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).
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.
Sarah, I read all of your emails because you write like a real person, not a marketing robot. When a message from you shows up in my inbox, it feels like getting a brief handwritten note in the mail from someone I met recently and really liked–a person I haven’t gotten to know in depth yet, but would like to.
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 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.
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 find you so relatable, especially when you talk about the many jobs that you have and how you decide what’s most important. I guess I find you to be a fellow comrade, though my nation is not even on the small scale. (I like to dream, though). I look forward to your emails because I nearly always have a little light-bulb moment of my own, when I read them.
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.
You have the most unique voice! It’s so totally…you. And it seems like every time you are writing about something that I’ve been thinking about but didn’t even know it. You are an inspiration to me.
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
You are a great writer, and your content is always fresh. And, you inspire me to continue on the track of never becoming dull in the repetitive world of corporate America!