What did I learn by interviewing dozens of entrepreneurs, authors, thinkers, and creators in 2016? Throughout these conversations, there were three common threads that stood out. Listen to some of my favorite clips from previous guests as we cover:
Start Now - Some of us tend to overanalyze and procrastinate. It stops us from starting and finishing projects. The antidote? Start now, and start small. It helps create momentum, and alleviates the fear of failure, and the never-ending pursuit of perfection that stops us from doing our work.
Trust Your Gut - Success happens at the intersection of opportunity, the skills to take advantage of that opportunity, and trusting your instincts. Trusting your gut is trusting the collection of all your subconscious experiences collected over a lifetime. We repress this internal guidance system, and second-guess ourselves leading to poor choices and regret.
One At A Time - Most of us are impatient. We want to reach success faster, sometimes without the patience required to pay our dues and work through the required process. We want to have the overnight success story, without doing the hard part of facing failure and persevering through the “through of sorrow”. Success is built one connection at a time, one step at a time, one day at a time.
I will be implementing these lessons in my work, starting now. And I hope you will find them helpful as well.
Here are my projects for 2017:
Speaker School - speaking training for entrepreneurs and professionals. We are starting with a live 2-day workshop in Calgary, Canada and then moving the curriculum online. You can check out the first website iteration at: http://speakerschool.co/
Analog Camp - 2 day wilderness retreat for entrepreneurs and professionals. No connection. No cell phones. No distractions. A hand-picked selection of 12 people will go through a program that includes meditation, yoga, TED-style workshops, and dedicated Deep Work time. We are running a beta version in Kananaskis, Canada in March. For details, check out: http://analogcamp.ca/
TEDx - I will be speaking at TEDxCanmore on January 20th. My talk will focus on distractions that prevent us from doing meaningful work, and how to break free. This ties everything together. I will document the entire TED talk preparation process on Speaker School, and the topic speaks to the core of Analog Camp. More details can be found here: http://tedxcanmore.com/tedx-canmore-speakers-2017/
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