When did you quit facebook?

When you quit facebook, its like you regain your life. Its like in the Wall-E movie when the humans stop being controlled by the computers. People go back outside for the first time and rediscover the world.

Facebook should pay us to use their website and for us to store our personal data there

My friend Adam Pryor came up with this idea at the start of July 2014. It rocked me, because I truely believe if enough people got together and said, “We are all going to leave Facebook unless you pay us to keep our data with you.” I think Facebook would cave. We dont want to handover our data and be spammed, we want to own our data, because in 2014, if you dont own your own data, you don’t own yourself. You are a slave, someone else owns you and makes money out of you.

People are rediscovering the Internet

Categorically, people are going to quit facebook and talk about it to their friends. I left facebook in 2012, when it started hassling me and I realised they are taking my life and commercialising it.

What will people do after they leave facebook?

They will rediscover the internet.

They will visit niche blogs, write and actually switch off from the internet and meet people in person that they actually know. They might join forums, build new things on the internet and leave the sanitized environment that is facebook.

Welcome back from facebook everyone. Its good to have you back.

Revving an engine is digusting

One day, revving an engine will be viewed as disgusting and irresponsible.

Pumping out more polluting gases and filling the air that we breath with carbons is not something anyone wants.

The smooth sound of the electric engine will be the most thrilling and sexy sound a car makes.

Paying taxes is one of the most ungratifying process because you never get a thank you for the money you pay. Everywhere else in the world where you pay money you tend to get a thank you. The blood sweat and tears you have put into working to earn that money that you pay to the tax office deserves a thank you.

The smallest gesture like that would dramatically increase its NPS score and actually turn a lot of people from hating them to thinking they were ok and fair.

Thoughts?

These are the books that I have read that have influenced deeply my thinking:

  • Topgrading – Hiring, selecting and performance management. Hire A and A+ players. Make a team to go to the moon of A players. If you were going to the moon, would you have this person on your team?
  • One minute manager – Managing people – setting expectations, catching people doing good things and reprimanding. How to get the most out of people.
  • High Output management – Andy Grove – The core of managing a company. This is a very very heavy book to read but strongly suggest you pick and choose topics to read that are relevant to what you need in the moment.

Currently reading

  • The hard thing about hard things – Ben Horowitz – Former Netscape executive – Student of Andy Grove. Apparently one of the greatest managers since Andy. Learn from the greats is my thinking.

Oh by the way, if you want to buy these, use a promo code to save a few dollars. Thats fine if you don’t aswell.

Tell me your list of  books?

How to Achieve

Follow these steps:

  1. Set a goal.
  2. Write down the first 3 steps.
  3. Go and do step 1. Don’t start step 2, till you have done step 1.
  4. Relentlessly continue to pursue your goal with incremental steps. Sometimes the steps will be small, but as long as you keep moving towards your goal, carry on. Remember, “Progress = Happiness”, you will feel that line more when you are hitting the wall.
  5. When you hit a wall. Seek assistance, read just what you need to solve your problem and move on. Someone has already solved this before. Go and copy and improve on them. Remember, its all about the pain you are willing to endure that will determine how much you achieve.

Bonus: How to be Successful

  1. After you have achieved your goal. Set a new one immediately and go and get it.

I know everyone says celebrate and relish your achievements and all that. I can appreciate their sentiment and its good to do that. But, really, if you want to be great, move on from small wins. Celebrate big ones.

All of the successful people I know relentlessly pursue and look for their next goal just as they are finishing their first one.

If a company is going places. Join it.

If its not. Don’t.

“If you’re offered a seat on a rocket ship, don’t ask what seat. Just get on.”

Eric Schmidt

Eric said, “Get on a rocket ship. When companies are growing quickly and they are having a lot of impact, careers take care of themselves. And when companies aren’t growing quickly or their missions don’t matter as much, that’s when stagnation and politics come in.”

Hat tip to Jeremy Cabral for sending me this amazing article.

Fred Schebesta Inspired

Hat tip to Daryll.

Try to build a fan club or a family, a community around your brand/business.

Look for the emotion in the relationship. Emotion drives engagement which drives involvement which drives value exchanges (sales etc.).

Act with absolute integrity and be open about everything.

Say No more often

“I’m actually as proud of the things we haven’t done as the things I have done. Innovation is saying ‘no’ to 1000 things.”

Hat tip to to Jonathan for his insights.

3 to 4 times a year I go on a cancelation spree. I hack and slash everything, including the things I ‘think’ I ‘need’. This allows me to figure out which things I truly need, and which things I’m comfortable to do without. Each time my pain threshold grows stronger, and as a result I live a minimalist life.

Staff at finder have to come on the journey with me and have learned to accept that even core services might go down because you cancelled the credit card or changed PayPal details to force payments to decline.

Or even withholding credit card details to make team members think twice around whether they really need the service or software they are about to sign up for.

I trust my staff to make purchasing decisions but occasionally I’ll play the grinch to train my team how to think frugally, even if we desperately need what we are about to purchase. Sometimes it’s painful for staff especially if they feel they need something but it inspires innovation. They have to think of creative workarounds to achieve the same thing with an alternate method. It also keeps them comfortable with a level of pain and keeps them ‘hungry’ and appreciative for what we already have.

I liken it to boxers who have to have a level of being able to accept they need to fight and carry on to win, no matter how bruised, battered or bloodied up they are.

Hat tip to Jeremy Cabral for these powerful insights.

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Fred Schebesta

Life Goal
My Mission with finder.com.au is to arm Australians and help them make positive changes in their live's, by doing that, maybe in some small way, I will help them achieve all that they ever wanted to be.