In an election nobody wanted (except a frustrated prime minister), Canadians learned some interesting things about themselves.
Here they are.
(These insights apply everywhere.) 👇👇👇👇
What’s the matter with this country? 😠
How come they STILL haven’t learned I’m right about EVERYTHING?
In fact, they might even live under my roof. SCARY. 😬
It was SOOOO much more convenient when they were far, far away, and I could ignore them.
What’s the matter with these people? WHY don’t they do as they’re TOLD? 😡
Stupid little BASTARDS. 🤬
(Trudeau will be fuming. Beware.)
Because otherwise, you’ll know the truth, and…
I tweeted earlier this week my monthly earnings on Medium.
I was asked for my “Medium success” playbook.
NOTE: The figures in that tweet aren’t attracting the taxman’s attention yet. 😀 But the trend is upwards & roughly doubling every month.
If it continues unchecked, a year from now, my Medium income will match a reasonable salary.
Key word there: UNCHECKED
Even prolific Nicolas Cole (who has put his entire 7-years’ library on Medium) still only earns 5 figures per month (on a good day.) And he knows the ropes.
Medium is (ahem) UNLIKELY to let my revenue grow…
There are 6 smart ways to be ruthless. (On Medium, Twitter & in real life.)
You’re already ruthless.
Here’s how I know: There are 7,000,000,000+ people on the planet. Most of their names, you haven’t even bothered to learn. How rude.
You’ll deign to cross paths with (maybe) a few hundred today. Most of those, you’ll ignore. Ruder still.
Maybe 3 dozen will have the benefit of a short conversation with you. “Latte, please …. Thanks.” Perhaps one dozen, a lengthy conversation. At most, a half dozen will have multiple conversations with you.
Wow. You are just …. so unfair.
The 401 motorway east out of Toronto runs along a rail line for an hour.
Heading home Sunday, we found ourselves competing with a freight train. Easily a mile long, it kept chugging at 45km/h. We overtook it quickly, but then traffic bunched up, and the train went Ha-ha!
It showed me 3 things about publishing online:
1. Hard to start.
Ever watched a freight train accelerate from zero?
The diesels throttle up high, and there’s this clack-clack-clack as each car in the chain jerks the one following into life. But progress is painfully slow.
Same with writing online.
Picture this, cryptofellas:
You walk into a church️, synagogue, union hall, some such.
Enter from the back. You take one step before you realize …
This place is packed with ladies.
And in that split-second, you catch snippets …
They’re talking about … whatever. It’s not your thing, and alarm bells are going off in your head.
And now, a few of them have clocked …. INTRUDER.
Staring. More heads. Look, ladies!
They’re not hostile.
Not at all. Welcoming, actually.
So welcoming, that 10 jump up, approaching you. One even grabs your hand, to pull you in.
(Alarm bells ringing…
I have an index card beside my bed.
On it are words & phrases. Gobbledygook to you; Life Purpose to me. Outcome of HOURS of thought and reflection. Still WIP.
Wanna know The Process 🧵 by which I got it? 👇👇👇
Anything else is distraction.
Periodically something will jump out, grab you by the throat and say, This Is Who You Need To Be.
SCRIBBLE (on index card).
Example: If I had 1 minute left to live …. how would I spent it? SCRIBBLE
1 hour? SCRIBBLE
1 day? SCRIBBLE. Week? Month? Year? Decade? etc. SCRIBBLE
And then …. get…
(Oooh, the irony …..)
To grow your Twitter following, we’re told, you need to express a strong opinion.
True, IF …. you think all followers are created equal, and maximising their number is what matters. Like that idea?
Here’s why Strong Opinions, in my (ahem, humble) opinion, are overrated. A strong opinion means:
That’s what emotions do.
Good things, emotions. But there’s a reason why angry drivers cause accidents.
You have made assumptions.
As a systems engineer, it drove me mad when the assumptions behind a system requirement weren’t stated.
It meant the requirement hadn’t been thought through, and might…
Old Sol spent a lot of print space in his Proverbs, talking about “kings”.
WHY? How many of us have a kingship waiting on our career path?
But if you park that for a moment, it’s real interesting to see WHAT Solomon thought a king should do, that the rest of us don’t.
Here are 9 of them:
1. Kings COMMAND
They don’t DO.
2. Kings DISCERN between right/wrong, wise/foolish, truth/lies
That’s why kings make the big bucks. This kind of wisdom is hard-earned.
3. Kings HIRE
The wisest, and purest of heart, they can find.
In revolutionary new technology, a process for the effects of Strong Social Skills has been successfully tested.
Human Beans who were previously highly social with other Human Beans can be made to be anti-social and grumpy.
Here are the 14 steps:
Or an Introvert Who Can Fake it with a minimum of effort, and only two beers.
Actual pestilence optional. (Though it helps.)
Enjoy it. Emerge periodically for food and wine. Air optional.
Take care not to announce it to the world. (Wives don’t, um, always take kindly to such generosity of spirit.)
Actual Michelin stars optional, but it looks…
Are you a hunter or a farmer? Choose.
How you answer this question will determine your future prosperity.
Satisfy the immediate need for food with every kill.
Trust that the work they do in the spring will lead to a harvest in the fall.
Generate enough food to keep them alive, long enough to hunt again.
Generate waaaaaay more food than they need, so sell some to others. $$$$
Have to follow the prey.
Stay put, and work the same fields over and over.
Nature serves them.
Go hungry when prey is hard to find.
Have food reserves…