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๐Ÿ•น Life Is a Game ๐Ÿš” - Issue #11

๐Ÿ•น Life Is a Game ๐Ÿš” - Issue #11
By Art's Newsletter • Issue #11 • View online
Hi y'all ๐Ÿ‘‹
Question for you this week: Do you watch the Eurovision song context?
Today weโ€™ll cover:
๐ŸŽฎ Life as a Game + Online Ed as a Power-Up
๐Ÿ Remote Team Meetings 101 + Free workshop
๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡บ My Eurovision Mania

Online Ed as a Booster Pack ๐Ÿš€
This week I shared a shower thought on twitter: Online Education Is a Power-Up for Your Life ๐Ÿ’ช
I was blown away by the resonance it had. Many people reached out and I even have a zoom call today to discuss this idea in detail.
Hereโ€™s the full thread for reference ๐Ÿ‘‡
Art Lapinsch
Small reframe:

๐Ÿ“š Online Education to Life

is like

๐Ÿ’ณ In-app Purchases to Mobile Games

Let me explain ๐Ÿ‘‡
Idea Takeaways
Here a couple of further observations/nuggets around this idea:
#1: The Market Rewards Education ๐Ÿ’ต
My friend Matt (former poker pro + economist) had shared an economics research paper with me where it shows that the US Labor Market rewards higher education in real $$$.
#2: Career Switching Is More Common ๐Ÿ”
Participants in the Labor Market need to update their skillset at a faster rate.
  • ๐Ÿงญ Function switch
  • ๐Ÿญ Industry switch
  • ๐Ÿผ Life-phase switch
Chris Samiullah
@artlapinsch Cool thread. I feel like there is also a link with it being much more common for people to have more than one career (i.e. totally transition disciplines), and multi-armed bandit problems
#3: Online Ed Is a Speedboat ๐Ÿšค
One of my ODCC1 mentors - who is also a teacher at a large US university - referred to traditional education being a dumpster fire ๐Ÿ”ฅ
Some of the challenges:
  • Topical Lock-in: You pick your degree and youโ€™re stuck with it. Syllabus does not change as fast as real-market best-practices.
  • Temporal Lock-in: You sign up. Thanks for sticking with us for the next 4 years.
  • Exploding Costs: Price point of traditional edu in the US extremely high. And prices are hiking up and up.
In my eyes itโ€™s not a good fit anymore if your professional/personal success depends on learning applicable skills quickly & cheaply.
Alternative methods of learning - which Iโ€™m referring to as Online Education - are:
  1. Self-directed learning
  2. Task-based learning
  3. Email-based courses (EBCs)
  4. Self-paced/evergreen courses
  5. Cohort-based courses (CBCs)
  6. and many moreโ€ฆ
Online education has some advantages because it is more nimble:
  • Topical focus: Online education competes in a free market. The product needs to be top notch, otherwise you will not be able to compete. Best-practices are at the core of the curricula
  • Temporal advantage: Online education delivery format can achieve a student transformation in anywhere from 5 minutes (task-based playbooks or EBCs) to 3 months (in-depth CBCs)
  • Lower Price Point: Currently online ed formats are priced anywhere between $0 - $6,000
If Traditional Education is a massive oil tanker, then Online Education is a nimble speedboat ๐Ÿšค
Twitter Takeaways
Here are some complementary thoughts/observations about the thread:
  • Twitter is a bubble: People who try to โ€˜gameโ€™ Twitter are already bought into this idea == higher resonance
  • Building in public is cool: Sharing and learning in public increases your surface area. Your tribe will find you online. Thatโ€™s pretty cool. == networking on steroids
I have an evergreen blog post where I share how I use Twitter - maybe this might be helpful to you.
Pocket Guide: Using Twitter in 2021
Remote Team Meetings 101
I hinted last week that Iโ€™m working on an online course for managers of remote teams.
Some of the remote management challenges we will address are outlined below.
Ali Merchant
@artlapinsch @__tosh @Pablo_Simko @moritzplassnig @steipete A clear set of *expectations* around communication and preferences:

1/ Making sure everyone knows each other's communication preferences.

2/ Lack of style guide on how we're going to communicate via async & synch. channels.

3/ Giving feedback from a distance.
Offer: If you are interested in this topic and have specific challenges, please reach out to me. Happy to set up a call and see how I can help ๐Ÿ™Œ
Remote Meeting Workshop on May 31st ๐Ÿ—“
In order to test some of the material and sharpen the syllabus Iโ€™m offering a free workshop session on May 31st.
If you are interested in learning some best-practices around meeting organization and facilitation for remote teams then join ๐Ÿ‘‡
Remote Team Meetings 101 ๐Ÿ - Zoom
As a side note, Iโ€™m using lu.ma to schedule + manage the workshop. Itโ€™s a free tool that integrates with zoom and many other apps
As a side note, Iโ€™m using lu.ma to schedule + manage the workshop. It integrates with zoom and manages all communication with my participants automatically (i.e. reminder emails; link sharing; etc.). The only thing you do is share a luma link โœ…
The best thing about it: itโ€™s free.
Check it out if you havenโ€™t already ๐Ÿ‘†
As a side note, Iโ€™m using lu.ma to
Electro-Folk and Eurovision Mania ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡บ
Yesterday I watched the Eurovision semi-finals.
16 countries participate. 10 go through.
I went into the evening with 0 expectations.
Somehow I ended up more invested than I should have been and shouted โ€œYESSSS!โ€ when Ukraine snatched up the last of 10 slots to go through to the finals.
Not sure what happened but their performance was awesome ๐Ÿ‘‡
Go_A - Shum - LIVE - Ukraine ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฆ - First Semi-Final - Eurovision 2021
Go_A - Shum - LIVE - Ukraine ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฆ - First Semi-Final - Eurovision 2021
I guess I just needed someone to root for.
โ€”
Let me know how you are doing. Iโ€™d love to hear from you.
Stay healthy, stay happy ๐Ÿ™Œ
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Previously built a remote-first company from idea to exit. ๐Ÿ๏ธ

Now building an online education business to teach 'remote'. ๐Ÿง 

This is my entrepreneurial diary. ๐Ÿ‘‡

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