How Tea Helps Me Get Into A Flow State

A few weeks ago I wrote about listening to one song over and over again on repeat to improve focus. There has been a lot written about flow states, or “getting into the zone” as it’s often called. The Wikipedia entry does a good job of summing it up: In positive psychology, flow, also known as the zone, is the mental state of operation in which a person performing an activity is fully immersed in a feeling of energized focus, full involvement, and enjoyment in… Continue reading

8/25/16

“Achieving the extraordinary is not a linear process”

Over the weekend I listened to a Tim Ferriss Show interview with Christopher Sommer, former US national team gymnastics coach. Towards the end at 1:22:45 Tim read a portion of an email that Coach Sommer sent him when he was struggling with his own training. I thought that it was so good that I stopped and transcribed it: Dealing with the temporary frustration of not making progress is an integral part of the path towards excellence. In fact, it is essential, and something that every… Continue reading

8/22/16

We’re On The Inc. 5000 Again!

This morning Inc released the 2016 Inc. 5000, their list of the fastest growing private companies in America. We checked in at number 4,140, up from number 4,284 last year! Last year felt like a really big accomplishment for me personally, which I wrote about at the time. This year is a little different. I think making back-to-back lists is a testament to the quality of the organization that we’ve built. There are a lot of companies who make lists like this once because of… Continue reading

8/17/16

Listening To One Song On Repeat Over And Over Again

Years ago I read an interview with WordPress founder Matt Mullenweg where he described how he listened to a single song over and over again on repeat to help him focus. I remember thinking at the time how weird yet interesting that was. Then I heard Matt on the Tim Ferriss podcast last year, and again he described how he listened to one song on repeat. It turns out that blogger Joseph Mosby did some research and there’s actually some science behind the idea: I… Continue reading

8/9/16

Dollar Shave Club, Juiced Baseballs, and A Mormon Utopia in Vermont – Monthly Link Roundup

I’m trying out something new. Since I’ve mostly stopped posting on Twitter, I’ve decided to start doing a monthly roundup of all of the interesting and thought provoking long-form stories that I’ve read recently. Why It’s Nearly Impossible To Stop This Amazon and eBay Scheme – people are “selling” on eBay using Amazon-to-eBay arbitrage to avoid actually selling anything. Reminds me of affiliate link PPC arbitrage of the early 2000’s. If you have your own brand/product, this is something to look out for [Entrepreneur] A… Continue reading

8/2/16

Fitness Bands & Passive, Continuous Health Tracking

Last week I upgraded my beloved Garmin Vivosmart to one of their newer models, the Garmin Vivosmart HR+. The main difference between the two is that the HR+ has a heart rate monitor. Particularly interesting is that it doesn’t just track heart rate during a workout, it tracks it passively all day long. It’s super simple to pull up a quick graph on the device or get more details within the app. The thing with wrist based heart rate trackers is that they’re known for… Continue reading

7/25/16

I Unintentionally Read A Book On My Phone

Last week I wrote about speed-reading business books, which is still much easier for me to do with a physical copy of the book. Any book I really love I buy a physical copy of, and there are still plenty of places where a physical book makes the most sense (the beach!), but most of the time I prefer reading on my trusty old Kindle. A few weeks ago I bought a book from my phone and had it delivered to my Kindle. When I… Continue reading

7/18/16

How I Read Business Books In An Hour

About five years ago I almost completely stopped reading business books. I read a ton of them in the roughly 10 years prior as I was finishing college, leaving my job, and venturing out on my own. Some of it was that I had shifted my learning/doing balance to more doing and less learning. Another factor was that there just wasn’t that much out there new that interested me because of how much I had read previously. The biggest factor though, was that they just… Continue reading

7/13/16

Brexit, AI, Abundance, and the Future of Work and Government – Monthly Link Roundup

One of the topics I’ve been thinking about lately is how the future of technology will shape our careers, our lifestyles, and our government. I’ve recently read Abundance: The Future Is Better Than You Think by Peter Diamandis and Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus: How Growth Became the Enemy of Prosperity by Douglas Rushkoff. With Brexit dominating the news last week, Ben Thompson wrote what I think is the best piece of writing on the topic yet: The Brexit Possibility. A long-running theme on… Continue reading

7/6/16

Under Armour DETAILER Shirt Gone Viral

Amidst the chaos of the Business Review article and frantically releasing a new PureAdapt.com site, we rolled out one of our most ambitious and fun projects yet. Last Thursday we launched an Under Armour Detailer Shirt aimed at bringing the detailing community together. At launch we had some of the biggest names in the industry wearing the shirt and promoting it on social media. Here’s the graphic we sent out to our newsletter: You can see more pictures, learn about our social media promotions, and… Continue reading

7/1/16