UNdriving Your Focus

While driving your car, you have a single purpose...

To get to where you're going safely. 

While walking on a sidewalk, you also have a single purpose...

To get to where you're going safely. 

Your mind is the difference. Your focus is what changes everything. 

Outside your car, you are exposed to more of the world. More importantly, you have the freedom and capacity to let your mind wander. 

Healthiness aside, choose to slowly follow your mind's inspiration. 

The Country With Clean Air

When asked what they liked most about the United States, a group of Chinese tourists looked at each other as if they had already discussed the topic. 

The spokesperson looked up into the sky, opened her arms, and took a deep breath. 

"The Clean Air!," she said. 

This notion should impact you in some way for a multitude of reasons. 

The Smartest Guise in the Room

In this moment, there isn't a need to test IQ's. Instead, there's this sudden urge to survey body language and sense the honesty in the air. 

If we're all so great on our own, why are we even in this room together? 

The brainstorm session is often the biggest culprit. Ideas don't have to be loud to stand out. 

Whisper your truth if you have to. 

July 2018

This month, there will be a little bit of travel. For the most part, though, I'll be head down working on a handful of secret projects. Shhhh...

Here is what I have on my calendar for the month of July:

  • July 4th: 4th of July!
  • July 6th: Coheed and Cambria at Bayfront Park
  • July 10th: 3 Doors Down at Mizner Park
  • July 14th: Sam Smith at American Airlines Arena
  • July 19th: The Rocket Summer at Culture Room
  • July 23rd: Braves at Marlins
  • July 24th: Smashing Pumpkins at American Airlines Arena
  • July 25th: Glass Animals at Fillmore Miami
  • July 31st: Lauryn Hill at Bayfront Park

There are a lot of exciting events to look forward to this month. I'll try my best to stay out in the sun too long. 

What are you going to be up to?

What do you have planned in July?

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The Write Time

A busy writer's biggest dilemma is when output transforms into quantity over quality when tasked with too much. How can a writer keep up with the demands of writing for business, clients, news, books, blogs, and for herself?

It's not easy to prioritize how much creativity goes into which outlet. And after a while, nonstop writing starts to feed into each other through repetitive word usage and involuntary theming. 

My point here is that even when external obligations keep a writer away from their source of inspiration, a writer should still write. 

You may not be able to find the writing today, but it's out of their mind and in the world somewhere. It could be on a computer, written on a piece of paper, or waiting in a queue ready to be published. 

Thanks for your patience with writers. There will be a lot more great content to read soon.  

The Future of Genetic Engineering

In most ways, I'm late to the party on this. But in others, it's still super early. 

Thanks to my friend, Austin, for bringing this craziness to my attention last week. I've since gone down the rat hole. 

 

 

 

100 Episodes of Ask Logan Lenz

This week, I published the 100th issue of my Q&A series on LinkedIn. 

What started a few years ago as an experimental way to assist others on their ventures has turned into something much more. 

Who knows how long I will continue doing this format, but for now, I'm receiving great feedback and far too many questions to want to stop. 

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If you have any questions that you would want published in a future issue, you can either email me directly or reach out to me on any of my social profiles. 

Thanks for being a part of the journey! 

June 2018

It's summer already. That usually means a lot of travel and outside events for me. The Florida sunshine can be brutal, but it's the rain that keeps us from lounging outside by the pool all day. 

Here is what I have on my calendar for the month of June:

  • June 6th: Tesla Shareholder Meeting
  • June 6th: Netflix Shareholder Meeting
  • June 8th: David Blaine at Adrienne Arsht Center
  • June 15th: Allen Stone at Revolution
  • June 17th: Father's Day
  • June 22nd: Weezer at Coral Sky
  • June 29th: 30 Seconds to Mars at Coral Sky

There are a lot of great events scheduled for this month. I look forward to enjoying a great mix of music, sports, and performance entertainment this month. 

What about you?

What do you have planned in June?

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Ray Dalio's Principles.com

Here are three reasons why Ray Dalio's new Principles.com series of videos is fantastic and worth checking out right now:

  • Visual learning
  • Short and sweet (30 minutes)
  • Not a single element of greed

Seriously, go check them out now. Here's a taste:

“By engaging them in thoughtful disagreement, I’d be able to understand their reasoning and have them stress-test mine. That way, we can all raise our probability of being right.”

GDPR is Here

I'm sure you're feeling pretty annoyed by now. Your inbox has probably received dozens, if not hundreds, of GDPR-related opt-in or "Privacy Policy" update emails. 

As you can probably tell from that flood of emails, the GDPR updates should not be taken lightly. 

With so many security concerns and privacy-related issues in the world right now, I see GDPR as the first step toward a more harmonious way for data to be gathered and for honest transactions to ensue online. 

If you are a consumer, you can use this opportunity to opt-out of any of the email newsletters you don't actually want to receive anymore. You could also strengthen your privacy settings in your browser or move over to the amazing Brave browser. 

If you're a company, it's already a bit too late to start doing something. By now, hopefully you're mostly prepared. Technically companies have until tomorrow, May 25th, to get into compliance with GDPR.

If you have customers or users in Europe, you must comply with GDPR. Many smart forward-thinking companies, though, are taking the approach that they will be GDPR compliant with ALL of their customers, regardless of their geography.

This is in line with the "only do it once strategically" for when these rules apply to everyone on the web eventually. 

My hope is that the US and other countries copy some of the better parts of GDPR, but disregard some of the heavier unnecessary elements of it.

Don't expect your email or inbound marketing revenue to be up for the next few quarters. Customers will have to opt back in and startups everywhere will be sending far fewer promotional emails out. 

In my opinion, that’s a justifiable price to pay for a giant step toward better user rights. Now, let's keep moving in that same direction. 

Raising More Funding Than You're Worth

I've come across a handful of ambitious entrepreneurs that are still in the idea or vision stage of their startup. Even if they're the only ones in the "company," they tell me they're taking meetings with investors to try to raise 1 million dollars (or more). 

To those that are in that boat, here is a recent response I shared via email:

Lowering the implied valuation and/or elevating the amount of equity you are offering is what will make the opportunity more compelling to an investor.

Think of it all as just a simple math problem. 

The amount you're asking for + the perceived business opportunity = current valuation

With the above formula, the amount you ask for is your future working capital, which you use to build (more) value into the company. But since you don't have any products or revenue yet, the amount you ask for is much more expensive than it would be if it were a post-revenue or post-user raise. 

For example, in order for an investor to get interested in something this early, they'd want at least 51% equity. That way, at least they'll have control of your great idea. For that, though, they won't even know how to evaluate your company without any financials, so they'll round up to some relatively low whole number like $50,000 and call it a day.  

Therefore, if you need $1 million, you better be worth at least that already. Otherwise, you either won't find an investor, or if you do, they'll be treating it more like a controlling acquisition of your idea/opportunity. 

If you are unwilling to accept such a low number, you need to PROVE how and why you're currently worth more than that. It's virtually impossible to raise any sum of money when you haven't built anything yet. No savvy investor will put more money into something than the entire company is worth. It would be considered a gift at that point. 

So my advice has always been to go out and create that value yourself. Now. 

  • Embody the brand you want to build everywhere you go.
  • Acquire a customer by forging a personal relationship with them. Repeat.
  • Learn to code (or build the product yourself).

Ultimately, there are plenty of better things to do today than to passively ask for capital. 

Your Own Version of Enough

Enough is designed to be relative. It's an imaginary line that tells us we're about to be overwhelmed with too much of something.

Enough should be made finite in your life. It can be based on what you think you need to survive.

  • How many pieces of furniture do you need in your home?
  • How much money do you require to live? 
  • How many close friends do you need to socialize with?

When these numbers match a real world value, you'll find great relief in life's simplicity. 

Having enough.... Now that's true success. 

Throw the Penny

I'm a believer in the notion that luck comes to those that prepare, show up, and remain open to receiving it. 

Good luck is having a penny in your hands while walking toward a fountain. 

All you can do is throw the penny. 

Leave the rest up to chance. 

Forever the Student, Forever the Teacher

Think back to that influential teacher during grade school. I bet you remember them clearly. 

Think about the mentor that welcomed you into the professional world. You'll never forget them. 

There's something always connecting our brains with those that impact us the most. We may look at our teachers as just that - someone that helps us learn, but an educational transaction is far more than that. 

Ask these inspirational teachers and mentors if they love what they do. I'd venture to guess that more than 95% (of the good memorable ones) will respond with a resounding "yes." 

Why is that?

Because they can trace their impact throughout eternity. They're making a mark on the world through human empowerment. They're leaving a legacy by proxy. 

It's a magical thing when inspired students feel this fulfillment by helping their peers. Once you experience the delightful overwhelm that is equipping others with tools to succeed, you will find more joy in your life and a purpose in your work. 

Not Confusing

"Not dirty" isn't the same as clean. 

Just like how "not light" doesn't suggest dark (or heavy). 

When marketing to the masses, it's tempting to move toward specificities. We hope to create messages that are familiar and easily identifiable. 

When we do this, though, we risk muddying the message for everyone else outside that circle. 

Make it relevant and relatable, but start by working on making everything "Not confusing" first. 

Then, calibrate from there.

Completing the Circle

When you close a complete loop, you're right back where you started.

When you are able to see the end approaching, and you love the enclosure you're in, you might want to turn around. 

Turn around and keep enjoying the moment. 

Your Memory in Moments

Facebook wisely announced a slew of updates at their F8 Conference this week. Among them was Oculus Go, a dating functionality, and increased privacy settings (of course).

One technological advancement that received less attention is their 3D Photo Memory capability.

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With this release, Facebook will essentially be bringing 3D illustrations and models to the News Feed. It’s also going to turn standard 2D photos into VR memories, or 3D environments you can explore using a pretty slick mosaic cloud design.

Facebook obviously wants to stay ahead of content visualization trends moving forward. It's these types of subtle improvements that will keep the moat around them when it comes to sharing personal moments for years to come.