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May 18, 2022

How to Stick to Any Healthy Habit For Good (And Why You Don’t Need Motivation To Do It)

Link: How to Stick to Any Healthy Habit For Good (And Why You Don’t Need Motivation To Do It)

We all have goals. And what’s the first thing most of us think about when we consider how to achieve them?

“I need to get motivated.”

The surprising thing? Motivation is exactly what you don’t need. Today, I’m going to share a surprising research study that reveals why motivation isn’t the key to achieving your goals and offers a simple strategy that actually works.

The best part? This highly practical strategy has been scientifically proven to double or even triple your chances for success.

Here’s what you need to know and how you can apply it to your life…

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May 10, 2022

5 Jedi Mind Tricks to Help Yourself Get Healthy

Link: 5 Jedi Mind Tricks to Help Yourself Get Healthy

“These aren’t the droids you’re looking for.”

With one sentence and a simple waving of his hand, Obi Wan Kenobi became the coolest guy in the world to 5-year-old Steve.

I couldn’t help but wonder how great it would be to possess the powers of the Force like this Jedi master, getting in or out of situations that I couldn’t normally, simply through the powers of persuasion.

Now, unfortunately the Force has yet to be officially discovered in this Galaxy (or has it?), but it doesn’t mean we can’t actually use Jedi mind tricks on OURSELVES to live healthier lives.

Although you’ll hear everywhere that “eating less and moving more is the key to losing weight,” I would argue that conquering the mental battle before the physical one is the real key to weight loss and healthy living.

Here’s what I mean: our brains are incredible pieces of technology, and they tend to get in the way of our quest to get healthy.

Whether it’s eating too much accidentally, or tricking ourselves into rationalizing and justifying unhealthy behavior, our brains have the ability to move us towards a better life, or closer to the dark side.

Here are 5 of my favorite tactics you can use to Jedi mind-trick yourself into living better.

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May 5, 2022

How Eventbrite built a company culture that scales, by co-founder Julia Hartz

Link: How Eventbrite built a company culture that scales, by co-founder Julia Hartz

Eventbrite‘s fresh take on event discovery and ticketing has helped it grow it to a point where it’s often discussed in the same breath as incumbents like Ticketmaster.

If you’re building a company, the story of how Eventbrite grew from three co-founders in 2006 to hundreds of employees (or ‘Britelings’) today is well worth hearing. Luckily for you, co-founder and president Julia Hartz shared it at The Next Web Conference Europe 2013.

Watch and learn, and don’t miss her husband and fellow co-founder’s talk about how startups can make their own luck, too.

This video caught my eye when I watched it and had to share it. The talk by her husband is also worth checking out.

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April 25, 2022

Your Business Model Is a System And Why You Should Care

Link: Your Business Model Is a System And Why You Should Care

Lean emerged out of the manufacturing world with a rallying cry for “waste reduction” in the production process. Lean Software drew parallels between hardware and software manufacturing processes and aimed to reduce waste also in the production process.

Then Lean Startup came along and pointed out that efficient production is NOT enough UNLESS it also delivers customer value and emphasized learning OVER production towards that end.

In a startup (or any new product) where you don’t yet know whether what you produce will generate customer value, you are better served by limiting or completely forgoing production (through an MVP or concierge MVP, for example) to first test value creation.

You have to first find a problem worth solving before committing resources to build and scale a solution. This is the essence of what I teach in my bootcamps where I have a “no code rule” and teach how to forgo such production completely until the right time. That said, while I’ve always found this logic highly rational, it’s often a hard pill to swallow for entrepreneurs because we love production and optimization of production processes.

I also couldn’t help feeling that the full impact of all that lean thinking has to offer is left deferred to latter stages when customer value production is in full tilt (after Product/Market Fit).

Then I had an mini-epiphany.

I like Ash Maurya’s posts, and I’m a fan of his Running Lean book, this post is no exception…

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April 1, 2022

How much sleep do we really need to work productively?

Link: How much sleep do we really need to work productively?

Every one of us, on average, will be sleeping 24 years in our lifetime. That’s a pretty long time if you ask me and makes it even more important to know exactly how the phenomenon of sleep impacts us.

And still, there are so many unanswered questions evolving around sleep and how much we need of it. In fact, Most of what we know about sleep we’ve learned in the past 25 years.

One of the biggest problems I’ve discovered is that sleep is such an over talked topic. We get the general idea that we know all about it: how much we need of it, how it impacts us and why this or that happens when we sleep. Once I took a step back to really think about where our knowledge about sleep comes from, I realized that nearly all of it is based on hear-say or what my mom told me when I was in elementary school.

With this post, I’ve set out to uncover once and for all what the most important research has taught us about sleep. And of course, how you can use this knowledge to create an unbeatable daily routine.

Another nice post from the guys at Bufferapp.com.. Definitely recommend following their blog.

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March 26, 2022

Bulletproof Demos

Link: Bulletproof Demos

We all like to build software which is reliable, but every once in a while it seems like a good idea to demo something still in it’s unreliable infancy. Google Chrome has a little known feature which can help.

Record modes let you record every request Chrome makes. Playback mode serves requests out of that recorded cache just as if they were being loaded on the spot. It doesn’t record where you click or what you open, just every request as it moves over the wire.


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March 21, 2022

Lean Analytics

Link: Lean Analytics

We’re fans of Lean here at The Interviewr, and we’re also big fans of analytics, so this book is a book that we’re excited to recommend you pick up.

Marc Andreesen once said that “markets that don’t exist don’t care how smart you are.” Whether you’re a startup founder trying to disrupt an industry, or an intrapreneur trying to provoke change from within, your biggest risk is building something nobody wants.

Lean Analytics can help. By measuring and analyzing as you grow, you can validate whether a problem is real, find the right customers, and decide what to build, how to monetize it, and how to spread the word. Focusing on the One Metric That Matters to your business right now gives you the focus you need to move ahead-and the discipline to know when to change course.

Written by Alistair Croll (Coradiant, CloudOps, Startupfest) and Ben Yoskovitz (Year One Labs, GoInstant), the book lays out practical, proven steps to take your startup from initial idea to product/market fit and beyond. Packed with over 30 case studies, and based on a year of interviews with over a hundred founders and investors, the book is an invaluable, practical guide for Lean Startup practitioners everywhere.

Check out the book here

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January 31, 2022

How To Rewire Your Brain for Positivity and Happiness

Link: How To Rewire Your Brain for Positivity and Happiness

Ever go through a phase where you feel like every day is a Monday? You wake up, you hit snooze. Then you hit snooze again and you just don’t feel it?

Yes, I know that negative emotions can eat away at my productivity, creativity, decision-making skills. And yet, I have to admit that sometimes it’s really difficult to reverse the course of a slump.

The unfortunate superpower of the negative is that it has a stronger impact than the positive.

In fact negative impact of setbacks in your work is three times as powerful in affecting motivation than positive progress. It’s just easier to remember the bad stuff that has happened to you during the day than the good.

So why is it, that our brains have a such a negativity bias? The reason is quite simple: They’re actually wired to pay more attention to negative experiences. It’s a self-protective characteristic. We are  scanning for threats from when we used to be hunter and gatherers. But such vigilance for negative information can cause a narrowing, downward spiral and a negative feedback loop that doesn’t reflect reality.

Fortunately, we aren’t doomed by our natural disposition towards negativity.  What’s amazing is that we have the ability to break out of that negative feedback loop and we can actually rewire our brains to think positively. Understanding how the brain can refashion its own connections is the key to unlocking the durable power of positive thinking.

And that’s exactly what this post is all about. Let’s dive in…

Another nice post from the bufferapp blog that I felt was worth sharing over here..

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January 23, 2022

From Scrum to Lean

Link: From Scrum to Lean:

Lean is a set of principles defined by the Japanese automobile manufacturing industry in the 1980s. The Toyota quality engineer, John Krafcik, coined the term, while observing the processes and tools used toeliminate waste in mass automobile production. It wasn’t until 2003 that Mary and Tom Poppendieck introduced Lean as a software development process in their book, Lean Software Development: An Agile Toolkit.

Whereas Scrum is a set of rules and roles, Lean is a set of principles and concepts with a handful of tools. Both are considered Agile techniques, and they share the same ideology of delivering fast, while reducing defects and errors. I always emphasize Agile’s adaptability, but can’t ignore the fact that Scrum presents itself as a mandatory set of rules. In fact, Scrum’s religious fans would shout blasphemy for not following Scrum’s rules to the letter.

I wanted to post this article I came across, as Scrum and Lean are something we follow pretty heavily here…

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January 16, 2022

Why To Do Lists Are Failing Us

Link: Why To Do Lists Are Failing us

If you’re like me, you switch task managers every six months at the point that you have added a bunch of items in your list that you’ll never get around to and can’t bear to be reminded of them again. At which point, you conclude that the app has failed you. It must have because you haven’t completed any of these tasks!

Task management tools fail users because they operate without context. How many times have you been to the grocery store and forgotten the dill pickles you were asked to buy? Or met someone and tens minutes later realized you forgot to ask an important question?

This rang true when I read it today. I’m an avid fan of To Do Lists, but they’re not perfect.

Here at The Interviewr, we use an Agile approach to our business, so we build out updates following sprints. Technically a sprint is a big To Do list of sorts, with User Stories and Tasks, but it works for us so we use it.

Sprints won’t work for all businesses. I know some that are big fans of Waterfall principles, but for us, where we’ve built the entire site on Lean Startup Principles and Practices, Agile has been the way to work.

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