πŸ‘¬ Don't go alone
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πŸ‘¬ Don't go alone

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If you want to go fast, go alone; if you want to go far, go together.
β€”African proverb

When I came across this quote in the past, it made a lot of sense. Recently I realized, however, that there is one important but questionable assumption hidden in the "if you want to go fast, go alone" part.

If you go alone, you better know where to go and how to get there. Only then going alone stands a chance to be faster.

In our uncertain and constantly changing world, I'd say it is next to impossible to go alone. Or at least going alone is almost guaranteed to be slower.

Going alone means you have to do everything yourself:

  • To motivate yourself
  • To overcome obstacles yourself
  • To answer your own questions
  • To pull yourself out of a swamp
  • And frankly, to call you out on your own bullshit

This might work in rare circumstances when you know what to do and how to do it. It might work when you're on a path, that you took before.

But is it going to be faster when all you have is a goal or only a broad sense of direction? Or if your path requires you to cross uncertain territory?

So I suggest rephrasing that saying:

If you want to go fast and far, know when to go alone and when to go together.
β€”21st-century proverb

Seek a balanced approach. Surround yourself with diverse people that are on similar paths as you. Help them on their journey and ask for help when you're stuck.

Whenever you see a clear path emerging in front of you, feel free to sprint alone as fast as you can. Rest assured, everyone else remains only a message or zoom call away.

Coaching is a great example of how going together can help you to go fast and far.

Almost all successful people seem to have coaches. There is a whole podcast series about coaches that I highly recommend listening to.

πŸ‘‰ We're also going to discuss this topic in our Salon on Wednesday πŸ—“

An outside opinion can give you guidance, motivation and ultimately speed up your journey and make it sustainable.

I recently started to help a handful of people from my audience to start their Knowledge Entrepreneur journey. We connect in weekly sessions. They know where they want to go and I guide them on how to get there fast. I wouldn't call it coaching, nor mentoring, rather I guide them along their journey.

It sure feels like together we'll go faster and farther πŸš€

PS: find background investigations on the origins of the African proverb here and here.

Walking Japan and Pizza Toast (Craig Mod)

I consider Craig Mod an expert in many things but at the core are walking Japan, photography, and newsletters. In 2018 he wrote "Subscribe to Ridgeline β€” A newsletter on walking, by Craig Mod ... slowly, through the process of walking and observing, I've developed a sense of what makes a walk work. What makes a walk great, and how walks that seem great can be made better still. This newsletter is a distillation of these observations and collected notes, paired with a photo, and shared with you, weekly." With the support of his audience, Craig creates books, newsletters, podcasts, and videos (some of them on Pizza Toast). You can learn a lot from the way he does things as both artist and a knowledge entrepreneur. He describes his knowledge entrepreneur journey in 2021 and in 2020.

A workspace for your expertise (Google Workspace)

An almost universally negative experience of the pandemic is how boundaries between work and downtime dissolve. The same can easily happen in digital form if you start using your private email also for your knowledge entrepreneur journey. You'll receive notifications, newsletters, account information all in the same cluttered inbox. Taking a break from work becomes a challenge. Google makes it amazingly easy to switch between accounts. So at the very least, I'd recommend creating a separate Google account for your expertise. While Gmail is free and a great start you can consider paying for a Google Workspace account with a dedicated domain. It can put you on the right path to set up an online infrastructure with your own domain while still preserving the convenience and power of Gmail, Google Docs, etc.

Highlights from the web

I didn't send out an email newsletter last week and learned a lot. There was the long Easter weekend where I intentionally took some time off. It still felt like a failure to me that I didn't send out anything ☺️

What are your thoughts on that? Did you miss it? Did you enjoy the break?

I wish you a wonderful week! πŸ™Œ

Achim

PS: I hardly get any new sign-ups for the newsletter these days. It would mean a lot to me if you could send someone you think could be interested in the topic of knowledge entrepreneurs to this signup form πŸ€—πŸ’Œ