Ryan Carson: Begin With the End In Mind

About this presentation

When your week is over, why do you so often feel like you’ve worked yourself to the bone and still didn’t accomplish everything you set out to achieve? In this talk, Ryan Carson, founder and CEO of Treehouse, charges us to hyper-focus, so we can spend less time working (while still finishing our biggest projects.) “I spend 20 minutes first thing each Monday making a list of what I want to achieve each week,” explains Carson, who typically works 32 hours a week so he can spend more time with his family. “Then I take out the things that aren’t happening.” Carson’s approach allows him to devote his time to what he really needs to accomplish over the next four days. “My initial reaction was that there was too much work to do,” he said of shrinking his workweek. “But there is no rule that you have to work 40 hours a week to be successful.”

About Ryan Carson

Ryan is the CEO and Co-Founder of Treehouse, an online technology school, with over 50,000 students worldwide, that teaches you how to code, make apps and build websites. Treehouse has over 100 employees and has raised $13m. Ryan earned a computer science degree from Colorado State University, but recognized a disconnect with traditional universities who were very expensive yet unable to keep their curriculum up to date with current in-demand job skills. Given skyrocketing college costs and escalating student loans, Ryan launched Treehouse to provide affordable technology education to take students from zero to job ready in just 12 months. Ryan is married to his lovely wife Gillian and has two rad boys. He and his family now live in Portland Oregon.

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