The invitation is this: Between Nov 10 and Jan 6, I will be offering a block of heavily discounted and pro-bono 1:1 consulting hours to work with those of you who want to take on a Great Work in 2017 (you can also bring a small team to the video call if you wish).
Currently, I've set the limit at 10 discounted and 5 pro-bono hours (limit 1 per person, so basically 15 spots), but I may increase it depending on demand and how my normal work shapes up. To sign up for a slot, go to the Eventbrite page for the Season of Great Works and sign up. Ticket sales will close in 1 week (on Thursday Nov 10). There are some conditions and restrictions, which are listed on the event page.
Why am I doing this? The main reason is that Season 2 of Breaking Smart will be all about institution/organization building. Great institutions and organizations are usually the byproduct of people taking on Great Works, so this will be helpful for my ongoing research.
Whether it is building a billion dollar company, passing a major piece of legislation, getting to the moon, solving for clean energy, or writing a big fat novel, the demands of bigger ambitions call for more sophisticated thinking than your typical personal New Years resolutions. Everything we've talked about over the 50 newsletter issues in the last year comes together in a Great Work attempt. Every philosophical idea laid out in the 20 Season 1 essays of Breaking Smart is put to the test.
From the tension between agile and waterfall thinking and the perils of goal-setting under ambiguity and uncertainty, to the challenges of building trust and cultivating skills in teams, there is no aspect of breaking smart that a Great Work does not stress. If you will forgive a bro-metaphor, a Great Work is an attempt to recruit all the muscles of your life to set a new one-rep-max personal record. An unprecedented effort that will either break you or make you stronger.
Big means bigger than a 4-hour-workweek lifestyle business. Bigger than the next clever blog-post idea. Bigger than a modest artisan cookie business that aims to remain a small indie darling. Bigger than the next canny career move, summer-long gofundme scheme, or month-long nonprofit funding drive. Not that there's anything wrong with modest ambitions, but that's not what interests me personally, what I'm studying, or what I'm trying to encourage and support with this newsletter. There's plenty of good information and support out there already if you want to pursue modest ambitions limited to your own life. What's missing is support for Great Works.
So if there's an itch in your life that more modest ambitions won't satisfy, and you feel like 2017, with its guaranteed ambience of weirdness and anomie, will be a Great-Work-or-Bust year for you, check out the Season of Great Works eventbrite page.
Perhaps we can actually help make the world (not just America) great again.