I have been thinking more and more about my writing.

It has been over a year now of writing every single day — and I have learned an incredible amount. There is a direct correlation between how well I think and how often I write. The more I write, the better.

I do not want to stop writing. In fact, I want to write faster and more than I do now.

But I have identified a few issues with the direction of my writing and my thoughts.

  1. Writing every single day on my personal blog with no direction does not provide that much value for anyone but myself.
  2. Coming up with topics that are interesting to think about (and not repetitive) is becoming increasingly challenging. I am not afraid of that challenge. In fact, I have been able to overcome that challenge every single morning for the past year. What am I afraid of is the following.
  3. My content is becoming too generic. Not actionable enough. And I think that is true because I am taking a vague approach to topics and not writing about a niche.
  4. The style/design of my blog could be better.

This is exactly what is happening (I think). I want to update my blog, and in doing so, I think I am going to be making some far bigger changes.

And I think I want to *update* my goal because I think it is time for a new / more creative challenge. Writing will still be involved. There is still so much to learn. But I think that these “thought” leader, daily, pieces are becoming too saturated.

Big things coming! That’s a promise. But good things also take time.

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By jordangonen on February 28, 2017.

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Just add value

Just add value

There are lots of different ways to handle relationships and go about building your personal brand.

Everyone will try and sell you their own advice and magic tricks that worked for them. For me, it has been always be super simple.

Add as much value as you can. And when possible, do it quickly and for free.

It is really that easy. People love being helped out. I mean who wouldn’t?

Take the long view and optimize for the long run. Help people without expecting a “return on your investment” and good things will start to happen.

Not sure how to add value? Not super technical? There are still so many things you can do.

  • Write a blog post for them
  • Interview them
  • Build a landing page for them
  • Redesign their newsletter / build them one
  • Write down a huge list of ideas and how you’d go about working on them
  • etc.

There are so many different things you can do to get your head in the game. Trust me, it really does work.

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By jordangonen on February 27, 2017.

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My thoughts on getting into major publications

My thoughts on getting into major publications

In case you missed it, the other day I was on a podcast.

The link to the full audio is here:

In this episode I interview Jordan Gonen — a 19 year old who’s been able to guest post on sites like Business Insider, Forbes, Entrepreneur and more. We dive into what it takes to write for these sites and how he writes a post a day to make sure he’s always improving when it comes to writing content.

I share some helpful tips into how I got started writing, why I think you should write, and how to go about building your brand. Hope you enjoy!

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By jordangonen on February 26, 2017.

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Start Small and Move Fast

Start Small and Move Fast

Over the last year or so, I have been involved in a number of projects.

They have been super fun to launch — and I have learned a ton from those experiences.

But 10x the number of things I have actually launched by the number of “great ideas” I, and my friends, have had. Ideas are everywhere. Seriously. We could sit around and come up with hundreds of ideas for days.

The challenge is executing on those ideas and actually launching a product from them.

I think the biggest cause of not launching a product is not because of the idea. It is because of one thing:

  • lack of execution

Why don’t we always execute? A number of potential reasons:

  • Get distracted
  • Lose motivation
  • Care about other things
  • Give up
  • Do not have the resources


There are so many reasons why not to execute. Even when you do execute, there are plenty of things we can do wrong.

That is why I always put the emphasis on speed and building things quickly.

Moving fast and trying to test assumptions is the best way to stay motivated and get shit done. And at the end of the day, all your audience really cares about is you have something to show them. No one really cares about “ideas.”

Ideas dont change the world. People building on them do.

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By jordangonen on February 25, 2017.

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Everyone is busy. We all have our own problems. While some of us publicize them more than others, everyone has their own shit they are dealing with.

Point being, the “I do not have time excuse” really is not unique.

I have found that there is “always time” to spend if you really care about something. You make sacrifices for the things and people you care about.

The challenge comes when you are faced with a tough moral decision: what should you sacrifice and what for? I am not here to answer that question because it completely depends on your own personal preferences.

What I do want to say is this: people can feel how you care about them simply by how you treat your time with them. Like I said, everyone is busy. Assume that and expect that.

If you care for everyone’s time, like perhaps you do your own, then others will feel that.

Being “nice” and caring about others can go a really long way.

Btw. I’m working on this “editorial calendar” of sorts that I am going to be rolling out soon. I am going to stick to it and hopefully, be able to provide 10x more value in these posts.

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By jordangonen on February 23, 2017.

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Elaborating on these “mini series”

Elaborating on these “mini series”

I wrote the other day about an idea I had to start doing more and more of these “mini-guides” in the form of blog posts.

I took a few minutes to come up with some ideas for what those guides look more like…let me know what you think:

They would be 10–15 part guides filled with all the content I know about certain industries / things.

Fore example, I’d write about how to get an internship. Within that, there would be a bunch of different parts.

  • why you should get an internship
  • how to make a resume
  • how to network

etc. etc.

These would be super detailed and actionable. I think generic advice is often pretty useless. I hope that these would be the opposite of generic — rather, they’d be super transparent and actionable.

Hmm. I think I am going to organize this and go for it.

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By jordangonen on February 22, 2017.

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Everyone these days seems to have their own advice on how to stay productive and get shit done.

I have tried a lot of the different strategies. Some of them have worked well for me, others have been complete flops. I think it is all about experimenting and finding the right environment / setup for you. There is no cookie cutter solution to staying productive. If there were, we’d all follow the same recipe and produce the same results.

Rather, there is a lot of freedom to mold together the best possible solution for you. And that solution is always changing. There is no “best,” but rather just something that works.

So what works for me lately?

A few things help me get a ton done.

The first is personal motivation. I really want to do some things. I think completing “tasks” becomes much harder, near impossible for me, when I am not passionate about them. Conversely, it becomes so much easier when I really care about what I am doing. And that is just the case here — lately, I have been spending a lot of my time on things I really care about.

The next thing that really helps me is writing. Every single day. Most of the time I do it in the morning ~ 30 minutes to an hour after I wake up. I find it the best way to jump into a morning brain exercise and prime myself to start thinking.

I am also a big fan of lists and “power hours.” I am most productive early morning and late at night (weird, right). During those times, I will often create a bulleted list of about 50 things I want to get done in an hour. It is always a hard goal. But I truncate the “things” into bite sized little steps.

  • send an email
  • update this
  • etc.

That way, by the end — I feel as if I get a ton done by the end of that hour. It is not always about quantity, quality matters a lot to, but for some of those less quality driven tasks — just getting them done is far more important to me.

I have a few more tips (like everyone else does), but perhaps I’ll save that for a more formal post — or start those mini-series things.

Thanks again for reading 🙂 t

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By jordangonen on February 21, 2017.

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Excited by the future

Excited by the future

Hey! And welcome to #Edition1 of my revamped newsletter.

The purpose of this weekly newsletter is to help you navigate the present and think about the future.

While the internet has democratized access to information, it has also increased the challenge of filtering the signal from the noise. Distractions are everywhere, and the only guiding light we often have is our own intuition. Rarely, if ever, do we pause for a second, step outside of our bubbles, and explore hard questions.

But I’m here to help! I hand pick 10 or so pieces of content (articles, podcasts, videos, tweets, etc.) that focus on the intersection of technology, writing, and people. I’ll keep the newsletters concise and not waste your time. The only purpose is to help you think.

I want this to be as helpful as possible ~ so if you ever have feedback just hit reply! Oh, and share this link if you enjoy 🌟

Here is Issue #1–2/20/2017

TL:DR — Technology, weight loss, and math.

Excited About The Future

I think predictions are a fascinating thing. Most of the time, as humans, we get them really wrong. There is a ton to learn from the past:

The absolute worst technology predictions of the past 150 years — 
 There’s a long-standing tradition among scientists, engineers, and industrialists. Every new year, they make predictions about a future. Well, technology has proven to be extraordinarily slippery…

Generally speaking, I am not the biggest fan of advice. Most of the time it is filled with hindsight bias and not that applicable to my own life. These two short articles may be the exception — they are incredibly refreshing to read. Absorb them.

The days are long but the decades are short — Sam Altman 
 I turned 30 last week and a friend asked me if I’d figured out any life advice in the past decade worth passing on. I’m somewhat hesitant to publish this because I think these lists usually seem…

Notes for the New Year (A little late)

Sam Altman made some notes before my brother Jack interviewed me for How to Build the Future, where he mostly talks about how ambitious young people should think about their careers.

I am interested in the all important question: will humans work when there is no work to be done? Here is one take:

The Future of Labor pt. I — Keynes — 
 “By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food until you return to the ground, since from it you were taken; for dust you are and to dust you will return.” — (Genesis 2:15) In 1930 the economist…

My naive view: You can get nearly anything you want if you really really go for it. Of course, there are exceptions — biases, luck, etc. that all filter in. But whether it is weight-loss or graduating college, I wholly believe that you can do it! This story is super interesting and it shows you exactly what you can do when you make sacrifices:

How I Lost 75 Pounds in 120 Days —

Losing one pound 75 times

When we think of scaling and growing companies — what comes to mind? I think of hiring people as a major component. But, as technology progresses, we find we can often automate large parts of our business. And that is this story — of how a small company stayed small while there revenue got huge:

4 Years Later — A Huge, Small Company —

Automated bots that run a company

One of the most exciting externalities of the self driving car inevitability is what we do with all of our infrastructure. Much of it will change, eventually. Traffic, hopefully, will be one of those that change sooner.

The End of Traffic — John Zimmer — Medium — 
 2017 marks the tenth year the two of us have worked together. Soon after graduating college, we each started thinking about bringing new solutions to old transportation problems with the goal of…

I am not the best at math, but I found this analysis really interesting and challenging.

The Riemann Hypothesis, explained —

Here is a 3000 year old question:

2, 3, 5, 7, 11, 13, 17, 19, 23, 29, p. What is p? 31. What is the next p? It’s 37. The p after that?41. And then? 43. How, but… …how do you know what comes next?

Job automation is controversial. Is technological progress always a good thing? You tell me. From a moral and economic perspective:

Economics, Morality, and Culture in an Automated World —

Automation and machine intelligence, once futurists’ favorite vehicles for economic and societal advancement, are abstractions no longer.

Three “Hard” Questions

I’ll send a few questions every week just to keep your mind sharp 🙂

1) What is the world’s most important and pressing problem?

2) What is a social standard widely accepted today that will be completely unacceptable 50 years from now?

3) What makes someone smart?

Ask yourselves the hard questions before someone else does.

thanks for reading!

I hope you enjoyed this *somewhat short* newsletter. I liked making it — and learned a ton doing so.

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I really appreciate all the support. I’ll see you next week.

– Jordan

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By jordangonen on February 21, 2017.

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