reading on Japanese history. Book titles and/or urls would be very helpful.
I got that a week ago, and I kind of sat there staring at the email. Japanese history is some of the most confusing to start to learn, because different elements of Japanese history and culture all play on and influence each other. I could run you through the military history of Japan from The Battle of Okehazama to Sekigahara to the Boshin War, from there into Dai Nippon Tekoku Era, from there into defeat and the Occupation under McArthur, and then we could do a little post-war history.