Back from a trip to Denmark. My dad turned 80, and I'd written him a song ("Song for my Father") which I performed on the very guitar he got for his 18th birthday. He and many others were very moved. It was a great experience.
Lest week we talked about your zone of genius. Today I promised I'd talk about reality.
We all have the capacity to be dreamy, head in the clouds, envision things that don't yet exist, dream of futures we wish to create. We also have the capacity to delude ourselves, to...
If there are two things I truly believe in, it's finding your zone of genius, and facing reality head-on.
Your zone of genius is that place where you're just flowing, having a great time, creating amazing value for people, and it's easy and doesn't feel like work. You're like "wait, I get paid to do this?". If you haven't found it yet, keep looking.
A lot of us have found our zone of excellence, and we're truly really excellent there. But it's not our zone of genius. It's not what we're...
It's an incredible story. He's an incredible guy. Only 24 years old, he's working with a who's who of the industry, has Elton John on speed dial, and has played the UK's biggest venue, Wembley, three nights in a row, 77,000 people per night, just him, his guitar, and his loop station. Un-f**king-believable.
Two things that really stood out for me from studying him:
He says he's never set a...
I like to challenge myself and my employees to make at least one major fuck-up per week.
Why? Because if you're not making mistakes, you're playing it too safe. Life and business is about taking risks. Not blind, uncalculated risks. But if you're not risking anything, then you're not pushing the boundaries.
But there's another reason too: Mistakes can be great for your business.
There was one moment in particular during the first online course I ever bought that made a lasting impression on...
That's the name of U2's guitarist.
It's also a pretty great place to live.
When you're complacent, you just want to stay where you are, stay on the couch, watch sports (world series, anyone?), and not be challenged. That's staying well within your edge. May feel great in the moment. Pretty sure it requires an increasing amount of substances to numb out the voice whispering inside. Not a good long-term strategy.
Then theres' what I used to do. So full of hate and resentment...
Sorry I skipped the newsletter last week. I was spending some quality time in Denmark with my kids who live there with their mom.
Today, I wanted to share a great book/program with you. It's Gay Hendricks' book "The 10-Second Miracle".
I've raved about Gay before, he's a great great human being, but oh boy! I think that book has completely changed my life. It's definitely the most important book I've read this year, maybe even the most important book since I read his other book, Learning to...
I want to share a personal story with you that I think you'll probably resonate with, and I'd love to hear from you.
About ten years ago, I was sitting in my apartment on Kong Georgs Vej in Copenhagen in Denmark with my newborn daughter (I love you Flora) and my now-ex wife.
I was developing a new software product for my startup with a co-founder who lived in Silicon Valley, who had written my favorite user interface design book, and led the UI team at Yahoo. I was so...
Before I got into the information business in 2008, I paid my bills as a freelance programmer, and I hated it.
I knew I wanted to get away from selling my time and into a product business.
I knew in my heart I could do it. That I could make information products and make it work. Not because I'm particularly gifted. But because I was determined. And I know that when I commit myself to something, I will figure it out.
So I just made the choice one day in the spring of 2008 to draw a line in the...
Someone mentioned to me the other day that there were speculations about my ongoing commitment to Simplero now that I'm relaunching my coaching business.
So just to dispel any notions of that: My commitment to Simplero is as strong as ever.
In fact, Simplero wouldn't exist if it weren't for me starting my own coaching and online training business back in 2008. I was looking for software to run that business for me and didn't like what I found, so I wrote my own. Simplero came to be from me...