Friday Links 09-05-29

From the Web

Sometimes, it hurts to ask – I’ve written previously on the importance of asking for what you want. Seth here argues a different perspective: don’t ask without permission.

Why People Hate Marketers – Chris Guillebeau has a great article about how trust is more important than your conversion rate in an online world full of deceit and manipulation.

From the Archive

Sprinting Theory: How to Have Self-Discipline on Steroids – “There ain’t no such thing as willpower. … Using this concept has been incredibly useful in breaking through my own laziness. This simple idea I’m going to refer to as sprinting theory.”

Friday Goals Update

I’ve decided to include this Friday Links a brief update on the my progress towards my goals. Let me know whether you think it should be a regular feature of the website!

As I mentioned in my videocast, my fitness goal is to increase my muscle mass by 10 lbs in the next two months. I just completed a 6-day diet log, tracking everything I ate. The food composition appeared to be good for my goals (a high enough protein %, lots of fruits and veggies). However, the total calories are probably a bit low. So I started a 30-day trial to ensure I eat a breakfast first thing in the morning and a meal right before bed.

My language goal is still progressing slowly. I finished a Teach Yourself French book, although I thoroughly believe I have not taught myself French. However, I’m spending time with a group of students from France, and I’m looking into picking up another audio guide.

For my other goal of increasing the income to this business (which is a longer, 2-year objective), I’ve almost finished updates on an expansion to How to Change a Habit. I’m also working on redesigning/expanding Learn More, Study Less and writing a new book, tentatively titled Think Outside the Cubicle, for at-home productivity. These projects will generate long-term income, but in the short-term my income is still down from my period of reduced activity over the last 6 months.

  • sansrid


    You should include the “Friday Goals Update” feature in your Friday links post.

    It will be motivating to both, you and me (readers), keeping in track!!

    BTW, I am increasingly spending more time on your website!! (May be because I’m increasing my online presence :))

  • Mark

    I just got back from France and it is safe to say that you learn the most about a language when you are actually there trying to speak it. I learned as much in a week in Paris as I did in three years of high school french class.

  • Aurooba

    Many people find Rosetta Stone [website] quite helpful in learning new languages, an ESL teacher told me that it’s very intuitive and fun for learning new vocabulary. Try out the trial and see if it helps you. =)


  • Andrea Fikes

    Even when you’re only going to France for a month, you should know some survival French – a handful of vital terms and sentences that you may possibly use frequently, including indeed, no, plus Don’t you speak British? Once you have learned the vocabulary i recommand visiting this excellent on-line french teaching program.