Work in Progress 1/x
- My friend Buster accused me of thinking of shelter-in-place as time to endure, almost as if I was waiting to for a return to normal. I took that to heart. This is a new time and to embrace it means being a new person with new goals. Not sure exactly what that means.
- I’ve been using this catchphrase a lot recently: “Success is more work than you’d want, but less than you’d fear.”
- The startup post I most want to write is a baseball metaphor about singles versus grand slams. I tried for years for a grand slam and only managed a few foul tips. But then last year I focused on singles, connecting on three. To push this metaphor further, I started 2020 with those runners still on base. Another single scores a run. Not sure this is the optimal path for entrepreneurship, or even if there is such a thing as optimal, but it’s the path I’m on.
- We’re redoing our habit coaching training this year. It’s going to be the first “big data” training for coaches. Most of self-improvement is built up from single person experiments, anecdotes and extrapolation from small studies. We’ve sent 2 billion habit reminders. We’ve coached 20,000+ clients. Our lead trainer individually coached 1,400 people. I can even put a hard number on the value of a soft coaching skill like active listening.
- A lot of people who are doing well are both feeling bad and feeling guilty about it. Myself included. I nailed all my shelter in place goals. I’m healthy and productive. And I’m still going stir crazy. Just trying to accept it, be grateful, find ways to be better. On the other side of this, there will be a lot of work to do as a community (however you define that).
- Sarah made bread on on Saturday and then we walked to a friend’s house to deliver them a loaf and do some appropriately distanced and masked socializing. Guess what they had been doing? Also making bread. So it turned into a bread exchange.
- I don’t know how to end this list, so I’m just going to stop adding to it.