Commit and Keep Going

Some resources on making and keeping the pact, created for and shared with my altMBA32 classmates on commencement day (yesterday).


Commencement means the end of the lessons and the beginning of the work.

Here’s some bread for the journey.

Seth Godin, “The Pact — on making a deal with yourself about who and what your work is for, and how you’re going to go about it. The original inspiration for this resource sheet.

Michael Bungay Stanier, 6 ½  Habit Gurus — an ebook on the best habit hacks in the world. Free download with email signup. Don’t miss the accompanying claymation videos.

Warren Buffet, the “do not do” list — write down your top 25 priorities. Then circle the top five and cross off the other 20. Don’t work those, at all, till you’ve accomplished the five.

Charlie Munger, collected wisdom (via Farnam Street) — a resource of resources from “one of the great minds of the 20th century.” His “operating system” is a good place to start.

Sara Kalick, “Prototyping a New OS for 2019” — a story of a life and work from chaos through control to controlled chaos. Should be just as good in 2020 and beyond.

Jocelyn K. Glei, Hurry Slowly — “a podcast about how you can be more productive, creative, and resilient through the simple act of slowing down.” There are no points for burning out, as Seth says.

Brené Brown, resources — “dare to lead,” indeed.

SYPartners, free tools — much goodness available for email opt-in.

“We do as well as we can. We fail a lot but we keep after it. What else can we do?
We have brains that still work so we have to apply them to pain. Brains against pain. That’s the motto. That’s the work. That’s what we do.”

— Brian Doyle, Mink River
(motto of the Department of Public Works)