Podcast Appearance on The Art of Authenticity --
Had an awesome conversation with my friend Laura Coe on her new and killer Art of Authenticity podcast --
Or check it on Laura's site.
(While you're there, check out Carlos Miceli's appearance too -- Carlos is such an ace and such a positive wonderful guy, you'll enjoy his episode too.)
Maybe the best job ever for someone who is managerial and in the art world...
My friend Nick Gray is hiring a Chief of Staff for Museum Hack -- it's probably the best job ever for someone who loves the arts and loves people. I don't normally promote jobs broadly, I just refer people 1-on-1 if I know a good person, but I think this is such an incredible opportunity if you're doing the starving artist thing in NYC --
If you know anyone who has a mix of love of the arts + wanting to take a management role in a rapidly growing and awesome company, pass this on to them.
Congrats to Dr. Joshua Spodek for a 6+ year EVERY DAY blogging streak
Unreal. I'm humbled at his titanium-strength consistency.
If you've never checked out Doc Spodek before, start with his writing on "Self-Imposed Daily Healthy Challenging Activity" (SIDCHA).
Also congrats to Spodek for his new column on Inc which I'm looking forward to.
Gold's Gym doing 7 Day Free Passes
Pretty cool. I don't have any affiliation, aside from enjoying hitting the squat rack --
It's a god-send for people traveling who are posting up in a city for a week to a month... technically you're supposed to be a local resident, but I don't think they care (they didn't in my case). Gold's Gym is a Mecca-like environment. Check it out.
I'll be in Dubai for the STEP Conference with Kai April 4th-5th.
Are you around? We'll have a salon around then, for sure. Send an email if you're in the neighborhood.
Even if you're not in town for then specifically, but sometimes around Arabia, drop me a line. I'm getting residency in Dubai there on an investor's visa, and will be in the Middle East a lot going forwards.
I've started planning on GGW Summer Camp II in late August at UChicago and GGW Tour IV in North America in October.
If you're a student leader, professor, or administrator in North America and want to be involved in early stages, get in touch. For GGW Tour IV, we're going to be doing less dates, aiming at 500+ audience attendees for each venue, with extra breakout sessions and really going to the next level.
It's still early, but email me if you want to be involved. I'm a little slow on email right now with a lot going on, so forgive me if takes a week+ to get back to you... really a lot going on right now. (Can't complain though!)
Urban Marches for Commuting
A quick thought -- one of my largest quality-of-life boosts has been doing 4-6 long urban marches instead of commuting on trains, cars, buses, etc. I'm now wearing merino wool socks + shirt + base jacket layer, with durable boots, synthetic athletic pants that both look professional and are good for fitness, a well-balanced ruck for hiking, and a pair of minimal running in the 'ruck along with my laptop.
This has been a gigantic quality of life improvement... it regularly saves me $7 to $15 while getting me a great exercise jam. I'll probably do a gear writeup of what specifically I'm working with, but the basic idea is -- start moving your clothing to the point where you can move seamlessly from business environments, to solo productivity, to commuting via foot. I've done this in Shanghai and Tokyo, not exactly known for being great walking cities, and it's been just fantastic. Can't recommend it enough.
Infinite Looper on Repeat For Music+Productivity
Conan the Barbarian soundtrack:
Both been huge productivity boosts for me.
Feel free to leave your music recommendations in the comments.
Ask the Strategist: Rules for Collaborating With Driven People
My new piece for Pregame Magazine is out --
I think it's a barnburner and incredibly useful -- don't miss it.
What are your current questions on fitness and wellness?
Taking your questions for my March column now -- get them in to firstname.lastname@example.org or leave them in the comments. Don't be shy -- I answer all my email (eventually...!) and I'll go deep on one question for March's column.
And people love TSR, which makes me thrilled
Recent feedback for The Strategic Review --
"Great as always. Each of these could easily be a chapter in a future book." -- Zach C.
"Hi Sebastian,Just want to drop you a quick note to say that TSR and Gateless are some of the best "general purpose" guidebooks about being awesome at life I've read. Specifically, you have a knack for concisely articulating common causes of dissatisfaction in a way that promotes action, e.g., "f you wake up ... stuff some junk in your food as you rush off to drive through traffic to do work that’s not well-defined and not particularly impactful, obviously, that’s not going to lead you to going up in life at the pace you could be."Man, that really rings true for me right now, but at least I have a working definition of the problem!
"This one was my favorite so far Sebastian. The "financial literacy" issue! Excellent stuff." -- Ted, on Issue #7
|"Thank you, this series has been incredible. Since episode 1, I've started doing the daily review, tracking my time, using caffeine strategically, and my trajectory is on the up and up. Sincerely appreciate the work that you put into these pieces." -- Kevin D."|
"Great piece. Lots of food for thought." -- Greg
Thanks for this. There is much to chew on here...
I appreciate you making it available.
"This was pretty action-inspiring so without further ado I am going forth this very moment go put some hours into this renovation project I'm helping to work on.
(Not just saying that!)
Thanks for the constant sheer awesomeness that is this newsletter,
[and like a couple dozen more of those -- thank you everyone
Thanks for all the feedback and readership -- I do it for you. Feel free to send thestrategicreview.net to any of your friends not currently receiving it -- they'll thank you!
It's Sunday, so I did my Weekly Review today.
Last week was a barnburner -- one of the most productive "normal weeks" I've had in recent history. A week at a conference or the culmination of a huge event might be highly productive, but I size those up a little differently than a week where I'm just going through the standard sets of work I typically do without some large external happenings.
Last week, an incredibly large amount of good and important things got done.
Thus, I was excited to review the week. How'd this happen? Why'd it go so well? What can I learn from it?
I'll give you the spoiler right now: 13 hours of great work accounted for just about all of the results this week.
For my February column at Ciara Pressler's new Pregame Magazine, I'm taking questions on community, finding exceptional friends, building out your social circle, etc.
I'll answer all questions at least briefly, and go into depth on at least one of them.
Leave your Q's here in the comments or email me at email@example.com -- regards,
... and that makes me really happy.
I haven't done any promotion since re-launching The Strategic Review. Nothin'. And yet, over the last 5 days, we added over 80 new subscribers just through word of mouth. Awesome.
Here's what people are saying --
I get a lot of inbound requests for personal consulting which I've had to turn down the last couple years. My commercial projects often have me becoming effectively the right-hand man for a CEO of a growing company, and I haven't had the bandwidth to take on clients who don't need that level of intensity, or who are looking for something other than the type of commercial work I typically do.
One thing I wanted to start for 2016 is to start working with people at scale more.
Hence, I developed this new offering --
Productized Service: Get Your Next Project On Rails
“In peace there's nothing so becomes a manAs modest stillness and humility:But when the blast of war blows in our ears,Then imitate the action of the tiger...”
Back in 2013, I had a newsletter that people really liked called "The Strategic Review" --
It got popular and people were raving about it, but I didn't have the bandwidth to support writing it. Each issue took too much research and too many hours to put out there.
Annnd we're at the home stretch. We had a great event at Harvard two days ago -- one of the best we've had with really top to bottom great talks, and super actionable Q&A -- and that means we're three dates from wrapping.
NYU: Sunday, 25 October at 2PMNYU Silver Building (Room 405)31 Washington Place New York, NY 10012Link to free ticket reservation for NYC
MIT: Tuesday, 27 October at 11:45AMMassachusetts Institute of TechnologyE51-395, Tang Center (70 Memorial Drive), Room 395Cambridge, MA 02138Link to free ticket reservation for Cambridge
CESA: Thursday, 29 October at 7:30AM
CESA - Salon Alvaro Valencia TovarCra. 6 N.° 34-51Bogota, ColombiaLink to free ticket reservation for Bogota
Forgive me if this post makes no sense -- it's technical and I'm too new to this to be able to simplify it intelligently. I hope the gist of it comes across at least a bit and primes some interesting thinking in you.
I was introduced to Graph Databases yesterday by a really smart and expansive-thinking attendee of Kai's salon in Las Vegas --
My mind is on fire. I couldn't sleep last night. I'm really, really excited about this.
I track and capture a lot of data -- spend, calories, adherence to habits (I'm currently on Week 77 of tracking my habits on the Lights Spreadsheet, with only maybe 3-5 weeks disrupted in that timeframe), and lots more.
The Third Annual Gotta Be Good Tour is going to be across the USA for all of October.
The first date is Austin, Texas on October 2nd.
Zach Obront, Taylor Pearson, Carlos Miceli, Marian Zizzo, and myself are speaking -- it's going to be a blast.
Spoiler: The answer is, "No, of course not."
But where's the question come from?
After three decades on this Planet, I've only noticed how often I ask that question to myself.
"Do I have to do that?"
It comes in response, ironically, not to really painful and unlikable things like doing one's taxes. (The answer to "Do I have to do my taxes" is: "Yes.")