The Demons Hate Fresh Air πŸ‘Ί [WRAP 133]


Matt Ragland

Thursday, July 25, 2024

WRAP #133: The Demons Hate Fresh Air πŸ‘Ί

Hey Reader, it's the first weekend of May and one of my favorite months of the year.

We lovingly call it "May-hem" around the house because in the span of 6 weeks we have 3 birthdays, Mother's Day, wedding anniversary, and Memorial Day! Oh and we will likely welcome our little girl to the family this month, so make that 4/6 family birthdays in a matter of weeks πŸ˜…

Thanks as always for reading, let's get started!


In this issue:

πŸ’‘ The Big Idea

The Demons Hate Fresh Air πŸ‘Ί


πŸ““ Notebook Review!

May 2024 Planning Video


πŸ‘€ A Video to Watch

Productivity & Parents with Tiago Forte


πŸ’‘ The Big Idea

The Demons Hate Fresh Air πŸ‘Ί

I'm reading a book both my Dad and uncle recommended to me, Crossing the Unknown Sea: Work as a Pilgrimage of Identity (what a title) by David Whyte.

I've started the book twice before only to have it really hit now (ever had that happen?) β€” but there's a passage which has come up twice in the HeyCreator community that is applicable to anyone.

Multiple times this week, I've had community members share feelings of overwhelm, being distracted, and unsure about how to move forward with a task or project that is very important to them.

Quick aside: if you're a creator and you want to be a part of these discussions and not feel alone and overwhelmed, you gotta check out HeyCreator!

To tell the truth, I've felt a lot of those things this week too! I have business goals to hit, I'm trying to stay focused and attentive as a father and husband, baby is coming soon, it's a lot!

That's why this passage from Crossing the Unknown Sea hit so hard. It's on page 53 of the book, and I've made notes where I combined passages for the sake of brevity in the newsletter:

Joel had an irrational fear of failure that would lead to being homeless on the streets of Berkley. Never mind that Joel was very successful and would have people lining up to hire him if they had the opportunity (my interpretation) β€”Β Joel had an unspoken fear that he had not yet explored.
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Joel realized that to be effective he had to take inventory of his own fears. But a crucial distinction was that he did not have to overcome them, he simply had to know what he was afraid of.

This reminds me of another passage in Keep Going by Austin Kleon, quoting writer Ingmar Bergman, who said:

The demons hate it when you get out of bed, demons hate fresh air.

Bergman was talking about it in the context of writer's block, but it's applicable in Whyte's recommendation to "take inventory" of your fears in order to be effective and move forward.

If you'll allow me to combine the two passages, it's through action and direction that we move past our fears. As it's said in Dune:

I will allow my fear to pass through me... then only I will remain.

Note: if you're a dad experiencing these things too β€”Β you should hang out with us in Father Fire. Reply for an invite or read more at the end.

Creator Resource πŸ“‚

One quick reminder from last week. My friend Louis Nicholls put together a HUGE resource list of newsletter landing pages. There are over 300 examples, complete with screenshots, conversion rates, and filtering by topic.

​Click here to view everything β€” it's an incredible resource and Louis has a lot more planned to help creators have the tools they need to succeed. As the Founder of Sparkloop, he has his finger on the pulse of what works!

πŸ““ Bullet Journal Video

May Planning & Outdoor Hour Tracker β˜€οΈ

In this month's plan with me video I go over my simple two column layout and a few highlights from April. I share my perspective on jiu-jitsu and personal growth (first discussed here) and the outdoor hour tracker I'm using in May.

I think you'll like this one, even if it's just to catch up. The honest truth is that my monthly layout doesn't change all that much, but that's the point. I know exactly what to do, it's effective, and I can get the whole month planned in 15 minutes.

Watch here or the thumbnail below.

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πŸ‘€ A Video to Watch

From corporate to creator

In this new episode of the HeyCreator I share 3 ways full-time workers can start a side hustle and build a creator business.

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1 - Pick one platform

2 - Pick a niche to own

3 - Serve your way to $1K

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​Watch more here!​

The WRAP is sponsored by

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🀝 Father Fire

In the Big Idea πŸ’‘ I mentioned that if you're a Dad who at times deals with overwhelm, focus, and making sure you're giving enough time to all the important things in life β†’ you should come hang out with us in Father Fire.

It's a community where we are working together on our family, career, and not getting fat. Just reply to this email to request an invite and join the group.

If you're curious about the how of a community then you should know that Father Fire and thousands of other communities run on Mighty Networks!

It has all the features you would expect from a community platform, like spaces for posts, chats, and the ability to go live. But my favorite little feature are the AI-driven polls and questions.

If you're a person building community with others over a common vision or goal (like being a great dad) β€” then check out Mighty Networks and see what they can do to support your mission.


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