30 Days of Genius - Seth Godin

30 Days of Genius - Seth Godin

What does it mean to matter? This is one of the many deep questions that Chase Jarvis asks my altMBA teacher Seth Godin. 

Seth Godin believes its, "to be missed when you're gone. "

Essentialism

Essentialism

How Tim Ferriss Masters Any Skill

How Tim Ferriss Masters Any Skill

If you're unfamiliar with Tim Ferriss, then you'll get a kick out of hearing his unorthodox yet systematized perspective on how to learn. Check out this talk about the process he refers to as DiSSS.

Rethinking a Start Up Incubator - Part 1

When I was fresh out of college, I applied to be a part of Pie, Portland's Start Up Incubator. Pie selected a handful of companies they believed had the best opportuntiy to succeed. In exchange for mentorship, space and a little seed capital, Pie would take equity in the company and have an option to lead an additional round of investment later on. 

I didn't get accepted into the program, along with a large group of other start up founders.  

By not being accepted into the program, I spent my time figuring things out on my own. No business degree. Just a will to succeed, countless books and trial and error.  

 

I have started to rethink what the purpose of an incubator is and why it needs to be so selective. Running and scaling a startup is different than what they teach the typical business major too, so overall any young or fresh co-founder doesn't have a lot of experience or knowledge around best practices in creating a viable start up business with limited capital in time. What if there was a business school, or better yet, an incubator, that would be made available to start up founders wanting to learn from other founders, gain access to experienced mentors and given the tools and accountability they need in order to breath life into the kindle that is their company. Would doing something online be feasible? Is start up seed capital necessary? Could an incubator in fact be treated more a s a business school and less like a scarce opportunity to have others tell us our business is cool? 

I think there is an opportunity here. To connect like minded people striving to create their dreams. There is an opportunity to create value for the world. Most importantly, people are not restricted by access to information, but rather given the chance to make a small investment in themselves and open up the resources they need to succeed.

Would you like to join this brand of incubator?

Let's Get Tribal

Let's Get Tribal

I've seen this talk more times than I can count and to this day, I still learn new things. It's fascinating how a book, a video, an idea, can consistently impact us in different ways when our personal experiences and natural evolution impact our perspectives.  

What was my takeway this time? It was the not the message of tribes, but merely the 'urgency and necessity' of having them in order to drive forward our intiatives. I consider myself a team player, but I haven't considered myself a tribesman for many things. In order to lead and leverage the opportunity that a tribe affords, I must continue to immerse myself in tribes and build them with others.

Looking forward to the challenge and connection! Check out the video below and let me know what you take away!

This Guy Left the Internet for a Year

This Guy Left the Internet for a Year

Have you ever thought about what your life would be like without Internet ? How about for an entire year? Listen to a Paul Miller dissecting his interesting experience.

Teamwork thoughts

I love being around people. I kind of miss it. Doing something awesome is way more fun when it's done with others. It's easy to want to be solo dolo, independent AF, but nothing truly great happens alone. I think there is a myth that individuals accomplish great things by themselves. The reality I see is that there are a ton of supportive and influencing people, helping along the way to make that happen.

How will you surround yourself with the people you want to create change in the world with? Are you spending your days alone or with people that you don't align with? 

I'm going to continue to surround myself with inspiring people and ideas. 

SpaceX Makes History

SpaceX Makes History

SpaceX now has a rocket that can land itself on a tiny platform in the middle of the ocean and on land.   The impact will be felt in the space industry first and will provide a more cost effective way of space exploration for humankind. Watch the successful landing below!

GTD TED

GTD TED

For anyone interested in learning about the ideas behind GTD, here is David Allen's TED talk..

Inside the Mind of A Procrastinator

Inside the Mind of A Procrastinator

I procrastinated writing this post today so I figured this would be a solid talk to consume and share... 

How Your Lie Can Set Trends

How Your Lie Can Set Trends

I have this theory that certain trends take off because human courtesy validates noticeable differences. 

When I was in college, my bank teller, a larger women, sweet as can be, wore a Hawaiian flower in her hair. Every time I'd see her, she'd have a different flower. Every time I saw her I'd say a similar thing, "I like your flower." This easy compliment allowed us to have a more fun exchange as two humans in a transactional situation. Did I actually 'like' her flower? Not really. I was indifferent about the flower. What I liked about it was that it was different and it was worth saying something. Undoubtedly, I'm not the only one to have complimented her flower, which makes me believe that there is a powerful force in this human courtesy we pay to other.

The powerful force of validation likely sticks with the bank teller. I mean, all of these people say they like her flower. Why wouldn't she continue that behavior of wearing it? And she did.

This small example of human courtesy during routine friendly exchanges, I believe may be the catalyst for large trends we see play out in our culture. When everyone started shaving the sides of their heads, that was different. The people closest to these early adopters like told them that it was cool and they liked it, even if the complimenter themselves wouldn't do it. After enough validation happens and enough public display of the 'different factor', more and more people adopt the look, which then breeds more and validation from a wider group of people. Over time, enough usage happens to qualify as a trend.

In essence, what's different gets talked about to your close network, often it gets validated, even out of courtesy, not necessarily taste or personal preference. 

What trends do you think fall into this category?  

A Little Zig

A Little Zig

I discovered Zig Ziglar when I was listening to a Seth Godin talk. I later learned that my dad, my dad's friends and pretty much anyone in a sales related role in the 'baby-boomer' generation all listened to his audiotapes and read his comical and motivational books. One of the areas of work that Zig Ziglar was best known for was Goal Setting. The biggest takeaways I've gotten from his work recently is the importance of commitment to goals. It's not enough to be passionate. It is about being passionate and committed. Here's a little Zig for you. More to definitely come!

Great Workout Motivation

Great Workout Motivation

Have you ever worked out with someone who pushes you to do your best? It's shocking how large a difference it makes in a person's performance, and I absolutely see a change in myself. Sometimes getting a loud voice to motivate you during your workout can be expensive and not applicable in the context of a group gym. One really great way to boost performance with a motivationl voice in your ear is through YouTube. Check out the video we went 'all out' to today at the gym. It's called Dream.

Friday Night Motivation

Friday Night Motivation

"When you want to succeed as bad as you want to breath, then you'll be successful." 

Hardcore message and one that I don't fully agree with symantically, but I love this motivation speech by Eric Thomas. If you're ever in need of a kick ass wake up or jacked up work out, play this speech and watch your performance soar. 

How To Save An Hour A Day With One Simple Tool

How To Save An Hour A Day With One Simple Tool

One of the most common ways we waste time today is scrolling through our social media news feeds. If you're like me, you have a habit of drifting to a social media site. Sometimes the drifting is triggered by an email message or you're expecting a post. Most often it's just boredom and or escape from whatever work you ought to be doing.  The other day I discovered one of the simplest, yet most effective tool I've used in a while. This tool is called the News Feed Eradicator and is a plugin for Chrome. It does something quite special. When you install the app, New Feed Eradictor will replace your entire newsfeed with a simple and powerful quote from history's most epic people. Reading these quotes trigger my inner desire to take action towards my main goal and instantly refocuses my energy on things that are more important than another Donald Trump story floating around the interwebs. I highly recommend using this tool if you want to eliminate wasteful time you spend on Facebook during your day!

 

 

The Hard Thing About Hard Things Interview

The Hard Thing About Hard Things Interview

Ben Horowitz is one of Silicon Valley's most prominent VC's and author of the book The Hard Thing About Hard Things. His firm invested early in companies like Facebook and Twitter. His candid approach to talking and writing about his business experience makes this interview a must watch by any entrepreneur.

Sincerely, Your Future Self : altMBA Letter

Sincerely, Your Future Self : altMBA Letter

Dear Self from 30 Days ago,

Hey you! I mean Me... You didn’t know you’d be writing this, but one of our last altmBA assignments was to write an open letter about our experience over the last month, so I decided to write to you and give you a heads up of what you should expect from this experience.

I know right now you’re super excited to have gotten accepted. I mean geez, you were chosen to be a part of an exclusive group of 100 people from around the world and approved to be in this prestigious program with Seth Godin as your teacher. I know you’re feeling the excitement but, I’m going to burst your bubble and encourage you to get excited about a different bubble. The bubble of truth! The bubble you’re in right now is making you feel special. Well, that feeling of being picked will be the only time you feel that way during this entire course (except for being recognized for a quality post in the later weeks). You might be confused and that’s understandable. This feeling you have now is one you’ll be getting more comfortable with over the next month. This program has nothing to do with getting picked or making the cut or having the right answers. Seth nor anyone will even be your teacher in the traditional sense. All of that ‘authority’ - that typically comes with our education and work environments, the forces privileged to be picking, deciding and generating answers - will be assigned on to you, forever. From here on out, you’re the boss. Your promotion to boss won’t be immediately clear, rather it will be presented to you with a phrase like ‘use your best judgment” or "reassurance is futile".

That’s it.  

Is that still too vague? Again...get used to that feeling. This is your upcoming reality.

Aside from bursting your bubble, I want to share some exciting ideas with you about what you’ll be learning.

  • You’re going to learn about how to truly clarify your goals.
  • You’re going to learn about the power of a small group of minds coming together for a common cause ( mastermind anyone? ).
  • You’re going to be shocked at how little instruction there will be from the surprisingly non-existent ‘authority’. Your typical day will consist of showing up to a small learning group discussion and talking about what the hell the prompt means before jumping head first into the abyss that is every project.
  • You’ll share your work with the world and because there isn’t a clear instruction, and because you had to create it FROM yourself, because it wasn’t rehearsed or expected and you made and shared it anyway, we’ll call you an Artist and what you made Art.
  • You’ll learn about the feeling of emotional labor and the forces that oppose it.
  • You’ll learn about the power of using tension to get others to change themselves for the better.
  • You’ll learn about how to leave thoughtful, generous comments that expand on the Art others have presented and you’ll be grateful when someone gives that feedback for your own work.
  • You’ll learn more from yourself and with a small group of strangers than you would have ever guessed. It’s truly incredible.
  • You’ll learn to observe and see the worlds of others from an empathetic perspective.
  • You’ll also learn to see the deeper purpose of the things that exist in our taken-for-granted life experience. 
  • More importantly, you’ll learn to ask yourself about what you see. Deep...I know.
  • You’ll learn how to keep moving at a pace that seems unrealistic, only to find that you were able to do pretty great work under pressure.
  • You’ll learn about humans and their fear of almost everything and how to quiet that voice that says you shouldn’t, can’t or will die doing something.
  • You’ll learn how to make more objective decisions to help you pick from options that serve you better.
  • You’ll learn to appreciate complete strangers in grander ways than you ever would have thought.
  • You’ll learn how effective change is stimulated, not only through the prompts and self-teaching, but through observing the process of altMBA itself. They practice what they preach without telling you, so keep your eyes peeled.
  • You’ll learn that Seth Godin isn’t going to be your friend or mentor just because you signed up for the course.
  • You’ll learn that your worldview is subjective and it’s up to you to decide what worldview you choose to live with.
  • You’ll learn that change doesn’t have clear instructions.
  • Most importantly you’ll learn that even without clear instructions, you have what it takes to make that change happen.

I know that’s a lot of learning in such a short time. You should be feeling more excited now than before! Just remember to be yourself, be open-minded and work your butt off. Oh yeah, and the second you get the box of books, read through as many as you can. If you can’t finish them all, read the summaries online. One more thing, when you finish your altMBA program, you’ll be feeling a little nervous, but also extremely excited and confident about the change you’re going to make in this world. It’s time for me...I mean us, to go make a ruckus!

Sincerely,

Your Future Self

 

Masters: John Wooden

Masters: John Wooden

In the 1960s and 1970s the greatest coach of all time was at him prime. John Wooden, known as the 'Wizard of Westwood', led his UCLA men's basketball teams to 10 championships in 12 years, with 7 consecutive national titles and back-to-back undefeated seasons. Their success was unlike anything I've seen throughout my own life and find the teachings from this magical coach to be incredibly valuable.

John Wooden didn't coach aggressively. He was more of a philosopher than anything. He led his teams by prioritizing the values and personal development of the young men on his team. This focus on the person not only benefited each person as a player, but more important it impacted the person.

John Wooden was known for writing several best-selling books on his coaching strategy and philosophy and the video below will give you a great introduction to his body of work and the impact he made.  Enjoy! 

Robots 'R Us

Robots 'R Us

The age of robotics is among us. Check out this epic Ted Talk and see how robotic limbs and exoskeletons are impacting the lives of people with disabilities and eventually any human being that wants to expand their physical limitations. 

Can't wait to buy legs that help me to dunk! :)