Podcast Appearance on The Art of Authenticity --
Had an awesome conversation with my friend Laura Coe on her new and killer Art of Authenticity podcast --
Or check it on Laura's site.
(While you're there, check out Carlos Miceli's appearance too -- Carlos is such an ace and such a positive wonderful guy, you'll enjoy his episode too.)
Maybe the best job ever for someone who is managerial and in the art world...
My friend Nick Gray is hiring a Chief of Staff for Museum Hack -- it's probably the best job ever for someone who loves the arts and loves people. I don't normally promote jobs broadly, I just refer people 1-on-1 if I know a good person, but I think this is such an incredible opportunity if you're doing the starving artist thing in NYC --
If you know anyone who has a mix of love of the arts + wanting to take a management role in a rapidly growing and awesome company, pass this on to them.
Congrats to Dr. Joshua Spodek for a 6+ year EVERY DAY blogging streak
Unreal. I'm humbled at his titanium-strength consistency.
If you've never checked out Doc Spodek before, start with his writing on "Self-Imposed Daily Healthy Challenging Activity" (SIDCHA).
Also congrats to Spodek for his new column on Inc which I'm looking forward to.
Gold's Gym doing 7 Day Free Passes
Pretty cool. I don't have any affiliation, aside from enjoying hitting the squat rack --
It's a god-send for people traveling who are posting up in a city for a week to a month... technically you're supposed to be a local resident, but I don't think they care (they didn't in my case). Gold's Gym is a Mecca-like environment. Check it out.
I'll be in Dubai for the STEP Conference with Kai April 4th-5th.
Are you around? We'll have a salon around then, for sure. Send an email if you're in the neighborhood.
Even if you're not in town for then specifically, but sometimes around Arabia, drop me a line. I'm getting residency in Dubai there on an investor's visa, and will be in the Middle East a lot going forwards.
I've started planning on GGW Summer Camp II in late August at UChicago and GGW Tour IV in North America in October.
If you're a student leader, professor, or administrator in North America and want to be involved in early stages, get in touch. For GGW Tour IV, we're going to be doing less dates, aiming at 500+ audience attendees for each venue, with extra breakout sessions and really going to the next level.
It's still early, but email me if you want to be involved. I'm a little slow on email right now with a lot going on, so forgive me if takes a week+ to get back to you... really a lot going on right now. (Can't complain though!)
Urban Marches for Commuting
A quick thought -- one of my largest quality-of-life boosts has been doing 4-6 long urban marches instead of commuting on trains, cars, buses, etc. I'm now wearing merino wool socks + shirt + base jacket layer, with durable boots, synthetic athletic pants that both look professional and are good for fitness, a well-balanced ruck for hiking, and a pair of minimal running in the 'ruck along with my laptop.
This has been a gigantic quality of life improvement... it regularly saves me $7 to $15 while getting me a great exercise jam. I'll probably do a gear writeup of what specifically I'm working with, but the basic idea is -- start moving your clothing to the point where you can move seamlessly from business environments, to solo productivity, to commuting via foot. I've done this in Shanghai and Tokyo, not exactly known for being great walking cities, and it's been just fantastic. Can't recommend it enough.
Infinite Looper on Repeat For Music+Productivity
Conan the Barbarian soundtrack:
Both been huge productivity boosts for me.
Feel free to leave your music recommendations in the comments.
Ask the Strategist: Rules for Collaborating With Driven People
My new piece for Pregame Magazine is out --
I think it's a barnburner and incredibly useful -- don't miss it.
What are your current questions on fitness and wellness?
Taking your questions for my March column now -- get them in to firstname.lastname@example.org or leave them in the comments. Don't be shy -- I answer all my email (eventually...!) and I'll go deep on one question for March's column.
And people love TSR, which makes me thrilled
Recent feedback for The Strategic Review --
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Thanks for this. There is much to chew on here...
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My friend Joshua Spodek was kind enough to write about his experiences building out public art exhibitions. One of the lessons he has is counterintuitive - that it can be a faster path to success to get large art projects off the ground than it is to work your way slowly through the art world. Here's Josh -
Art can be an insular field and breaking in is a common challenge, so I'd like to share it with a community that values success and victory. I hope there are insights others can use and share too.
My background is in science and entrepreneurship, but I've developed a passion for making art. I'm not content with just creating it -- like any artist I want exposure and recognition (sales aren't bad either).
The challenge is that New York's art world is notoriously xenophobic and tends to promote from within. My credentials -- a PhD in astrophysics and a company running for over a decade -- mean little to them. Even making great art only gives a foot in the door.
I have a huge challenge that my work doesn't photograph at all and video doesn't capture it that well. When galleries take an interest in my work, a version this conversation happens:
One of my overarching goals in how I present myself is to be consistent. Although the relationships I have with my family, friends, acquaintances, and random people on the internet is always going to be different, I try to be the same person with all of those groups. I think authenticity is important, and this consistency is a sign of authenticity.
Try as I might, though, people who read my stuff online and then meet me in person are consistently surprised that I'm actually a happy guy who jokes around a lot and is more human than robot. I see why people expect me to be different, though. My writing tends to be serious and I'm always talking about habits or rules or working hard.
Although all of this rigidity is a big part of my life, it's also just the foundation. From the rigid parts of my life I'm able to get a tremendous amount of work done, keep myself healthy, and move towards my goals. But there's also a lot that it can't do. Rigidity doesn't build relationships or spark creativity, two important parts of life.
I think you learn a lot about someone when you see what he does when there's nothing he has to do. And I think by changing what you do when you have nothing to do, you can change what sort of person you are. I design my life to have as few as possible externally-dictated things that I absolutely have to do, and I create systems to fill that void. Every day I have sixteen hours ahead of me, and no one to tell me what to do in that time except myself.