I'll be doing weekly lectures on strategy in whatever city I'm in, starting this coming week in Beijing, China.
I'll either lecture myself or have a guest -- we have a lot of talented people come through with backgrounds in technology, marketing, finance, sales, art, etc. Currently we've got six bedrooms across two apartments that we use to put up visiting guests and partners, and we have a lot of talented people coming through. Some mix of myself and guests/partners will speak on history, money, business, decisionmaking, statistics, etc.
Other Details -
Exact Date: Sunday, March 11th. Exact time TBD.
Exact Topic: Probably a broad overview of strategy.
Location: Shuangjing District, Beijing. A short walk from Shuangjing Station on Line 10.
Cost: Free. Optionally make a small donation to charity.
Light refreshments will be served.
To join in, email sebastian --at-- sebastianmarshall.com with subject line "Beijing Lecture."
If you're in Beijing, you should come. Email right away.
In that case, could you make a blog post saying something like "want me to go to X? this is how much I need" that I can link to there?
How much do you need? The people at hackernytt.se (Swedish HN) might be interested in scrambling up some cash.
Ah man I would really like to meet up! Im going to Beijing in june and stay for six weeks. If you still are there just email me.
We had a very nice time at Lecture #1, where we covered "Anticipating the Future" -- I looked to arm everyone with tools to make predictions and understand what the future can look like before it happens.
The next lecture will be this coming Sunday in Beijing, China. Please email me to RSVP.
Here's this week's lecture -
Being comfortable should be a warning sign. It's not that being comfortable is a bad thing by itself, but if we agree that growth comes from pushing your comfort zone, then any time we're within our comfort zone we're not growing. Whenever you find that you're comfortable, ask yourself what you aren't training. The answer will vary from case to case, but the question to ask yourself is: would being comfortable or training be better for me?
I'll give you an example. Six weeks ago I was bundled up in my jacket and hoodie, walking through Beijing. I was warm, and I was... comfortable.
The opposite of being comfortable is training. What could I be training by giving up that comfort? Well, I could be getting used to cold weather, which would mean that I could feel warm in a wider range of climates and possibly even pack less clothing. That seemed like a win, so I took off my jacket. As I walked, looking for a restaurant, I noticed that I was warm again, so I took off my hoodie.
And that's how life's been for the past six weeks. I remove articles of clothing until I'm wearing just pants and shirt, or until I'm slightly cold. Already, it's working. I spent Thanksgiving in D.C. and Virginia, and even though I brought it everywhere with me, I didn't wear it once. Most of the time I was a little bit cold, but if the wind was still enough, I could be okay even when it was forty-five degrees.