Thoughts

I need to reduce the time I spend checking email. I can process it perhaps once per day or twice per day. Maybe right before my nap at 11:30 am and again while people are still working at like 3:30. Maybe one final time at 6:30 so people can start work.

I am getting too distracted by emails from the major projects I need to accomplish.

Company Update Sent Today

Summary:
Right now is a VERY exciting time to be a Coalition team member.
Our current team is not only the largest Coalition has ever had, but I believe we are working together more smoothly and successfully than any previous team.
Retirement:
Yesterday, while visiting Washington State, I attended my favorite Uncle’s retirement party from his job as a firefighter. My grandparents who raised me hosted the party, and had a number of their other retired friends and family attend as well.
I asked my grandpa, “How have you liked retirement?”
“Retirement has been the worst time of my life” he replied.
I asked their retired friends as well what advice they had. The answers mostly boiled down to “find a purpose and work at that” to avoid slumping into depressions.
I don’t think it’s just their old age that can cause depression either – my friends who have been unemployed for more than a month generally say they hated it and found themselves struggling emotionally.
That makes a lot of sense to me, as when I have taken a day or two or three off, it can be nice to clear my head. However, if I take too much more time off, then I become antsy then agitated then depressed. I think there is few things in the world as depressing as having no purpose.
I have been financially independent for awhile now and don’t have to work like most people. I choose to work every day with our team because I love what we do, the people we work with and the fascinating challenges presented.
My goal now is to help as many of our team members as possible to reach financial independence as well through our career development programs, profit share, and other benefits. We have an extraordinarily high average rate of pay increase per year – for all of the people who’ve ever worked at Coalition all time, the average pay increase has been 17% per year! The average pay increase in the United States each year is a little over 1%.
Coalition’s rapid growth and success offers incredible opportunities for anyone who wants to work hard, and the work we do is fascinating. I am proud and happy to work with all of you! 🙂
Recent results:
  • May was our largest month of revenue ever, showing 55% growth over previous May 2016
  • We now have 82 full time team members with several more joining us shortly
  • We just signed an old client, Mad Dogg, back with the largest marketing management contract we’ve had yet
Upcoming challenges:
  • Our goal for this year is to grow from $240k monthly revenue to $416k monthly revenue. We are currently at $312k, so we are currently a bit less than halfway to our goal for this year.
  • All of these new clients means that things will be a bit busier, so we need to put in strong effort to make sure everything is organized.
  • We need to really focus on quality assurance and hunting for bugs in our emails, designs, code, and client relationships. Each of you is responsible for making sure your own work is triple checked and perfect prior to submitting it.

Flight to Seattle

I am on a flight up to Seattle right now for a friends wedding celebration this weekend and my Uncle Jim’s retirement party.

I brought two computers – one is my behemoth server laptop that I use for programming and all sorts of other heavy lifting. The second laptop is this little cheap Chromebook I bought that has actually turned out to be quite convenient for email and Google Drive and note taking. I am using the little one right now while the big one is stowed away above. I am planning on working from some spots that won’t be as convenient for the monster laptop so I have the little one for tight spaces.

 

Marketing Is A Force Multiplier

Marketing is a force multiplier – if you apply it to a business that has been around for ten years and been able to work out a lot of kinks in sales and production, then it can cause an enormous boom in revenue. However, a new business that is still working on issues and may not have a polished product and sales force yet will have the marketing multiply a much smaller figure. Marketing is obviously still necessary, but if the sales force can only convert at 1% rather than 15% that obviously will majorly impact the revenue brought in.

Mutineers

I am listening to a nonfiction writing course on Audible.com and one of the exercises is to write a short piece about mutineers.

The young man walked out on the sunny deck of the Providence. He felt his rate rise and hands twitch as he thought about his fellow conspirators in the cabins below. Looking up into the mist that surrounded the boat as it left the harbor at Marseilles, he rehearsed the secret handshake that would be the signal to take over the ship.

The captain at the wheel glanced at the idle young man outside on the deck before peering back at the fog without giving him another thought. Getting out of this harbor without running into another boat was going to take some luck, he thought.

Tricks for Surviving a Long Flight

Below are my tricks for surviving a long flight:

  1. Try to sleep as much as you can on the flight, but make sure you are well rested prior to boarding. Nothing is more miserable than being exhausted AND unable to sleep on a plane.
  2. Bring tons of snacks and water.
  3. Bring a kindle with a variety of books loaded – nonfiction for if you are feeling ambitious, fun fiction for when you just need to pass time.
  4. Bring your laptop to perhaps try to get work done at first
  5. If you stiffen up, walk up and down the aisles. Sometimes I will just go stand in the flight attendant area for an hour or so to stretch out.