Hope you're having a great week. Here are a few things I've been reading, writing and pondering lately. Enjoy!
Mental models are frameworks and principles that help you make decisions. They don’t provide answers, but they do provide new ways to approach old problems.
Try running a few problems through the same mental model and see if it changes the way you think about those problems. You might find a new solution, but you’ll almost definitely level up your thinking—and this is where the real value is.
The mental models below aren’t specific to content marketing, but I’ve found them to be particularly useful.
- MAYA (Most Advanced Yet Acceptable)
- MECE (Mutually Exclusive, Collectively Exhaustive)
- The Circle of Competence
- Simple vs. Simplistic
- Strategies vs. Tactics
Yes, this is another list of sales tools—but this one comes with a framework for helping you choose the right ones.
The analysis here is really interesting. I won't spoil it by revealing who investor Semil Shah chose.
There's lots of good stuff in this thread.
5. Random Links
- Reforge featured one of my recent blog posts in their excellent newsletter. Thanks guys!
- Yes: I still miss my headphone jack, and I want it back
- Very interesting: Podcast Advertising: $51,975 Spent. Here’s What We Learned
- How Guy Raz Built ‘How I Built This’
- A good read from CoSchedule: How to Create Content for Google’s E-A-T Algorithm Update
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