All posts by Sean Ring

Introducing Finlingo

I know I’ve never written to you before, but I’d like to thank you for subscribing to Finlingo’s email list.

(BTW, if you didn’t, or can’t remember doing so, you can unsubscribe right now at the bottom of this email.)

I’m Sean Ring, Finlingo’s CEO. Along with my erstwhile friend and colleague, Andy Duncan, we’ve been working tirelessly on bringing Finlingo to market.

The organization and app have gone through a few iterations. And now our wee app is about to take a larger step into what looks like a big future.

I was wondering if you wouldn’t mind doing me a favor… If you have a spare 5 minutes, would you mind relaying your experiences with Finlingo to me by replying to this email?

No forms to fill in. Stream of consciousness will do. And I’ll read every single one of your responses. I may even reply with some follow-up questions, if you wouldn’t mind…

Anything at all. Positive or negative. (But constructive is better.) Any thoughts, questions, comments, or issues would do.

I ask because feedback is the one thing we’ve been short of. And the market always asserts itself.

I’d just rather be prepared for that assertion.

You can also tell me what else you’d like to see from us. It’s much better to hear what you want than for us to guess.

In any event, have a wonderful day and a wonderful weekend!

All the best,

Sean

This Ends Procrastination Faster Than Any Other Way

This Ends Procrastination Faster Than Any Other Way

I've been taking Marisa Peer's Uncompromised Life course on Mindvalley, and the whole course has been a treat.  She teaches eight actions her most successful clients use to create the lives and success most just dream of.  I've got a lot out of it so far.

But there's one golden nugget in it that's helped me more than anything else.

You see, I was a procrastinator.  My conscientiousness score on the NEO-AC test was zero.  Not "needs improvement."  Or, "could do better."  ZERO.

Procrastination is the most unprofessional of habits, and a problem I've been trying to solve my entire life.

The methods I know to solve it, from the "just get it out of the way" types to the Tomato Timer, just didn't help me.  Or if they did, it was merely temporary.

Here was Marisa's take on the issue:

Do What You
HATE
and
Do What You Hate
FIRST

Elegant and simple, it appeals to the amoral economist in me.

Ah, the sheer satisfaction of admitting to, and then listing, the things I hate to do.  Here are a few of mine:

  • Running
  • Paperwork
  • Paying bills
  • Making uncomfortable phone calls
  • Reviewing contracts

Yes, I hate doing those things.  And it feels great to say it.

I know, I know.  Your kumbaya-flowing, Law-of-Attraction snake oil salesman of a guru tells you, "You should love running.  It's good for you."  Or, "You should be grateful you've got the money to easily pay your bills."

Seriously, dude.  Piss off.

Now that I've already benefitted from the catharsis of admitting that I hate this stuff, I can go and conquer them.  That's my mission.

But I MUST do it FIRST.

No Facebook.  No email.  No excuses.

Just do it.

So every morning, I wake up and immediately put on my running shoes.  And I run.  Not far.  10-15 minutes.  That's enough.  (As I get better, I'll go farther for longer.)

One victory in the bag already.

Then I take a shower, put on some clothes, and get to the rest of my hateful list.

I knock them out by 9am.

And the rest of my day is sheer joy.

Then, and only then, I get to be creative.  I get to do what I'm really supposed to be doing: building my business.

And I can do that because I've already taken care of business.

So go forth and conquer.  Now's the time, especially if you've been wasting it.

The Art of Training Introverts

In this Kumbaya-free zone, you better know how to deal with people who don’t care for theatrics.

When I read Chris Anderson’s seminal book The Long Tail, it struck me that there was finally something for everyone. No matter how eclectic your taste is, or how finicky your tastes are, you could get anything you wanted in the new digital economy.

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