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I don’t write on Medium anymore. Here’s my new home: dannyforest.com.
Hello, my name is Danny Forest and I’m a serial entrepreneur and a polymath. I’ve worked professionally as a software engineer, video game producer, writer, photographer, and more. I learn 3 new skills a month and have been doing that for 3 years.
I’m a dad of a newborn and I’ve been with my wife for over 16 years. I love to play video games, travel (I lived as a nomad for about 3 years), write, edit photos, hike, and much more. …
Since 2018, it’s been my tradition to write the skills I anticipate to be the most important for the next year. This year, as you can imagine, the skills are going to be a little different.
2020 was such a big slap in the face for everyone. When people started losing their jobs and closing their businesses down, I felt blessed that I was still doing quite good on both fronts initially.
Now, combine the pandemic with the arrival of my newborn son, I lost all my momentum. I had to let go of people I loved working with and cut down hours for others. The game I had been working on for seven years had to be released in the worst of times. …
The other day, a random thought came to my mind: “what would happen if I stopped writing on Medium?” I thought this would trigger some fear in me, but the truth is, it made me smile. It made me happy. That thought, it turns out, was quite liberating.
If you’ve read my articles in the past, this may come as a surprise to you. I’ve never complained about Medium and never will. My experience writing on Medium had lots of ups and downs, but the experience was always enriching. …
As I was thinking about the fact that I had been awake for an hour and hadn’t gone to pee yet, I was reminded of the strangest headline I had ever written publicly: “I Forgot to Pee This Morning.” I guess it’s proof that I used to have no filter in my writing (and still don’t?).
So, to celebrate my sometimes twisted mind and to give you a good laugh, I’ve compiled some of the strangest headlines I’ve come up with in the past three years. …
For the past few years, I’ve been using a one-word theme to guide my actions throughout the year. It’s a concept I borrowed from Niklas Göke, who borrowed it from someone else, who also likely borrowed it from someone else.
But since my one-word theme for 2020 was
remarkable, I didn’t have a choice but to find a more unique concept — the symbol of the year. What I like about a symbol is that it’s visual. They say an image is worth a thousand words, and as such, a symbol can be much more powerful than a word.
We attach meaning to symbols and have used them to guide our actions. Think of your home country’s flag as an example. When you picture it, you think about your country’s values. …
This guide on learning how to become more productive comes from an obsession I’ve had since I was very young. I started working in strawberry fields when I was 8 years old. The rules for making more money was simple: the more baskets you fill out, the more money you make.
Growing up in a poor family, I couldn’t get any “luxury” from my parents, so if I wanted things for myself, I’d have to earn them. And I earned it by working on the farm. …
Learning that many skills in such a short amount of time is nothing but an obsession. But know that obsessions, my friend, don’t have to be all bad. Cambridge dictionary defines “obsession” as such: “something or someone that you think about all the time.”
When you choose your obsession right, it can be a very productive experience. Top performers in the world like Tiger Woods, Conor McGregor, Sheryl Sandberg, and more, are obsessed with their craft and think about it all the time.
“This is not talent, this is an obsession.” — Conor McGregor
Most unproductive obsessions can be turned into something productive when done right. The TV show High Score showcases obsessive gamers who went on to change the video game industry, which ended up being much bigger than the movie and music industries combined. …
If I told you that you could become a better pianist by learning touch typing, would you believe me? Most people would agree, but some would be happy to debate that.
And how about this: if I told you that you could learn Spanish more easily by learning French, would you believe me? Well, you better believe me because it’s true. Here’s a chart showing you similarities between romance languages:
I love to do year-end reviews in December. I’ve been doing that for four years in a row and always found the exercise insightful, especially if I thought my year was subpar before starting my reflection.
For some years, I’ve created my own process and tools. But every year, without fail, I still flocked to some interesting alternatives by other people or companies.
In this article, I’ll share one I use every year and another one I recently found but is remarkable in every way. I’ll also share some of my favourite benefits of doing a year-end review. If you’re reading this in 2020, I’d say it’s more important than ever to do one. …
When you analyze what articles worked in November, you see that 50% of the top 20 articles were about politics. That’s right, 10 out of 20 were about the USA’s presidential elections.
There’s a really simple lesson here: to get a top-performing article, you have to write about what people are currently reading.
Did you write about politics last month? No? Well, if you wanted to succeed, that’s what you should have done. Failing that, you should have changed your name to Genius Turner and written about billionaires in Entrepreneur’s Handbook.
Don’t believe me? Here’s a table of the top 20 articles from November…