Swipe File #33: Action requires that we shut up

“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” — Anne Frank

Hey All,

I've come across a few really inspiring quotes recently so I thought I'd start sharing one each week. Feel free to send me a quote you love for a future issue.

As always, thanks for reading. And if you're feeling inspired, pass it on.

I quit working full-time years ago—here’s why I recommend it highly via @mohitsatyanand

An ode to being true to yourself, written by an Indian entrepreneur who spent six years living in the woods away from work.

Time unwatched is its own treasure, gracious host to conversations that drift and swoop, afternoons that stretch into evenings, dinners that slur into a last coffee.

How We Nearly Missed the Flight that Changed Our Business via @csavage

This is a great coming-of-age post from Wistia CEO Chris Savage on how the company stopped trying to be something it isn't. There's lots for budding entrepreneurs to learn from this post and the rest of the Wistia blog.

We did learn a valuable lesson from our attempts to be something that we weren't. It forced us to reflect on our motivations, and that's when we realized that trying to blend in and mimic successful companies went 100% contrary to the reason why we started Wistia in the first place — to help fellow filmmakers succeed, be our authentic selves, and build a totally original company.

It Takes Purpose to Become a Billionaire via @AnthonyTjan

Some interesting thoughts from investor Anthony Tjan on the why of business.

I believe that there are three categories of purpose that are interesting to observe, and consider which one dominates your company’s mission. Here they are:

  1. Making the world more beautiful.
  2. Making the world more fun.
  3. Making the world more efficient and smart.

So, while there are many ways to make money, there tend to be some common patterns of higher purpose. The three purposes illustrated here help explain why and how some of the world’s wealthiest have have gotten so rich, and made our lives richer as well.

Motivation < Action via @pjrvs

This is an essay that Paul Jarvis shared in his newsletter, The Sunday Dispatches. I highly recommend signing up as it's the only place you'll find this work.

Action requires that we tell our minds to shut up.

As of today I've built an email list of 20,836 people on a copywriting blog with less than 50 posts. AMA. via @nevmed

This is a Reddit AMA with copywriter Neville Medhora — lots of nuggets here from a really smart writer.

Was there an inflection point in your list growth, where all of a sudden it was growing rapidly?

Man....I WISH.

The growth is very lumpy. Like I'll do an article that TOTALLY KICKS ASS and it'll get a nice hit for a few days. Then it'll go down. Then a while later something else big happens.

The main inflection point was when I started working hard at SPECIFICALLY trying to build the list. This made every decision revolve around that goal.

Have a great week!


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