Daily Caffeine

By David Sherry

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Daily Caffeine shares 5-minute insights about creating your own processes for personal and creative mastery. From David Sherry.

Episode Date
Tiny Gestures
May 28, 2021
Presence is Power
May 27, 2021
On Vague Meetings
May 26, 2021
Questions Frame Answers
May 25, 2021
Work is Just Making a Contribution
May 21, 2021
From Stuck in Cycles to Commitment
May 20, 2021
How to Start a Collaboration
May 19, 2021
Unstructured Time
May 18, 2021
"Just Do It"
May 14, 2021
Morning Pages, Again
May 13, 2021
Wisdom is Compressed Knowledge
May 12, 2021
Answering "How are you feeling?"
May 11, 2021
Are we in a Great Migration?

The digital space is the new fronteir. We have had less innovation in the physical world than in the world of bits. 

That’s because we’re currently undergoing a mass migration one that will change the physical world greatly, it’s just it hasn’t been understood fully just yet. 

The question is are you going to choose to migrate?

May 07, 2021
Make the Algorithm Work for You

Social media networks plague us with the “filter bubble.” But what if the filter bubble was built to work for us?

Create a new account on any social media network for your choice. 

Name the account “Your_Name_Learning_Subject_” for example “David_Learning_Realestate.”

Begin training the algorithm to surface information related to this subject by finding the top creators and teachers in this space and then following and liking their work.

Now, whenever you want to learn ____ subject, simply swap to that account and get a customized feed of information in the topic of your choice.

May 06, 2021
Education is a Permanent Feature of Today's Economy

The internet “unbounds” whatever it touches.  Education was built on a bounded timeline that ended when your job began. But all of that is different now. 

The education space is one of the largest addressable markets ever, because it’s not for everyone, over the course of their entire lives.

May 05, 2021
Trust and Patience

Patience and trust are intertwined. Frustrations come up when we don’t trust another or we don’t trust ourselves.  

Because trust holds a long-term view, we are able to be patient as we believe that things will work themselves out over time.  

May 04, 2021
Unblocking New Ideas

How do you come up with new ideas to solve your problems on the spot?

May 02, 2021
Why Knowing What You Really Want is Difficult...
Apr 29, 2021
A Decision You Make Once

Some decisions leave you wishy-washy, constantly deciding. Others you make only once, and for those decisions, you save yourself a HUGE amount of time.

Apr 28, 2021
Why The Creator Economy is like the Rainforest

The "Long Tail" is more important than ever. In this episode, I talk about finding your niche, with a short exercise for how to start to identify the category you're in. 

Apr 27, 2021
What is Easy for You, You Can Teach to Others

We're all wired differently. This means that the way you interact with the world has developed through an entirely unique set of learnings and understandings. 

Apr 25, 2021
We Have No Idea What a Creative Idea is Worth
Creative ideas that exist in your head before they enter the market have no clear price. This means that we have no idea what a niche podcast or newsletter is worth in a global market.
Apr 24, 2021
Creators are Changing How They Price Their Work
One of the most popular business models today is subscription. We are used to paying like this for Netflix, Spotify, etc. But in the creator economy, we can price our goods and services along a whole cost curve that allows you to capture fans who want to pay the most all the way to those who want to pay the least.
Apr 23, 2021
Linear vs. Non-Linear Opportunities

What if we can move beyond the "step by step" progress into an exponential?

Apr 15, 2021
Developing our "Edge"

We develop a predictable process that gives us an edge, when we find joy in the mechanics of producing our "magic." 

Apr 14, 2021
"Predicting" the Future

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Apr 13, 2021
"What ideas are you offended by?"

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Apr 12, 2021
Setting Goals in the Era of Social Media

How do we define which goals are based in substance, and which are based in creating an image of ourselves for other people?

Apr 08, 2021
What Does Feedback Mean to You?
Feb 08, 2021
Structure vs. Flow
Feb 04, 2021
Your Primitive Brain Loves Images and Imagination
Feb 02, 2021
Getting What You Want, From Where You Are Now
The context for all productivity and hitting goals starts with two things. Today I chat about the common misconceptions with both of these elements, and some practices for you to better understand your own productivity and achievement.
Feb 01, 2021
Using Polarities

When we think through problems or areas we’re stuck on, polarities represent the two ends of spectrum of our thinking. Often we’re taught to think in binary terms. We are together with someone or broken up, we are hard working or we are lazy, we are happy or we are sad, however the truth is that in almost anything in life there is no binary…only a spectrum that we move along.

Nonetheless, poles, polarities “polar opposites” help us establish a spectrum by which to understand where we are. So they are useful as a framework for understanding ourselves better.

Like a race that has a starting line and a finish line, it helps to know which you are closer to in your journey. 

I wanted to lay out some standard polarities that can help you assess where you are. These polarities are not base-ground truth, meaning, they are not “real.” Think of them more like a useful framework that we’ve created for ourselves to describe and think through how we’re feeling. You can think of where you are between or on a pole based on how you feel. So it’s more about experiencing than it is accomplishing or arriving. 

I think it was Kapil Gupta who said, “The answer is never 1 or 10, it’s usually something like 3.25487.”

Jan 27, 2021
Personal Growth vs. Personal Achievement 

Creatives can feel stuck in two worlds: The world of business, and the world of personal development.

This creates a tension between what we perceive as our "Personal Development" – i.e. mindfulness, spirituality, connection, play...

And our "Personal Achievement" – i.e. Money, success, fame....

Most often we try and solve this tension by seeing if we can combine the two. And, while mindfulness DOES overlap and help you at work... it doesn't directly solve your work problems.Sometimes, you just need to learn how to budget, or a new skill, or get more proficient at speaking in public.

And sometimes, you have material success by you're totally burnt out, or despite more money, fame etc. you still feel a huge hole in your life, and no amount of further success will ever fill it.

So embarking on a path of personal growth is what you truly need, rather than doubling down on the comfortable space of work achievement...

Today I want to discuss the difference between the two, and what happens when we mistake one for the other.

Ultimately, to me, we all could use both.

Some of us could recognize with more clarity that a problem you face cannot be directly solved with more meditation. Sometimes you just need to do the work.

And sometimes that extra cash out, that extra incentive for fame...

Well maybe that's not what you're really needing right now, either.

Oct 03, 2020
Patience to take the Next Step
Oct 03, 2020
Where are you Gem Polishing?

It's tough when you haven't shared something creative for a long time.

You get this feeling like you're blocked and you need to share but the more you delay, the more it's difficult to get what's inside you out into the world.

It's like the world is moving past me and I’m frozen in time... So I try and stop it from happening and I try and yell "Wait!"

But then I realized that yelling “Wait!” was a strategy.

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Sep 09, 2020
Daily Caffeine Trailer

Hey and welcome to Daily Caffeine – Bit sized, micro-coaching moments for Founders and Creators. Hosted by David Sherry.

Aug 26, 2020