5 Ideas For The Interested This Week

“All adventures, especially into new territory, are scary.” — Sally Ride

This week’s newsletter will be a little shorter than usual and the intro will be a little longer to explain why.

Each week for the past three years I’ve shared 10 ideas to improve your work, art, and life through this newsletter and you’ve been cool enough to read and share it.

While the feedback has been great, I’ve realized the amount of content in each newsletter can at times feel overwhelming and that was reinforced by the results of last week’s survey which an incredible 600+ of you participated in — thanks!

The majority of subscribers said they’d prefer the newsletter to feature five ideas a week as opposed to the 10 I’ve shared up to this point.

With this in mind, I’m changing the format of the newsletter moving forward.

Starting today, each free issue of For The Interested will feature five ideas.

But an expanded 10-idea version of the newsletter including an exciting new feature will be available through the new FTI ALL ACCESS membership program.

I’m doing this because while I see the value in a more streamlined newsletter for some, I also know a substantial number of you enjoy getting more ideas.

And, to be completely honest, I enjoy sharing more because I find so much valuable stuff each week.

Here’s how it will work:

As an All Access member, you’ll still get one email per week.

But your version of the newsletter will include the five free ideas, PLUS an additional five ideas only available to members, PLUS a new podcast episode recommendation and summary each week.

The curated podcast episode summary is a new feature designed to help you discover one podcast worth listening to each week and save you time by giving you a quick summary of the most important ideas in it if you don’t have time to actually listen to it.

As I launch this new All Access membership, I’m pricing it as low as possible for those of you who join as founding members.

If you become a member before July 1st, you’ll get the founding member rate of just $5 per month AND you’ll get to keep that low rate forever.

You can also cancel at any time.

Click here to become an ALL ACCESS member.

The first All Access edition of the newsletter will come out next Sunday, so be sure to sign up before then in order to get it.

In addition to getting access to valuable additional content, becoming an All Access member is a great way to support FTI and helps me offset the substantial costs of producing this newsletter.

If you have any questions, please reply to this email and let me know.

You can get a sneak peek at the ideas I’ll share with All Access members next week at the bottom of this week’s newsletter.

Thanks, as always, for your interest!

Now, on to this week’s ideas…

1. HOW TO LIVE LIKE A MILLIONAIRE WITHOUT SPENDING A DOLLAR

“While you may not be able to afford the trappings of a millionaire’s life, it costs nothing to adapt their mindset and the benefits are far greater than any material items.”

You don’t need to be a millionaire to live like one.

In this post I explain how to live like a millionaire without spending a dollar and break down six ways to adopt a millionaire’s mindset.

They include to take control of your calendar like Warren Buffett, pursue new passions like Howard Stern, and move people like Oprah Winfrey.

RELATED: How to improve your life one experiment at a time.

2. HOW TO GET 10X MORE VALUE OUT OF EVERY BOOK YOU READ

“What if you could read a book only once and extract value as though you had read it ten times?”

It’s one thing to read a book, but it’s another to remember and implement the lessons you learn from it.

Barry Davret shares a five-step system to get more value out of every book you read that revolves around creating and categorizing short summaries of each book as you read it.

RELATED: How to read books without actually reading books.

3. A UNIQUE WAY TO GENERATE YOUR BEST IDEAS AND CREATE YOUR BEST WORK

“What if you stopped thinking about your ideas as things you need to let out of you, but things you need to let in to you? Things you need to be ready to receive?”

This one resonated with me as someone who finds the best ideas come to me from interactions with external forces as opposed to internal ones.

Austin Kleon explores how to be ready to receive creative ideas including thoughts from Nick Cave and Tom Waits who both echo the importance of letting ideas come in as opposed to obsessing over getting them out.

RELATED: Nine habits that make it easy to come up with great ideas.

4. NINE PHRASES THAT PERSUADE PEOPLE TO COMMIT TO SOMETHING

“The purpose of the list below, is not to help you move everyone to action. The purpose of the list below is to help you move the right people to action.”

Take a second and imagine if this post could give you a few magic phrases to convince people to purchase or take an action you want them to take.

If so, I bet you’d read it, right?

I’m pretty sure you will because I just used one of Michael Thompson’s nine phrases that persuade people to commit to something.

They include “Here is what most people do next,” “I bet you are a bit like me,” and “Take a second and imagine…” (which I just used on you in this post!).

RELATED: The two words that always get your audience’s attention.

5. THIS IS NOT ANOTHER DIET

“Your weight is a natural by-product of how you construct your life.”

I’ve never featured an idea about diets before, but this one’s actually more about a mindset than a specific diet regimen.

Rebecca Thomas has written a series of posts called Not Another Diet which she describes as a “sane and thoughtful guide to permanent weight loss.”

It includes tips on how to center your diet around foods that don’t compel overeating, move more every day, and why rules are better than decisions.

RELATED: Where to start when you want to optimize your health.

COMING NEXT WEEK TO ALL ACCESS MEMBERS…

Here’s a sneak peek at some of the ideas All Access members will get in next week’s newsletter:

• How to generate predictable income as a creator

• How to perform under pressure

• How to develop a career that matches your interests

• How to get one big thing done without getting distracted

• How to use psychological triggers to get people to share your creations

Want me to send these ideas to you?

Sign up here to become an ALL ACCESS member before next Sunday.

WHERE I FOUND THIS STUFF

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