Not Doing It – Stop Adding New

No, we don’t need anything but you.

“Would it be cool if we…”
“How about if we add…”
“We don’t want to miss…”

The answer: no.

You don’t need more of anything with the projects you have. I saw a lot of this when coaching at altMBA, especially early in the program. Students would wonder about “what else” instead of what was there. As a result, the project lacked power. Instead of focus, they went for features.

A notice: If you are reading this, you more than likely have enough tools and your brand/tool/product has enough “features.”

So, that new thing isn’t a need. It’s a way to distract you from what matters.

What matters is doing the hard work of getting the most out of the ideas you have.

It means dealing with the “I don’t know what to do!”

Building the endurance to sit in the tough part and see instead of searching for new is a valuable skill. One of the beautiful things about altMBA is that it teaches you to recognize fear. It takes a lot of shipping to dance with it with reckless abandon, but the first step is recognizing it.

We all look for the juicer when life hands us lemons because that is the only way we get to make lemonade.

Be the juicer.

Note: I am a former student and coach of altMBA.

Hyper and Hypo Work

It’s hard for me to do “righteous work.”

What do I mean?

“Righteous work” is about being content with the work you are doing. Getting tired, but not exhausted. Taking chances, but not with reckless abandon. When its done, you feel right.

The other kinds of work I do happen to show mental fatigue.Too much fatigue and I get away from righteous work.

It becomes either:

Hyper Work – “workaholic” syndrome. Long hours, over thinking, overdoing. For example, if I am writing something, and the goal is 500 words, I do 1500.


Hypo Work – “avoidance” syndrome. Short hours, under thinking, under doing. For example, if I am writing something, and the goal is 500 words, I do 200.

Either way, I get consumed by fear, and constantly question my work.

Ruckusmaker Day

In honor of Seth Godin's newly crafted "Ruckusmaker Day" I have to ask the following question – How often do we mistake "going along to get along"(GATGA) for hard work?

Hard work is difficult – for that, generally we have to buck against the system that keeps us in place, which takes courage.

To do great work we have to make a ruckus – so when you proceed with your acts of genius today, ask yourself if it is GATGA or are you doing the stuff that really matters?

Discipline and Work

Our lives are built on the discipline we have to do the things we want.

Unless you want to go with the flow, you have to create a space for your mind to work – that takes hard work.

Hard work never hurt anyone – as long as its work that mattered – and you need discipline to e able to cut through your day to get to that hard work.