Alright, today is an exciting announcement -- applications for GiveGetWin Summer Camp III at UChicago are now open.
Summer Camp will be 10 June 2017 to 25 June 2017 at the University of Chicago's Polsky Exchange. It's all-day, everyday for that time -- intense amount of skills training in entrepreneurship and leadership.
Past attendees have gone on to start their own companies with very high success rates (see the success stories tab on the website), as well as get jobs at established companies like Facebook and a number of fast-growth startups.
Russell Silver, from GGWSC'15, wrote of his experience:
"There are very few things that can truly prepare you for life after university—especially when you plan on that life being an entrepreneurial one. After 4 years of higher education, hundreds of hours of classes, dozens of books, and countless TedTalks, I can attest that nothing is 100% effective. But I can confidently say, minute for minute, that my experience at GGWSC was as close as it gets." He's now running his own company in Toronto.
Gwen Yi, GGWSC'16, wrote of her experience:
"If you’re young, ambitious, digitally savvy, and think you might have a shot at running your own online business, GiveGetWin summer camp is absolutely the right place for you. In just 2 weeks with Sebastian, I’ve learned more about sales, business and marketing than I have my entire life – and that’s saying a lot, having dabbled in this field for the past 3 years. Sebastian is magnanimous throughout the program: from sharing his personal insights to inviting his personal friends as speakers, he personally ensures that every attendee walks away with new connections, practical experience, and a renewed sense of purpose.
"But mind you, GGW is intense. You work from dawn to dusk. You don’t go out and party after. You listen, learn, tweak, iterate, strategize, execute – non-stop, for 2 weeks. All in the company of amazing, kind-hearted, supportive achievers. No one introduces themselves; in fact, I only found out how stellar my colleagues were through snippets of conversation over take-out lunches. Everyone is humble, but hungry – focused on maximizing the value they give and take out of this program. It’s a delicious, wholesome brain bath. I loved it, and I would whole-heartedly recommend it to anyone who’s looking to push themselves to the next level."
There's a lot more stories and testimonials like that.
We don't have a set age range, but the typical attendee is an undergraduate or recent grad (though last year, we were delighted to have two gentlemen who recently out-processed from the U.S. Army and U.S. Marine Corps, who greatly enjoyed the experience and got a lot from it).
If you're an undergraduate, it might be one of the highest-ROI-per-minute things you could do this summer.
If you know some great young people, by all means pass it along -- the program is free to attend if you're selected, though our selection process is intense... we take a maximum of 20 people, and expect 300-500 applications this year.
But if you're good, or know someone who is good, definitely apply or pass it along. It's potentially life-changing for someone who wants to master skills in entrepreneurship and leadership that are very difficult to get.
For more information and to apply, go here:
See you in Chicago!
Paulo Ribeiro is one of the team at GiveGetWin, and a blogger on strategy in Portugese at his site Estrategistas. He recruited Timothy Kenny recently and worked with Zach Obront to launch an excellent deal on Accelerated Learning For Entrepreneurs.
This is the first GiveGetWin deal that I didn’t personally touch before launch -- meaning we’re growing into a real organization and our processes are starting to work. They kicked a lot of ass with this, and I asked Paulo if he’d like to write up his experience. Here’s what he wrote up for you --
"Doing Big Things Across Borders" by Paulo Ribeiro
If someone asked me a couple of years ago whether I thought it was possible to do work that you like, be connected to great people and still make impact on the world, I’d probably say no. But hey, that is exactly what I’ve been doing for the past couple of months. And enjoying the heck out of it.
I had an insight a few of weeks ago and asked myself: “if I had an income 1000x bigger, what would I be working on right now?” And GiveGetWin stayed on top of my priorities. I guess that’s the beauty of it: if you like to do the stuff no matter how much money you’re making, that’s probably making you happier (without needing the money).
I bought Sebastian Marshall's book, Ikigai, when it first came out. His is one of very few blogs that I read regularly, so I had high expectations for the book. And, hey... even if it's not great, I like supporting people I respect.
As soon as I bought the book, I read the first chapter. It was the blog post that I mentioned in the isolation post. Oh, I thought, I guess this book is just a bunch of blog posts that I've already read. I stopped reading.
That was six months ago. These days I read about 2-3 books per week, which means that I have a really tough time keeping my reading list full. Last week I was searching through my Kindle to see if I had any half-finished books I'd forgotten about, and I decided to give Sebastian's book another shot.
Man, am I glad I did. I'm not sure I've ever read a book with lessons that can be applied so quickly for such immediate results. Ikigai is one of the top few books I've read in 2012.
The focus of the book is rational and efficient productivity. Or at least that's what I got most out of it. If you're into that sort of thing, definitely read it.
I bought Sebastian Marshall's book, Ikigai, when it first came out. His is one of very few blogs that I read regularly, so I had high expectations for the book. And, hey... even if it's not great, I like supporting people I respect. As soon as I bought the book, I read the first chapter. It was the blog post that I mentioned in the isolation post. Oh, I thought, I guess this book is just a bunch of blog posts that I've already read. I stopped reading. That was six months ago. These days I read about 2-3 books per week, which means that I have a really tough time keeping my reading list full. Last week I was searching through my Kindle to see if I had any half-finished books I'd forgotten about, and I decided to give Sebastian's book another shot. Man, am I glad I did. I'm not sure I've ever read a book with lessons that can be applied so quickly for such immediate results. Ikigai is one of the top few books I've read in 2012. The focus of the book is rational and efficient productivity. Or at least that's what I got most out of it. If you're into that sort of thing, definitely read it. I now plan my day every morning. Sebastian shares his daily planning routine, which I used as a rough template for my own. Every morning I record the time I went to bed the night before, the time I woke up, the time I brushed my teeth, the time I finish planning, and the time I finished writing a blog post (I'm writing one every single day, but not posting them all). Recording the time you finish these things is a bit of subtle genius from Sebastian. When you record the time you finish something, you tend to do it earlier. Today I woke up and had two immediate phone calls that had to be made, which pushed my whole schedule back. As soon as I saw the time, I started doing my few morning things, including writing this post. Morning used to be my least productive time of day, but now I jump right in and start producing. The rest of day planning consists of making a todo list for yourself. You're supposed to create a list that you believe can be completed to 70%, but I've completed 90-100% every day, despite trying to make the list harder each time. It's amazing how much you can get done when you have a plan and start early. I use the tasks feature of Google Calendar for my todo list. It's not amazing, but it's good enough and keeps me looking at my calendar, which makes me more likely to schedule things and see when they're happening. At the end of the day, I do a quick five minute summary, as prescribed by Sebastian. I record whether or not I flossed, reflected on the possibility of death, and played my violin. I write down my key accomplishments for the day, my top life goals, a quick analysis of the day, and my top priority for the following day. Last, I record how many minutes I wasted, how many minutes I worked on SETT, and how many minutes I spent writing. RescueTime helps me come up with a rough estimate of these things. There's a lot more than planning your day in Ikigai, but that was the big value that I got from it. He also spends a lot of time covering the same sort of strategy and philosophies that I'm a big fan of and write about here. ### The great Alaska trip starts next Saturday. A few friends and I will be riding our motorcycles to Alaska for no real reason at all.