Alex Medick

Dad, Entrepreneur // Building INSIDE

February 15, 2024

read/heard/seen #001

Hey friends - Trying out a new newsletter format called read/heard/seen. It's where I will share the best of what I've, you've guessed it!, read, heard, or seen that week. So expect this NL in your inbox every Friday morning pacific time. While I'll share cool things like music and art from time-to-time, articles will mostly relate to ...
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January 29, 2024

Fail forward

It's time to re-think your description of failure. Not all failure actually means failure. In fact, more often than not, failure is the ultimate teacher. What are three things you can learn from failure? 1. You can learn that you’re a risk taker. Too many people are afraid these days. Afraid to make the ask, afraid to take the leap, af...
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January 23, 2024

Meet Stay Stoked, your ChatGPT daily motivator.

Meet Stay Stoked, your ChatGPT daily motivator. Get it here: Yes, it's free and I will keep iterating on it over time. I honestly just wanted to learn how to make a GPT and this was the project I made up to learn with. So, learning in public? ha -AJM
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December 14, 2023

Life as a writer at INSIDE.COM

Was asked what the basics of being a writer at @INSIDE is like. Here was my response. // Alex Medick · @ajmedick · @INSIDE
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December 7, 2023

We try our best

We're all just trying our best. We take the information we have at hand, and just do our best to make the next right move. Do we get it right all of the time? Hell no we don't. But as long as we're making more right decisions more than wrong, we're making progress. Be easy on yourself. Remember the human side of it all. We're all just ...
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November 30, 2023

I was on the Legendary Leaders Podcast

Hey friends - I was recently on the Legendary Leaders podcast. The interview was published today. I haven't listened to it yet, so be sure to tell me if I sound like a nut job. YouTube Link: What We Cover 1. An Entrepreneurial Mindset:• Alex has had an entrepreneurial spirit from a young ...
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November 2, 2023

Life stage advice and awareness

Life stage advice from Paul Orfalea, founder of Kinkos. Simple, powerful, accurate. Advice In your 20's, try everything. In your 30's, figure out what you do best In your 40's, make money from what you do best In your 50's, try not to do too much (just enjoy) Awareness In your 20's, you care about what everyone thinks about you. In you...
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April 18, 2023

Entrepreneurship Love

I love being an entrepreneur / founder so much. It’s pain, chaos, and glory all wrapped up into a daily punch in the face. I love it. I don’t know if I’d survive in a normie world. Nothing against it, I’m just not built for it. - AJM
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April 14, 2023

Who am I?

Ah, the age-old existential question of who am I? Let’s see. I’m a… Father Co-parent Son Entrepreneur Writer Reader Artist Soccer Hooligan Horrible Skateboarder Surfer Digital Marketer WordPress Developer Poet Bitcoin Maxi Nerd Athlete Rebel Punk Yogi Hippie Minimalist Dreamer And so much more… I used to envy those that knew who they w...
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April 11, 2023

Punk and Entrepreneurship: A Love Story

What do I love about punk rock? Outside of the music itself, it’s the humanity and realness behind it all. To be punk is to be raw and unpolished. It doesn’t matter how you look or sound. What matters is that you get your ass up on that stage, not giving a damn about what others might say. and just start playing music from your soul. G...
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March 30, 2023

So you want to build a tech product? Start here first.

“QUICK NOTE: This is a more detailed write up on building a product for startups. If this isn't your jam, feel free to ignore. I wrote this presentation for Startup NV and am sharing here as well. ” Building and launching a new product can be daunting for even the most seasoned PM (Product Manager). With so many moving pieces and x-fac...
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March 1, 2023

Master your calendar, master your time

I know what I’m about to say is easier said than done. I still struggle with it. But if you can crack this skill, even slightly, it is so fucking worth it. I promise. That skill is time-blocking your calendar. Yep, a simple calendar habit will give you your freedom back. I didn’t always believe this. I actually believed for a long time...
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February 24, 2023

Deleting Social Media Off My Phone

I deleted all of the social media off my phone. It’s honestly great. But it sure as hell isn’t easy. Before I continue, I want to say sorry to anyone that has written me a DM that I haven’t gotten back to. I just don’t go on social all that much in general anymore, let alone respond to the DMs. As the cliche goes, it’s not you, it’s me...
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February 20, 2023

Why I ditched WordPress for

After years of preaching about the power of WordPress, I got rid of it for I didn’t do it for the reasons you’re thinking of though. Nope, nothing wrong with the platform or tech or limitations or whatever other nonsense people out there are saying. In fact, I still love WordPress and will promote and build on it as muc...
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February 16, 2023

Words of wisdom from Shep Gordon

Recently, I've found myself returning to my favorite quotes and life advice from Shep Gordon. Tips from him that directly relate to things happening in my life / the world around me. If you don't know who Shep Gordon is, he is a producer, manager, and entrepreneur. Ugh, that's a weak way to describe him. Honestly, I really don't know h...
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February 14, 2023

Life Principles

Do you have principles for life and work? Do you have a standard code of conduct that you keep as the baseline for all that you pursue in life? It’s okay if you don’t. I didn’t for far too long. After reading Principles by Ray Dalio and How To Fail At Almost Everything and Still Win Big by Scott Adams, it became increasingly clear to m...
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January 31, 2023

Defining the New Rich

Every so often, I like to revisit my old copy of the 4-Hour Work Week by Tim Ferriss. I saw it sitting on the bookshelf and it just sorta called to me. I picked it up and haven’t been able to put it down since. The first thing I did was go to the ear-marks I left on sections I loved (yes, I do earmark books. Whatever bookmark lovers). ...
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January 27, 2023

So I think I just acquired an app?

I’m not 100% positive yet, but I think I might have accidentally acquired an app. Um, what did I just do? It all started two weeks ago when a friend of mine asked me about an app that I talk about a lot to help with my “living better” journey. I told him the name but he told me he couldn’t find it in the app store. I looked too. Wasn’t...
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January 25, 2023

Is there a better way?

Today during my Inside Coffee Break for entrepreneurs, I mentioned that I was starting a book club in February if anyone would like to join along for that too. One Coffee Break attendee quickly joked, “Entrepreneurs have time to read?” He laughed. We all laughed. I let the thought pass through without a hesitation. As the day went on t...
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January 20, 2023

the aggregation of marginal gains

The aggregation of marginal gains. It’s a line that’s really resonated with me from the book Atomic Habits. I’m currently reading it as part of the first community book club of the year. And this damn line that was in there.. Well, it just won’t leave my mind. The aggregation of marginal gains I think it’s stuck with me beca...
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January 19, 2023

Pollyanna: The Theme of 2023

I’ve decided that after the shit show that was the years 2020 to 2022, we need a new theme and new vibe for 2023. Forget the old. Forget the past. Let’s have a little more positivity, open-mindedness, and joy this year. Let’s turn those frowns upside down, friends. That’s why I’ve decided that the theme for 2023 is POLLYANNA. Not sure ...
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January 8, 2023

Top 2023 Marketing Trends and AI Search According to ChatGPT

For the hell of it, I decided to ask ChatGPT a few questions about the future of marketing tonight. Here’s our conversation. Me: What do you think will be the top marketing tactic of 2023? ChatGPT: It’s difficult to predict exactly what the top marketing tactic will be in 2023, as the field of marketing is constantly evolving and new t...
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January 7, 2023

An American on 24-Hour Time

I’m an American on 24-hour time. And yes, it’s 24-hour time, not military time. It took a little bit to get used to. But after a few weeks, I grew to love it. At this point in the story, you’re probably asking yourself, “why the hell are you going by 24-hour time?” Great question reader! It all started after a friend of mine from Germa...
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December 20, 2022

Happy Holidays and all that jazz 🎉

Hey all - I just wanted to take a moment to say happy holidays! I hope you all had a fantastic 2022 and are ready to keep that positive momentum going into the new year. I didn’t really set any major aspirations or resolutions for 2023. I guess I’ve just really set some good habits and momentum this year, so I want to keep aiming to be...
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December 16, 2022

I wanna go fast

Speed is the most underrated feature a startup can have. The best product doesn’t always win. The one who moves fast as hell and reduces user friction (typically) is the one to pull ahead from the rest of the race. Before working at a startup, I always heard about how things move fast. But to be honest, I completely underestimated how ...
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December 12, 2022

My 2022 Reading List

Why didn’t anyone tell me I was knocking out 26 books in 2022? That’s too much for how busy my life is. But hey, I read em, I dig em, and I’m stoked on em. And guess what all that reading means? Drumroll please….. It’s time for an annual reading list blog! I went through a range of topics this year – from self-help and minimalism, to i...
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December 8, 2022

Adopt the hacker mentality

It’s time for you to adopt the hacker mentality. No, that doesn’t mean to start wearing all black hoodies, chug monster energy drinks, and break into a bank database. That shit is for the movies. I’m not even talking about that kind of hacking. I’m talking about the kind of hacking that equates to growth, shipping products, and making ...
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December 7, 2022

10 Tools Every Bootstrapped Marketer Needs

That’s right marketers, I went with a cliche af SEO title and bestowed upon you all the glory of the list blog. Congrats on your first lesson of bootstrapped marketing: people love their damn lists. Okay, but on a real note, here are 10 tools that I believe every bootstrapped marketer needs. Why? Everything on this list is powerful for...
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December 6, 2022

What is punk rock tech?

Something you might hear me reference from time-to-time is something called punk rock tech. Cool. It has a name. But what the hell is it? What is punk rock tech? “+ punk: [ puhngk ] a style or movement characterized by the adoption of aggressively unconventional and often bizarre or shocking clothing, hairstyles, makeup, etc., and the ...
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December 2, 2022

3 Lessons I Took Away from Stutz

Last night, I watched Stutz on Netflix. If you’ve ever been in therapy or have considered therapy, you definitely should watch this. And if you’ve never considered therapy, stop being an ass and go watch this movie and realize how everyone in life needs therapy. WATCH STUTZ TRAILER HERE First off, loved Stutz. Great job Jonah Hill and ...
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