Pick Your 2% and Put Everything Against It

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What if you blew up your schedule and rebuilt it around your ability to birth genius?

What if you started with a blank, white schedule, then added in 4 to 5 hours a day, in fluid bursts, where you dropped into uninterrupted, hyper-focused “maker mode?”

What if then, and only then, you added back in a smattering of “manager mode” items, like meetings, calls, conversation and administrtivia. But only what could fit into a designated 2 to 3 hour window every day?

And what if you kept on this schedule for a week, a month, a season…for life?

How might this change not only what you’re capable of creating, but the way you engage with the people you adore and your ability to rebuild a vital, healthy body, mind, spirit and life?

What might the net impact of this shift be on the world around you?

What if, as legendary Boulder, Colorado venture capitalist, Techstars co-founder, and author, Brad Feld offers, you picked the 2% where you could make a massive difference and put everything you’ve got into it?

And let everything else go…

Well, last summer, Brad did just that.

Moving to a mountain house in Keystone with his wife and a few golden retrievers, he abandoned his insanely packed schedule, mountains of meetings, constant calls, 16-18 hour days, and spent 3 months away from the din of the world. Writing, creating, running and connecting.

What unfolded was extraordinary. Many surprises and awakenings. Both about the true impact his “regular” schedule was having on him, and what that pace was doing to his ability to pick his 2% and put everything he had against it. To make the greatest difference.

In this week’s Good Life Project, I sit down with Brad in Keystone, Colorado for a remarkable, incredibly candid conversation about this experience.

His insights are nothing short of stunning.

But we go way beyond the maker mode experiment and explore specific structures and strategies he’s implemented that have allowed him to craft an extraordinary career, while exalting his relationship with his wife, Amy, and pursuing the quest to run a marathon in every state.

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8 responses

8 responses to “Pick Your 2% and Put Everything Against It”

  1. Dan Garner says:

    Wow, nice idea. I’ve got a month furlough from my government job starting in 2 weeks. I’m going to put it to the test. I’ll get back and let you know how it worked out.

    Thank you so much for this.

    Dan Garner

  2. This video made my heart sing! It’s exactly what I want (and how I’m beginning to live). AND it’s what I constantly ask my clients to consider doing. As business owners, this give them time to do their genius, rather than muddle through the mundane that gobbles up our minutes, our days, and our lives. Bravo for this one, Jonathan! Thanks for introducing me/us to Brad.

  3. Joanna Penn says:

    I totally agree with this – and it also reminded me of Stefan Sagmeister’s TED talk on taking a year out.

    This clicked for me recently as I have entered my 2nd year as a fulltime author-entrepreneur. I used to see a full diary as evidence of success and productivity, now I see an empty diary as my goal, for then I will be writing and thinking.

    Thanks for GLP Jonathan, I am really enjoying the episodes.

  4. Trevor Waldorf says:

    Whoa, I totally met this guy at a dinner party several years ago, cool dude.

    Fantastic episode, too.

  5. Eugene says:

    Loved this interview! Thanks for the great work.

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  7. The interview was perfect. There’s a huge movement of people being “location independent” – but most of those people are either quitting their jobs or starting small businesses and trying to grow them. Brad, on the other hand, encompasses an entirely different demographic who has a ton on his plate and has decided to downsize his “work” time and upsize his “love” time. Fortunately he and his wife can both work regardless of location and spend a bunch of time together, which is so awesome. It seems like they have an incredibly mutually respectful and loving relationship.

    I appreciate the talk about awareness. It’s so true that when you start to be present with the food that you eat and the things that you do, you start to realize that you really shouldn’t be eating those foods or doing those things that don’t add to your health or your life. That was great stuff.

    btw, I love the idea of a nomadic 2013!

  8. alam ghafoor says:

    Great interview …I’m rather fortunate that I do have days and the time structured to be able to work in this manner.It’s so important to be in the present no matter what you do..100% concentration/thought for whatever is at hand gets you really experiencing the moment.Thank you