"Nothing matters more than results"
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And 💤 ! Seth Godin recently wrote about the importance of results. But he left out rest.
Long time readers know I've also written about sleep, burn out & other rest related topics here before. Of course, it is true: sometimes you have to take a break. But when?
Outside Magazine has some great questions to ask yourself to determine if you need some rest:
- Am I extremely sore?
- Did I sleep well last night?
- Is it possible that I’m coming down with something?
- Am I emotionally exhausted?
Sometimes exercise and the subsequent endorphin release can make you feel better instantly; other times, it can just make the problem worse. Listen to your body and be mindful of how various activities affect you. For example, if running at race pace will enhance anxiety, don’t do it. Take it slow, or try something entirely different. Olson, says.
- How many days have I worked (out) in a row this week?
I'm trying to take it easy & get some extra rest this week. Hopefully, you can too! ✌️
"In true Belgium style the Dirty Boar was going to be a hard, wet gravel ride. With close to 2700 meters of climbing, over 170kms on gravel, single track and forest roads..."
Great Wild Boar write-up from Richard of penpapersteel.com
Pathfinder Giro is all about escaping the busy city and getting in the mood for adventure.
Utrecht, the Netherlands’ fastest-growing city, is one of the world’s most bike-friendly places in one of the world’s most bike-friendly countries.
- When jumpstarting a marketplace, set super specific goals — then do whatever it takes to get there.
- Be willing to take a risk to serve your community.
- When competition appears, move faster than you think you possibly can.
- When it comes to edge cases, understand your tipping point (because they’ll bury you at scale!).
- When the fires are out, don’t rest. Focus on streamlining the user experience.
Volta Ventures is one of the top seed and early stage investors for internet and software companies in the Benelux area and a partner of Amsterdam Capital Week. They spoke to Frank Maene, Managing Partner at Volta Ventures, to get tips on how startup founders can make meaningful connections with investors.
My fave event of Amsterdam Capital Week?
🚴 p.s. On a beautiful 50km loop around Amsterdam, you also have the opportunity to ride, mingle and pitch to Volta Ventures, their angels, and world-class mentors. Details here.
Founders will often ask me, “Do you want to go through our deck?” It’s not about the slide deck.
- Sarah Guo of @greylockVC
Cold emailing is “a tactic that focuses on sending relevant, personalised emails to prospects [with whom] you’ve previously had no contact”
Cold emails work best when they are:
"Personal, to-the-point, respectful and humble, professional, easy-to-understand, and perfectly clear in its message/purpos"
Seth laid out two options for me:
- Scale my business, graduate to CEO, and acquire other businesses to help deal with the churn of my industry, eventually creating an 8- or 9-figure company and selling it
- Keep the business at the same size and focus on profitability instead of growth, saving at least half the money I make every year. Then, with that free time and energy, focus on my craft.
Mistake No. 1 — Develop product or service first; worry about the brand later.
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👁 haven't done this yet but I'm planning on it. Thanks to Joachim for the heads up!