The Producerati Update
Excitement, anger, frustration, relief, joy roller coaster - that’s how 90% of people get themselves to complete challenging self-assigned tasks. You don’t want to toot your own horn as members of Producerati (don’t worry, I’ll, ahem, toot it for you), but you have different, more self-aware values. You want to spend your days and weeks highly productive, focused, and accountable, traits that are both the cause and result of highly motivated people.
What actually gets you there though? The reality that 90% of people spend their working time with a lack of intention, short term, or long term self-awareness, it’s hard to tell what actually works. Fortunately, there are many expert, outside observers that have used the scientific method to sort through the bullshit and find the gems. Here are the three main ingredients to motivation that they have identified:
As an entrepreneur, it’s likely you have mastered autonomy, for good or for bad. The choice is completely in your hands and more rewarding if you decide you want to spend your time using the pomodoro system of 25 minute work periods like Imogen Hitchcock or get up at 7:40 every morning like Alex Chalk. At the same time, it’s also your choice if you want to have a wild Tuesday night and start a still hungover work day at 2PM.
No, it’s more likely you need to improve your purpose or mastery. So how did you all do that this week?
What We Got #DONE
Dave Byrnes is off to a fantastic start in his very first week in the Producerati, putting together a great sales page and thus re-connecting with the benefit he is providing his customers (a part of his purpose) on linkingleads.com. Keep up the good work Dave, glad you’re with us!
Alex chalk has also connected to his purpose by attending two literary events, where he was likely exposed to writers with work that inspired him.
Killer articles from our awesome Apprentices:
Zak: This article is a short read, part of a 5 part series on “relationship marketing”, which basically means treating your customers like humans rather than as transactions. http://www.remarkable-communication.com/relationship-marketing-series-1-create-a-human-connection/
Kyle: Not to use this for shameless self-promotion, but I’m really proud and happy to share with you a collaboration between me and long-time Producerati member Jack Fischl: He’s published two articles of mine about my personal travel experiences on the blog of his travel site keteka.com! These are actually the first articles I’ve ever had published, and I’m incredibly happy to have had the chance to connect and work with Jack through the whole process, thanks to the Producerati. I really encourage all of you to take a look at the rest of his blog and tours in South America, which are all fantastic, and especially not to hesitate to reach out and ask for advice and collaborate with your fellow Producerati! You never know what will come out of it.
Weiyu: This week, I want to recommend a book on fearlessness: The 50th Law. Two authors are exceptional persons. Robert Greene, known for distilling experience from historic figures and mapping out the ultimate strategy for such topics as power, seduction and mastery, joins force with 50 Cents, the hip-pop icon who led a legendary life and shows an intuitive grasp of power and strategy. This book identifies ten fears that blocks one's fulfillment and how to replace them with fearless qualities.