Weekly reminder that we’re currently living out a chapter from our children’s future history books. It will pass. Everything always does.
Here’s what I’ve thought about this past week:
💭 On my mind
🤔 Are you a manipulator? Before you answer the question, consider this definition: social influence that aims to change the behavior or perception of others. If you try to change somebody’s mind about something, you’re using manipulation. There’s room for a lot of clarifying nuance here but this was an interesting discovery for me that has enabled introspection. Is wanting to change someone’s mind a healthy behavior?
🎰 Remote workers got lucky. At least once a week I thank the Gods for giving me life during this exact period of time and not 50 years earlier. I’d be a completely different person without access to the internet. Would you rather be a millionaire born in the 1920s (let’s say you’d live until 75, because drugs) or live your current life now alongside modern technology? It’s not even close for me.
📜 What are the levers? A good strategy works by harnessing power and applying it where it will have the greatest effect. Basic strategy is strength applied to the most promising opportunity. These are both direct quotes from the book I’m quitting… more on this below.
🎯 Potential doesn’t exist. Nobody remembers the person who had potential, save for the person who wishes they would have acted on it. Cue one of my favorite Epictetus quotes: How long are you going to wait before you demand the best for yourself?
📚 Framing product updates. Nobody wants to be talked at or marketed at. Taking action feels most natural when we believe we’re doing so on our own accord. I received an email this past weekend from my hosting provider. Instead of saying “Look at these CrAzY new features!” they sent a plain-text email with an opening along the lines of “as a longtime loyal customer, you might be interested in some recent upgrades we’ve made to our service”. Much better.
📚 Books of the week
📕 Not Clicking: Good Strategy Bad Strategyby Richard Rumelt. There are points when reading this book where a message will resonate across a couple of pages, then there are points where I continue reading only because I feel this might be important. I should quit this book… I just don’t care enough about the corporate strategy anecdotes to make the reading enjoyable.
📗 Now Reading: Linchpinby Seth Godin. I have loved every piece of Seth Godin content I’ve ever consumed yet I’ve never read one of his (many) books. Godin is one of my favorite sources of no-BS wisdom, explained simply. I’m excited to see what he has to say about being “indispensable” in this book.
👋 See you next Tuesday!
Thanks for reading.
Here’s a quote from Good Strategy Bad Strategy that fights back against stale phrasing: