I had a thought today. The amount of work you can do in an hour is mostly determined by the difficulty of the work. If it's hard you'll get a little done, if it's easy you'll get a lot done.
Obvious. How much work can you do in a week, then? I say that it has very little to do with the difficulty of the work, and everything to do with how motivated you are.
Don't believe me? How often have you had a really easy task like ebaying a pile of aging computing parts drag out over weeks, months, or even years? On the flip side, have you ever been so excited about your work that it seemed like you did the work of ten people?
If I were an employer, I would spend little energy worrying about how many hours my employees were working, and lots of energy making sure they were motivated by the work.
As a self employed person, I make sure I do projects I'm interested in.
First time commenting on here. I've read your blog for a while now, and I'm a fan.
Personally while Seth Godin and others post daily, I imagine they are also "plugged in" to more channels which may help inspire their content.
I don't think you should beat yourself up over posting everyday, if it means diminishing the quality. You said yourself: "As a self employed person, I make sure I do projects I'm interested in." -- so my constructive feedback would be to make sure you're interested in whatever you're writing about. I find that your best posts come in story format. You're a great storyteller, and using that means to communicate is what keeps your readers engaged.
@Gant .. if you're going to criticise then at least give some opinion on how he could improve or what you perceive to be a quality post.
While these posts have been shorter than the previous stories of great adventure - I find its still valuable to gain insight to how Tynan thinks and lives his life daily. By far Tynan lives a more exciting and fulfilling life than most people I know.
It's funny that everyone is saying that this post is sub-par and the last few have been the same. I love'em all-because you're swinging the bat, trying something new and constantly tweaking your methods.
Man, I love the fact that you, Seth, and Derek Sivers are posting every day. The latter two guys I discovered from your links to their sites.
This post is relevant as hell (to me at least) because it's true and anyone who has ever managed people know that a motivated employee or team member doesn't need to have their hand held. They will work for their own reasons.
I will even go a step further and say that it's a waste of time to try to motivate people. If you are crystal clear on your vision you can find people who are excited by that vision and then it's up to you to let them know EXACTLY how their skills can assist the vision.
I don't want to tell people what to dream, I want to share my dream with them or vice versa and see if one of us is excited enough to assist the others vision.
Looking forward to tomorrows post. Maybe I will commit to making a comment a day on your's, seth's and siver's blog. Lord knows you three have given me enough FREE value over the years.
Tynan I quite agree. If I am happy and well motivated I can work and work and work and it won't even seem like I have done any labour at all.
I also agree that the quality of the last few posts is low but expect that is because you are not used to posting everyday and in time things will pick up again.
i assume this exercise will result in higher quality writing as he continues. it's only natural that he would get better at picking and crafting posts once he it becomes a habit. keep going tynan
@ Gant. I agree. I also commend Tynan for writing frequently but the frequency of the writing has only lessened the quality of the posts. I'm happy either way. It just feels like you are obligated to post as a result of your two week goal. It's possible to write everyday but feeling like you have to only justify not wanting to.
So instead of writing everyday, write everyday in the perspective that it is the only post you are able to do in a week. I would personally prefer 1 really good post over 7 mediocre ones.
I used to dislike to work. I saw how most people lived their lives, slogging through work that they hated, and I was determined not to fall into that trap. I made the mistake of generalizing, lumping all work together in the same bucket.
Since then, things have changed. In terms of monumental personal life changes, becoming a hard worker is the most recent one I've undergone. About a year ago, for reasons I touched on in this post, I decided that it was imperative for me to become a hard worker. I didn't do it because I had suddenly fallen in love with work, but rather because I had began to feel as though I was behind. And believe me, it wasn't love at first sight.
To fall in love with hard work, you must understand why it's necessary. When I was young I was told that sugar was bad, but I never understood exactly why it was bad, so I kept eating it. Only when I learned how it chemically affected my body did I finally give it up. The same is true of work-- if you don't know why you have to work hard and love it, you'll probably never actually do it.
Work is your gift to the world. That sounds corny, but it's true. And believe me, you owe the world a gift or two. Think of all of the various things that millions of people around the world have done for you to enjoy the life you have. They made up languages, invented stuff, procreated at the exact right times to create your ancestry, and managed to not kill each other in the process. We're lucky to be here, and the high standard of living we all enjoy now is only because of those who came before us. Some, like Einstein, had huge impact, but even people you don't notice, like the janitors, are making your life better.
I had a really fascinating conversation with Francesca McCaffrey, the Director of Development for the Children's Lifesaving Foundation.
Francesca and I swapped some notes on when the best work happens -- in addition to her role at Children's Lifesaving, she's an avid writer and really immerses herself into the historical era she's writing about to truly flesh out the characters and the environment.
Like everyone else, Francesca looks at those periods of time when things are clicking incredibly well, and wonders how to make them happen more frequently. Here's some observations we came up with:
*The most common time that massively great work happens is when there's a Big Opportunity + A Hard External Deadline
*The Big Opportunity means there's Large Motivation.