These past few months have been filled with a hectic travel schedule. And in the forthcoming weeks, I’ll make my way to Israel, France, The Netherlands and most likely Brazil.
While physically I have and will be all around the globe, mentally I’ve been on a voyage as well. No, I haven’t lost my marbles or shaven my head (again) in a quarter life crisis. Rather I have found that the constant traveling has actually slowed down my train of thought and given me an opportunity to asses and deeply think about who I am and where I’m going.
Some of you have noticed and even called me out on my lack of recent blog activity. First off, thank you for keeping me honest and calling me on my bullshit. I need that.
The short answer , and it may sound like an excuse, as to why I went the whole month of August without blogging is that I needed to put everything on pause. I’m by no means insinuating that I had writer’s block or that I was mentally exhausted, I haven’t earned that right yet. Rather If I’m to asses to where I am, I need to slow down on all fronts.
I may have paused on blogging. But I didn’t stop writing. In fact, I have been enrolled in a brilliant writing course by one of my favorite authors, Michael Ellsberg. His latest book “The Education of Millionaires” is one I re-read on a regular basis. IT has been the blueprint for the self-education ”courses” I have taken since 2010.
Entitled “How To Live The Writer’s Life” the course has Michael imparting his knowledge on a very talented and ambitious group of writers. This isn’t a magic formula class that has you thinking your way to becoming a better writer. Rather, it stresses the need to sit your ass down every day, and committing to a specific word count. Like Michael says, writers write. And you’d be surprised at how many so-called writers, including myself sometimes, miss that mark.
If you’ve ever thought about becoming a more serious writer, than I highly recommend this course.
All this talk of courses and lessons has me feeling like I just finished another semester of summer school. In fact, Michael’s class hasn’t been the only one I’ve been dedicating time to.
I first heard of Noah Kagan through Tim Ferriss’s blog. Noah was one of the first employee’s at Facebook and Mint. He later struck it out on his own and founded the wildly successful AppSumo, a market place for digital goods and favorite of the startup scene.
I was very intrigued by Noah’s work had work and his no bullshit approach into marketing. In fact, he’s so frank about his work, that he even talks in depth about how/why he got fired from Facebook. Such honesty and candor is very rare these days, so when I heard he was teaching a course entitled “How To Make Your First Dollar” I was in.
The course is intended to take ”wantrepreneurs” and turn them into full-fledged entrepreneurs. Now, I am by no means intending to leave my current position, as I love what I do. However, I am never one to pass up learning from an incredibly smart person. Yet, even as I finished reading the course description, I still wasn’t sure if the course would help someone like me. Noah, being the all knowing badass that he is, must have anticipated this when he wrote the copy for the HTMYFD copy, because at the very bottom of the page, he put his cell phone, his personal cell phone , and made himself available to anyone that wasn’t sure about the course.
So logically, I texted him. He texted back. We chatted. And I was in. With customer support like that, I knew this course would be nothing short of amazing. And it has.
Like I mentioned earlier, I am not looking to leave my current position. But everything I have learned in this course has aided my development in Waze. Noah’s sales techniques alone, and especially those on follow ups, are indispensable. His principles and strategy behind product validation will save you time, money and probably your sanity. This is highly recommended to anyone who’s not only looking to build a company, but who is looking to become a more well rounded and badass sales/ marketing professional.
I’ve always loved to learn, and in these two courses, I am learning from two individuals that I highly admire. Although the two courses cover very different subjects, one thing they both have in common is that they preach patience. You will only become a better writer or entrepreneur with hours and hours of hard work. One cannot shortchange or “hack” that.
For a long time, I have been working on becoming a more patient professional, a more patient friend, a more patient brother. I’m not where I want to be, but I am working on slowing down and enjoying the journey.
The funny thing about slowing down is that it has allowed me to go full speed ahead with my goals of becoming a better writer and maybe one day, a badass CEO. Funny that all this comes about as I’m jet-setting across the world. After all when it comes to travel, “one’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.”