Momentum Report—The Bounce Back Edition

Last week’s detour through New York, London, and Reykjavik had me a little worried that I wouldn’t be able to get back on track. There was still the need to book accommodations, ground transportation, keep the kids on track, and, of course, the temptation to hit Google Maps and Images to waste time dreaming.

Screenshot of Abundantly Provided
I was able to get a niche site set-up and find a sponsor.

I did all of those things, but not just those things.  (more…)

Momentum Report — The Freelancing Edition

At the beginning of the year, as I was contemplating my monetary goals for the year, I thought back to Cal Newport’s book, So Good They Can’t Ignore You. Cal describes a transactional view of career management in which we build career capital and then trade that for more money, more freedom, or whatever it is we are after.

This made a lot of sense, so I made a list of my career capital assets. It looked something like this:

  • Blogging experience—the Bike to Work Blog, email management, this blog
  • Knowledge of effective meetings and documentation
  • First-hand experience with late life self improvement
  • App development experience
  • Work on contact management
  • Experience getting my kids to code
  • Radio and sound background
  • Experience with video production
  • Presentation and teaching skills
  • Lead generation experience


Starting Late

In exactly two weeks I will turn 49, which means I have only one year left as a young man. (Turning 50 officially makes you an “old man.”)

So, what is a the life of a young man for? As far as I can tell, it can be boiled down to building the momentum that will carry you through old-manhood.

Jet Car
Speed doesn’t mean a frenetic pace, and it is only one component of momentum.