WORK LESS WEDNESDAY

WLW #123

June 26, 2024

❤️‍🩹 1. My Addiction & Recovery Story – Watch The Video

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Today is an important day for me.

13 years ago, on this very day, I was sitting in rehab for an addiction that nearly claimed my life.

That means that I haven’t used drugs/alcohol since June 26, 2011.

I’ve never spoken publicly about this.

And today I want to share more.

You’ve probably noticed I’ve been pretty quiet on social media for the past 6 months.

There’s a reason for that.

I’m now at the point point where I don’t think I can move forward in entrepreneurship and business if I’m not open about who I am, how I got here, and what I’m doing now.

And it begins today.

This video/podcast will be ushering in a new era of me sharing more openly about what’s going on in my life and business.

In it I share:

  • My addiction story, and how I ended up in rehab at 21.
  • How I got into recovery and what 13 years of no drugs/alcohol has looked like for me.
  • Why I’m feeling the need to align my work and life, and tap into a new fuel for the next phase of my business.

It would mean a lot to me if you took 30 minutes to watch it.


📗 2. Book I’m Reading This Week – Unreasonable Hospitality by Will Guidara

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A few months ago in WLW I shared a clip of the author talking about his 95/5 Rule For Managing Expenses.

If you liked that, turns out he’s got a whole book.

From Amazon:

Will Guidara was twenty-six when he took the helm of Eleven Madison Park, a struggling two-star brasserie that had never quite lived up to its majestic room.

Eleven years later, EMP was named the best restaurant in the world.

How did Guidara pull off this unprecedented transformation?

Radical reinvention, a true partnership between the kitchen and the dining room—and memorable, over-the-top, bespoke hospitality.

There is SO much to learn about life and business from this book.

EVERY business can (and probably should) be a hospitality business.

Its about intention and purpose.

One of my favorite quotes so far:

“Service is black and white; hospitality is color.”

“Black and white” means you’re doing your job with competence and efficiency; “color” means you make people feel great about the job you’re doing for them.

Getting the right plate to the right person at the right table is service.

But genuinely engaging with the person you’re serving, so you can make an authentic connection—that’s hospitality.


🐟 3. How Does Trey Anastasio Prepare For A Phish Show? – YouTube Interview Clip

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If you didn’t know, I’m a pretty big Phish fan.

  • 4 nights at the Sphere in April.
  • 13 shows in the last 2 years. (this are the ones ⬇️)
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Today I want to share one of my favorite clips from an interview with Phish guitarist Trey Anasasio.

Phish has never repeated a setlist in 40 years of being a band.

This video shares Trey’s approach to preparing for a Phish show.

It starts with a list of 100 songs printed out at the beginning of the day, and ends with him ripping up the list completely right before he goes on stage.

For him it comes down to a combination of:

PreparationRitual, and Abandonment.

If your work involves a state of flow at all, I definitely recommend watching it.


🎬 4. Crazy Concept I Learned About This Week – Twin Films

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Have you ever noticed that REALLY similar movies tend to come out around the same time?

For example:

  • White House Down and Olympus Has Fallen (2013)
  • A Bug’s Life and Antz (1998)
  • The Illusionist and The Prestige (2006)
  • Armageddon and Deep Impact (1998)
  • Paul Blart Mall Cop and Observe and Report (2009)

And the list goes on…

Well it turns out it’s not just a coincidence.

From Wikipedia:

Twin films are films with the same or similar plots produced and released at the same time by two different film studios.

The phenomenon can result from two or more production companies investing in similar scripts at the same time, resulting in a race to distribute the films to audiences.

Some attribute twin films to industrial espionage, the movement of staff between studios, or that the same screenplays are sent to several film studios before being accepted.”

Crazy.


👾 5. Gaming Console I Bought Last Week – SteamDeck

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After having an eye on this thing for the last 6 months, I finally pulled the trigger.

There’s nothing better than sitting on a plane playing Elden Ring in your lap.

10/10 definitely recommend.


How we can work together

When you’re ready, here are 3 ways I can help you:

  1. 🎧 My Podcast. Watch my free podcast The Rich Webster Show. It is an unfiltered look behind the scenes at my life and work.
  2. 🏖 How To Work Less. From 2012-2023, I built a design agency that made me $500k/year, working 10 hours a week. 🏖How To Work Less teaches you how to do it. Join the VIP waitlist here. (350+ past students. 5 stars)
  3. 🧪 Work Closely With Me. If you’re an entrepreneur making 6-7 figures and want to go deeper through direct mentorship and consulting with me, let’s talk.

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