Instant gratification isn’t worth it. Don’t let it distract you from focusing on the long term.

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As I’m typing these lines, I’m on an airplane. For the first time in 11 months. But unlike last year, when we had no idea that the second and third wave of COVID would be worse than the first one, we can now see the light at the end of the tunnel. (I hope I don’t have to eat my words come fall).

For me, that light at the end of the tunnel was attending a live soccer game in a stadium. It felt so … normal. Sure, you “have to” wear masks (as seen on TV), the protocols to…

Every location change leads to environment change. Every environment change leads to a changed you.

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First impressions matter. It takes us about 100ms to make up our mind about a person. Once we’ve made up our mind, it’s hard to change our initial idea of the other person.

A quote I’ve often heard from my grandmothers is: “you’ve become so big — but to me you’re still that cute 2 year old that used to stay here all summer”. I’m sure you’ve heard the same.

The same is true when your parents remind you to be responsible, to wear a helmet, or try to tell you what’s the right thing to do when looking for…

“some time” doesn’t exist — if you want to learn or do something, you need to plan for it now.

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“What do you want to learn in life?”

Enjoying the buzz from the second bottle of Rosé on a grey Saturday afternoon in Berlin, the question found me rather unprepared.

That’s a good fucking question.”

Sitting at our kitchen table, a few friends and I started discussing all the things that we still wanted to pick up. And came to the conclusion that if we really want to learn these things, we better get started now.

Let’s write this out. What do we want to learn before we die?”

What a refreshing exercise after living “on repeat” for weeks with…

TL;DR: Great program, can recommend — but there are a few things you need to know.

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A girl matched me on Bumble the other day and messaged me: “actually, I just want to know about Entrepreneur First. I’m thinking about applying — should I?”

I was intrigued. That was different from the usual “hi hows it going”. And I could relate.

In May 2020, I asked myself the exact same question. Except for a few articles on Medium, there weren’t many experience reports, and it’s hard to tell whether the program truly is right for you from the company website. They do put in a lot of effort (e.g. here), but I wanted an unbiased view.

2020 didn’t go as planned. Let’s make sure we learn from it and make 2021 better.

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Last year, I published my Not-To-Do list for the first time. It’s my type new year’s resolution, because I believe that new year’s resolutions don’t work.

New year’s resolutions add to our life: do more of this, do more of that. But in reality, our lives are full already. We don’t have time for more things. We don’t have money for more things, or don’t need more things either.

What we need is less. Less destructive habits. Less negative thinking. Less stress.

So let’s think about what we shouldn’t do, instead of what we should do. Because — as I’m…

Input can’t be observed now, only output. Make it count.

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Munich, March 2016. It’s a sunny, fresh spring day, and I’m enjoying the breeze in my hair as I’m biking to the office. Only one objective is on my mind: to convince my boss to let me work remotely for a week.

The day before, I may or may not have purchased a trip to California that includes a five-day layover in Riga, Latvia (crazy travel booking process that prompted me to write my second blogpost ever). And now I had to figure out how to still get my work done without being at the office.

I had a clear…

A book about our incapability to chill the fuck out.

“We only read the first paragraphs of the articles we find interesting because we don’t have the time to read them in their entirety.

The above sentence is the fourth sentence of the opening chapter. And it describes everything that’s wrong with our society, our culture right now. So please, bear with me and don’t skip out on this post because you feel pressed for time.

Because after reading it, you may feel like you have more time.

The following takeaways are from the book “Do Nothing” by Celeste Headlee and therefore not my own intellectual material — just a…

You don’t need the latest fad, CBD oil, or steroids. An individualized workout program will do.

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If you go to the gym, you should have a workout program. It’s that simple. As a matter of fact, your lack of workout program might be the reason why you’re not going to the gym in the first place!

I’ll give you a few reasons why.

#1: Your time is precious. Use it effectively.

In the user research for my next company, one person I interviewed mentioned something that caught my attention:

“I don’t have a lot of free time. And much of that free time, I spend in the gym. …

There is no shortcut to success — but getting a strength coach might be the next closest thing.

“I just have weak ankles. There’s not much you can do about it.”

That’s at least what I thought, every time I tore the ligaments in my ankle. A total of 13 times throughout my career. I even published a post about it:

To quote: “Now, 11 years later, I’ve had my fair share of sports injuries: 12 torn ligaments (6 in each ankle), 3 concussions, knee ligament issues, blown out cartilage in my wrist from doing too many pushups, a partially torn quadriceps, the list goes on and on. And, two weeks ago, I added another undisclosed foot injury…

Intensity. Whatever you do, do it with Intensity.

Great location to figure out your next steps.

We’ve just finished our Kickoff Weekend at Entrepreneur First, which was great. It’s a program in which you have 8 weeks to find your future co-founder among 50–60 others, with whom you then develop a business together. Pretty cool, honestly.

One of the messages that kept coming up was: “You’re going to work a lot.” 60 hour workweeks are normal for founders, and if it’s 70 or 80, that can happen too.

You just gotta grind it out. If you’re working hard, work harder. Work more. Work longer hours. Put in the effort. Never stop grinding.

As an athlete, I’ve…

Dominik Nitsch

Entrepreneur | Athlete | Writer. Reflecting on life’s challenges and figuring out ways to overcome them.

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