About email tips, sources of competitive advantage, advice from Harvard's Class of 1963, my new info product & more!
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Launching Something New

Hi everyone!

This week's BrainPint goes out to 915 of you. Extending a warm welcome to all the curious minds who've just joined.

Yesterday was a special day! I launched the pre-order of my very first info product, the Newsletter Operating System. It's such a thrilling feeling to finally sell my own product. Just crossed $1K in sales in under 24 hours, and am so thankful for everyone who has purchased it. Read more below!

This week, I'm sharing about email tips, advice from Harvard's Class of 1963, sustainable competitive advantages, and an array of fun stuff.

Again, thanks for reading BrainPint and sharing about it. Excited to get to 1,000 soon.

With gratitude,
Janel

Interesting Reads

Sustainable Sources of Competitive Advantage
Morgan Housel shares sources of competitive advantage. There's a lot to unpack in the article, but this is my favorite: The ability to empathize with customers more than your competition. So many people build things from an ivory tower without figuring out who their customers are, and what needs they have. If you're an executive, get down and have conversations on the ground. Understand how people experience your product. Do User Research.

If I Knew Then (Advice From Harvard's Class of 1963)
Advice from life, careers & more from Harvard's Class of 1963 on their 50th class reunion.

Some highlights:

  • Do not be content to be average. Mediocrity breeds boredom, poor opportunity, and an unsatisfactory lifestyle. Instead, decide to excel in everything you do, and be distinctive, if not unique, in your approach.
  • Embrace humility and learn from your mistakes, but do not let them consume you with the paralysis of indecision or the depression of regret.
  • The totality of one’s life is the sum of the many, many choices that one will face and make. Make your choices thoughtfully.

Being Smart Is Not Enough
We often focus on rewarding the best ideas, and forget that for any innovation to be successful, it needs to be promoted and shared widely within an organization. You need both Geniuses & Butterflies (social people who share & teach) in your teams. Don't overindex on a single type of team member.

We Like What We Choose, Not The Other Way Around
If we commit to something, we can learn to love it. "New research confirms that random choices lead to preferences, and then it follows that preferences lead to habits and habits lead us to become the person we somehow decide we were born to be."

    Learning

    Email Tips Collection
    We spend so much time on emails. Time to learn how to do email right. Here's a collection of links to articles that will help you:

    • Figure out how to write better emails
    • Manage your emails and inbox
    • Use email as a sales and networking tool.

    Wonderful stuff by Josh of For The Interested (which by the way, you should subscribe to)

    How To Remember What You Learn
    Metacognition is so important in the learning process. This article shows how you can learn better, with practical tips. Make learning time-based, not goal-based. Write summaries of what you've learned. Talk to friends about what you learn.

    A Guide To Deep Learning & Neural Networks
    Deep learning (a subset of machine learning) powers various innovations like self-driving cars, natural language processing, image recognition and more.

      Newsletter Operating System
      Newsletter OS Intro

      Newsletter Operating System (Notion Dashboard)

      I've created a comprehensive Notion dashboard that helps newsletter creators curate, write & grow their newsletters.

      Let's face it. Writing a newsletter is a lot of work. This resource helps you save time and put some structure into your writing & growth process. (Plus help you celebrate milestones!)

      The Newsletter OS is an upgraded, resource-laden version of the dashboard I use to run BrainPint. Unlike books that you read a few times, this product can be integrated into your life and serve as the Headquarters for your newsletter.

      It's currently at a pre-launch special price, so grab it while you can. Feel free to hit reply if you have any questions about the Newsletter OS. 

      Pre-order Newsletter OS now
      Resources & Tools
      Personality Test

      Crystal Knows

      Crystal gives you personality insights for your coworkers, candidates, and customers, and best of all, yourself! They have a generous free integrated personality test that you can take. Just so we get to know each other better, here's the headline from my report: "Janel tends to enjoy adventure and freedom, with a high tolerance for risk and not much patience for rigid structures". It's pretty true.

      UTM Builder - Marketers or even newsletter writers, this one's for you. Free Google sheet that helps you add UTM parameters to your links, so you can track where traffic is coming from, or send signals to other sites to tell them "Hey! I'm sending you traffic!"

      Carbon - Create beautiful images of your source code.

      Logo Search - Blazing fast logo search that helps you get svg logos from different brands. You know those presentations where you're pitching to clients and want to find their logos? This helps.

        Newsletters

        Productivize - Invest in learning the ins and outs of great products, exceptional champions, valuable gems on UI/UX, effective early adopter strategies, leveraging power users, and more. If you're a product person, you'll love it.

        Saas Investing Digest - My new weekly newsletter for investors in publicly listed SaaS companies. Pulls the best content from SaaS analysts & writers.

        I love investing in SaaS companies, and wanted to get all my sources curated so I created this. 540 subscribers and counting in under a week. Fully automated using Mailbrew (aff)

          Take A Brain Break

          Sharkle - A Stumble-Upon like website that surfaces awesome (an entirely random) things on the Internet.

          Learn Geography While Having Fun - We can't travel much now but that doesn't mean we can't brush up our map skills.

          Calligrapher.AI - Type in text and watch as a neural network changes text into realistic handwriting.

            Quote Of The Week

            "Free education is abundant, all over the Internet. It's the desire to learn that's scarce."
            — Naval
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