Hint: It ain't the customer.
If you're doing anything where the quality of your work depends immensely on how engaged you are, then you are the most important stakeholder.
If you're not engaged, you won't produce well. The first and most crucial thing is that you remain engaged in your work.
Sometimes I get asked why I don't stick to the most popular topics that I write on well. Certainly, some of my writing is better than others. By writing broadly across many topics, I'm sure I lose a lot of readers that I could have if I had a more tight, focused theme.
But do you know what blog abandonment rate is? It's crazy-high.
Why? Because most writers forget to take care of themselves. Do they enjoy showing up to write?
I do. I'll cover some history, some creativity, some finance, jot down a poem, excerpt some science, write about travel... I could improve consistency by narrowing down and focusing. But I'd be having less fun, I'd be less engaged. And it would show through.
I really like writing here. It's an enjoyable part of my day.
Is that the case with your creative work?
Inspired work is orders of magnitude better than slogged-through work.
When it comes to creativity, the customer isn't the most important stakeholder.
The artist is.
> “This guy is like you, but he’s way more focused and aware. He’s got stuff figured out that you still need to learn.”
boom, killed it.
Exactly what I think.
> " The greater the diversity the better as far as I’m concerned. "
If I wanted a site with a guy talking about something in particular, I'd have millions on the Internet. But is exactly the plurality that is fascinating. Strategy, Entrepreneurism, lifehacks, history and so on.
Greetings from Brazil.
The fundamental value proposition of this site does not pertain to any specific topic, but rather the wisdom of Sebastian Marshall. The reason I frequent this site is to get a daily shot of motivation, a sense of life and focus. I clearly rember what I tought when I first came across your blog: "This guy is like you, but he's way more focused and aware. He's got stuff figured out that you still need to learn." I got referred to this blog by patri friedman (seasteading) and the first post I read was "The basics". The reason I come here is the same reason I follow people like Marc Faber. To keep in touch with a certain sense of life. Keep up the great work, it is greatly appreciated. The greater the diversity the better as far as I'm concerned. Greetings from Austria!
Very good question. Here we go -
I saw your post offering advice help, so I thought I'd take you up on that. I'm young, pre college, so time is on my side. I'd like to create a web startup at some point in the future, at least that's the dream. Should I focus on homing in on my technical skills, or business skills? Right now, I know much less of the latter, but I recognize its importance in entrepreneurship.
Also, do you think college credentials are as important as real world opportunities? And any reading recommendations would be much obliged. I'd love to hear your thoughts.
Thanks so much,
This month I started writing down my goals for the very first time. There have always been things I really want to do, but somehow I never bothered to write them down. At first I thought I was just being pragmatic. After all, I already know what my goals are. How is it going to help if I write them down?
But now I've realized that I was actually scared of the future. Writing down your goals forces you to look into your own future, and that can get scary. Not only do you have to know what you really want, but you also have to confront the idea that it's not going to happen unless you start working towards your goals.
I've always wanted to start my own business. Ever since I remember myself, I've been daydreaming about being a successful entrepreneur, being my own boss, and more recently, making a positive contribution to the world. But the ugly truth is that none of this is going to happen unless I start taking action right now. Writing down my goals forces me to confront the harsh reality and actually start working towards my future.
I know that things will get tough at some point. They always do. But persisting through hardship is what separates successful people from those who never manage to get anything done. I've learned this myself the hard way. But now that I write down my goals, I know exactly what I'm struggling for. And I won't stop until I get there.
I write down my yearly, monthly, weekly and daily goals. Most of my monthly goals are small steps towards my yearly goals, my weekly goals are small steps towards my monthly goals, and so on. If what I'm doing this month won't help me get where I want to be at the end of this year, should I really be doing it?