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We all suffer from a profound case of “Idea Surplus Disorder” at Filament — and we think that’s a good thing. Here are some of those ideas we’d like to share with you.



Monday Morning Meeting -- New Year's Edition


Welcome to 2017, and to the first Monday Morning Meeting of the year!  We hope you're ready to kick off the next 365 days

The Idea:  If you want to visualize how much time you have in 2017 to accomplish your dreams, find seven decks of cards with similar backs. Lay out all seven decks on your desk or your floor, backs showing. This is a year of days (give or take). Let the magnitude of a year sink in as you experience this wonderful availability of time. (This is a powerful exercise.)

The Video:  Here's a 90-second introduction to the way Google Ventures runs their week-long sprints.

The Book (Instead of recommending a book this week, here's a book-related tip instead): Do you have a bunch of business books you’ve been meaning to read sitting on your shelf? Stop stressing about reading them all, and instead, set aside just 60 minutes for uninterrupted reading this week, and grab five books and read a random chapter in each. Make sure you have a notebook handy when you’re reading to capture any cool ideas you find.

The Quote:  

When we wonder about the future, we get a chance to begin again, to set new goals and envision bold plans. No more chances to do yesterday over, sorry. But infinite chances for tomorrow. If you could do tomorrow over again, would you?

- Seth Godin

See you next Monday!!