What have your favorite posts been on here? Why? What's been most useful to you?
I got a really nice mix of opinions yesterday (though there seems to a strong undercurrent on history, practical interventions, and maybe some more "narratives" instead of abstract pieces) -- now I'd really like to hear about your favorite pieces from the past, either series or specifically.
I'm going to go back and select a number of pieces that were pretty good and edit them to be something coherent and better. I really want to step my quality level up and do really great by you. This blog has long been a source of inspiration and a great way to connect with people, but I want to take it to the next level and really deliver stuff that's outstanding on all fronts.
All feedback super appreciated. Especially doubly true if you're on email and don't normally comment; the opinions of people who regularly obviously matter a lot to me, but if you're normally quiet -- your opinion matters to me too and I'd love to hear it.
So... What have your favorite posts been on here? Why? What's been most useful to you?
my personal favorites:
get paid by being a primadonna
the problems with half-working
the turk polishes his window
comfort (literally) makes you weak
two of the four relate directly to art and the pride of craftsmanship, which apply to me directly as a graphic designer. the other two have been helpful to me in my thoughts about working and productivity. generally, these kinds of posts inspire me to analyze/re-evaluate how i'm operating in the world and change my mental processes. they resonate deeply.
**"WHY SEBASTIAN MARSHALL NEEDS TO KEEP USING -HISTORY-" AS ONE OF HIS CORE UNIFIER STRENGTHS"**
To me, what really makes you different is how you use a plethora of knowledge about historical events to find new insights on personal development. All you do is good. Really good. But to me, your Unique Value Proposition and one of your core strengths is that authoritative place and perspective you take on personal development, strategy and performance using history as an unifier idea.
That´s what makes you different, in my humble opinion. And it is a cool opportunity to embrace it as a value differentiator that can both be very hard to copy and a shame if you didn´t keep using it to unify your contribution to the world as a thought leader.
Anyways. I don´t use to comment a lot. There´s a very probable chance I didn´t read all the comments here. But didn´t see the word "History" mentioned between the few comments I had the chance to read. It would be a shame if you didn´t keep reinforcing that core strength/interest/passion of yours in future yet untapped projects.
Hope it helps. Good luck
the post called the 'knack for getting money'... I read it all the time to make sure that I'm BS and fucking about and focusing on shit that matters and will move me forwards :)
I like the best "Weakest of the Great Men of All Time". In general, I prefer posts with psychological / cognitive-science insights to ones with purely philosophical content.
As a final critical benchmark point: I would love to think that I was even half as prolific, half as insightful and half as useful to my audience as you are, Sebastian!
Looks like different people like different things. :)
I would not be so presumptuous as to suggest an approach or style for you! The following is what I need for me...
Sometimes a post will just have one sentence which shouts out. Sometimes the whole post is good/great in my view ('How much money is your coherence problem costing you?'). Sometimes I don't get anything from it at all. Some posts are not clear in what you are suggesting (sorry everyone, 'Ambition: It’ll kill you, if you don’t kill it first' - are you for it or against it? Either way, offering clearer direction/choice at the end would have helped me). I'm not looking for 'hacks' but if I am crystal clear as to the message I can think about your points quicker. If I understand and agree then I can try them faster. Or I can disagree and move on, disagree and think about them, disagree and tweak. (And don't you dare think this means I want a tl;dr in the posts!) Others may prefer to mull and muse and will not want prescriptions. My current situation does not offer me that luxury.
Of course you need to make sure your audience stays so you have to write things they want to read. But if everyone is getting different things, then it may be that you are not sufficiently focussed/niche, if that is what you are looking for. Or it may be that we just like many of the things you write and will wait for another good one to come out (they are fairly frequent in my opinion).
Do you mind a varied audience? If not then continue writing varied posts.
You know the traditional approach: If you want to focus and your audience is statically big enough then 80/20 your most popular posts and focus on the 20%. I don't like that approach here. I like the variety. I like the sifting and never knowing what I'll find. My only caveat is that I need to be able to find it/recognise it given time demands, hence my comment about clarity.
If I had to find any kind of theme then the posts I find most interesting then they are the ones in which you describe how you have realised something and then show where and how it might be applied. You may say all your posts have that as an underlying theme, but the more directly this is done the better (and harder it is to do and to do often!).
If there isn't an overall theme then maybe just write for you, not your audience.
Again, these are my feelings and you may make of them what you will. If they provide you with any food for thought then at least I will have been able to return the favour you have been freely giving me these past few months. Long may you continue.
Why: In a comment, Chris summarises this very well with just three words: “This hits hard.”
It are obvious things that aren’t always done right, but really should be done right. This also create a sense of urgency to do something about it.
Talking about creating a sense of urgency, the “You are going to fucking DIE sometime” parts in posts do that as well.
Book and resource recommendations / posts like: "Don’t know what you’re doing with your life?"
Why: It just looks like I got lucky sharing a big spectrum of your taste in books. These posts are really useful to me because they provide an excellent assemblage of information. The practical usefulness of these recommendations really trump(s)/(ed) my expectations.
Why: Possible improvements that are so easy to implement that it’s like taking a real life ‘level up potion’.
Posts about incremental improvements; structural fixes; low downside / high upside.
Why: The concepts are very logical and easy to understand, but extra examples somehow help to ingrain this better. This also holds for the ‘just do it’ and ‘don’t neglect the basics’ posts. The repetition of different varieties of the same concept help to ingrain it better.
Tim said everything I wanted to say, but better. Thanks, Tim.
My favorite posts definitely have to be the ones that hit hard. You can't do that every day, it would just be too impractical and too fluffy, and then I would begin to think of you as something similar to the terrible self-development blogs on the net, but everything that directly relates to rising up the ladder of being the weakest of the great men of all time.
Book recommendations and seemingly trivial improvements can definitely be part of that overarching theme.
Also, keep the emphasis on community. The weeks when we all did the Lights spreadsheet together were great, and a lot of my favorite posts were a publicly answered email.
Also, although this ignores everything you've written in the post-Ikigai, I published my 15 favorite Ikigai essays at http://rmorabia.com/ikigai.
Pre-Defined Procrastination, Because a smarter me chose to do so, some of the older posts that referred to military documents and advice, Music by activity, Assailing fantasies. I _love_ the idea of assailing fantasies and wish someone had told me about it fifteen years ago -- it can really warp one's perspective.
Louis Savilli asks in the comments -
Interesting and timely topic for me personally. Here’s my question to those who already make $10,000, $100,000, or $1,000,000 per month:
What is money? What can you tell me about it and how you feel about it? How have your opinions and feelings on money changed over the years? Going further – have you always felt comfortable exchanging your services for money? For relatively large amounts of money?
Some of these questions are more about self-worth and your own opinion on the value you can provide. I’d love to hear some answers!
I like running a site that's unapologetically pro-wealth, pro-ambition, pro-building, pro-doing, pro-excellence... we wind up meeting getting into lots of good discussions and I've met lots of great people.
After a long day in the sun at the 2010 Crossfit Games in LA, I've flopped into my Aeron in the RV, which is parked near my old stomping grounds in Hollywood. I found an amazing parking spot right near the Farmer's Market that has no street cleaning and is always empty at night. You'd be surprised how important things like street cleaning become when you live in an RV. Anyway, I don't have enough energy left to pull myself out of my chair, so it's time to tally up the survey results from a couple weeks ago and share what I learned.
This one was totally unexpected. Around a third of the people who responded said that they want more Life Nomadic. To be totally honest, I didn't know people were that interested in it. The site, when it was separate, never developed the same sort of following this site has.