about building nations around work you believe in, creating infectious feeling and action through entrepreneurship and design, the process of screwing up your brilliant ideas until they become as beautiful as they were in your head, and the convoluted paths we take to make the great yearnings of our lives happen.
I also talk about the web projects I’m directing and what I’m learning from them, and I often give discounts and early access to readers. I’m happy to write to you, too (enter your email to the right).
I invariably find something interesting and real in what you’ve written. Your voice is so unfiltered and your story is dramatic but always hopeful. I really like that your process of business building is intuitive and organic, and yet so successful. Your messages give off a beautiful sheen of love, for yourself, your clients, and your work.
I’m actually in the middle of downsizing the number of emails I get and I’m unsubscribing from emails left and right and it’s making me feel great. BUT. When I see an email from you it’s not just that I open it, I get really excited to open it! I know that whatever is inside is going to be something that I can relate to, something that will help me on my path, something that will give me an inside look into the life of someone I admire, someone who motivates and inspires. And it never fails – it does.
I open and read your delicious e-mails because they’re a chance to hear from one of the more interesting people I’ve been privileged to “meet” on the internet. I love the way you think about things — and they way you share those thoughts so generously in your e-mail updates feels like getting to read your business diary. You make me laugh, and you make me think. You help me imagine new possibilities for my own business. Your emails never feel like business. They feel like getting to know *you.* Thanks so much for that.
I really adore your voice. You read as a real, live human being with ideas and emotions and fears and beliefs… you aren’t afraid to share about your mistakes and you seem to embrace the fact that you’re always learning. Thanks for respecting us as peers and valuable contributors to your work. Also, love the hair.
Your emails are just so real! They’re like getting a letter from a friend. A particularly fun, interesting and insightful friend.
I love reading your emails because you’re one of the most conscious, introspective writers-about-business I know. I love how you create an intimate setting for sharing your truth and how useful your insights are!
I have to tell you, I’ve unsubscribed from many e-mail lists. These were e-mails with valuable information to offer, with all sorts of links to list posts and interviews, that got me to open 5 new tabs in my browser as I read them through. But these e-mails really wore me out. I don’t know for sure if this is a common experience or only mine, but I find your e-mails rejuvenating. You write with such candidness and transparency that the lessons you pass on build me up like a conversation with a close friend. I finish them feeling lighter.
It feels like a slumber party with business owners only invited. I get to listen to you talk about stuff that no one talks about but I’m always thinking about, and I feel validated & like everything I’ve been experiencing is legitimate & I’m not a freak. It’s inspiring because you’re always solving your own problems, and usually they were my problems, too, and I love being a part of that conversation.
I discovered your Field Notes in my Google Reader last night. First there were 2. Then there were 5. I was so excited! I love reading anything you have to say. Even if it’s to do with mollusks.Still Forming
I open your emails because inside each one, I’m sure to find your unique and idiosyncratic take on doing your creative work in the world, your way, for the people you love to serve. I open your emails because I love your voice and I respect the way you do business.