Ryan Stephens Marketing

4 Timeless Business Lessons from Obvious Adams

“Obvious Adams: The Story of a Successful Businessman” was first published as a short story in the Saturday Evening Post in April, 1916. (Free PDF here). It’s been reprinted in book and Kindle format a couple of times, perhaps most notably by Forgotten Books in 2012. At only 70 pages I breezed through this little book and if you […]

Why Are We All So Damn Busy?

“In our obsession with optimizing our creative routines and maximizing our productivity, we’ve forgotten how to be truly present in the gladdening mystery of life.” – Maria Popova The truth is too many people wear busy like a badge of honor. In fact, think about it, when was the last time someone you know, over […]

14 of My Favorite Reads from November 2014

With all the noise overwhelming our lives and our social streams it’s easy to miss the good stuff. Content like tweets, in particular, are especially perishable. That’s why I’ve always been a fan of highlighting some of my favorite posts at the end of each month. This is my effort to provide a little signal […]

How and Why I Track My Life

Unlike many people who I respect, I don’t believe in tracking for tracking’s sake. It’s not one of life’s intrinsic pleasures. Personally, I only have one reason to track: to increase the quality of my life. How? By identifying things that are either correlated or causally-related to increased quality of life and optimizing for those […]

Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products

Seventy-nine percent of smartphone owners check their phone within 15 minutes of waking up every morning. One-third of Americans say they would rather give up sex than lose their cell phones. Candy Crush, Facebook, Instagram, SnapChat, Pinterest and Spotify. How many people download and use these apps on their phone so much so that using […]