There’s a reason Nike’s slogan isn’t “Just learn it.”
Because learning is a trap.
Don’t get me wrong — I’m obsessed with learning and believe it’s super valuable.
That’s why I spend hours each week compiling and sharing the things I learn in my For The Interested newsletter.
But as valuable as learning is, it will never be as valuable as doing.
“How soon you can earn money depends on two things: the niche you’re writing for, and how hard you push for donations or subscriptions.”
“If you can’t be funny, being mentally organized, reasonably concise and energetic will go a long way in impressing people.”
“Loving the things you do is what makes for happiness. More than money, fame or status. It’s also something almost fully under your control. Your health, relationships or career may be tossed around by outside factors, but doing what you love is largely a choice.”
“Part of the problem seems to be that nobody these days is content to merely put their dent in the universe. No, they have to fucking own the universe. It’s not enough to be in the market, they have to dominate it. It’s not enough to serve customers, they have to capture them.”
“Start every all-hands meeting by reminding people why they’re all here ultimately, what is it that you’re trying to change by your work.”
“Don’t just consider how well a product works, but look at who is making it and how it is sold. Before you dive into any new doodad, consider a company’s ethics, morals, branding and messaging. If you are not comfortable, look to alternatives.”
“When life starts throwing curveballs at you, and it begins to get in the way of your learning, please let me know. Don’t wait until after an assignment is due to come to me and raise issues. After the fact it is an excuse, beforehand it is a reason.”
“You must be open to critique but also develop an elephant skin. And remember that nothing anyone says to you about your work can be worse than the things you’ve already thought and said to yourself 100 times.”