Becoming invaluable - Issue #17


Hey guys, I hope you enjoyed last week’s Madness. There’s a lot more in store this week.


Good morning guys,

I recently wrote about the value of feedback in a blog post. In this post, I highlighted the measures I took to make changes in my creative environment. Another component that compliments the idea of acquiring feedback is learning to value yourself.

Receiving feedback

On acquiring feedback about my creative endeavour, I realised that people who provide feedback they generally want you to do better in your creative pursuit. They can visualise the potential in your dedication and hard work and highlight to provide realistic feedback.

How to stop undervaluing yourself?

  1. Voice your opinion in meetings; this could include asking a simple question but make yourself heard. Use group meeting to communicate with people who are in senior positions or get introducing yourself to unfamiliar faces.

  2. As Derek Sivers once said its either a Hell yeah or No - follow the idea of a whole-body YES, be guided by your intuition.

  3. Be an opportunist - needless to say, become the guy that say YES to opportunities, especially early in your career whether they fall in or out of your comfort zone. There is always a learning curve in the work you do.

  4. Not undermining others and learning from their work. Take advantage and privilege to use what other’s have to offer to your growth.

  5. And most importantly, asking yourself what you deserve - whether that is a promotion, a pay rise etc.

Implementing these fundamentals will now become a new norm in my life, And, the constant practice of the two elements will have a massive compound effect over time.

I hope this adds value into your life and on that note.

I will see you next week.

Yours truly,

Abhishek

Stuff, I enjoyed from last week

  1. Article - How to cure writer’s block, The article written by David Perell highlights three strategies to curing a writer’s block: gather supplies, talk it out and start with abundance. a) Gather supplies - acquire a note-taking system that acts as an arsenal to supplement your writing when confabulating with people of different walks of life. Welcome new ideas and inspiration that fuels your writing. b)Talk it out - allow conversations to flood you with ideas. Upon recommendation from this article, I can’t wait to use Otter to start transcribing my conversations. and c) a missing element in my setup - is to start with an abundance instead of starting from scratch, recycle ideas and link them differently to create a new piece of work. Don’t write with an empty basket of information. Fill that sucker up to avoid sunk cost bias.

  2. Book - I’m currently reading Make time by Jake Knapp and John Zeratsky.

  3. Product I’m excited about using: Small rig cage and tripod.

Kindle Highlight of the week

Perfection is a distraction—another shiny object taking your attention away from your real priorities.

Make time: How to focus on what matters by Jake Knapp and John Zeratsky

Blog post

Storyworthy – Abhishek Nair

Sharing three reflective thoughts from the book Storyworthy that I’ve implemented in my daily practice. The book is a personal account of many anecdotal experiences which the author shares in a captivating manner. Along, with strategies to become a better storyteller. One of which, I have already shared in a post called Homework for life.…

Video

Sunk Cost Bias