Today, my body feels really sore. Specifically, my pectoralis and my abdominals. It’s been a while since I last felt so sore, and all because of this obnoxious brown guy named Ramit Sethi. I recently signed up for his email course on how to 20x my potential. He was talking about Navy Seal training and how intense it was. Jokingly I thought to myself, I can do about 40-60 push ups in one go, is he going to make me 800-1200 push ups then? Lo and behold, the first day’s challenge was to do 1000 push ups and to hold a 21 minute plank. Surprisingly, I wasn’t that surprised. I half-expected it. I knew about some high school kid in Scarborough who regularly did that many push ups in a day. So, naturally, I just tried it.
Chris Brogan at WDS had an interesting way of looking at disappointment. To paraphrase, if someone says to you, I’m very disappointed in you, what they’re really saying is ‘you didn’t live your life according to what *I* had planned for your life’.
For most people, doing a tax return seems like a really daunting task, with all sorts of esoterically named and categorized forms. Do you know the difference between a T2125 or a T778? One’s for reporting business income and the other is for claiming childcare expenses. Things get pretty complicated for adults with full time jobs and families to support.
“Truth comes from the observation of nature. The Japanese have tried to control nature where they could, as best they could, within the limits of available technology. But there was little they could do about the weather – hot and humid summers, cold and dry winters, and rain on the average of one out of every three days throughout the year, except during the rainy season in early summer when everything is engulfed in a fine wet mist for six to eight weeks. And there was little they could do about the earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, typhoons, floods, fires, and tidal waves that periodically and unpredictably visited their land. The Japanese didn’t particularly trust nature, but they learned from it. Three of the most obvious lessons gleaned from millennia of contact with nature (and leavened with Taoist thought) were incorporated into the wisdom of wabi-sabi.
These rules were originally tweeted by Emma Coates, Pixar’s Story Artist. Number 9 on the list – When you’re stuck, make a list of what wouldn’t happen next – is a great one and can apply to writers in all genres. Oh, and I guess rules is a harsh word. I think ‘guidelines’ is more applicable.
“In a time when the transfer of information has become as natural as breathing and the clashing of cultures sounds more like the sloshing of water, we choose anonymity to avoid accountability, yet strut with the pride and potential of creation. Art is the record of a culture. Will appropriation and the resulting homogenization be the movements that define us?
“I take Monday nights off to enjoy ‘boys’ night’ with my 3-year-old son Frank. His favorite food is dumplings, so we’ve been on a tour of dim sum houses, and dumpling restaurants in Chinatown. Which is why I think that my must eat/drink list is not ‘where’, but ‘with whom’. I’m not a critical eater.
Clay Collins once thought that if he could double traffic to his site, he could double his income. He worked day and night to get a 20% increase in traffic, and there was some increase in sales, but not a doubling. He then tried playing around with his sales page to increase conversion, but he didn’t feel like doing it because it was just a pain in the butt for him. So what if he could double the number of people who would opt-in to an email list ? He was able to do that, and eventually double his income. He then systematically went through all of his pages to add more opt-in options, and he was able to keep doubling his revenue.