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Ewoud's growth newsletter: On pushing the needle

Friends, Over the last few weeks I didn't work much. I've been reading and reflecting (next to partyi

Ewoud Uphof

August 28 · Issue #6 · View online
Life experiments from a digital nomad and serial entrepreneur. Applying my background in growth hacking and a BA in philosophy to personal growth.

Over the last few weeks I didn’t work much. I’ve been reading and reflecting (next to partying ;-)) mostly.
Letting go of all structure in my days has taught me that - for me - planning and structuring my week has a positive impact. Getting up early in the morning, working out and improving myself every day gives me energy.
Not working made me reflect on work as well. Not all tasks are created equally. Some things push the needle, while others don’t. Hard workers have the tendency to be involved. They think they can do it all, says Greg McKeown in his book Essentialism.
For capable people can do anything, but not everything. The moment you turn can do into have to do you’re stuck. We don’t have to win every battle to win the war. Saying no means choosing only things that push the needle.
There is a thin balance between doing enough to meet your goals and doing too much. You could spend your time on more meaningful things. Like growth.
One way I’m practicing this focus on growth is to help 10 companies grow over the coming months. I will find their growth potential in 5 sessions. The result is a growth blueprint with a clear path that pushes the needle forward. Still 8 spots left starting in September.
Reply to this email if you’re interested to hear more and get testimonials from previous participants.
Talk soon,

Interesting articles | Books To Base Your Life on (The Reading List)
How To Live A Full Life (And Leave Nothing On The Table) By 30 | Thought Catalog
How To Travel — Some Contrarian Advice | Thought Catalog
Sam Harris: Can we build AI without losing control over it? | TED Talk
About my travels
My trip has been planned mostly. I’m chasing the best kitesurfing spots and working as a digital nomad along the way. In November I’ll go from Portugal to Brazil by boat. I’ll end my trip in February in Rio de Janeiro for Carnaval. Below you can see the places I plan to visit.
I’ve started getting rid of stuff again and preparing myself to travel light. I will only travel with a 40 liter carry-on backpack (next to my kitesurfing gear). I was inspired by The Minimalists blog last year and it served me well.
Leaving for 6 months makes me realise even more how beautiful the Dutch landscapes are. Last month I finally visited the Dutch Waddeneilanden. 
Arrival at Vlieland
Kitesurfing Wijk aan Zee
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