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The Focus Muscle

Deep thought work is crucial to the Product Manager mindset. With your work, no stone is left unturned. Multiple iterations and approaches must be thought through.

Training that muscle will heighten your ability to go deep, to think more clearly and more deeply than ever before. And this, perhaps, is the most vital skill a product manager can have.

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Vipassana: Immersion

At its core, Vipassana is a meditation technique that helps you “explore the nature of reality”. Vipassana can be translated as “Iisight,” a clear awareness of exactly what is happening as it happens. By learning to observe our ‘reality’, and practice non-reaction to sensation, we begin to intimately understand the nature of life as impermanent, the root of all human suffering and remove the walls of illusion, craving, and aversion.

The practice of Vipassana suggests that we can only TRULY know through experience. This is now something you can apply to Product Management. Do not underestimate the power of doing. It allows us to go beyond conceptualizing, to a much deeper, more impactful level, ingraining themselves in our mind in a way that superficial processing can not.

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As Product Managers, it can be easy to get caught up in success or wallow in failures. But your products have little momentum of their own.

By recognizing the impermanence of your products, you can be more pro-active in ensuring they continue performing, or turn around a sinking ship.

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Stepping back is a practice we can take for granted.

Observing thoughts, memories, emotions, or situations — whether retrospectively or in the moment — gives you, as a PM the ability to understand and empathize with your customers more deeply and to be kinder to yourself.

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Product Managers (PM) are responsible for the growth of the product from the start. If the product fails, the PM takes full responsibility. To ensure a successful outcome, PMs need to spend a lot of time with their product to make it valuable for its users.

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You can work proactively to build a support ecosystem to help you get through difficult times.

  • Call your close friend(s) and talk to them about how you’re feeling. 
  • Join a community / group of like-minded people who’ve been through what you’re going through right now. 
  • Communicate with your partner. 
  • Be open, direct and transparent with your manager, at work.

Build your village and every struggle will be more manageable than it is today.

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Spiritual Meditation

Similar to prayer in that you reflect on the quietness and seek a deeper connection with your higher power.

Essential oils are commonly used to heighten the experience. Popular options include:

  • frankincense
  • myrrh
  • sage
  • cedar
  • sandalwood
  • palo santo

This type can be practiced at home or in a place of worship. It’s beneficial for those who thrive in silence and seek spiritual growth.

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