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7 Jan, 21 tweets, 5 min read
๐Ÿง  3 years ago - I created a new framework for New Years Resolutions.

Year after year I would set New Years Resolutions (the same ones every year) and fail to reach them.

Am I doing this wrong? Am I just weak minded?

Then I found this, and switched up my new years routine Image
I wasn't alone in failing at my new years resolutions.

Not only do 90% of people give up on their new years resolutionsโ€ฆ on average they fail by January 18th (known as โ€œQuitters Dayโ€)
It makes sense. If you were waiting for an arbitrary day to decide to change - you probably weren't that commited to begin with.

So instead of making plans for the future, use new years as a moment to reflect

They don't teach us this in school, so here's a framework for it๐Ÿ‘‡
We all just want "the good life".

What the hell is that anyways? More money? More time? Better looks? More romance? Bigger house?

As it turns out, there are 5 key areas that contribute most directly to our quality of life.

The 5 areas are...

So every year, around december 30th, I take out my "Life Dashboard" and write down all these areas.

Here's mine, and I'll put a blank one at the bottom of the thread in case you wanna do your own. Image
I am like a mechanic, doing a quick check under the hood of my life. How's the engine? oil? battery? etc..

This exercise takes like ~10 mins, yet is one of the most useful ways to step back and be honest with how things are going.
Honest is a key word there. You would think people are too generous...but what i've found sharing this with friends is that too many people are too hard on themselves.

They are the simon cowell of their own life.

Here's the trick to get the scoring right
Don't think about a "5" as "i'm happy with where I'm at and don't want any improvement of this area". We never really "finish" any of these areas.

You're scoring "how's it going" in each area. Are you satisfied at the direction & pace this part of your life is moving?
For example, last year HEALTH was my lowest score (it was a 2)because I was fatter than ever, and was stress eating & making excuses

This year I gave it a 4. Not because I have a 6-pack, but because I am going the right direction.

Started working out 6x a week &eating clean
LOVE (relationships)
โ–“โ–“โ–“ โ–“โ–“โ–“ โ–“โ–“โ–“ โ–“โ–“โ–‘โ–‘ โ–‘โ–‘โ–‘โ–‘ 3.5 out of 5

I got "comfortable" at home, and didn't bring my A-game like when we first met.
I believe: "if you do what you did at the beginning, there will never be an end"

Gotta get back to "1st date shaan"
PLAY (the stuff you do for fun, with no goals. the fun is the act of doing it)
โ–“โ–“โ–“ โ–“โ–“โ–“ โ–“โ–“โ–“ โ–“โ–“โ–“ โ–‘โ–‘โ–‘โ–‘ 4 out of 5

I'm happy with this...even though it's way less than it used to be. Having a baby = instead of sports & video games, my playtime is now cocomelon๐Ÿคฃ
WORK (the stuff you get paid to do)
โ–“โ–“โ–“ โ–“โ–“โ–“ โ–“โ–“โ–“ โ–“โ–“โ–“ โ–“โ–“โ–‘โ–‘ 4.5 out of 5

I am strong here. I enjoy mondays. I enjoy my day job at Twitch, startup investing (~$3m/yr), and my content side hustle (podcast ~3m downloads, twitter now ~45k followers)
โ–“โ–“โ–“ โ–“โ–“โ–“ โ–“โ–“โ–“ โ–“โ–“โ–“ โ–“โ–“โ–‘โ–‘ 4.5 out of 5

Even if everything is going great on the surface - this one is the dealbreaker.

How do I feel about myself? Do I like the person I'm becoming? This year the answer is yes. I'd want to be my friend.
OK so that's the reflection. I then go on my calendar, and schedule a checkin every 4 months.

Most people get caught up in the HOW. How will I fix these? I start with the measurement. "What gets measured gets managed" Image
STEP 2: I sit and visualize what my life looks like if these are all FULL bars. All 5s.

At first it's a bit hard to imagine. For each one, I try to create a little 2 second GIF of what life is like when those are done. Eg. my body at full health, play etc..
LAST STEP - sitting around and measuring & imagining will only take you so far. What's some ACTION we can take today to move the needle.

Forget long term habits or commitments. What's something you can do in the next 24hrs.
This is an example of my "ABZ Framework"

Too many people get caught up in the HOW. How do I go from A -> B -> C -> D -> E etc..

All you need is ABZ:
A = where are you now
B = next small step
Z = end vision

@jackbutcher visualized this beautifully.
that's it.

10 mins of measuring where you are (life dashboard)
10 mins of visualizing what life looks like when it's FULL
10 mins of planning a simple, decisive first action you can take.

Action leads results.. results reinforce your beliefs...beliefs drive more action.. .
Blank template for you to use to do this yourself.

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Big inspiration for this came from, a book about this topic!

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9 Jan
just sent out a newsletter to 16k subscribers about...CLOUT KITCHENS:

WHAT it is...HOW it works...and HOW MUCH $$$ they make๐Ÿ‘‡
A lot of people have heard of Cloud Kitchens (a restaurant with no storefront. They ONLY do delivery via doordash, uber eats etc.)

That's a cloud kitchen. What's a 'clout kitchen'?
It's a cloud kitchen - branded with an influencer who has clout.. hence, a clout kitchen.

The best example? 3 weeks ago when @MrBeastYT came out with MrBeast Burger and it became the #1 app on the app store, and got slammed with so many deliveries it was 2-3 hour delays Image
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If you wanna level up - the fastest hack is to hangout with people who are ALREADY at that level.

The beauty of twitter is that you can hang with anyone.

The problem is ppl follow the wrong accounts. It's noisy as f*ck.

Here's 27 people you should follow (and why)๐Ÿ‘‡
If you hang with smart, interesting, successful people - you will start to think & talk that way too.

We are monkeys that copy what we see. You can fight it, or use that to your advantage by surrounding yourself with people who you want to become more like.
Group 1: Smart, Rich, & Don't Give a F*ck (no filter)

@chamath - was early FB, has big balls, bet early on Bitcoin & SPACs

@rabois - kind of a dick but he's clearly smart

@balajis - this guy is from the future, and has come back in time to tell us what's going to happen
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28 Dec 20
I think @paulg accidentally predicted Bitcoin exactly 1 year before it launched..
Paul was giving a talk at startup school about the two most common bits of advice YC gives its startups:

1) Make something people want
2) Don't worry too much about making money

If you put those two together...

= non-profit
It was a joke wrapped around a nugget of truth.

Some of the greatest startups look like non profits initially.

Eg. Google did not look like it was going to become a trillion dollar company. It was a free search engine built by 2 PHd students with no business model. Image
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23 Dec 20
I doubled down on angel investing over the past 6 months.

Invested $600k in the past 6 months into 8 startups... for anyone interested in startup investing - a few standout companies and spaces
๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ INDIA - 2 of the co's were in India, I believe both will be $1B+

@mydukaanapp is building shopify for india (3M+ stores created in 5 months)

@wiseapplive gives teachers a digital classroom (to teach & earn money) that works even on 2G phones. 5x'd growth since we invested.
Remote Work -

I think there is both a huge opportunity AND a ton of garbage in this space right now.

Because 30M engineers all simultaneously experienced the pain points of remote work, and started building tools to solve it.

Lots of crap, but a few gems..
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21 Dec 20
Reading this article, the story sounds pretty wild. But I spent a weird amount of time with Martin Shkreli, and Iโ€™m not surprised the journalist fell in love w him

A few years back my team built an app called Blab. It was like clubhouse before clubhouse.
When he first joined the app I had no idea who he was. I just saw that his live streams instantly had 3-4K viewers. More than anyone on our tiny platform.

I googled him and it came up: โ€œMartin Shkreli, most hated man in Americaโ€

I assumed he was bad news
And he was... but also he wasnโ€™t.

He was a douchebag, but he was in on the joke. He was a dick, but he was also very entertaining.

In the mornings he would live stream himself analyzing stocks or walking through drug discovery pathways.
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21 Dec 20
So I thought the whole "paid newsletter" thing was dumb.

So naturally, I tried it out as an experiment.. The results were kinda nutty. The newsletter started bringing home $49k per month (!) -- Here's the backstory
"what was the newsletter about?"

Well - for the past year, I've been doing a podcast called My First Million. Gimmicky name, but whatever.

It's a pod where me and @theSamParr (and friends like @awilkinson @_jacksmith etc.) brainstorm business ideas based on trends we see
Anyways - the podcast has gotten pretty big. We do over 350k downloads/month.

People like listening to us shoot the shit, brainstorming ideas.

But as the nearest schmuck will tell you - ideas aren't shit without execution!

The problem is - execution is less sexy.
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