Hello old friend,
We're offering perhaps the most unique and cool Valentine's Day gift ever at Ultraworking —
The Pentathlon's been terrific for married and dating couples to compete in together in the past, and for Valentine's Day, you can get a spot for you and your loved one for less than the price of a normal full-price entry. Great way to thrive together, support each other, and potentially learn some life-long lessons about how to communicate and support each other forever.
In other news, The Strategic Review is going marvelously over at Medium — the most popular issue in the last series, by far, was Background Ops #5: The Nature of Operations. We started a new series two weeks ago, Unity, on how to establish really thriving teams and cooperation — it's getting some nice reviews and feedback so far.
You probably saw this already, but if you didn't, the audience really enjoyed my appearance on The Ecommerce Influence podcast with Austin Brawner and Andrew Foxwell —
It's not New Year's any more, but the lessons are still very relevant. All of Ecommerce Influence is pretty awesome by the way, very sharp podcast with great guests. Check out my episode and check out other episodes if you're into tech and entrepreneurship — I'm not in "pure ecommerce" and I still get a ton out of listening.
A huge salute and shout-out Matthew Graves, Oliver Habryka, Ben Pace, and the rest of the team creating the new version of Less Wrong — they're doing some marvelous things and the new site looks and works great. I wrote a few posts over there, "Success and Fail Rates of Monthly Policies" and "Just Suffer Until It Passes" were both well-received.
Hope life's well with you and Happy Valentine's Day if you celebrate it. Here's that Valentine's Day link again if you're looking for a really cool and unique gift —
I'm really thrilled to bring you a guest post by Dan Andrews. He runs a product development company in San Diego, runs the Tropical MBA blog, and the Lifestyle Business Podcast. Some really good insights on there, and he's a really solid guy too. Here's Dan -
Try Losing Some Moral Battles and Winning Some Real Ones
When you are bemoaning the success or victory of others, you are generally seeking to achieve a sort of victory yourself. Let's call this a moral victory. Moral victories are addicting. You can achieve them at will. They magically appear whenever you need a boost.
Moral victories do one thing: they make losers feel like they’ve gotten some victory.
Moral victories are popular with people when they feel like they have no real power to make changes in the world. This makes some sense to me-- building power, wealth, and influence is generally difficult.
Guest Blog by Michelle Clarke
Valentine's Day is a day to show your partner how much you love them, and this year was a special one for me and my husband as it was the 10th anniversary of our very first date.
I was 19 at the time, he was 23 and we had been working together at a large law firm in Manchester for 8 months before he plucked up the courage to ask me out on a date.
Thinking about it now, I still can't believe that was way back in 2004! This year, to celebrate 10 years together, we wanted to do something special but couldn't decide what to do, and then I spotted a competition running on the @A_Listed Twitter page to win a Valentine's night out at Lola Lo in Manchester.