Your best work is ahead of you. How could it not? If you’ve already made your best work, well, what’s the point of writing again? You’re done. You’ve beaten the game of writing. If your best work is behind you, you’ll always be looking back. Same results. Same strategy. Voila. But we’ve seen your masterpiece. […]Read more "Swan songs are overrated"
Click here to buy the physical version Click here to buy the kindle version And click here to buy the digital version on Gumroad Hey, I wrote a book for you. I know you didn’t ask me to do this, but I did it anyway. Why? Why am I intruding on your precious, limited time […]Read more "But I Have No Original Ideas – The Book For Stuck Creatives"
So pick something that you want to be good at. Anything. A video game. Roller skating. It doesn’t matter. Pick something. But you can’t pick “being productive.” It’s impossible not to because it’s so elusive. Because “being productive” has this Northern California, Blue Bottle Coffee, 16 Zoom meetings sex appeal. “Being productive” is a trap […]Read more "“I want to be more productive”"
Getting better at a game means getting better at thinking about how to play the game. It’s called meta-gaming. Even Monopoly can be meta-gamed. If you’re a newsletter writer, it’s likely that you follow a lot of newsletter writers on Twitter. And so all you see is newsletter meta-game. This is the best platform. No, […]Read more "Thoughts on how to make newsletters better"
https://open.spotify.com/episode/5yhh0ZQreJj1FNv1NabMLT?si=Hgm1Z7yJQpSp6C9SU1eEAA I’m joined in this episode by my friend Nathan Rogers, who co-owns Freedom In Motion Parkour Gym. We’ve known each other since High School. You can watch Nathan do backflips and other dangerous things that I’ll never do at @crunchywallfulls In this episode we talk about: How to find hobbies that make you money […]Read more "The Penguin Latte Podcast #1: Nathan Rogers on Freedom in Motion and Lessons from Parkour"
The harshest judge in the world is you. And the most beautiful writer in the world is also you. Because when you’re writing, you’re actually writing. Words will flow from your mind to your fingers and onto the page like newborn chicks popping out of an egg. You’re writing and you can’t stop writing and […]Read more "Moving backward"
Here’s a thank you to those who’ve shown up the most to join these conversations. Your conversations, comments and gifts are what matter most to me. Because good content without good conversation is content that fills the echo chamber. Thanks to: April, Wendy, Rich, David, Bjorn, Jess, Paul (great name), Razcal, Orlando, Sebastian, Nathan, Michelle, […]Read more "Sunday Thanks"
The idea transforms as it spreads from one psyche to another. Some ideas hit brick walls. Ideas that hit brick walls are ideas that die. All successful people are lucky. You’re either born into success or you’re not. You need to be picked to be rich and famous and I’ll never be picked so I’ll […]Read more "The idea transforms"
is an acquired taste. You wrote and deleted and rewrote and revised and got feedback and would not sleep before it’s done. And then? Crickets. The good news is that crickets aren’t a tough crowd. They’ll always fill the seats if nobody else shows up. They’re easy to impress. And they’re bad at throwing rotten […]Read more "The sound of crickets"
Hey all. Welcome to the first Hey Penguin. This is a behind-the-scenes look at what I’ve been learning and applying to the content that I make. These are the tools and ideas that I’ve been using to feed the blog, podcast, and the way that I live. Consider this newsletter as evidence that there’s no […]Read more "Hey Penguin – Week of July 20"