This post was written entirely in the air between Seattle and Anchorage the other day.
It was a bad travel hacking morning. For some reason I was assigned a middle seat in peasant class—the torture chamber of the modern traveler. Alas.
I squeezed into 6B and unloaded my stuff. MacBook, notebook, magazine, iPad, book manuscript, cinnamon twist. I tried to arrange things as best as possible, without sitting on the MacBook or the crucial cinnamon twist.
I felt sorry for myself for a moment. And then I realized the obvious: am I going to complain, or am I going to get to work?
OK, first I complained a little … This sucks! It’s a 3.5 hour flight.
But then I got to work by playing a game of “What can I accomplish?”
Put Your Time to Good Use … Anywhere
“What can I do here in my cramped middle seat?” I asked myself. I pulled out my laptop and did as much work as I could, including this post.
I sent off the answers to two sets of interview questions. Bam! Done. I prepared a reminder to people about WDS hotels. Bam! Completed.
I got the Gmail down to Inbox Twenty (I’ve given up on Inbox Zero this month).
I posted 100 more comments from last week’s “How Can You Help for Free?” post.
I’d love to say the hours flew by, but they didn’t. I lost my WiFi once we were 100 miles away from the U.S. The seat was cramped the whole way through. I had a cup of coffee and, with some effort, managed to avoid spilling it on the MacBook.
But it was fine. I felt good about getting things done.
Coming Soon, an Actual Business Project
So that’s what we’re doing around here: making things happen.
For nearly nine months, I’ve been planning a new business project—my first in a LONG time. I announced it last summer and then got sidetracked in the development process.
Guess what? If it matters to you, you’ll find a way. So I’ve found a way.
I’ve had my head down over the past few weeks, working with a small team to get this done and out the door … very soon.
The goal is to help aspiring and new entrepreneurs grow their business by taking regular action on things that matter. Our research has shown that most people struggle with two problems: not creating the right products or services, and not reaching the right people.
Through a 12-month, systematic course, we’ll be helping a limited group of people correct these problems. It’s called Adventure Capital, and it’s going to be good!
This will be a highly unconventional launch. There won’t be a huge splash of fanfare, just a gentle one. We’re going live in beta for one month, which means that things are mostly looking good, but we want to make extra sure.
Of course, anyone who joins during the beta phase will receive a special bonus, since we like to take care of our early adopters.
But more on that next week. One week at a time.
The point is: obstacles are irrelevant. If it matters to you, you’ll find a way to do it.
What about you—what can you accomplish?