📲 Algorithms revealed

Happy Tuesday! This is your friendly reminder that we always overestimate what we can do in a week or month, but underestimate what we can do in a year. Focus on showing up and the rest will take care of itself.

Mentioned in today’s newsletter: TikTok and Twitter. Plus the unintended consequence of massive success, and one AI tool more valuable than ChatGPT.

Read time: 2 minutes and 35 seconds

Making the Rounds

  • TikTok offers U.S. government oversight of its algorithms. This latest olive branch comes as the Chinese-owned company is hoping to avoid being forced to sell off its U.S. operations to an American owner.
  • Twitter offers to match up to $250k in ad spend. After losing a handful of big advertisers in the aftermath of Elon’s takeover last year, Twitter is hoping to lure some of them back onto the platform. But there is a catch: advertisers must spend the combined total, up to a maximum of $500k, by February 28. Brb, launching ads!
  • Some 3rd-party apps lose access to Twitter API. It looked like a potential bug at first, but now it seems popular Twitter apps like Tweetbot, Twitterrific, and Echofon have been suspended, according to internal Slack messages. No official word from the company yet.

Working For Yourself

The Unintended Consequence of Massive Success

Mark Manson is the bestselling author of The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck, with over 15M+ copies sold worldwide.

But while the massive success of the book meant basically all of his dreams came true…

(including a soon-to-be released feature film from Universal Pictures)

One unintended consequence almost led him to an early grave:

Not being able to say “no.”

In this excellent podcast interview with Tim Ferriss, Mark reveals that once Subtle Art became a mega-hit, he was flooded with one incredible opportunity after another…

And he found himself saying “yes” to all kinds of things…

Until a bout of severe chest pain forced him to rethink his priorities.

It’s a lesson that applies just as much to you and your freelancing career…

Because as you build your skills, improve your track record, and get to work with bigger and better clients…

More and more opportunities will begin to pour in.

And turning some of them down can be trickier than it sounds.

All in all, it’s a fascinating interview with a ton of valuable takeaways for anyone on the path to success…

So we highly recommend you check it out.

Click below to give it a listen:

[LISTEN]: Mark Manson — The Path to ‘The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck,’ The Ups (and Downs) of Success, The Craft of Writing, Personal Reinvention, How to Build a Lean Team, Protecting Boundaries, Decompressing with Fiction, and More

Tools We Love

One AI Tool More Valuable Than ChatGPT

If you’re tired of scrambling to take notes during client calls…

Or worse, having to replay the entire call just to review what action items you agreed to…

It’s time to integrate Fireflies.ai into your workflow.

Fireflies is an AI assistant that not only records your meeting automatically, but also creates a clean, crisp, and searchable transcript immediately after your call.

This means no more forgetting to press “record”…

Or skipping through the replay to find specific parts of the conversation.

With Fireflies on your side, you’re always covered.

Frankly, it’s been a game-changer for us when it comes to client work.

Once you sign up, all you have to do is invite Fireflies (aka Fred) into the meeting and you’re all set.

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Quote of the Day


“There’s no elevator in business. Everyone takes the stairs.”

— Unknown