Read This Article: Cranking

April 28, 2011 in Fatherhood Insights  

Read This Article: Cranking

Earlier this week I told you about an article you should read on enjoying your kid more. Well, I want to tell you about another article you should read.

This one’s by a guy I really admire. He’s got a weird name – Merlin Mann – but don’t let it ruin anything for you.

(Maybe you’re a big fantasy guy and the idea of reading something by a “Merlin” fires you up. That’s the spirit!)

I’ll keep my intro to his article short and sweet, ‘cause the article itself is long-ish.

What’s this article about?

This article, the one I’m going to show you in a second, is about several things, but at it’s heart it’s about a working dad making decisions about his life.

It’s about making those hard kinds of decisions, the kind where it’s dangerous on a financial or physical level but you know in your gut you have to do it anyways.

It’s also about a son who loved his dad, and a dad who loves his daughter.

It’s also about how we navigate work as family guys.

Listen, there’s a bunch of wonderful nuggets in here. I think you’re going to like it, so please go read through Merlin Mann’s Cranking »

And then come back here and tell me what you think.

Context for the critically impaired

I’ve been following Merlin for just about 5 years. I was young, impressionable, and in my first corporate gig… so, naturally, I trashed 4-8 hours a day learning how to be more productive. Merlin’s blog 43 Folders was one of the biggest in that productivity-hacks space.

Fast forward 5 years. Merlin’s been quite for a longish time… writing a book… about “email stuff.” And in the process he comes to terms with the fact that this book isn’t about “email stuff,” it’s about making the best choices, doing your best work.

Listen, I could talk for hours about this guy, he’s shaped a lot of the way I navigate my work; from keyboard shortcuts to doing X and not Y. I’ve got a man-crush on him, ok? So I’m gonna cut you off there before I just sound like a fanboy.

If you want to learn more, you’ve got to check out this podcast Back to Work which captures some conversations between Merlin and a friend of his, Dan Benjamin.

I leave you with this (go checkout Cranking »)

“Because, that? That choosing? That’s what my book needs to be about. Not about pleasing people. Not about cranking on bullshit. Not about abandoning your priorities to write about priorities.”

Please Comment & Add Your Voice!

Chasen April 28, 2011 at 12:15 pm

Good stuff. Been having many of those same thoughts about being around. This will play with my thoughts for awhile. Thanks for sharing turkey lips!


chasereeves April 28, 2011 at 1:14 pm

Glad you like it animal face!

Harley April 28, 2011 at 1:05 pm

Wow. I call myself a writer, but this dude drinks my milkshake and throws the glass in my face.

Really great stuff, thanks for sharing.


chasereeves April 28, 2011 at 1:15 pm

Yea, he’s great… funny, insightful, etc. Really glad you dig it Harley!

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