I’ve got a number of free and exciting things for you. At Ultraworking, we’re very happy with where we’re at in terms of product and methodology, and we’ve been rave reviews from our customers. We’re now going to be expanding rapidly by doing cool things for people who might be future customers of ours — i.e., you. Even if you never buy anything from us, we’re more than happy to bring people into our orbit, help them work better, and hopefully spread the word about what’s possible.
So, without further ado…
Training, Tools, and the Pursuit of Enlightenment — the Ultraworking Pursuit is launched. Every month, there will be new technology you can integrate easily into your life, and very high-value free trainings for you. Zero fluff, all “do this and your life improves right away” type stuff.
You can join at this link, and you’ll get cool stuff every month.
September’s training is Work Cycles — many of you are already familiar with Work Cycles. It’s a method for buzz-sawing through hard work quickly.
In the past, we charged $140 per session for Work Cycles, and people happily paid it. We’ve had — literally — a 100% satisfaction rate with Work Cycles, across hundreds of people. (And it’s not all friendly audiences — we’ve run these trainings at companies and top universities, to people we didn’t know before, and everyone reports much higher productivity.)
You can join some free Work Cycles on Saturday, 30 September, from 12PM to 4PM Eastern time (9AM-1PM Pacific time). You’ll bring some work with you that you actually want to accomplish, and you’ll make immense progress on it. You learn a methodology for getting a lot of work done, and get the work done at the same time. No fluff, big results. Register here —
Free tech — Google Chrome plugin, Ambition Life Calendar -- want to get some inspiration every time you use your browser? We’ve released the Ambition Life Calendar plugin for Google Chrome. You can see the passing days, and compare your accomplishments every week to the life trajectory of luminaries like Ben Franklin, Steve Jobs, Ada Lovelace, and many more. It’s designed to make you more aware of passing time, and to see what your heroes were accomplishing any given week of their lives. Get it free from the Chrome Store here --
Finally, we’re also doing the biggest survey on the relationship between work, stress, and productivity ever —
It’ll take under 10 minutes to fill out — we designed it to be under 10 minutes — and it asks a bunch of thought-provoking questions. You’ll get a copy of your answers, and once the Census completes, you’ll get to see how your methods and practices stack up to those with the highest levels of productivity, income, happiness, etc. Guaranteed to produce useful insights.
Take the Census, tell other smart people about the Census, and grow smarter.
That’s it for now.
And to get notified of all of this type of thing going forwards, Join the Pursuit — free tech and very high value trainings every single month. We’ve got some special stuff cooked up for October too, so join and don’t miss it.
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.
For the first time ever, I will announce to the world the secret sauce, the magic of Samovar. It's Love. From the day we are conceived until the day we die, the true pursuit of our lives is Love. Seriously. Do you doubt it? Why is it we do what we do? Dig just a little and you’ll find all roads lead to love. Glory? Money? Recognition? Children? Appreciation? Everything eventually boils down to our need for receiving, and giving, Love. At Samovar, we’re in business solely to create true, deep, positive human connection (Love). It’s fun, rewarding, and actually good for business.
And at the end of the day, Love really is the business. Tea, food, teaware, snacks, sweets, and treats are all just vehicles for connecting us, first to ourselves, and then to those around us. And when the vehicle works like it should, we develop deeper human connection, and that makes us happier and the world go around much smoother. What else is there?
Of course we don’t just show up for work and walk around oozing emotions and hugging every body. We have systems, processes, and accountability measures to know we are doing our job and accomplishing our ultimate goal (creating positive human connection). Motivated by great thinkers, managers, leaders and visionaries, some inspiring resources I have found invaluable in building Samovar are listed in the "Tools" section of this site.
So the first step in the Samovar Way, is that we have a crystal clear “Why,” ie, we know why we exist: To create positive human connection. Next we define “How” to do what we do. And for that I created an acronym that fit really nicely with the concept of drinking tea: WHY RACE.