— Randall Lane, Chief Content Officer, Forbes
It’s been three weeks since I sent out my last (mostly weekly) newsletter. These are challenging times for all of us. If I feel I don’t have a sufficiently motivating, meaningful, and inspiring message, I choose not to send anything at all.
This week I discovered a new podcast that inspired me to write this newsletter. Monday Morning Radio is hosted by Dean Rotbart, an award-winning journalist and past reporter and columnist for The Wall Street Journal.
In Kanye West, Forbes, and How a 103-Year-Old Brand Stays Cutting Edge, Rotbart introduces us to Randall Lane, editor and chief content officer at Forbes. Rotbart takes us behind the scenes to reveal Randall’s playbook on how Forbes reinvented itself to serve a 21st-century entrepreneurial audience.
What many people don’t realize (I sure didn’t) is that Forbes has transformed itself into an online juggernaut. They have more daily online readership than the New York Times, The Washington Post, or even Wikipedia, publishing an astounding 400+ new articles every day!
Forbes is right behind Twitter in daily online traffic. Much of this growth and progress has been accomplished this year amid the pandemic.
How did Forbes accomplish these results?
Randall Lane is somewhat modest about his role, but I think this quote sums up the vision and spirit of Forbes very well:
“You never want to waste a crisis. When you have a transformative moment, you need to transform yourself, be brave, and take smart chances.”— Randall Lane, Editor & chief content officer, forbes
Leveraging the situation we all find ourselves in today to transform ourselves is a powerful idea.
Transforming the Self
Thirteen years ago marked a significant turning point for me. It was when my journey of personal transformation began in earnest. I didn’t see it or realize that was happening at the time. I only became aware of it in hindsight.
An incredible number of people, experiences, courses, and books have impacted my journey. To help me master what I was learning, I recorded what was most helpful along the way.
This past summer, I learned how to turn many of these ideas into graphic designs. Images that communicate the essence of the ideas more clearly and succinctly.
I’ve shared many of those images in newsletters and social media over the past four months. The responses from readers and encouragement from colleagues have moved me to give this work more attention.
Next week I will be releasing a collection of over 100 designs in a new book and as a social online learning activity. Over 50% of the designs have not been seen publicly yet.
I believe you will find a collection of ideas that will help you jumpstart your own transformation and bring positive change to yourself and the world around you.
What did you find most intriguing?
As always, I welcome any feedback or suggestions that may come up from reading my newsletters.
To your forward thinking life & success!
Bill Fox, Founder at Forward Thinking Pro