Excited about the future

Excited about the future


In case you missed it, I re-started my newsletter! The first issue went live today.

In the email, I sent out a bunch of really interesting articles and stories.

Excited by the future
Revue I curate stories that help you navigate the present and think about the future – focused on the intersection of…www.getrevue.co

Would love to know your thoughts! Be sure to subscribe.


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By jordangonen on February 20, 2017.

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Mini Series

Mini Series


Almost 365 days ago, I started daily blogging. And yes I have kept up with it, but I am always thinking of new creative challenges that push me to grow.

One way I have been thinking of challenging myself further is to start trying to write posts for more purposeful reasons. I am not sure I could do that consistently, but it is a concept I have been experimenting in my head with.

What does that look like? I am not exactly sure. I imagine a few ways I could do it. The first would be to start creating “mini-series” where I write how to guides for different things.

  • how to get an internship
  • how to build a personal brand
  • how to use twitter to get a job
  • how to reach Gen Z

etc. You get the point? These posts would be far more pointed and purposeful than my current style of writing. They would inevitably take more time to make — but would probably provide more value/insight for other people. If I started creating these collections, I think I would also become better at accumulating insight and giving advice.

Anyways, it is definitely just an idea that I have been thinking about. Not sure I will make the shift — because it really would be 10x more challenging than my current style of writing.

What would you like to see?


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By jordangonen on February 19, 2017.

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Writer’s Block

Writer’s Block


Do you ever get writer’s block?

I get this question quite often when people see that I manage to put out a blog post every single day.

The short answer is yes. The longer answer, well, that is what I am about to give you.

The point of me writing every day is not to avoid challenge. In fact, there are few incentives I have to write other than my own internal motivation. If I wanted to do something easy every day ~ I am sure I could find something. I could watch Netflix every single day — that would be easy.

Point being — I write because it is hard. I write to challenge my mind and exercise my thoughts.

Most mornings, it is really hard to write. Words do not just appear on this screen (I learned that after a few weeks of just staring at my screen). I actually have to type them. Every single one of them. And the neat part is that if I do not — NO ONE will. I have no safety nets behind me. No production crews. I have no pressure to do this.

If I do not write, there will be no words. So it is up to me to find my own internal motivation to get over any challenges.

And that is exactly what writer’s block is — an obstacle that is there to stop me from cranking out this blog post. It is there to stop me from executing. But that is all it is. It is part of the journey, an essential part at that.

PS — today, I struggled to come up with a topic — so I wrote about a topic about struggling to find a topic — ANYTHING is possible.


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By jordangonen on February 18, 2017.

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Smart People Ask You Questions

Smart People Ask You Questions


The smartest people in the room will always ask you questions.

Why? It goes back to that fundamental idea that the smart people get immediately: people just want to feel important. Most conversations fall in that category — where one person is searching for ego and the other person has to make a choice: either support that other person — or fight for their own ego.

The best communicators are the people who not only understand, but also implement that mindset in what they do. They understand humans. And that is a big differentiator.

It is very easy to talk about one’s self. Everyone likes doing it. But, if you think two steps ahead, you can use that core, fundamental value in humans to your advantage.

You already know, going into 99% of conversations, that people enjoy:

  • giving advice
  • talking about themselves
  • answering questions
  • winning
  • etc.

I’m learning more and more the importance of understanding human psychology as you go on to do so many different things in life. This applies to so many different situations. Whether you are hiring someone, or walking into a job interview — whatever the circumstances look like — there is a super high chance that that conversation stems from some sort of core human emotion/characteristic.

Again, just food for thought, but it has really impacted the way I view conversations.

To me, there is not point in over analyzing step by step each and every conversation that you do. Especially not the social ones. You’ll lose friends that way.

But it is nonetheless super interesting to take a step back every once in a while and just listen. Hear how people talk. What are they saying? What do they mean by what the say?


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By jordangonen on February 17, 2017.

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New Newsletter

New Newsletter


I’ll cut to the chase. I’m doing this newsletter thing again, and this time I am going to stick to it.

Here is what you should know:

  1. My mission: help you think. Specifically — I want you to be thinking more and more about how to navigate the present and the future. You’ll find interesting content that challenges your opinions in some ways — helps you break out of your bubble. We need to consume this type of content, at least once a week, to stay healthy, exercise our minds, and, most importantly, learn a few things!
  2. The easy part: Subscribe here
  3. And finally, share this link with your friends. I promise you it will help me out big time. I really appreciate the support!

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By jordangonen on February 16, 2017.

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Google Analytics

Google Analytics


Part of building and launching all of these projects recently has been going through some of the same, mundane tasks each and every time.

Things like setting up the footer, or loading things into an excel sheet — are not the “fun” parts about launching products.

While there are ways to automate and jump over these boring necessities, one thing that always makes the cut is setting up google analytics.

Turns out, it is super important to know who and where you are getting your traffic/users from.

Luckily, I found this awesome resource that lays out a super easy, reliable way to properly set your google analytics every single time.

The Google Analytics Setup I Use on Every Site I Build
Google Analytics is a powerful yet quite complicated tool. And unfortunately, the truth is most people who use it don’t…philipwalton.com

Give it a shot!

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Aside, I am thinking of starting a personal newsletter — let’s see where that goes : )


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By jordangonen on February 15, 2017.

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What mentors want

What mentors want


Mentorship is a fascinating and rare thing. The best mentors are able to provide the proper support and guidance to accelerate people’s careers.

So how do you land one of these mentee positions? How do you find a mentor?

Well I think there are a bunch of different things here. The first is the distinction between formal and informal mentorship. You can learn a ton simply from your friends, people older/younger than you ~ really anyone ~ especially when you carry an open mind.

Formal guidance, however, is a bit different. I see this as an opportunity to engage with someone and be transparent. You need advice and that is why you are contacting them. You want there help.

It is always valuable to consider the situation from the other side. In this case, we think, why would a mentor want to dedicate her/his time to talking to us?

There, we find out how to build our own ask for help. And really is not that hard. If we think about people in general, the first need they really want is attention.

Most mentors want a stroke of ego. That is why people love sharing advice ~ it goes back to feeling important and impactful. Everyone wants to feel important.

But the best mentors, often times, have lots of people making them feel important already. Why would they still talk to you? Well, you need to present them with a unique, unreplicable opportunity. And how can you find a unique case.

Well. Take a look in the mirror. Because you are the differentiator. You have to “sell” yourself on being the best mentee possible.

So what does that look like?

Surely, it is different for every mentor. But I’d bet that most mentors root their decision in one thing: who is that person and how likely is my help going to really help them.

Most mentees will take advice and not do much about it. Mentors want to give advice to people who are going to 10x their careers.

Those are the really unique opportunities. That is where mentors want to spend most of their time.


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By jordangonen on February 14, 2017.

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Thinking about the future

Thinking about the future


Thinking about the future is exciting and terrifying, all at the same time.

While we may think we know what to expect — nothing is for certain. And it often turns out that, as humans, we are not the best at estimating in the first place. That is especially the case when we root our judgements in things that the media tells us to be true.

It is always best to break the mold, do our own discovery, and search for facts to make decisions on.

Anyways, this thought about the future has really interested me over the past few months. Particularly, I am interested in two things:

  • what will change
  • what will not change

We discuss these two concepts about particular industries every Friday at a little group I put together on campus called Moonshots. Basically, we meet to discuss the future of x industry or thing.

Last week, the future of universities. In the past we have done everything from the future of retail to self driving cars. The discussions are always super fascinating.

Perhaps my favorite one thus far has been about automation — and the future of automation and the job force.

One person who attended the talk, Colin, wrote an awesome follow up blog post that summarizes what we discussed.

Economics, Morality, and Culture in an Automated World
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Would love to hear your thoughts.


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By jordangonen on February 13, 2017.

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How to get help

How to get help


I’ve come to realize, over the last year or so, that building connections and working with other people is one of the best ways to find answers to your problems.

Building these relationships never comes easy. And often times, it is not entirely organic. Most of the time you have to step outside of your comfort zone to get what you want.

And that comes in the form of writing a cold email to someone you look up to or walking up to someone at a conference. Taking those micro leaps of faith is what separates the “hustlers” from the watchers in life. After a while, those leaps of faith become less scary — and you are able to start focusing on the important part — which is the actual conversation or chat that you want to have with that person.

Most people never get to the conversation part — so it is something we rarely focus on. But once you do get there, it is really easy to mess up. Once you build up the courage to start sending emails, etc. , focus on doing these things:

  • Ask for something specific. Like an answer to a particular question or a story about some certain experience. Know that other people want to feel important, regardless of who they are.
  • Make your ask succinct and actionable.
  • Follow up, always.
  • Help for free when you can

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By jordangonen on February 12, 2017.

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Specific Asks

Specific Asks


I have written a number of posts about “networking” and “building relationships.”

Here are some of my personal favorites:

How I went from being a stranger to having a network in Silicon Valley
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How to Hack Networking
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“Networking,” however, should not be entirely this systematic thing. Although there are ways to organize and automate the process, at the end of the day, you still need to be human. You still need to understand psychology. At the crux of this process is one key human attribute I’ve recently been interested in: the idea that everyone just wants to feel important. 99% of people you will talk to are driven by their ego in someway. Whether they want to be famous, they want a lot of followers, they want to build a legacy — whatever it is — this ego plays some sort of role.

Once you realize that key sentiment — that people just want to feel important — it becomes much easier to have conversations and make people feel great. It becomes easy to provide value and make the other person better off.

Anyways, it is just one approach to conversations. I still believe, at the end of the day, the most important thing is that you have to come across as genuine and transparent. And most people can see through any sort of facade you put in front of them — so it often best to just be yourself.


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By jordangonen on February 11, 2017.

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