I can’t answer questions
Answering people’s questions was taking up all of my time. So I quit.
Please contact me to introduce yourself, share your thoughts, or anything else. I happily read and reply to every email. But if you ask me a question, unfortunately I can’t answer.
Everything I know is on my site, whether in my articles, my interviews, or my book notes. You can search those all at once, here:
You’d think it would be easy to answer a quick 5-minute question, right? But I get almost 100 a day, so that’s 500 minutes, which is about 8 hours.
In 2016, I answered 30,904 emails from 11,971 people. Since 2008, I’ve answered over 192,000 emails from 78,000 people.
Answering people’s questions had become my full-time job. This approach was unsustainable.
So my original plan was to become completely unreachable after 2016! I was going to go hard-core, shut off all email and social media, and make myself unreachable to all but a few close friends and colleagues. It felt like the only solution.
But then I realized I could remain reachable as long as I don’t answer questions. (This is like tilting my mirror.)
It only takes a few minutes a day to read my emails, and say thanks. What was taking forever were my answers!
So, I’m sincerely sorry if you took the time to send me a question, and I sent you here. It feels weird to not answer. I hope you understand why I can’t. I need to finish my projects instead.
Lastly, please see why you should still contact me anyway.
As a musician, I would often do shows where I would perform for two hours, playing every single song I knew.
People would come up to me to make a request. I’d have to say, “Sorry, I’m playing you everything I know.”
This website is like my show.