As I was preparing for today’s episode, I couldn’t help but ask an important question inspired by my conversation with Sheima Hassanlou, a surfing documentary and two books I’m reading by Maria Popova and Guy Kawasaki: How do I level up? On one level I’m producing the best work of my career, but on another I’m a little stagnant. In this episode of Getting Work To Work, I’m going to share a few quotes and six insights into how to level up.
Quotes referenced in this episode:
Figuring by Maria Popova: “…the locus of possibility expands when the unimaginable is imagined and then made real through systematic effort” (p. 12).
Wise Guy: Lessons from a Life by Guy Kawasaki:
“Seek out and embrace people who challenge you. You will learn more from them than from the folks who hold you to lower standards” (p. 15).
“Be a hard-ass if you are a teacher, manager, coach, or someone who influences people. You’re not doing anyone a favor by lowering your standards and expectations in an effort to be kind, gentle, or popular. The future cost of short-term kindness is great” (p. 15).
“…challenge the known and embrace the unknown” (p. 45).
6 Ways I’m Going to Level Up:
- Build relationships where my standards are challenged and raised.
- Keep connecting with more people.
- Improve my writing.
- More speaking opportunities.
- Educate myself in the production side of business.
- Go on more adventures.
- “Be of Service” with Sheima Hassanlou (GWTW275)
- Momentum Generation (2018)
- Brain Pickings
- Figuring by Maria Popova
- Wise Guy: Lessons from a Life by Guy Kawasaki
- Photo by Ruslan Bardash on Unsplash
- The (Seven Deadly) Curiosity Killers
- Getting Work To Work (@gwtwpodcast) on Twitter
- Chris Martin (@cmstudios) on Twitter
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