Imagine for a second you’re a farmer. You’ve got a flock of sheep, and at ~$150 a ewe, you want to make sure they’re well looked after — right down to the quality of grass they graze on every day.
Given the choice, would you spend $200,000 installing sub-terrain humidity detectors and taking regular samples of you dirt to ship off to a lab, or would you put accelerometers on your sheep for $50 a pop?
The answer seems clear — and it outlines the massive (and overlooked) value of proxy data. Let’s jump into it.
I’m in the business of helping people and organisations grow.
That can look like many different things — whether it’s preparing people for upcoming growth, coming in to grow the rate of an organisation’s growth, or even doing damage control after an unexpected (and harmful) bout of sudden growth.
That last one is important — and it’s what a lot of people miss. Growth is only a measure of value if your company is set up to take on the added weight that growth provides. An obvious detriment of unexpected growth is running out of stock, and risking the…
No matter what you do, you’re good at something.
As you get better at something, you tend to focus on it more — we all do, creating a virtuous cycle that ends in everyone becoming experts in some niche domain.
If you’re interested in UX now — for example — 10 years from now you could well be the best in the world at funneling traffic to conversion through smart web design. If you’re really digging the original timber floorboards at your new place, maybe your next instagram account will be about refinishing hardwood floors at a world-class level.
In 2019, Time’s Person of the Year Greta Thunberg caught criticism for a lot of her beliefs and actions. The most ridiculous of which may well be those claiming hypocrisy for the amount of plastic seen in this tweet.
Ignoring the fact that Greta spent 15 days at sea to get to the UN Climate Summit in New York without contributing any more than needed to her carbon footprint, the argument that you can’t be a true climate activist if you use plastics is crazy — but it does highlight a topic that’s worth exploring: The need to use old…
Failing new years resolutions in January is as much of a tradition as over-eating on Christmas day, or getting burnt to a crisp on the first day of summer even though it happens every single time.
That’s not because we’re bad at following through with commitments, or because the resolutions aren’t worth following. It’s because we don’t frame them properly.
Let’s take the cliche example. “I’ll start going to the gym”.
There’s obviously nothing wrong with this as a starting point — the trouble comes when it also happens to…
NB: This post was written in early 2020/late 2019. Re-hosting on Medium now in 2021, but keep in mind some of this is dated.
Caveat: If you want a TL;DR / an update on the system I’m using now after a year of testing different systems, click here.
If you’re more of a journey than a destination kind of person, keep reading…
Financial freedom is a difficult concept to hone in on — everyone has their own definition, and most people don’t really know what financial freedom means for them. At the start of this year, I was in that…
NB: This was originally posted to my personal website in late 2019. The lessons still hold true — all I’ve changed are the references to the year.
Let’s talk about goals that help us achieve all other goals — let’s talk about meta-goals.
The secret strength behind meta-goals are that they allow for non-linear growth in any given area.
Whatever grows your growth doesn’t just add to your development, it multiplies it. Likewise — any goal that upon completion quickens your achievement of other goals has an exponential effect on your productivity.
Baking in at least one meta-goal every year…
This scene from The Social Network stuck with me for nearly a decade — but not because of anything Jesse Eisenberg’s character does. What captivated me was how his friend & co-founder of Facebook, Eduardo Saverin, made his money.
The fact that someone could make such a counter-intuitive yet also insanely simple connection amazed me. It wasn’t until I stumbled upon Principles by Ray Dalio that it clicked — and I realised this seemingly omniscient ability is replicable.
Anyone can learn to make $300k on oil futures using meteorology — all it takes is one repeated question.
When I think about risk, I think about gravity assists.
A gravity assist is the act of using a planetary body to either speed up, slow down, and/or change the direction of a space craft. If you’re not careful though, you’re going to do all three — with the end result being a pretty speedy impact with whatever planet you’re trying to slingshot around.
Why do I visualise risk as gravity assists? Because it’s a useful heuristic — and it could be useful for you, too. I’m not the most quantitative guy — I love seeing the effect that changing…
What would consider the value of bringing in a new client? A new connection? What about the value of determining that someone isn’t a new client?
I would place all of the above as more valuable than the price of a coffee — $4.50.
Let’s jump into it.
A side-note before we begin, though — if you’re not a coffee-drinker, don’t shout a coffee. The bare minimum you need for this is to offer an impetus for action — and incentive to get someone in the room. …