Untracked. Lots of meetings with local people in Ulaanbaatar.
Sorry for the lack of excitingness -- lots of running around, meeting people, research, taking notes, synthesizing, etc. Not too much to say beyond that -- busy times, all very interesting personally, but nothing incredibly actionable for you -- I'll see what I can cook up over the next week or so to step it up a little for you.
I agree with Carl:
I found Sebastian's blog much more compelling when he practiced what he preached.
I admire SM's recent ambitious approach to 'break out' of his normal routine. This may lead to big gains, occasionally.
But I found that the most valuable posts were related to 'trending upwards', ie setting modest, attainable goals.
Over time, I believe that daily, incremental progress is superior to manic/unpredictable day-to-day.
Perhaps this is a gateway to an even more useful blog. But for the moment, everything seems vague.
If you re-read days 1-45, it seems that it confirms the lessons of the 1st year's blogging, rather than this new approach.
Again, I continue to admire Sebastian's tenacity in trying to push the envelope.
But I feel like he's the only one in the room that doesn't recognize the obvious:
His new, manic rhythm is not very efficient. overall.
Best of luck, Sebastian.
Seems like your past few entries have:
A. All been relatively untracked compared to when you began and
B. Double entries (e.g. for 2 days).
It seems to me like you're getting off track from what you had initially planned. As you've hit the mid-way mark for your 90-day challenge, I was wondering if this would be a good time to retreat for a bit, readjust your strategies and get back into the swing of things?
Raunak Agarwal left this great comment on "Don’t know what you’re doing with your life?" -
Great post Sebastian. I want to add one point: spend time with people who are older and younger than yourself. This would probably constitute family for most people. I can’t explain why yet (perhaps it gives us a sense of where we are coming from and going), but occasional interactions with old people and young children always leave me feeling richer. I found these interactions especially lacking when I was working away from home in the U.S.
A brief comment, but I think there's lots of wisdom in that. I'm sitting and reflecting on it for a moment.
I think Raunak is on to something here. You can absorb a lot of wisdom, poise, and maturity from people that have been there before you, and pick up a lot of energy, fun, and spontaneity from kids.
I was in a cafe a few weeks ago and a young kid was going around with his finger like a gun going, "bang! bang!" at people. Most of the adults were ignoring him, but I ducked under the table and put up my finger to shoot back - 'bang! bang!"
Ira Glass, the creator of This American Life and one of our generation's most prolific storytellers, has some great advice for artists that applies equally well to entrepreneurs: There's a time in your life when you are making stuff that you know isn't as good as you want it to be. You just have to get through it, and keep doing lots of work to break past this point where most people quit.
Watch Ira tell it in detail:
Ira Glass, the creator of This American Life and one of our generation's most prolific storytellers, has some great advice for artists that applies equally well to entrepreneurs: There's a time in your life when you are making stuff that you know isn't as good as you want it to be. You just have to get through it, and keep doing lots of work to break past this point where most people quit. Watch Ira tell it in detail: