A few weeks back I submitted my website to a user experience app; it helps you understand what an unknown visitor is thinking by providing quick video reviews. The reviewer looked at my site, muttered “pretty typical content” and then went back to her weekend. For Julie H. in North Carolina that was just another Saturday, but for me it was mildly scarring. I refuse to publish ANYTHING that is typical, and today’s post is another example of me sharing focussed nonsense that you won’t read anywhere else. In today’s post I’m sharing 9 things I do; at best this may inspire you to reconsider your defaults, but more likely you will realize I’m a total weirdo. Here’s the list…
I think about the future a lot.
I think about where I’m going to live, and what I’m going to work on, and how it’s going to feel.
And while I believe thinking is a great first step to planning, it’s not always the best trade off in brain power. All the energy you spend thinking about five years or ten years from now could go into taking action this week instead.
Whenever I’m feeling totally in a slump, I use a strategy I call Five Day Plans to get out of it. Five Day Plans is the only way I’ve been able to successfully build multiple habits at once. And I believe that building multiple habits at once is a powerful force multiplier for performing at your best.
I want my life’s work to be ending child slavery.
But I have a problem…
For years I’ve put the emphasis on the “want” instead of “work”. The result is that I’ve done nearly nothing to progress my goal or to help actual enslaved children. I have all kinds of excuses for delaying this:
These are the books I read in December 2016 and January 2017:
How to ask for a refund is an important life skill, and it’s surprising how many people don’t know how to ask effectively. Getting your money back from a company is actually really easy. I’m going to share some word for word scripts below, and a detailed breakdown so you can customize the scripts for your own needs. You can copy these scripts for your own refund requests.
For your convenience, here are quick links to the example request for refund letters.
This is a detailed guide to getting free media coverage for your blog or business.
Inside you’ll find strategies for landing major media features, step-by-step tactics and dozens of bonus tips from entrepreneurs. If you are serious about getting mainstream attention for your project, this is a must read.
Kristin Wong is a talented freelance writer. Kristin has written for sites like MSN, NBC, lifehacker, Get Rich Slowly, and many others.
I first found Kristin’s content last week when I was searching for another writer, and came across her profile on a popular blog. I reached out to interview Kristin because it’s clear she has a lot to share, and is a very effective communicator.
Here, you’ll find lists of books, talks and other sources that inform my understanding of child slavery. You can use the material to further your knowledge and to share with others. Press Ctrl+D to bookmark this page.
Millions of years ago, your guppy ancestors crawled out of the mud, looked around and said “this will do.” A bold, but understandable decision. Prehistoric Earth was f***ing dope.
Fast forward and you’ve built everything. You have Michael Bolton, Google, Dorito factories, and baseball.
And yet so much of what you’ve built hasn’t been for humanity at all, but at it’s expense. You continuously degrade the only planet you’ve got, you are level zero at delaying gratification, and you treat each other like shit. As far as you know, you are the only advanced civilization in the universe – is this really the best you can do?
Here’s what I think…
My first project that made any money was a website called SaveRally.
In early July, 2010 I built a business site for a custom home builder and he paid me $2000 for it.
I was determined to take that $2000, re-invest it in a website I could “flip” for a quick profit, and then take that money and build something bigger.
SaveRally was that intermediary flip.
Spoiler: I eventually sold SaveRally for $2600 and then quickly built a similar site and sold it for $5600. I had another $50,000+ in sales lined up, but they all fell through because I’m bad at sales.
Here’s the full story…
#1: Acknowledging the Tension
Sometimes you talk to people and it’s butterflies and petunias, and sometimes it’s riddled with tension. Tension happens! And there is a spectrum of ways to deal with it, most of them less healthy than optimal. Maybe you get mad and fire back with more tension. Maybe you are like me circa 2011 and just go “tell me more”, “tell me more”, “okay, tell me more”, which is useful but obnoxious. Maybe you are the passive stone letting the river of tension wash over you, unwavering in your resolve.
Seven friends and I did a Caribbean Cruise focussed on growth & productivity. Team Cruise 2016 included:
- self-facilitated workshops on hacking psychology, aikido, functional relationships, overcoming chronic pain, unhinging creativity, life principles, etc;
- a hostile takeover of karaoke night;
- pre-meal base layers, aka we ate a shit tonne of spinach;
- coconut harvesting in Grand Cayman and Mexico;
- put put, ping pong and sauna talks;
- curious artifacts: the Tripod of Stability, Harmonica of Silence, Medal of Awesomeness & Bandanas of Solidarity;
- soooooo many level red icebreakers.
Scott Long built a “poker cruises” business called Ante Up Poker Media (they also do a popular poker podcast and magazine). I’ve met professional poker players, I’ve met people that host conferences, and I’ve met a tonne of people on cruise ships – but Scott Long is the first entrepreneur I’ve met that combines all three.
Early 2016 a Reddit user asked, “What’s a trap that almost everyone will fall into at some point in their lives?”
This post is a collection of the most upvoted answers to that question. FYI, I didn’t participate in the thread and I’ve given credit to the individual commenters under each quote. Each of the images below has a top level answer and the comment that immediately followed it.
My first online search was, “magic cards.”
The second search was my name.
The results for both? 90% porn. Pre-Google searches were pretty useless…
But today, you can easily find most of what you are looking for. Exception: the occupation of lottery winners. Over the years I’ve tried the name search again, and found some of the more interesting folks that I share a name with.
This post is an homage to name twins, and features several of mine in the order I’ve discovered them.
Let’s get to it…
Twenty years ago I found eBay and sold some stuff on it.
At the time you could sign up to eBay without a credit card, which meant you could easily create multiple accounts and submit fake bids to increase the final sale amount.
If I could email my 12 year old self I’d say, “that’s clever, but you should really optimize for integrity and not $10 gains.”
What a fool…
Since then I’ve spent a lot of time on the internet. I’ve written articles, hosted podcasts, built websites, freelanced, met girlfriends, met platonic-friends, invested in stuff, and sent about 800,000 emails.
I’m an internet expert!
And you are too, so let’s bond over three rules of the internet; observations I’ve found to be mostly true across the web.
Pretty much the only way I’ve ever become better at something is by being terrible at it first. I began making terrible websites in 2009, and a few months later I graduated to building mediocre web apps.
Here’s my first one…
I have zero emotional attachment to the lottery. I don’t hope I win, and I don’t feel regret when I lose. For me, buying a lottery ticket is about as interesting as paying a parking ticket; and yet I buy lottery tickets anyway.
Years ago I dated a girl with a Tempur-Pedic mattress.
The relationship was so-so, but the bed was great.
I wanted one of my own, but there were two problems:
- New Tempur-Pedics are expensive — a full set can easily run $2000 + tax.
- I move around a lot and Tempur-Pedics are super non transportable.
Noah Kagan is an entrepreneurial machine.
- his “deals on products” site, AppSumo hit 500,000 customers in less than 18 months;
- his company Kickflip Inc. was the #1 largest Facebook App developer;
- his payment company Gambit reached $150,000/day in revenue with clients like Zynga, Tagged, Gaia Online, and Disney;
- his new business, SumoMe, free tools to grow your website traffic, is already reaching 965,720,950 visitors – damn!;
- and yes, he worked at Intel, was #4 at Mint, and #30 at Facebook (where he got fired and missed out on $100 million+).
This article is about the man behind the machine and how he operates day-to-day, month-to-month, year-to-year to get results like these.