@pivotservices Thanks bud. I think that's what makes SV such a weird place - a lot of crazy ideas flying around and it's hard to tell what's legit and what's not.
2 months ago on The Best and Worst Parts of Peter Thiel’s New Book: Zero to One
Hey everyone! So sorry for the delay here. I just did a random number generation between 1-9 since we've got 9 responses here. The number turned out to be three (Generator: http://imgur.com/YI18twY)
In descending order, that means AttemptedLiving is the winner! Look for an email in your inbox bud!
Thanks everyone for your great thoughts. It made my birthday that much more awesome.
4 months ago on How Has Your Perspective Changed? (My 28th Birthday Question Giveaway)
@Bin Teo Charlie Hoehn has recently written a book about play and its deep value to keep us happy, healthy, and productive that you might want to check out. Thanks for sharing!
5 months ago on How Has Your Perspective Changed? (My 28th Birthday Question Giveaway)
@chegra That's not an easy thought to swallow chegra - thanks for sharing it with us. Wishing you the best with your AI project!
@RNAKAMOTO2 Fascinating - so your main attitude (be the best) has stayed the same, but your reason for doing it has changed? That's awesome. Thanks for sharing!
@thaironius Thanks for sharing Thai! I do think sometimes we over emphasize the idea and overlook how important the people are around you.
@Andrew Dao Dude that last workout is no joke. Give it a shot! =)
6 months ago on Four Total Body Workouts When You’re Short on Time
@Bin Teo Well it really depends on how big your home is and how close your gym is! Right now my gym is a 5 min walk away and I prefer to go there, but I've also done 6 months of home workouts only (though really I'm still outside and not in my apartment). Whatever works for you!
@ChrRuss Great point and I'll share what we discussed on Twitter: I'd say concierge MVP is people doing manual work to figure out the software product to build while MVT is focused on new or unique online to offline experiences where market demand is unproven
7 months, 2 weeks ago on Test Your Startup Idea with a Minimum Viable Transaction
@AnonTechie It may be true that there is a market for camera lens lending (I saw one launch on ProductHunt recently) but it was definitely going to be hard for OUR TEAM to execute on it, given the various challenges we encountered in our MVT. And that's what matters. We aren't VC's who can just invest in an idea or market - we have to be positioned to execute.
Great point! Have evidence of progress would be a great way to show that even "talented" people need time and training to get good.
8 months ago on Training Makes it Possible
@brendaningram Thanks Brendan. Getting Real is a great book. Haven't taken a look in a while but definitely worth a revisit.
9 months ago on Start Smaller
@motigist Thanks bud. I appreciate the honesty and try to strike the balance of emphasizing that this book has its own narrative and focus with the fact that it is based on a most popular posts on my blog. I'll look into rewriting the description on Amazon a bit.
If you have a chance, a review would be greatly appreciated. Thanks so much for being a long-time reader.
9 months, 1 week ago on Distribution is the New Currency
@michaelplenny Thanks, fixed the typo. As for its popularity, you might as well ask why American's like Chinese food so much, over the "traditional' burgers and steak. There's room for a wide range of culinary flavors.
9 months, 1 week ago on One Woman’s Incredible Startup Journey in Peru
@Drinkycrow Your reaction is a great example of how art can inspire very strong yet very different responses from different people. Millions of people have been inspired by Karen X Cheng's learn to dance video because it shows what is possible with great effort and courage.
11 months ago on These 3 Federal Government Jobs Might Actually Just Change Everything
@BenNesvig Thanks Ben. I still do play some video games because of the agency involved (versus a passive experience in TV) but I realize that many of the feelings of productivity and achievement are imaginary. Like drinking Diet Coke.
1 year ago on This Beautiful Quote Sums Up How Creators Think About Time
@kevingao1 It's true. Inertia is a huge challenge to overcome when you are still, but once you get starting, it works for you.
@Chris Cairns Definitely. I mean it's a total body transformation - he is super stacked. Jumping 42 inches when you are only 65 inches is pretty insane.
1 year ago on How many people do you know who are 5’5″ and can dunk a basketball?
@Yidke And even if you still disagree, thanks anyway for writing a thoughtful comment!
1 year, 2 months ago on Don’t Start Sentences with “Soooo” and Other Things I Learned at Toastmasters
@Yidke I think the idea is that "Sooo" is a filler word we use like "Um", "Ah". They fill air space yet add little to no informational content. It's like verbal clutter, and it's particular egregious when we are starting a sentence since you can usually choose to a start a sentence however you'd like.
If you are asking a question, why not say - "Let me ask you (all) a question: Why did the Egyptians decide ...". That indicates quitely clearly the question part, and should read of "Sooooooo, why did the Egyptians..."
@James McBryan That's a pretty awesome idea - to redirect the Toastmasters speech ladder toward startup folks. I'd be happy help if you have an open-to-edit Google Doc or hackpad or something to collaborate on. Though I'd say a lot of the hardest speaking skills are around conversations - how do you steer a conversation the way you want to.
@TimZhu Thanks for the thought Tim! Someone recently told me that Toastmasters "wasn't for people like me" which I guess was a compliment? But I agree that everyone can and should be able to improve.
@GilHildebrand Easier on your legs, harder on your core. No way to do it "slowly" when fatigued. Either you have enough explosiveness or you don't.
1 year, 2 months ago on Are These The Hardest Pushups Ever?
@MYManning Unfortunately I don't think are for sale. But if you're an awesome user / promoter of Lift, you might try budding up to their community manager Erin Frey. =)
@kevingao1 We'll see how training goes, but agree it'd be sweet. =)
@pjcgwu Thanks! Is there a specific effect you are referring to or just that everyone goes to HH? Also have been meaning to check out 1776 and dropped into some tech meetups on Drupal and Ruby, but not much otherwise.
1 year, 3 months ago on Reflections from an SF Tech Entrepreneur After One Month in Washington DC
@micah63 Haha - but then what would you do with it? =)
@Flamingoo Congrats - Flamigoo - through a random drawing,you're the winner! Can you email me at email@example.com with your address so I can gift you Decisive?
1 year, 4 months ago on What’s Your Big Decision? (My 27th Birthday Giveaway)
@GilHildebrand Thanks Gil! L Seats on rings are WAY harder.
1 year, 4 months ago on FitChal #6 (Pretrained) – Max L-Seat Hold
Anant shared this via email as well, so thought I'd put it here.
Belated happy birthday Jason! I was entering business school when I turned 26 and shall be 28 this september. Anyway the biggest lesson I have learned is no amount of planning will guarantee success and its very important to take chances.
For eg, some of the roles I interviewed for which did not come my way, in hindsight if I offered to work for these companies for free for 2/3 months would probably have led to a better outcome and they most probably would have allowed me to work for them. But this option never occured to me after having graduated and an EMI to pay towards my student loan.
The practice of volunteering to work for free is not prevalent in India but by now I would have been better off. With the financial pressure, it might be too late now. But as my personal motto I'll Never Give In! Cheers - Anant
Tarique emailed me this and I wanted to drop it in here:
Two years before while I was struggling without any saving, made up my mind to start my own business.I decided to abandon my job and starting the venture. Now after two years I am much better with my growing business. I am proud of my decision.
@BSaltlakelovely Great story BSaltlakelovely! Deciding to change again is tough too because you're forced to admit you were wrong about the initial change. But it sounds like you've found a better fit so good for you! I was a bio major too - I don't really use it as much in my work today, but I'm glad I studied it.
@charles87 That sounds like a tough decision and thanks for sharing. Discomfort often leads to growth so I wish you the best with your new opportunity!
@Jmiller8816 That's an awesome story and great on your mom for asking that question!
@DanielVitiello That's a pretty low CPA for something like this. I imagine you are paying around 25 cents a click on FB? So 1 in 12 people who click on the ad are contacting you? I guess it is hard to tell because some people may be finding the video from somewhere else?
Either way, not bad!
1 year, 5 months ago on Data-Obsessed Guy Seeks Technical Cofounder via Hilarious YouTube Video
@GilHildebrand I was doing a lot of side planks and one arm handstands against the wall
1 year, 5 months ago on FitChal #5: Max Pull-Ups + What Happened in April
@MonicaLeonelle Thanks for stopping by and sharing your experience Monica. I totally agree that from an individual level, "sucking it up" is the most effective approach. In someways, Sandberg's book is telling women to do just that, but more effectively.
But in the same breath, she highlights exactly why things might feel so hard for women and as a man, that was very powerful. While her goal of a complete 50/50 world for men and women leading boardrooms and tending kitchens is a stretch, I do think the ratio could be far better than it is now.
1 year, 7 months ago on Ignore the critics: Lean In should be required reading for everyone, including men
@jbaksht thanks for sharing your thoughts. I've heard good things about Hoffman's book, will have to check it out soon. Another good one is Power by Jeffery Pfeffer.
The just world hypothesis is very pervasive and many people fall under it's trap, even Stanford MBA's (as told by Pfeffer, a Stanford B school professor).
I'm glad you're aware of it yourself, but many aren't and regardless, its always good to have a reminder of things you know to be true.
1 year, 7 months ago on Cronyism is alive and well (or why relationships matter)
@keenahn I rate myself on four criteria: Health, Productivity, Social, Excitement for tmw. I literally just write HPSE on the side of my journal and rate it from 1-3. 3 being best, 1 being worst.
I'm not trying necessarily to get "accurate" data, it's mostly been trying to see if just tracking does anything for me. So far I ... think so.
1 year, 8 months ago on How to Avoid the Emptiness of Delayed Gratification
@georgebabu Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing your story George and I'll definitely be checking out Flourish. Thanks for the rec!
@stanmarion Sure! It was Aller + Aller Light + Aller Display. You can download them for free here: http://www.fontsquirrel.com/fonts/Aller
1 year, 8 months ago on The Six Fundamental Elements of Effective Behavior Change
@jimrhoskins Totally! Thanks for creating this stuff Jim.
Having you, Jason and Nick explain all this stuff to me is like having a patient, understanding teacher who doesn't mind repeating, stopping, starting again, and being there whenever you need them. Also really really love those behind the scenes videos - keep doing them! I love getting them and it motivates me to complete modules faster.
1 year, 8 months ago on Learning to Code: Lessons from Building a Rails App with Treehouse
@jasonseifer Thanks Jason!
Having the same name made it a lot easier when we were doing the fixtures section =) I tend to avoid emails/forums because I hate waiting for other people to get back to me - breaks the rhythm, but I've heard great things about your support, so will give it a try!
Keep up that smile! It's soooo creepy but hilarious at the same time.
@josephmoglia Thanks Joseph - glad to hear you've also had a great experience with Treehouse. =)
@ryancarson Thanks for stopping by and for building Treehouse! Have had my eye on you guys for a while and so glad I took the plunge.
@Sean Saint Louis Awesome Sean! Glad to hear it and I'd say start off slow - the key is making this learning a long-lasting effort =)
@BenNesvig Thanks Ben! Thought I'd share the link for readers - you meant this post right? http://sivers.org/prog
@kaisdavis Hey Kai, I mention a few in the post: Butterfly Crunches (3x 12 fast up, slow down)Plank Holds (2 mins)V-ups (50)Tuck-ups (50)Butterfly kicks (100). But then I got some reader feedback: http://www.jasonshen.com/2013/fitchal-1-finale-max-sit-ups-in-1-minute/
1 year, 9 months ago on Introducing The Monthly FitChal (Max Sit-Ups Pre-Training)
@franklinchen For sure Franklin! Crunches on the ball are a really good workout because you need to activate a lot of smaller stabilizer muscles to control the ball's movement.
Want to cast a vote for next month's challenge? http://www.jasonshen.com/2013/fitchal-1-finale-max-sit-ups-in-1-minute/
@ShaunThresher Nice going dude! That's very solid. I ended up doing about 55 post training: http://www.jasonshen.com/2013/fitchal-1-finale-max-sit-ups-in-1-minute/