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MY 8TH WEEK IN CHIANG MAI, THAILAND

MAR 26 - APR 1

sickness & health

My head in the toilet… “How the f*ck is this happening again!?”

Every 2 hours I woke up… rushed to the bathroom… sat by the toilet as my temperature spiked… threw up… chugged water… and then fell back asleep…. {repeat 8 times}.

That was my Monday.

On Tuesday I was back to work.

I got valuable input into Live to Challenge.

The problem with any creative work is that if we spend too much time staring at it... our mind fills in the errors.

I didn’t realize how confusing the home page could be so fresh eyes were invaluable.

Criticism is the life-blood of my work.

Criticism gives me hope.

For example, someone who says “I love Live to Challenge!!!” and then never uses the site is more demoralizing than someone who says “I don’t want to use the site because I was confused by XYZ” because at least in the latter case I have something to work off of. I have hope!

I mistakenly believed that March would be my month to pursue “recurring” users.

But then I realized to get recurring users I needed to get new users.

And last month I was successful in that goal, but none of those new users were coming back.

I then realized I was getting too ahead of myself because before I can worry about getting new users I should worry about getting a handful of people to review the site and intuitively understand and like it.

I believe the first step in building any successful business is to get a handful of people to say, “I get it and I like it.”

Until I get that confirmation, I shouldn’t worry about scaling the business.

So last week was about making the site simpler and more intuitive for new users.

I realized I also had some internal resistance to simplifying.

For example, to spend 80 hours building a feature or a web page and then turn around and delete it is not an easy thing to do, but must be done in the name of progress. It's what is referred to as "creative destruction", i.e. destruction in the name of progress.

I also spent an inordinate amount of time contemplating how to brand the site…

For example, is it better to refer to the site as a “bucket list maker”, “challenge tracker”, “life goals tracker”, “goal and habit tracker”? I settled on “bucket list challenge tracker”. I’m still looking for input though. What do you like the most?

Last week I switched hotel rooms. Someone had booked my room for April far in advance so I had to give it up, but on the plus side the staff liked me so much they gave me a 30% discount on a nicer room so now I have air conditioning and a king size bed.

Last week I was also intent on filming a video called, “My Life in Chiang Mai.” I even took footage of the city and from my day.

When I sat in front of the camera to film myself talking about my experience I just couldn't get past the intro of what I wanted to say.

I believe the video would perform well, but I just couldn't get excited to talk about my day-to-day.

I ultimately decided against the video.

I really struggled with it, but I think knowing what I'm not willing to do is a good way to define what I stand for.

I think having integrity means being true to yourself even if it means pissing people off or leaving money/likes/views/power/fame on the table.

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