Jordan Ogren

May 13, 2022

🪞 The Lookback 5/07 – 5/13

This weather has me feeling amazing ☀️

It's crazy how I let externalities affect my internal state (happiness). It's essentially handing over control to things out of my control. That doesn't sound the smartest.

That has me focusing on cultivating happiness regardless of the outside world.

No matter if there is a war, a stock crash, or a fatal diagnosis, I will decide to be joy-filled.

How was your week?

5 things I did this week:

  1. I released episode 5 of my podcast and received crickets 🦗 (That's what I get for not being consistent)
  2. I ran six times for a total of 23 miles
  3. I created assets for and managed a virtual event booth for 3 days
  4. I finished reading Dave Gerhardt's book Founder Brand
  5. I crashed into my wife while on an electric scooter (Bird) and caused minor injuries to her (I'm such an idiot...)

3 things I learned this week:

1. At the core of marketing, business, and almost everything is thinking.
While this is rarely discussed, thinking is foundational for many domains.

Want to live a better life? Make better decisions. How do you do that? Think with greater clarity–avoid biases and hurtful heuristics.

Sure, mastering TikTok may help your marketing momentarily, but improving how you think (about marketing) will bring dividends for life.

2. Being aware of yourself is a superpower.
Have you ever seen yourself from someone else's standpoint?

I haven't. Yet, that hasn't stopped me from observing myself from an external point to improve. I believe the best way to improve yourself is by being aware of how you act, speak, and think.

Only when we are truly aware of ourselves can we make the calculated decisions to improve our current state.

3. The most important person to forgive is ourselves.
I struggle to let things go, especially when it is something I did or failed to do.

This has made me realize the importance of forgiving ourselves. I could beat myself up for hours on how I should have avoided Katie instead of knocking her down. But what good does that bring? None.

Instead, I acknowledge my mistake, forgive myself, and move on in compassion.

1 question for you:

What is something that I believe deeply in that I might be wrong about? What else might I be wrong about?

(A prerequisite question to answer is: Do I want to be right more than I want the truth?)

Thank you for reading this week's lookback!

Now it's your turn to share:
  • What did you do this week?
  • What did you learn this week?
  • What question is on your mind?

Have a fabulous weekend!

🧠 + ❤️ // JO