I’ve been in a great headspace recently – spring has sprung, work is exciting, and my routines are improving. I’ve been using Headspace to meditate, and this wacky alarm to actually get me out of bed in the morning. For those who have trouble with hitting snooze or getting their mind clear, I can’t recommend these two apps enough.
After listening to a number of insightful podcasts over the weekend, I thought I would piece together a few ideas on topics I’ve been pondering in this short post.
Too Many Mediums, Too Little Time
When you’re trying to improve as a person and professional, what type of content do you enjoy most?
Are you into podcasts or audiobooks? Do you prefer short-form tactical articles or long-form theory? Do you subscribe to YouTube channels and watch videos regularly?
Our world is overloaded with content these days. For Hunter & Craft readers, one way we try to help you cut through the noise is with The Bullet, our curated weekly newsletter. When it comes to creating content, however, we’re trying to figure out what mediums are best for what lessons/messages.
From videos to articles to podcasts, you can educate and share ideas across a number of mediums. But which formats will add the most value to you, our friends and readers? Please take a minute to give us your feedback – just 4 quick questions.
I recently listened to Tim Ferris’s podcast with Seth Godin, one of the most respected marketers in the world. When asked what he thought more people should take up as a habit, Seth proposed writing or blogging every single day.
Each morning, Seth publishes a short-form blog post on his site. He has hundreds of thousands of subscribers who receive his daily insights in their inbox.
For some that might sound scary, for others it might sound empowering. But the key piece here isn’t the audience Seth has amassed. It’s the actual act of writing. Personally, I find myself wanting to write constantly, but I’m always trying to bundle and organize ideas into more concrete posts. Long-form posts are great and all, but perhaps I should save those larger ideas for videos and podcasts, and focus my writing on more bite-sized ideas and lessons. What do you think?
Reading According To Your Mood
Do you find yourself starting new books and never fully finishing them? I have a big stack of books that I’ve been wanting to get through, but I haven’t been in the right mood to finish even the first one. The book dragged on towards the end, and I’ve let that slow my progress.
Rather than reading one book at a time, Naval Ravikant recommends having an assortment of books and reading specific chapters of these books based on what seems most interesting to you, given your current mood.
I’m excited to test this out.
Entrepreneurship… But Which Kind?
This is a continuing thought from my last post.
I love building companies. I love embracing ambiguity and taking action. I love to build processes from scratch. And I love technology.
If I’m always going to be an entrepreneur, and I’m aiming to maximize my happiness in life, the question is – what kind of entrepreneur do I want to be?
Do I want to build my personal brand and try to create passive income streams? Do I want to have a partnership with a few friends and run a technology consulting shop? Do I want to go the “typical” startup route of raising seed capital > Series A > Series B, etc, and dealing with all the headaches and stress that come with taking on venture capital?
The answer is, I don’t know. I don’t want to “chicken out” and rule out the venture capital route, but I hear a lot of entrepreneurs talk about how taking on outside investment can be a nightmare. But in all likelihood, you need it if you’re going to build a high-growth tech company.
Would I rather be on the product side or the service side? Product is more scalable and has better margins, but service is project to project, so you can take vacations and not worry about the whole thing falling apart.
What do you think? Tweet at me and let’s chat about it.
Don’t Take Life Too Seriously
Again, tying back to my last post, worrying about outcomes rather than process is a huge driver of stress and anxiety. I’m a firm believer that everything negative in life can be spun into a positive. Each challenge is an opportunity to learn, but that’s difficult to see if you’re so intensely consumed by your work.
Finding time to breath and reflect allows you to think past short-term problems. Remove yourself from the immediate situation to think about how trivial the problem is, in the grand scheme of things. As Chad always says, slow down to speed up.
The reality is, our time on this earth is incredibly short. We are a speck in the universe. True happiness comes out of peace, and peace comes from self-reflection. The next time you are angry, try to catch yourself. Think about the problem at hand. Is the issue at hand really worth losing your peace of mind about?
If you work on a team, particularly in a startup where there is infinite work to be done, it’s easy to try to do too much. For example, if I work in sales but I’m passionate about marketing, I’ll go out of my way to work on projects that fill gaps that I see in the marketing strategy. It’s easy to convince yourself that you should be doing those tasks, and while you may be helping out in the short-term, you’re actually hindering your performance and handicapping your team.
I’m still guilty of trying to do too much, but my time at PostBeyond has helped me learn the importance of patience and focus at work. If you try to do too much, or do other people’s work for them, everyone loses. You get distracted from the core job you’re supposed to do, and you end up doing work that should have been done by someone else. Especially in small teams, it’s crucial for each person to have clear expectations and deliverables, and everyone must be accountable to those deliverables. Every company has gaps, but those gaps will get filled over time – whether by you, your colleague, or someone you hire. The more you focus on your core deliverables and metrics, the more you’ll realize that there’s always things you can do to get more out of the task at hand.
In short, stay in your lane… just be fucking awesome in it.