Steven Covey wrote: Begin with the end in mind.
As an exercise, he encouraged you to think of your funeral. Imagine how people felt about your death, what they say in your honor.
I encourage you to think even further. What is your 100-year goal?
I’ve been on a quest to add helpful habits to my life. But what I’ve really been doing is setting recurring tasks.
There’s a difference.
I woke up this morning and went about my business. I created my to do list:
All sounds great, right? But I forgot one: writing.
Only 5 days ago I committed to writing 500 words a day in an effort to develop a habit of writing daily. I even created a spreadsheet to track how many words I write each day, to make sure I don’t miss days.
Yet today I almost did.
I went blissfully through my day checking off items on my to-do list. I went out for my “daily” run (which isn’t exactly daily yet). After I got back, I jumped in the shower. Then it hit me: I had forgotten to add writing to my to-do list.
I’m a data geek and a personal improvement fanatic.
I want to improve my personal habits, skills and behaviors. I strive to be healthy, happy and productive.
And, for the most part, I am.
One way I achieve this is by tracking my life. Self-tracking for me has two benefits:
I don’t retain habits well. My habits wax and wane. They need constant renewal.
I derive pleasure from seeking out new things. Too often that squeezes out the old, even when the old helps me live my life more effectively.
Luckily, I’ve discovered it’s easier to re-ignite old habits than to start new ones. Each time I fail to maintain a habit, I don’t beat myself up. I let it go until I’m in a place to rekindle. Until I have the energy to fan the flames and build my habit anew.
I am in that place again.
Yesterday I did a quick introduction to the Lean Startup methodology at the Asheville Lean Startup Circle. I focused on three key concepts: validated learning, minimum viable products and the build-measure-learn cycle. You can view my slides here.
If you’ve read Why Economic Developers Need Lean Startups or Lean Startup Conference Notes, you already know some resources for learning about Lean Startup. Below I update this list to include resources I missed in those posts. Please add other resources I missed in the comments.
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The Lean Startup Conference happened today in San Francisco. Here in Asheville, we livestreamed the conference at Mojo Coworking. Below are my notes from some of the talks, links to other people’s notes and links to other Lean Startup resources. I’ll be expanding this post throughout the week, so check back later in the week or follow me on Twitter for updates.
Did you know that 30,000 people die each week from unsafe water and unhygienic living conditions? That’s 1,560,000 people a year.
90% of those deaths come from children under 5 years of age.
But you can help.
In July I attended the World Domination Summit and saw Scott Harrison speak about being an greedy nightclub promoter. Then he joined Mercy Ships, helping to provide free medical care to the people of the world’s poorest nations. The experience transformed him.
He returned to the U.S. to found charity:water, a charity dedicated to providing clean water to everyone in the world. But he did more than form another charity. He transformed the charity model. Continue reading >
The theme of this year’s North Carolina Entrepreneur Summit is “Creating a Scene”. During today’s opening session, I asked myself how attendees could effectively create a scene.
One answer: template events.
Attendees for the summit include entrepreneurs, economic developers and government employees ranging from large, urban cities like Raleigh and Charlotte to small, rural communities like Cherokee and Chatham counties.
While larger cities may have the resources to plan, organize and host their own custom events, smaller cities can benefit from the trail blazed by others with template events. Even larger cities can find it valuable to tap into the network and resources of the communities that have grown up around these events. Continue reading >
This past weekend I attended the World Domination Summit in Portland, Oregon. One of the sessions I attended on Sunday was Less Is More: Simple Productivity Hacks presented by Julia Roy (@juliaroy). For those who missed the session, my notes are below. For more productivity hacks, check out Julia’s web site. Continue reading >