One Question with Michael Hyatt

August 2, 2012 — 1 Comment

Last week, Michael Hyatt,  former CEO & Chairman of Thomas Nelson publishers and expert on social media put out a call for our questions.  Since we just finished Platform (great book!), we knew we had to join in.  The topic was, “What is the internet doing to our brains?” and so we submitted:

“Where’s the line with internet, social media, and our attention spans?  We go online to check Facebook, twitter, email,wordpress comments, only to repeat the cycle after I’ve finished.  You look up, and ‘Oh shoot, there went 15 minutes!'”

We’re so stoked that he picked us, and Michael, in essence, answers:

  • The internet is all-consuming. – You have to draw the lines in the sand, or it will take as MUCH time from you as you give it.
  • Put first things first.  (Sound familiar?) – Make sure that you do the important stuff that *is* self leadership before you respond to demands of the moment.  Slay Your Dragons Before Breakfast.
  • Dial it back.  If you EVER find yourself sacrificing the truly important for the urgent of the internet and social media?  It’s time to dial back.

It’s an excellent podcast, and #2 right now in iTunes business, so you should give it a listen!  Our question comes in at approx. 26:00.

What about you?  How much time do *you* use Facebook, Twitter, Email, etc?  Leave a comment below.  We’d love to hear from you!


Andrew Mason


Andrew is a husband, learner, founder, dubstep aficionado, eater of carnetas burritos, and marathon runner. I love building communities that learn together!