READ: Today I revisited a great essay by Kevin Kelly that had a big impact on my thinking years ago after hearing from Tim Ferriss that it had been updated recently, 1,000 True Fans. It’s well worth a read if you’re a maker, a creator or an entrepreneur of any kind.
In our world that is so obsessed with superstardom and celebrity, Kelly offers us the sobering and heartening news that you only need a relatively small number of folks who love your work and support you to make a healthy living as a creator. This insight has really helped to shape my career vision and goals along the way, and is actually a big part of why I sit down to craft this little missive for you each week- because so many of you are my true fans that empower me to continue creating for a living and I want to give back to you in this small way.
The takeaway: 1,000 true fans is an alternative path to success other than stardom. Instead of trying to reach the narrow and unlikely peaks of platinum bestseller hits, blockbusters, and celebrity status, you can aim for direct connection with a thousand true fans. On your way, no matter how many fans you actually succeed in gaining, you’ll be surrounded not by faddish infatuation, but by genuine and true appreciation. It’s a much saner destiny to hope for. And you are much more likely to actually arrive there.
WATCH: Okay, folks, we officially live in the future. This was just too much fun not to share. It’s pretty mind-blowing to see a human being doing 100+ MPH on a jet hoverboard! Oh, and FYI the video is available in 8K (as if any of us actually have those displays…).
LISTEN: I just came across this great mix of Japanese Jazz from the 1970s by Magical Mystery Mix that combines two of my favorite things: Jazz and Asian culture. The vibe is very cool…something along the lines of Coltrane meets Kyoto!