Self-Driving Cars 👀 🚘 🎰 😊 #21

Deep Work, Self-Driving Cars, Automation & Great Online Presence


Welcome to the 21st edition of this email. Did you know you can read all past editions in our archive?

The subject this time round is Deep Work.

Ready? Let’s focus…


Deep Work

Hi from Torquay, overlooking the waves rolling in. I’m freshly inspired from listening to Cal Newport’s “Deep Work”. These words are interesting:

“In this new economy, three groups will have a particular advantage: those who can work well and creatively with intelligent machines, those who are the best at what they do, and those with access to capital.” 

“To remain valuable in our economy, therefore, you must master the art of quickly learning complicated things. This task requires deep work.
If you don’t cultivate this ability, you’re likely to fall behind as technology advances.”

Cal’s book is fascinating with quickly actionable tips and this is a great list by Ryan Holiday on how he does deep work. Fascinating.

Things getting too heavy?

“Piaggio recently unveiled the company’s first product, a personal cargo robot named Gita. The bot can carry up to 40 pounds autonomously using maps, or by following a human operating the bot’s path… It’s fast enough to keep up with you on a bike (22MPH), and [has] the “human agility” needed to navigate sidewalks.” via Peter Diamandis

Gita and other helpful-to-humans technology excites me! You too?


Self-driving cars: coming sooner

Recently in conversations I’ve suggested we’ll use self-driving cars sooner than expected, for a couple of reasons:

  1. With so many other things to do, see, read, watch, catch up on (including sleep), car driving will start to be less of interest compared to other things we could do.
  2. As more images of newly designed car interiors (movie cinema, sleeping pod, working space / shared office) appear the idea of the car being a location to do other things than drive will grow on us… quickly.

Automation and employment

This graph shows job titles and their probability for automation. It’s worth reading the sidebar too. It’s from this month’s Oxford University and Citibank Report (good article to read).
“the rise of artificial intelligence is likely to extend job destruction deep into the middle classes, with only the most caring, creative or supervisory roles remaining.” Stephen Hawking

I’ve also recently heard the entrancing term the “post-work economy”. Universal Basic Income anyone? What do you think?

Favourite reads & listens:

Great online presence:


Happy week!


Flying VR 🌏 💉 💎 #19

Flying in VR, Stem Cell Developments & LinkedIn 2017




Welcome to the 19th edition of this email. Did you know you can read all past editions in our archive?


The subject this time round is 2017 Success and I’ve included great links on Virtual Reality and stem cell developments.




Fantastic 2017


Getting annual health checks in January has me feel soooo organised and glowing with satisfaction for the rest of the year.


“I did that in January!”


Let’s create that feeling for you with your LinkedIn profile:


1. Book 30 minutes in your diary in the next fortnight to polish your LinkedIn so it’s ready for the rest of the year.


2. In that 30 minutes either use these free tips or download our new, 2017 version of The Standout Professional’s LinkedIn workbook (see discount details below).


The new, 2017 version just left the maintenance sheds. Thankfully I had less updates to do than expected and really enjoyed the process of refining last year’s work.


We’ve also updated the price to $19 so more people can learn and if you use this discount code mylinkedinrocks in the next week it’s $10 and remember the bonus tips at the end. Thanks for being a reader 🙂


If you’ve already bought a copy, you’ll receive an email with an updated link so you can use the latest version.


As always, reply to let me know how you’re going. I’m keen to help.



This week’s favourite reads & listens:


  • Always wanted to fly? This VR suit excites the mind with possibilities. Learn more about it and VR/AR news here and remember the Voices of VR podcast – choose the topic you’re interested in and learn about Virtual Reality / Augmented Reality through your preferred lens.
  • Quickly get updated on stem cells. This is an especially great read if stem cells have sounded too complicated to date. Includes the latest developments from banking your children’s stem cells to stem cell transfusions. Amazing. It’s by Peter Diamandis who’s gathering a wonderful selection of futuristic topics on his blog – flick through and read a couple of topics that attract your eyes.
  • Ross Hill’s uplifting, new post on space: one of humanity’s next frontiers.
  • Interesting to see what’s being discussed at Davos today.
  • Especially insightful for Aussie women, this Ita Buttrose podcast with Mia Freedman showcases Ita as a successful, strong, disciplined female as well as being a fun and engaging review of how far we’ve come in the media industry. Refreshing.
  • What are you enjoying at the moment?


I wish you all a wonderful week. Press reply let’s chat  ????


Fly high online,


~ Sam


P.S. Another New Year’s tip is to unsubscribe from newsletters that are no longer WOWing you or those that sit in your inbox that never get read. Be ruthless and feel lighter from it! If you’re on gmail unrollme lists all your subscriptions and unsubscribes at the click of a button (I’ve just used it).


2017 LinkedIn Book

Quick update from the Runway Digital Maintenance sheds. “Hi!”

We’ve updated our 2016 The Standout Professional’s LinkedIn workbook so it’s great for 2017 and dropped the price too so more people can gain.

Check in here to receive your guide and fast-track to an incredible LinkedIn profile.

Universal Basic Income 💱 🛀 😇 #17

Universal Basic Income, Home Automation & Human Intelligence


Welcome to the 17th edition of this email. Did you know you can read all past editions in our archive?

The subject this time round is Universal Basic Income and Home Automation.


Yesterday was a brilliant blue sky day so I went surfing and work happened late into the evening. #ChooseLife

Let’s get into today’s newsletter.

We’re in enthralling times with a call for a Universal Basic Income and a stronger pull in society for home / life automation.

Universal Basic Income

With automation becoming part of every day life and work, the ongoing conversation of human jobs being made redundant occurs more often. One idea gaining attention is a Universal Basic Income (UBI).

“Universal basic income (UBI) is a policy in which all citizens of a country regularly receive an unconditional sum of money, either from a government or some other public institution, in addition to any income received from other means.

Is it actually a solution to technological unemployment?

Can governments react quickly enough, given the pace of innovation and automation in tech?

…will we still have to go through a turbulent, violent period as we redistribute our labor in a world of robots and AI?”

Quickly get up to speed with this short video and if you’ve more time, this interesting read – both from Peter Diamandis. (Fascinating to read about Manitoba’s success.)

Home Automation

This image and title caught my attention this morning and the enjoyable and short article explains why we’ll see an increasing pull for toasters, washing machines and other home devices to become smart.

A longer read is this one from Mark Zuckerburg of Facebook who spent 2016 automating his house.

Favourite reads

  • Keep this for your holiday reading. “When HI combines with AI, we will have the most significant advancement to our capabilities of thought, creativity and intelligence that we will have ever had in history.”
  • Have a play: Virtual Reality, Yosemite and Obama. Great to see how 21st Century Fox is doing VR.
  • If you missed Kevin Kelly’s “The Inevitable” book that described the potential impact of 12 incoming tech forces, here’s a 16 min intro via TED talks.
  • Stephen Hawking’s encouragement for the elites and his view on Brexit, Trump, and tech. “We now have the technology to destroy the planet on which we live, but have not yet developed the ability to escape it.”
  • What I learned from 100 days of rejection” by Jia Jiang. Entertaining and insightful.
  • If you’re a parent or fascinated by learning new things, check out “The Kid Should See This” – “gathers the best short videos that explain how the world works. Subjects includes nature, science, technology, art, politics,…2600 videos” Thanks to Kevin Kelly for the heads up.
  • Learn about Mindfulness and Thriving via Arianna Huffington’s (of Huffington Post fame) Thrive Global initiative.

Great online presence

I wish you a sensational new year.

What do you have planned?

Great to have you onboard,

~ Sam

Build Your Network 👌 👀 🏃 #16

How To Build Your Network Of Online Advisors


Welcome to the 16th edition of this email. Did you know you can read all past editions in our archive?

The subject this time round is Growing your Network online.


Pull up a chair, I’m here to tell you a short story that goes a lil’ somethin’ like this ~

In October I was contacted by Troy who found me on LinkedIn through my connection to the Do Lectures.

I saw the Clippings page on his website and was inspired. After a few LinkedIn messages, we established similar interests, caught up for a coffee, learnt about each others’ work, exchanged a few more links and set the intent to stay in contact. It’ll be fun to work together if it happens. Already I’ve gained so much from the links in the original messages.

One of the links was this enthralling short film that led me to Chris Burkard’s photography which has completely WOWed me. I’ve the feeling of incredulousness (yep, that’s a word) and joy when I see his photos.

Let’s break it down.

1. Troy found me on LinkedIn.

Tip: Get your online profile up to date and set up well for people searching for someone with your experience, interests and intentions.

2. Sam has an interesting LinkedIn profile. 

Tip: Think of what is unique for about you and how you wish to represent that uniqueness as best as you can and work out who you wish to attract. Who would you be rapt to attract? Write to them on your website, LinkedIn, other social media sites, email newsletter, and/or blog. Create some mystery so they’ll get in touch…

(We can help if you’re keen.)

3. Troy has an interesting website.

Tip: Setup your online profile for opportunities with new employers, recruiters, clients, media, advisors, supporters, collaborators… think about the broad range of people you wish to attract.

We’re in a global economy. Find people who can inspire, wow, motivate, teach, support, and work with you. Grow your network of relevant advisors and those who can pass on opportunities to you.

4. Sam accepted the LinkedIn invitation.

Tip: Be open to connecting with new people on LinkedIn. Don’t be afraid! It’s a business networking site. You can remove the connection easily. You never know who’ll connect you to your next opportunity. Accept invitations if they seem relevant to you or you sense interest and reach out to relevant people (tips here).

5. Interesting messages were received.

Tip: You never know where one message may lead. Setup LinkedIn and other online sites so you can reply to opportunities in a timely manner. Maybe it’s daily or weekly or monthly – whatever you can manage. Quick responses can be good. Setting up email alerts (in LinkedIn for example) can help if you’re not in these sites regularly.

6. They met.

Tip: Have free time in your diary to meet new people. Good luck.

7. Helpful, interesting links were received.

Tip: You may not like Chris Burkard’s photography. That’s partly the point. I really like it. Find what you like, who you enjoy following. Find people online who enrich your work and life.

Receiving highly tailored links inspire and save time. That happens when your interests, intentions and experience are clear online. Go you good thing.

Checkout the new checkouts 🙂 

Amazon Go was hot news this week.





Merry Everything!

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Favourite reads:

Happy Silly Season!

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