I’ve never been one to celebrate Labor Day. It’s a US holiday built to say, “Hey good job, workers. You did work!” Seems a bit patronizing to me. I prefer to celebrate work every day. But you can make a holiday what you want, and so I made mine my own.
I wrote a book on how to Find Your Writing Voice. The idea came because Jacq said she wanted to know how to translate her unique self onto the page, onto her blog, into emails and more. You know, in a world where writing and communication are more important than ever, I wanted to make sure that you weren’t just putting your words out there; you were making your words represent you online.
Find Your Writing Voice
It’s a pretty simple book of writing advice. The idea is that there’s action in there for you and no fluff. You don’t have time to read 300 pages. This is just the meat.
I just looked over my last ten posts. The only thing they all have in common is that I’m not talking about what all my other friends are talking about. I’m not talking about lead magnets and how to automate your tweets or why it’s sad that Blab failed or any of that. I’m not debating whether Instagram stories is a good or bad thing. Mostly because I don’t care. It’s not why I do what I do, and none of that has to do with how I want to help people market and sell and live better.
What Do You Lose by Fitting In?
By contrast, I went to a few people’s sites and if you covered up their headers and just read the post titles, you wouldn’t really know which site you were on. The posts are somewhat the same. The subject matter is definitely the same. It’s like we’re all catching the same five fish.
I’m working on a new post, but I want to make you watch this video ahead of it. I won’t explain why yet. Just go with me.
It’s practically September, you know. The year is almost over. How much did you accomplish? Can you measure it in any way? Do you have any markers? I’ll tell you straight out that I didn’t do nearly enough to cover myself in this regard. I didn’t track it well enough.
Wait: Where Did Yesterday Go?
To the positive, I’ve worked really hard at following the 20 Minute Plan. That means that I’ve put 3 hours of work towards my priorities in every single day. To the minus, I still didn’t tighten up my goals enough, nor did I work a big enough and meaningful enough plan.
The guys at BargainFox sent over this insane infographic full of Pokemon Go information. There are some fascinating numbers in there.
Matthew McConaughey is smart, and so are the people at Wild Turkey, a Kentucky maker of bourbon. They approached the actor to be the celebrity spokesman for their product. You’ve seen it a million times before. But Matthew wanted more. He said that he wanted to dig in and get his hands in the clay of it all, to be a bigger part of the story and not just a character in it.
So now he’s their creative director. His first project? This six minute documentary. It starts out the way you’d expect, but I like just how quickly it goes into the details of the people behind the drink. It’s easy to forget that every product has a story, but that’s where McConaughey can prove his mettle. His job is to show us why this bourbon is what it’s meant to be.
I just got back from a half hour of rucking (which is hiking around with a backpack full of weight – in my case, 55 lbs). I’ve been doing this almost daily for three weeks straight, heading into my fourth. The training I’m working on has eight weeks of this in the menu before I get back to “regular” weight lifting. For whatever reason, I’ve found rucking to be the most consistent fitness effort I’ve ever put forth. It has me thinking about habits and motivation. This is important to your business and ownership pursuits. I’ll talk you through it.
The Motivation Habit
Yesterday’s newsletter (Do you get my newsletter?) was about the fact that motivation takes work, and that it must be assigned to you by yourself to carry on your missions and efforts. If you’ve read anything about motivation and willpower, however, you’ll know that they’re kind of the weaker links in our ability to get more done. Habits are the power player.
I never write about the bleeding edge of things. It doesn’t benefit most people to run out and try something very new most times. But I really think you should give Pokemon Go a try and I’ll explain why.
What is Pokemon Go?
If you’ve ever heard of the video game / card game / cartoon / multi billion dollar franchise that is Pokemon, it’s about a bunch of trainers who catch and train wild creatures in little balls so that they can battle each other (not bloody, but more like sporting). Again, this has been a super popular video game, a card game, etc.
Our friend James showed us the wonderful independent bookstore, McNally Jackson while we were in New York recently. We left with a stack of books (which I never do, because I’m a digital downloads kind of guy) and probably could’ve stayed there an hour or two more if I hadn’t needed to take a quick tour of highly functional plumbing (bookstores do it to me every time!). I loved the store because it wasn’t selling every book. It sold books it thought would challenge you or feed you or make your mind better. And that showed.
Five Good Dishes
Some time over the past few days while walking around various parts of New York City between my other duties, I wrote a note in my Idea Machine ( what’s that?) that just said “Five Dishes.”