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Many accounting conferences send attendees on endless searches for the next 50 minutes of content. The attendees can potentially simply pass each other in the halls and eventually pass out in their hotel rooms at the end of the night.
But we don’t want to do that at Deeper Weekend. We want our attendees to stay together. They are all firm owner entrepreneurs, and they have so much in their heads that we can all learn from. One way to extract that content from their heads is to push the attendees together in the form of workshops. We want them to do work on the content and concepts they learn at the Deeper Weekend conference. And we want them to do it out loud and together. Read more
I suck at sports.
In college, my roommate recruited me to be on an intramural softball team. During practice, I got hit in the face by a ground ball. That’s how bad I suck. A softball that was rolling on the ground, broke the laws of nature, jumped up, and hit me in the face … just to make sure that I understood that the Sport of Softball knows that I suck.
Before becoming a CPA I was a middle school math teacher. Every year, on the last day of school, the teachers would play against the eighth-grade basketball team. In the 70-year history of the school, the teachers never lost. Until I played. That was the first and only year I played, and that was the first and only year the teachers lost.¹ Read more
I finally finished Nudge, the behavioral economics book about choice architecture. At one point the authors were talking about how to structure the choice to become an organ donor. They suggested requiring people to choose one of three options: yes, harvest my organs; no, leave my organs alone, Dr. Frankenstein; and “Not Sure.”
When I heard that,¹ I thought, there’s no difference. Picking “not sure” is exactly the same as picking “no.” Nobody’s going to pull out a dead 22-year-old’s driver’s license, see that they checked “Not Sure” on organ donation, and be like, “Looks like Maybel Ottenberg in Dayton, Ohio, is finally getting that new pair of corneas!” Read more