This week’s recommendations:
This piece was written by the author, Ryan Holiday. Ryan’s written some books that I’ve found valuable (Ego is the Enemy, Obstacle is the Way…) and I thought this piece that he published on Medium was powerful. Trigger warning: it is an article about politics and the upcoming election.
A favor to ask:
In my new business, I am working on “Helping Companies Launch Podcasts”. I am trying to learn how to grow an audience by experimenting with different ways to drive the number of downloads or listens up. Would you do me a huge favor? Could you jump on your Apple Podcast app and leave a high review for either Lemon Wedge or Forging Ahead (two of the projects that I work on every week). Reviews can really drive up a podcast’s rankings and get it in front of more people. Please. Thank you.
A service business to check out:
My friend Mike, a reader of Carrot Cake, sent me a birthday gift this year from a BBQ joint in Texas that I had previously written about. How thoughtful!? Love you buddy. The food arrived in a cooler and the quality was HIGH END. Mike used a service called Goldbelly, that I was previously unfamiliar with. I love this business idea! You can send your friends (or yourself) food from your favorite establishments in the US. Have a look at Goldbelly and let me know what you think. If I am late to the party on this one, tell me your favorite things to order. Warning, the service is EXPENSIVE.
Lesson 3 of my “37 hard earned lessons” series.
You get to choose the stories that you tell yourself. We all come with pre-installed programming from childhood and life experience. As you grow up, you get to decide which stories to hold on to and which ones to uninstall. Here’s one that I’m working on. I’ve always been held back by self limiting beliefs. When I read stories about inspiring business people, I’ve never been able to see myself in those stories. I’ve always elevated these people to a level that I could never attain. As I get older, I realize that these people are human. The story that I want to install is that I am smart enough and crafty enough to build successful businesses. I am a note taker and a journaler, so each week I try to fill some pages with positive stuff. Stuff like: I am creative, I am capable, I am resilient enough to keep taking swings even though I have not broken through yet.
Some questions for this week:
What new story would serve you well?
Do you have stories that need to be uninstalled?
I took this one from twitter (@paik_michael). What is the one thing that you love about yourself the most?
I love you all. Thanks for reading.