And by "wilderness" I mean a state park in western Maryland with a bunch of beer nerds and lawn game enthusiasts.
Given my "vampire chic" complexion and coloring, I came back from myfour days of galavanting in the sunshine with friendsa bit crispy — but it was 100% worth it.(In fact, I can't remember the last time I set a vacation-related "out of office" email auto-responder prior to this trip.)
One of the major highlights from the weekend, however, came about while playing cornhole.
For those of you who do not know me,this seemingly innocuous game is my nemesis. Because, as I like to say, "I'm #1 at enthusiasm in cornhole, but accuracy is another story." Meaning I am really, really bad at it.
Ninety-nine percent of the time, I throw wide right or wide left or woefully short, but very rarely ever on target. One time, I even struck a small child while playing. Oops. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Still, I always have a lot of fun flailing bean bags into the air with reckless abandon. But that didn't change the fact that I would feel a bit sad whenever a partner would look at me like a Little League coach who had to remind himself that he can't actually yell at six-year-olds.
Then, something crazy happened during one game this past weekend. I actually scored points. Multiple points. And most of my shots made it on the board. I almost exploded with joy.
The difference this time?
I wish I could say it was some sort of recommitment to goal-setting or something else "business-y" and inspiring but, honestly, I got angry and overly competitive, and something clicked in my brain.
Seriously, that's it.
For a long time I resisted that part of myself— the little malcontent inside of me wholoathesbeing a punchline andlovesbeing a winner.
But as I've gotten older, I've realized that it's OK to be competitive and to want to win. Not every tick in the win column has to seem effortless. It's OK to sweat and to let people see that you really want it.
☠️ The Fall of Nacho Analytics: How the Competitor Data Giant Failed & What We Can Learn from It
The level of detailed competitor insights you could access through Nacho Analytics led some to wonder, "Is this even legal?" The Nacho Analytics team assured everyone that, yes, they were totally in compliance with Google's terms of service, even though it "seemed" as if they were "hacking Google or anyone's Google Analytics account." However, less than a year after its meteoric rise, Nacho Analytics announced it was closing its virtual doors. IMPACT Digital Beat Reporter Iris Hearn has the full story about what happened to Nacho Analytics, why it failed, and what we can all learn from this cautionary digital tale.
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📚 What I'm Reading
Finally, here's what I'm reading this week — I would say without context, but I broke my usual rule with the last one:
Finally, though published late last month,The Incredible Life and Tragic Death of Lyra McKee— a longform retrospective fromThe New Yorkeron the killing of 29-year-old journalist Lyra McKee during a riot in Northern Ireland earlier this year — caught my attention as I was scrolling through my Twitter feed last Saturday morning while camping.
Ten minutes later, I found myself staring up at the ceiling of my tent, in tears. I know it's completely unrelated to anything digital sales and marketing. However, it has lingered with me to such a degree that I believe it worth sharing.
Sometimes, all you need are words to tell the full story.