I went to Stanford…once.


It was while I was studying at Singularity University, learning from my teacher Peter Diamandis in 2011. During the Executive Program, we had a day “on campus” at Stanford University. It was then that I found out about the “Stanford Entrepreneurship Videos” podcast. Since then, I’ve consumed as many as possible! (Quick, go to the iTunes Store, search Podcasts and start downloading; they’re free!)

This blog post is inspired by a talk given by John Lilly at Greylock Partners. As you read, ask yourself, “What are MY rules of engagement?”

What are you making?
You woke up this morning, got up, and moved from one responsibility to another. What did you make? What did you create? “Create the pause” is a mantra to use that allows you to see a little bit more. Being productive (people reading this blog are usually looking for ways to be even MORE productive) requires that you PRODUCE something…what are you making?

Who supports you?
Look, they think you can, or they think you can’t. Your social network (no, not your social MEDIA network, I don’t write much about that) is directly responsible for such “time-taking actives” such as:

  • What movie you see.
  • What book you read.
  • What restaurant you eat in.

Now, if the 5 people you spend time with this week could affect THOSE things, what do you think that means about how you
…treat your own health?
…manage your professional development?

…relate to and support your family outside of work time?

How do you acknowledge progress?
“Sent items.” Think about that, not as simply an email folder, but a way of looking at your own productivity. At the end of a cycle (a work session, a meeting, a phone call, a dinner with your spouse, a weekend with the kids, a multi-city tour looking at the operations of your organization…) what did you “send?” What went out?

How do you measure your ability to move the mission forward? What is the bull’s-eye target your aiming to hit?

As the days get longer, and the weekends get warmer (it’s happening, spring is “around the corner!”) stop during the day and “check your sent items.” Knowing what went out MAY be just as important as cycling through what has come in!

Ok, you’re up! What is just ONE thought you’ve had while you’re reading this. Oh, and if you do go watch that less-than-4-minute video, let me know what you think! You can find the videos here: ecorner.stanford.edu