[Note: In case you’re wondering, this post is a followup to this (which received some great comments and a bunch of emails). I try my best to respond to each and every one].
OK…so I'm getting emails/comments from readers upset with me about that cliff hanger in my previous email and blog post.
Sorry about that. Perhaps the excitement around my bike trip is spilling over into this project.
Anyway, I’ve been feeling reluctant to talk about something. But it’s *long overdue* so here goes . . .
As you may or may not know, this whole technology coaching thing I do has changed a lot (in the best possible way).
When I first started Cloud Coach . . . I never in a million years DREAMED I'd have the opportunity to have the impact I've had.
I've been lucky to have helped thousands (perhaps tens of thousands) of people transform their lives with technology.
And I’ve been deeply touched by all the beautiful emails, comments, and conversations we’ve shared.
On many occasions, my clients will call me to stop by and visit just to express their gratitude (it’s times like this that make everything worth it)!
And wow, have I learned a lot!!
So here is what I have been holding out on…
To share the accumulation of what I have learned about how to really get to inbox zero.
For YEARS I've questioned teaching this stuff.
I made the usual mundane excuses like “I don’t have enough time” and “I’m not sure if it will be worth it” And I’m embarrassed to admit that, as Cloud Coach has grown. . .
. . . I wondered if sharing my inbox zero email strategy would actually HURT my business and result in fewer clients. I also wondered if I was even capable of teaching everything I’ve know. (Day in and day out, now, I’m realizing just how small this kind of thinking was).
Oh. And I’m also a bit of a perfectionist. Ok “a bit” is a understatement . . . I’m a FULL BLOWN perfectionist.
And because I’ve given up all hope of fixing this, I realized that I simply cannot go half-way with this. As far as I am concerned – its **all the way** or not at all.
How I'm Trying to Learn From The Past
Before I started Cloud Coach, people kept saying “Ethan, you could charge people for this” and I thought “But every business is different, every technology challenge unique, how will I address all the different dynamics and situations?”
But I DID go onto start Cloud Coach. And it ended up having an impact that I’m only just realizing.
It would have been small minded of me to NOT to start Cloud Coach. And I’m beginning to think that not sharing what I know about the art of inbox zero email strategy (out of fear that it will impact my own business) is just as small minded.
So I’m Seriously Considering Doing This
Despite my fears, hesitance, and perfectionism, I am seriously considering pulling back the curtain and showing you just about everything I know about finishing each day with an empty inbox.
- Yes, that actually means not dreading your inbox, because you know it’s not going to consume you.
- We’re talking about shifting email to a place that helps you get work done, instead of hindering your productivity.
- Being able to end each day with a clean inbox that gives you peace of mind and clarity.
- Having an email inbox that takes care of organizing itself.
(I would have LOVED to have had this training years ago).
If I Do This, It Will Be A LOT Of Work
I'm excited about sharing this stuff with you, but I've been around long enough to know that my small projects quickly get out of hand and turn into big ones.
So I only want to do this if there's enough interest.
So I want to know…
- What do you think?
- Should I do this?
- Would you be interested?
Your feedback and thoughts are absolutely the fuel that keeps me excited. And I don’t want to even think about doing this unless there’s enough potential interest.
Anyway, if you have a second, please leave a comment below and let me know what you think. It would mean a lot to me, and I’ll do my best to respond to each and every comment. Talk soon, Ethan