I want to come back to this.
Tom’s assumptions
1. Consulting can build cash freedom
2. Positioning is for the ego, not for the market
3. Change is continuous and self-directed, so you should stomach “bad work” because you can escape it faster
4. How much “time” you have is really about how much energy you have
Tom’s map
Phase 1: Making the leap, zero to one
Phase 2: Getting started
Phase 3: Find stability
Phase 4: Find freedom
Phase 5: Build equity

(via Kevin Wammer)

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Phase by phase, one foot in front of the other

There was a simple beauty in IM requiring all parties to be online at the same time. Now, “interruption is the default. We are always on. We are walking live chats.”

One more great quote about the “Do Not Disturb” and “Focus” modes introduced by tech companies trying to “help”:

These are not guardrails. These are squishy orange cones that we all plow through, like 15-year-olds in driver’s ed. Even the names of these features—Focus, Schedule Send—are phrases born of a work-obsessed culture. Bring back the ennui, the poetry, the pink fonts, the tildes and asterisks.

In my experience, people get annoyed by the “notifications silenced” status in iMessage. Let’s change “Focus” to “Away”, with different messages and providing the ability to turn off “Notify Anyway” (because seriously, no).

(h/t Jacky Alciné)

🔖 It’s Time to Bring Back the AIM Away Message by Lauren Goode (WIRED)

The live chats of the past are now in our pockets and inescapable. We need better boundaries.

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