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Terry Storch Dispatch w.20.2020
Creative ideas happen when you stop thinking about what others will think. - James Clear
I remember when I got my first Apple AirPods. I wasn’t a first mover nor a day one believer. I really didn’t like the look of them, and I thought they were overpriced. However, after hearing from just about every AirPods owner how much they loved them, I caved. And just like that, after a day or so using the AirPods, I was a believer. And more than a believer, I actually think they were the best Apple product I’d purchased in nearly a decade. In my opinion, AirPods changed the game for Bluetooth headphones.
So, fast forward to the AirPods Pro and the story was similar. I was intrigued, but not an early adopter. Again, the price was high, but I just wasn’t convinced that the Pros solved a problem or brought enough value, because the originals were so good. But, very much like Apple, they offered something I didn't think that I needed until I had it. Then, once I had “it,” I wondered how I lived without “it” for so long. Ever felt that way?
My AirPods Pro have been solid and a great wireless headset so far. The absolute best feature is the transparency mode. This is the feature that I didn’t realize I needed, and now I’m not sure how I lived this long without it! Apple describes it this way: Transparency mode lets the outside sound in, allowing you to hear and connect to your surroundings. The sound feels natural; it’s just like when you’re talking to people around you.
As amazing as the Pros have been, there’s one major downside for me—the fit. The original AirPods fit in my ears perfectly, and I had no problem working out or running with them. But the Pros just don’t fit in my ear securely. They stay in well enough for regular use, but in any active state, they become unstable and feel like they could pop right out of my ears. Obviously, this is a challenge. So, after much research and a few purchases, I found these. The Proof Labs Ear Hooks worked perfectly for running or working out. I don’t love that the AirPods Pro won’t fit in the case with the hooks on, but they do solve my problem.
So, that’s my AirPods Pro review. It’s a fantastic product, but it might not fit in your ear perfectly. 😁💥
Last week, I was finally able to get my first YouVersion Bible Plan complete and published. It was a long time coming! It’s called Scaling Leadership with Biblical Wisdom, and it came together fairly quickly. A huge thanks to so many who helped me put it all together, edit, and make the adjustments that it needed. If this plan looks like something you’d benefit from, then I would love for you to read the plan and let me know your thoughts and any feedback you have for me.
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I’ve been following Om Malik for a really long time. He always has an interesting take and perspective on different and unique topics. This week he wrote a really good post about the future of e-commerce. After reading his post, I’m even more confident in my long-term investments in Alibaba, Square, Amazon, and Shopify.
All You Need Are a Few Small Wins Every Day was my favorite read this week by far. As the book of Ecclesiastes tells us, there is nothing new under the sun. This read from Ryan Holiday, at its essence, captures a core belief and mindset that I try to live by everyday. How can I improve just a little bit today? The Power of Marginal Gains is how James Clear says it. Our challenge is that we just see the results. We like those results, but typically we aren’t willing to do the hard work to have those results. Marginal Gains and a Few Small Wins every day are powerful mindsets. Read now.
What story are you telling yourself? This is a powerful question that we all must be able to answer on a regular basis. There’s a great connection between the above article and these thoughts. I’ll let you connect the dots and craft the story in your own mind. Read now.