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A simple "no" would suffice...
Tim Ferriss, episode 430 with Elizabeth Gilbert.
This is a heavy, deep chat. A lot to consider here if you have the time. One concept that they covered was “the simple no”. Do you ever say yes to stuff that you know in your guts you do not want to do? Why do we say yes to this stuff? Liz (can I call you Liz??) spent a few minutes talking about listening to your intuition. She even gave it a region in your body. The area from navel to sternum that often sends us lots of physical signals that we either listen to or ignore. Her argument is that you should always listen to that. It’s the only guide that is uniquely yours. She says that we ignore that feeling because of the stories we tell ourselves about what we are “supposed to” do. The “simple no” is gently saying No without providing justification. If you give someone a reason for the no, it can invite a negotiation.
Indie Hackers Podcast #161 with Sam Parr
Sam has made himself rich by building “media companies” online. Sam’s media companies are email lists at the core of the business. Sam’s perspective is interesting to me because he shares a way of being successful without building a SaaS product. His email lists do millions in revenue every month. Combination of ads and readers who pay $300 per year. I enjoyed the interview because Sam takes strong positions on topics. It doesn’t feel like he is just repeating soundbites from the CEOs playbook.
Questions for this week:
What do you think of the idea of saying “no” more often to stuff that you don’t want to do?
How do you currently decide whether you will say yes or no to incoming opportunities? What’s your internal filter sound like?
What are you most looking forward to as social distancing becomes less strict?
Love you guys, hope you are well!