Favorite Things I Wrote in 2014
I wrote quite a bit this year (I’ll attempt a full list at the bottom). But here’s a few of the pieces I think may just be pretty decent.
First of all, it should be said: this podcast is probably my favorite work of all. It’s not brief or clean, but I have the most fun here and speak most honestly in this verbal format. Ok, back to the list.
Greatest Hits This Year
Hopeful Perspectives 1 Year After My Son’s Birth/Death — Medium — “It’s wednesday. Hump day. Last week we planned our first son’s 5th birthday party. This week we plan the remembrance of our second son’s birth and death.”
As I Write This. Depression, Anxiety & Entrepreneurship — “I’m getting spun up, like a roiling boil. All this activity, all these thoughts, all this motion, and all of it so clearly pointless.”
One Simple Tip to Aim True & Stay Focused in Your Business — I get to talk about Marc Maron + Billy Connolly, that’s an instant hit right there. (God, i fucking hate headlines.)
10 Thoughts on Focus — “You are a human. We think that’s your greatest business asset.”
Jim Henson’s 1961 Paper Animation — Just for the little poem I try to remind myself of from time to time.
Crave — “So, last night I find myself going through old videos on YouTube. I stumbled across one that was so confusing and painful and brilliant and terrifying.”
Campaigns for George — “Ever heard of George McGovern? There’s a story about this guy’s run for presidency that’s instructive for any of us looking to do good work in the world.”
Third Tier Lessons — “That right there was the Third Tier moment: do we sheepishly hedge our bets, hoping to be at the right place at the right time to hear about the party more important people than myself will be going to?”
13 Successful Founders Share First Product Stories — Less of a written thing, but a lot of work and some great insights found.
10 Tactics to Better Work-Life Balance — “What’s your job? What’s your life? How do they commingle, reflect and refract one another? What’s at stake if you screw this balance up? Your marriage? Your friendships? Your health? Your business success?”
Is Creative Fulfillment in a Career Possible — “I used to fancy myself more of a creative. Almost an artist, but that’s, like, a heavy word, man.”
Insights About Customer Service That Will Change The Products You Make (FS067) — it’s a podcast, but the interview in here is still shaking my world up.
Failure Is An Option — “I received an email today that my good friend’s company is shutting down, pulling the plug, closing up shop.”
2 Questions to ask Yourself About the “Equal Odds Rule” — “Have you seen any Woody Allen movies? Whatever you think of Woody Allen, his love life or the quality of his movies you cannot argue with the sheer NUMBER of movies he’s put out over the course of his life.”
Everything I Wrote this Year
On The Sparkline
- Third Tier Lessons
- 10 Thoughts on Focus
- How To Host An Awesome Conference Panel
- 13 Successful Founders Share First Product Stories
- How Content Marketers Are Putting Themselves Out of Business
- Macro & Micro Views
- Email Inbox Management Tips
- Start With A Small, Intense Fire
- How 12 Successful Founders Get Inside Their Customer’s Head
- One Simple Tip to Aim True & Stay Focused in Your Business
- My Favorite Analytics Report: 4 Steps to Find Your Most Important Pages
- 10 Tactics to Better Work-Life Balance
- Failure Is An Option
- As I Write This. Depression, Anxiety & Entrepreneurship
- 2 Questions to ask Yourself About the “Equal Odds Rule”
- What’s the Difference Between a Successful Business & a Failing Side Project?
On Ice to the Brim
- Too much to recount, but I updated the editor’s picks with my favorites from the year.
Barrett, one of my partners on the podcast, said this a few months ago: “Work today for the body of work you want to have in 5 years” ∞. It haunts me. I’m not sure what I want to have made in 5 years, but I’m pretty sure none of this is that. But there are bits and pieces, little truths and discoveries and hopefully places where someone feels a little more comfortable in their own skin.
Not sure what the theme of my work will be over the next year, let alone the next several, but my existential crisis (discussed in this talk at pioneer nation) led me to this: make people’s lives better in small and meaningful ways. That can’t be too hard, right?