If You Want to Make the World a Better Place, Start With Your Day Job

There’s no way that saving 10% of the world while destroying 90% of it turns into anything close to a net positive.

My purpose in writing this isn’t to make you feel bad. You obviously already do. As my grandfather once told me, you don’t need to push a stone that’s rolling downhill. My purpose in writing this is to give you good news. And here it is. If you are looking to make a difference in the world, you are already in the place you need to be. You don’t need to go anywhere else.

Mike Monteiro

Let’s stop shaking people down for their email addresses

If you have something to say, say it. If you have something to share, share it. Don’t invent things to say or to share just such that you can package up that pink slime as a golden nugget of truth to trade for someone’s contact information.

That’s the same insincere, manipulative logic behind influencer marketing. It’s all about disguising the sale with a thin, flimsy layer of purchased credibility. No wonder we’re all so skeptical and cynical these days. Because we have a million good A/B-optimized reasons to be.

Not everything needs to be tracked. Not everything needs to pay off. It’s perfectly fine to do things because it’s fun, feels good, is interesting, tickles your brain, or just helps someone out.

DAVID HEINEMEIER HANSSON

The nature of the self in the digital age

… we don’t need to concoct a new Internet Bill of Rights or a Magna Carta for the Web or any such nonsense: all we need to do is to apply the Universal Declaration of Human Rights – the human rights we already have – to the digital era. There isn’t a digital world and a real world. There isn’t human rights and “digital rights”. The things that we are talking about are one and the same.

Aral Balkan

Working remotely on an island: a day in the life of a company of one

I’ve always wanted a business that supports my life, and not a life that solely supports and exists to serve my business. This is why I work for myself, from home, as a company of one: I not only have the freedom to choose what I work on, but I also have the freedom to choose how the work is done.

Paul Jarvis

While I really enjoy the first sentence, I do realize that the remaining part of it is an unreachable goal for many, many people.

follow the money

We can get overwhelmed with markers and data. There are so many things to pay attention to with a business! But really, we just need to watch the money. If most of our mailing list subscribers say they’d buy something from us and we built it, and none do, well people saying they’ll buy and them actually buying doesn’t always line up. If we’re popular on YouTube but can’t turn that into revenue, maybe it’s not a business—it’s just an awesome hobby (or even just a way to connect with other humans).

Paul Jarvis