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I'm serious about helping people achieve their goals. That's the one theme that I work on but there are many projects that relate to it.
I helped start the first positive reinforcement habit tracker for the iPhone. Almost all the habit tracking apps available now borrow from our design. But of course, we also had borrowed our design from other places: game designers and behavior researchers. My only regret is that we called it a habit tracker and not a habit builder.
I also write occasionally. I'm best known for this post on optimizing your iPhone. It's now well over 2 million page views. People seemed to find the length and absurd detail to be helpful. But I also want people to see the post as a warning about how far technology has diverged from being helpful productivity tools. That's why it took such a long post to explain how to optimize something as simple as your phone.
Tying this all together, I write a five-day-a-week newsletter with tips, inspiration, and insight: Better Humans Daily.
The world is littered with self-improvement advisors (i.e. gurus) and so I'll end with what makes me different.
First of all, I try to be shame-free. You're not broken or awful or evil just because you have flaws. Accepting yourself as you are now doesn't preclude you from making major changes and big impacts on the world. In fact, it makes it easier. So love yourself first and then love who you could become.
Then second, regarding the ill repute of the world of self-improvement gurus. My position is that most advice works occasionally and that the vast majority of the shadiness in this industry is limited to overblown claims of effectiveness and credibility. In my own work, I try to address this by being upfront about failure rates (often > 80%) and that no advice works for all people. Advice and tools will fail you--that's the norm. That doesn't make you a failure. So the only rational reaction is to try and try and try again.
Finally, third, have a purpose greater than yourself. Don't get stuck practicing productivity solely for the purpose of being busy. Don't get stuck chasing success for the sake of success. Done right, improving yourself leads to improving your world.
All of these about me projects rely on a very powerful support network. I wake up happy and emotionally centered because of the love of my dog, Eloise. My partner, Sarah, is a powerhouse in engineering leadership and is the gateway to most of what I know about organizational design. I had coaching mentoring from the most successful executive coach in tech, Jonathan Rosenfeld. My sounding board at work is the very wise managing editor of Better Humans, Terrie Schweitzer. I got my start in this field thanks to the faith of Tim Ferriss and Evan Williams. In fact, having people believe in me has been very powerful, starting with my parents and my grandmother and then including both my sisters who trusted me to be the minister at each of their weddings. Plus I work in an industry that is filled with generosity. Specifically, the Coach.me community of coaches is a constant font of inspiration and knowledge, and then more generally I've learned so much from BJ Fogg, Karen Pryor, Will Kabat-Zinn, Gretchen Rubin, Leo Babauta, and many others.