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Sunday Six: Deep Work, WWDC & Excellent Advice

Deep Work, WWDC & Excellent Advice

Hey There 👋

Happy Sunday! I am currently writing this from the Blake Hotel in New Orleans. I just got back from grabbing an incredible coffee from Willa Jean. If you’ve been to New Orleans before and have any other coffee spot recommendations, feel free to share them with me. 😄

I’ll be at the Southern Baptist Convention for the next few days with the Missio team helping churches with their digital marketing.

Some other milestones from this week:

  • Brightful Studio is just weeks away from wrapping up our latest brand project — we can’t wait to share it with you.
  • I’m about to cross the 12,000 word mark on my first ever marketing book. I’m still struggling with the title between The Good Marketing Book vs Meaningful Marketing — we’ll know soon.
  • My resting heart rate hit a record low of 53 BPM this week. I am stoked on that! All that running is paying off 😄

Sunday Six ☀️

📚 Excellent Advice for Living by Kevin Kelley — I don’t remember when but I vaguely remember having a conversation with my wife about writing a book made up of just tweets. Killer one liners that packed a punch of wisdom for life.

Then Kevin Kelley wrote that book. Kevin Kelley is the founding executive director of Wired Magazine. When he hit 68 years old, he starting writing down nuggets of wisdom to share with his young adult children that revolves around career, relationships, finances and goals.

Apparently he had more to say than he thought. This book is riddled with meaningful life wisdom. I’ve found myself highlighting gold nuggets on almost every page.

Here are a few of my favorites:

“Expand your mind by thinking with your feet on a walk, or with your hand in a notebook. Think outside your brain.”
“If you can avoid seeking the approval of others, your power is limitless.”
“Don’t measure your life with someone else’s ruler.”

🎙️Morning Brew Daily Podcast — One of the most crucial habits I have cultivated in my life that I believe plays a major role into fueling my optimism is that I never check the news. I don’t watch it, read it, listen to it, scroll through it. Nothing. Ever.

But I love keeping up with updates and trends in business and marketing. I’m just not for the negative commentary, political perspectives and bias media. I checked out the Morning Brew Daily podcast and was pleasantly surprised.

I listened to a 25 minute podcast that informed me about GM tapping into Tesla charge stations for new cars, GameStop getting another CEO (5th one in 5 years) and Carvana having a moment in the stock market.

This podcast has also skyrocketed to #2 on the business charts. Enjoy.

Link to Podcast: https://www.morningbrew.com/daily/stories/morning-brew-podcasts

🎙️Tim Ferris + Seth Godin Podcast — Last week on my Sunday Six was Seth Godin’s latest book: The Song of Significance. This 90 minute podcast with Tim Ferris tells the powerful story of how Seth almost lost his life swimming as well as his friend losing his daughters life.

This made him truly think about the significance we have in the companies we build and the people we lead. An insightful podcast that propels an already incredible book.

Link to podcast: https://tim.blog/2023/05/17/seth-godin-2/

📱 Apple WWDC 2023 — Apple keynote’s have spread to a worldwide phenomenon over the last 15 years and they never let down. This past keynote was significant in terms of apple carving out innovative territory in technology that is truly “of the future.”

With their new Apple Vision Pro, I was pretty dumbfounded at the intersection of AR x VR x AI in one device. While I actually don’t believe this technology will be mainstream or highly adopted for many many years — I believe it’s incredibly interesting and challenges the notion of current technology.

Link to Keynote Highlights:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P3Vmrv8Bfbs

🐦 Tweet — “Here's the secret to being a great communicator: What you said is not as important as what they heard.” — @sun_yi

📚 Deep Work by Cal Newport — This book is still the gold standard when it comes to focus and meaningful work done in knowledge fields. I will say, I’m not it’s biggest fan in terms of Cal Newport’s writing style (Dry, academic, matter-of-fact) but I am a huge fan in it’s ability to communicate the true value of deep work.

I am listening to it on audio while I run to invigorate my mental capacity for deep work while I am writing this marketing book. I need voices in my life to keep me on track and remind me that the immediate and pressing isn’t always the most meaningful.

Link to book:  https://amzn.to/3qFujCb

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