August 2016 Archives

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