1. Shared Working Space When Traveling
We've used Regus shared working spaces very well on the GiveGetWin Tour, and they've been terrific to us. In particular, the Manhattan Regus at 411 Lafayette St, New York, NY 10003 was terrific; Jacqueline there is great.
It's really useful. The most useful Regus locations for me have been in Shibuya in Tokyo (only place I found to get great WiFi and power outlets in that area), in China World in Beijing (the most beautiful location I've been... astounding), and the Lafayette Street Regus I mentioned above. If you're working with a small team and traveling, it's a godsend.
2. Amtrak USA Rail Pass
I'm never taking a bus or car for long distances in the USA ever again.
It's $459 for 15 days, $689 for 30 days, and $899 for 45 days. There's rules around "segments" but if you plan it well, you get effectively unlimited travel around the US Rail Lines, which get you at least pretty close to every major region of the U.S. (You might need to take a bus or rent a car to close the last distances.)
I love working in the dining car or observation car while the train rolls along; I get more work done than I would being stationary due to the general expansive ambiance and scenery. I typically get far less work done when flying or driving than when stationary, so I just can't say enough about the Rail Pass. If you're covering long distances in the US and time isn't an issue, it's an incredible value for the money and a good productivity boost.
3. Exposure.co to share photos and videos.
A great way to get photos and videos up, share memories, and document adventures.
It's terrific. Kai pointed this out to me. It's really good, and more importantly, really fast.
I've mentioned Strikingly before; it's excellent. They've improved the UI/UX and it's easier than ever to put a great looking single page site... saves a lot of time if you're doing something quickly.
If you want a more interesting resume (I've gotten asked this by students a lot lately), I recommend their new integration with LinkedIn which is just outstanding.
As a sidenote, if you geek out on UI/UX/tech/productivity/whatever and have any thoughts for Strikingly or want to get in touch with them, drop me a line -- their CEO, David Haisha Chen, is extremely responsive and cares what people think. I've visited their offices and their whole team is smart, if you're doing anything where it makes sense to talk to them (or you're looking for a brilliant startup for media coverage or whatever), let me know and I'll put you in touch.
5. If you're at Georgetown, UFlorida Gainesville, or UIF Miami, get in touch.
They're all coming up rapidly on the GiveGetWin Tour, which concludes after this week. Send a message if you'd like to be involved.
6. The Gateless Interview Series is out.
Last but not least, a while ago Kai and I released 11 interviews on the topic of effectiveness to promote Gateless.
They're free for people who buy the book, but I know many people here bought it and haven't updated their Kindle copy yet. (The new version should automatically have a link.) We also welcome you sharing this interview with people who haven't bought the book.
There's interviews with Jason Shen, Jay Bobzin, Laura Coe, Michael Roderick, Nick Gray, Nick Winter, Spencer Greenberg, Stepan Parunashvili, Taylor Pearson, Ted Gonder, and Tynan Bertuccioni.
If you miss my writing here, you'd definitely get a kick out of these interviews -- they're really.
That's all for now! Let me know if any of these are particularly useful to you, regards,
Last year on the GiveGetWin Tour, we covered over 6,500 miles by road.
Let me tell you this: America and Canada are beautiful countries and beautiful to drive through... but driving that much takes a serious mental toll on you.
Last year, our best two events were at NYU Stern (our ninth event) and UChicago (our fourteenth event). Our event at CU Boulder a few days ago, I think, was our third best of all-time -- and it was our second of the year.
I give credit to three factors --
1. Amazing hosts, audience, venue, and speakers. Of course.
I made a startling discovery recently: all that video-game playing from age 8 to age 26 seems to have resulted in some permanent gains.
A few years ago, I basically swore games off. But similar to how meditation makes a person more resilient against all of life's absurdities, and how team sports instils a sense of how to cooperate and compete, it seems like the people that sought to master complex games from our generation are now able to take and build on them. The people who were mastery-oriented in playing a myriad of games seem to grasp a whole set of concepts faster and easier that are directly applicable to success today.
I had a phone call a few hours ago with one of the volunteers helping to make the GiveGetWin Tour 2015 a big success. He's already helped line up two of the dates between the coastal cities as we transit across America and I wanted to go beyond talking about Tour logistics and also make time to help him reach his goals.
His questions were a set of questions I get often: if I want to be able to work on interesting projects, with interesting people, and lots of freedom, how do I do it? How did you do it?
I could have, and eventually will, run him through the mechanics of getting to know people, how they come to trust you, how deals get struck and work gets done.
I contend thusly:
"General Orders for Sentries" is one of the finest written processes of all-time.
You can read the orders here, if you like, for the various branches of the U.S. Armed Forces --
On the surface, it's a pretty simple thing, being a sentry. "Watch this area. Tell us if anything odd happens."
The Patterns That Emerge From History
There's often quick and immediate lessons in studying a narrow part of history relevant to your field. If you're the portfolio manager of a mutual fund, you should of course know the recent history of the various asset classes. If you're a Naval Admiral, you should of course know at least the history of naval warfare down cold. If you're a hostage negotiator, you should study a variety of hostage negotiation situations and how they played out.
This is all pretty obvious stuff. And indeed, most high-level practitioners study the recent history of their field at the very least.
It takes a bit more effort to explain why you should study the history of your country and how it emerged... but it doesn't take that much energy. Understanding the American Civil War, for Americans, has some obvious value. It still effects the modern day.
This still not a very hard sell. Most people learn something about how their country came to be where it is.
EDIT: I've got enough early reviewers, thanks!
I'm 50,000 words in, but I suspect I'll need to cut/re-write about half of them in addition to writing another 20k or 30k to get the core stuff complete. Whoever signs up for this, you're signing up for going through some very rough stuff.
Why do it? You'll get max-honest writing (I tend to remove things that could be misconstrued or arguments that the emotional impact would outstrip the benefits to thinking for final versions; you'd get to see the raw stuff), you'll be able to shape a work that thousands of people are going to read, and we'll be in touch to swap ideas/thoughts.
I don't need any proofreading or grammar yet -- the questions are very high level / structural / what's clear and what isn't / what's persuasive and what isn't. So it's not painstaking editing so much as noting when things are clear and when they're not.
Email is: sebastian at sebastianmarshall.com
Briefly, some updates:
*I've got some bonuses and downloads for Gateless, some really good ones coming. The book is getting great reviews -- if you miss the blog here and haven't gotten your copy yet, go get it.
*My next book, aiming for Q2 or Q3 2015, has "crossed the threshold" where it's definitely going to happen. I'm going to engage in a little less conversation and a little more action as a general rule, but my writing practice goes well and the quality goes up. I'll be more publicly involved sooner or later; for now, I'm enjoying my intense private work cycles and quality improvements.
*Thanks for all the well-wishes, emails, and the positive reviews/feedback of Gateless. Love you guys.
Ok, without further ado --
Happy Black Friday.
Gateless is up on Amazon right now.
If you're normally not doing the consumer-thing on Black Friday, maybe go get yourself a copy to celebrate.
Feedback and questions are of course welcome. Happy holidays.
Dashed off a quick piece about learning history at LessWrong --
Crossing the History-Lessons Threshold
Comments/questions welcome there or here.