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About nets and leaping

September 05, 2019

I’ve been thinking about the phrase “leap and the net will appear” this week. I’ve never felt so strongly that this is terrible advice (sorry John Burroughs…the Internet attributes this to you. It really sounds lovely though.) I’d be more likely to say “leap without a net and you might end up with a broken face, but that’s actually okay because you’ll learn something.”

I’m more of a net-builder myself. I take big and small leaps all the time, but not without at least some version of a net underneath me. That net may or may not hold, but knowing it’s there helps me move confidently in the direction of something new.

—from the letter I wrote for our mailing list today <3


I’m a student and teacher of people-first growth. Having spent the major part of the last two decades building weird businesses that tried to be good for humans, I'm now working privately on a few experimental projects and cultivating this little digital space of mine.

If you're new here, I'm working on my second book, People-First Growth (slowly, slowly said the sloth), and I’m sharing what I learn in my newsletter. If you geek out on digital gardening, I share mine publicly on Roam. You can say hi on Twitter or by email.

You can also read my first book, Gather the People, originally released in 2015 and updated in 2020 (what a year for a book release). It's a human approach to marketing for people who would rather make what they love than persuade people to buy it. If that's you, I hope it helps.