Hello, hello, hello. This is exciting.
Gosh, I've made so many gains over the last months. I'm at a level where most of what I learned is habituated, and I'm adding in a bunch of new things.
But I wanted to talk specifically about how I got there from here. That's what I did with this document:
It's 23 pages and 11,000 words.
This is going to be extraordinary useful for people who are in kind of a rut and want to break out. It also contains plenty of observations and guidelines on traveling. It starts with a rough narrative and backstory of my travels this year, and then moves into practical points and suggestions. Feel free to skim the first sections if you're busy and want the most practical parts.
I'll copy out some excerpts over the coming days, but you can get the whole thing right now. Thoughts, feedback, and comments are extremely appreciated. Love it? Hate it? Got any thoughts or opinions? I want to hear them, so it'd be very cool of you to shoot me an email or comment after reading. Enjoy, and I hope you find this tremendously valuable!
That's really nice, I just came across it.
It'll help me a lot to get back on track.
And it's good to know more about you, man.
I just finished reading The Downside and I'm impressed you were able to make what was a time of empty wandering for you so engaging and relate-able. Thanks!
Era One was very inspiring to me. I have been in a moment of inertia for the past week, and that has been crushing me. Sure, I managed to set up my blog (which should launch in a couple of days), made new connections (including an angel investor), read Era One ( =] ), but I could have been much more productive. I could have set up my blog in less than a day if I had payed more attention when installing the webserver, wordpress, etc, I could have read Era One the first day if I hadn't spent time setting up a quake3 server for some friends, I could better prioritize college tasks so they don't accumulate and make me run out of time, and I could get back to my regular sleep cycle, stop missing classes, getting back to my diet (which, since I lost my sleep cycle, just went to hell) and become more productive at the same time. I also realized that for the past week I kept track of only 2 days, and both of them were rated BIG Fail.
But reading your post was great, your transparency and honesty (specially when showing your failures) shows me that I ain't the only one with expansive goals and a kind of lazyness at the same time. Don't loose this kind of transparency/honesty. Motivation really is something difficult to mantain, and looking at you and your history motivates me to keep going on and kill this inertia. I am buying "Getting Things Done" right now, getting the dust off my mp3 player to listen to some audiobooks during my dead time, and promised myself to not miss a single day of tracking my time.
So thank you for all the cookies =)
Sebastian, I read the book and it's fantastic, lots of great ideas inside. Also thanks for including Brian Tracy's course. If you know about others, do let us know.
The main thing i want to ask you about is jobs, specifically applying to them. At the moment I have limited contacts when it comes to finding a job, and I'm relying on career fairs in the town i live in, school jobs, and recently internet searches. I'm wondering, what would be the best way to find a job, specifically when you are not relying on contacts.
I had the idea to write a short letter along with a resume when applying for a few jobs at once,telling about my limited experience but strong enthusiasm to work hard and learn while producing value for whomever hires me. I'm not sure how frequently this tactic is used, or if a genuine letter would even be effective. I know you've never held a salaried job, but perhaps you've been asked this enough to have some experience in it by now.
The main point is I want to know if it makes a difference to have a genuine desire to learn and do good at your job, or if your employer won't be able to tell. And if it does make a difference, can it help you overcome short comings (like lack of that vital experience everyone is looking for).
Sorry this emails is getting a bit long, however I think I've only asked one big question with some small questions mixed in, so i hope it wont drain to much of your time as i would very much appreciate a prompt response on the issue, before you take time to write out a longer reply if you are going to do so. If this interrupts the process you usually use, again, sorry about that.
Wrapping this up now, I've noticed you have a lot of references to others websites and have a fair collection of them. Would it be a great deal of work to slowly gather them up and give them their own section, so your readers can see all the cool places they can go without crawling obsessively through the comments section? Not sure how hard it would be, but thought i should ask.
Maybe by definition, but not in spirit.
I've been thinking a lot about BTYB / LN over the past couple weeks, which lead to the survey from yesterday (please take a minute to fill it out if you haven't already). Tonight I had a conversation about all this with Carl Zetterlund, a long time reader who is doing a segment of LN with me right now.
So, I think it's time to make some changes. Here are the problems, as I see them: