Category: Blog

  • Repetition

    Consider that this example is notable only for being not that notable. This is a physical nightmare that Farah lives most days.

    Tom Fordyce on multiple world champion distance runner Mo Farah’s repetitive (and challenging) training regime

    It might not be sexy or exciting but repetition can lead to big results.

    The temptation of course is to feel like by doing the same thing nearly every day you’re not getting anywhere and that you should ‘mix things up’.

    The truth though is that for most endeavours constantly mixing things up is really just a distraction from the ‘routine’ that bit-by-bit will propel you to where you want to be.

  • The one move

    And so every day is going to go by, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021. And you’re going to look for the short game. You’re going to look for that miracle algorithm. You’re going to look for that one move that’s going to change your outcome. You’re going to continue to search and play the short game, while I keep putting in the work, the hours, the long term value and putting in the work while everybody else is hoping and dreaming. I’m going to be executing. You play the short game. I’ll keep playing the long game.

    Gary Vaynerchuk, ‘Hard Work & Patience’

    It’s possible that you might be the 1 in 1,000 (or 10,000 or 1,000,000) that wins the lottery and hits it out of the park early on with your idea.

    But more likely it’ll take hard work, patience and the long view (accepting this reality is actually very liberating).

    There’s no harm in trying to find a shortcut and no point doing something the long way if you don’t have to.

    But the mindset of always looking for the ‘one move’ is a dangerous one.

    Unlikely to ever succeed.

    Very likely to take all the time, energy and focus from what you should be doing.

  • Keeping score

    Figure out what you’re good at and start helping other people with it, give it away. Pay it forward. Karma sort of works because people are very consistent. On a long enough timescale, you will attract what you project. But don’t measure, your patience will run out if you are counting.

    – Naval Ravikant on Product Hunt

    Yes you could try to keep score of what you did for them and what they did for you.

    Or what you’re putting into the universe and what you’re getting back out of it right at this moment.

    But every minute you’re doing that you’re wasting time you could be using to help someone else, whether there’s some immediate return or not.

    Instead trust that if you’re constantly paying it forward and focused on that, it will come back to you and probably many times over.

    Maybe not from everyone equally, but give yourself a pass on keeping score.

  • Uncomfortable

    At times I felt uncomfortable listening to Jon Nastor’s latest episode of Hack the Entrepreneur (a chat with Dane Maxwell).

    But that doesn’t mean I didn’t enjoy it or get something from it.

    In fact I paid all the more attention to it because of it.

    The easy lesson to take out of this would be to make a point of regularly reading or listening to things that might make you feel uncomfortable and there’s merit in that.

    But maybe the real lesson is to stop filtering yourself so much and see how much more of an impact you could make if you give out a little bit of ‘uncomfortable’ of your own.

  • Propose

    They hired you presumably because you’re the expert (or on you’re on the way to becoming one).

    By all means give them one or two (or three) options.

    But just giving options without weighting them or making a recommendation is doing both of you a disservice.

    What they really want from you is a proposal. Not a vague suggestion (or everything kicked back to them to decide).

    They won’t always agree. It won’t always work out. But you’ll both win way more than you lose (and save a lot of time along the way) if you make a habit of proposing over suggesting.