Welcome to my digital garden

Welcome to my digital garden

Putting yourself out there is scary.

I've been wanted to kickstart something for the last few years. But out of fear of failure and what others would think I was hesitant.

Enough of that, I'm taking a leap. This is it.

I read loooooads of great content from other creators all the time and up to now I haven't put in the effort to create an outlet to share it.

OK enough waffling, let me crack open my treasure chest of content.

But first...

What to expect

In each edition of this newsletter, you can look forward to my snippets of my latest writing, remote working tools and tactics, and things I've found interesting all over the internet with a few little highlights on why I'm sharing it with you. If you have any suggestions to make it better, just reply to this email and tell me—I don't bite.

Ok lets get into it.


Playing games can improve your life

Traditionally playing games, was just having a not-so-serious time. Just for kicks, nothing serious.

But if you spent too much time playing games, people believed you'd just wither away. Not true.

What if I told you that by playing games, you were slowly becoming more resilient and improving your appetite for navigating difficult situations.

Through deliberate practice playing games, you can enhance your muscle for real problem solving. Who'd have thought.

I loved this article from Tobias van Schneider, and I'm sure you'll enjoy it too.

Don't take life too seriously. Play a game once in a while

Why Nike is going all in on digital

Like many businesses, Nike was treading water earlier this year. In fact they were down 40%. That's huge.

But now, in November, have doubled in value since March, and are now 25% better off than last year. Talk about a comeback!

This all happened due to a massive surge in their digital sales.

But they didn't just open a digital store. They created a connected experience for their customers, though their apps, in-store and digital platforms. Getting this dialled in perfectly is most certainly part of their secret sauce.

If you are fascinated by the numbers behind sports and sporting brands, how their business works and how the money flows, this article by Joseph Pompliano (and his newsletter) is a humdinger.

Why Nike is winning in 2020 by choosing Digital

Becoming a better manager

Being a manager is no easy task. It's not a set it and forget it role. You've got to put your back into it every day.

Earlier this week I came across an article that blew me out the water on being a manager. Here are a few snippets from the article to wet your appetite.

"True management is the act of making the people around you better...."​"The best managers set expectations at the “what” level, not the “how” level."

"As a manager, one of the hardest management skills is learning to take care of yourself first. It can feel selfish, especially if you're a giving person. But trust me when I say that unless you are your best self, there's no way you can make other people into their best selves."
​"As managers, we often forget that we should be spending most of our time with the highest performers on our team."

If you are a manager or want to be a manager later on in your career this is a top notch article and highly tactical. A must read.​

Learn about the Counterintuitive Rules for Being a Better Manager

Are you adding to the noise or adding to the solution?

Outrage culture is rampant. It's all over, in your living room, in the neighbourhood WhatsApp group and at all time high in the streets of Twitter.

But most of it, is just noise.

Going on a rant is easy, and sometimes an acceptable way to vent. I do it all the time. But I try and question my motives when going postal in public. Am I adding to the noise, or being objective and constructively providing solutions?

Tobias says it much better than I can in his article about ranting being the cheapest form of writing. The questions he asks himself before sharing a thought or opinion online are really thoughtful and stopped me in my tracks just this week.

A guide to constructive ranting

How to cultivate your mind garden

As I mentioned at the top of this newsletter. For the longest time, I've been a compulsive content consumer. I've read literally thousands of articles, and watched countless videos over the years. It's something I enjoy and get a major kick from. Kinda like Johnny 5 from Short Circuit.

But I've been pretty poor at documenting the parts of the content that really moved the needle for me. Having a system to capture, process and retrieve information is critical if you want to put it to good use.

Creating your own second brain or mind garden is the answer.

In the words of Anne-Laure Le Cunff;

"Taking care of your mind involves cultivating your curiosity (the seeds), growing your knowledge (the trees), and producing new thoughts (the fruits)."

Ready to start your own mind garden?


Thanks for reading my very first newsletter. I hope to see you for the next release!

Thanks for your time and attention.

—Ryan