I just emptied my email@example.com email address for the first time in a while; I got so much mail after the final issues of Upstream Effects series (#7/8/9), I wasn't able to get to all of it processed until now.
What's interesting is, about 30 minutes into to a "I'm finally going to get this empty" session, I wanted to get up and do something else. It's like, some little tiny pressure in the back of my head is telling me to go do something more novel.
It felt like the email would never end.
This is a good problem to have, I admit. Getting to read feedback from people who send notes saying that an issue made them re-think their week, helped them set huge plans, helped them get a project successful, or that they shared the writing with their kids -- this is amazing.
And I want to write back and not let all those emails go stale. And yet, there it is, when I finally have some time, my mind tells me to go do something else.
The Case for Dennis Rodman is one of the finest things on the entire internet.
If you hate statistics, you'll hate it.
If you can merely muddle through statistics -- you don't have to like them -- it's a set of essays where bombshell after bombshell of epiphany and mental models break through.
It looks at bias, naive and advanced statistics, hubris, winning, contributions to team efforts, resource usage, utilization, media, narratives, historical eras and change... it's sometimes meandering, sometimes laser-focused, highly aware of itself and its own potential flaws... it's a masterpiece.
You should probably read it, but that's not the point of this post.
I don't really get excited too easily, but this has me really excited -- it looks like the time tracking app I've been wanting for years.
Eternity Time Log is an iOS app (iPhone, iPad) that lets you track time easily.
Why do I like it?
Setup takes like 5 minutes to figure out, to create a bunch of different hierarchical categories. So I can add "blog" and "TSR" under writing, and when I track time on either of those, it both adds up to writing time... and then it takes only a single button to start and stop --
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 --
Linkage to Sebastian Marshall on Art of Authenticity
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.)
It's Sunday, so I did my Weekly Review today.
Last week was a barnburner -- one of the most productive "normal weeks" I've had in recent history. A week at a conference or the culmination of a huge event might be highly productive, but I size those up a little differently than a week where I'm just going through the standard sets of work I typically do without some large external happenings.
Last week, an incredibly large amount of good and important things got done.
Thus, I was excited to review the week. How'd this happen? Why'd it go so well? What can I learn from it?
I'll give you the spoiler right now: 13 hours of great work accounted for just about all of the results this week.
For my February column at Ciara Pressler's new Pregame Magazine, I'm taking questions on community, finding exceptional friends, building out your social circle, etc.
I'll answer all questions at least briefly, and go into depth on at least one of them.
Leave your Q's here in the comments or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org -- regards,
... and that makes me really happy.
I haven't done any promotion since re-launching The Strategic Review. Nothin'. And yet, over the last 5 days, we added over 80 new subscribers just through word of mouth. Awesome.
Here's what people are saying --
I get a lot of inbound requests for personal consulting which I've had to turn down the last couple years. My commercial projects often have me becoming effectively the right-hand man for a CEO of a growing company, and I haven't had the bandwidth to take on clients who don't need that level of intensity, or who are looking for something other than the type of commercial work I typically do.
One thing I wanted to start for 2016 is to start working with people at scale more.
Hence, I developed this new offering --
Productized Service: Get Your Next Project On Rails
“In peace there's nothing so becomes a manAs modest stillness and humility:But when the blast of war blows in our ears,Then imitate the action of the tiger...”
Back in 2013, I had a newsletter that people really liked called "The Strategic Review" --
It got popular and people were raving about it, but I didn't have the bandwidth to support writing it. Each issue took too much research and too many hours to put out there.
Annnd we're at the home stretch. We had a great event at Harvard two days ago -- one of the best we've had with really top to bottom great talks, and super actionable Q&A -- and that means we're three dates from wrapping.
NYU: Sunday, 25 October at 2PMNYU Silver Building (Room 405)31 Washington Place New York, NY 10012Link to free ticket reservation for NYC
MIT: Tuesday, 27 October at 11:45AMMassachusetts Institute of TechnologyE51-395, Tang Center (70 Memorial Drive), Room 395Cambridge, MA 02138Link to free ticket reservation for Cambridge
CESA: Thursday, 29 October at 7:30AM
CESA - Salon Alvaro Valencia TovarCra. 6 N.° 34-51Bogota, ColombiaLink to free ticket reservation for Bogota