Free Solo

I wanted to signal boost the award-winning documentary Free Solo from last year, which shows the process Alex Honnold went through to climb El Capitan…with no ropes. It’s also a perfect analogy for the creative process we all find ourselves on. We all have our own El Capitan we’re trying to summit. The process rarely …

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Ideas Vs. Execution

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This is an exerpt from my new book The Craftsman Creative Manifesto. You can preorder your copy using the link at the end of the post. A family member of mine likes to tell the story of how she came up with the ideas for pull-ups. You know, the diapers that you can pull up …

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Discipline Equals Freedom

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This post is an exerpt from my new book, The Craftsman Creative Manifesto. You can get a copy for yourself using the link at the bottom of the page. Here’s the principle right up front: There are no shortcuts. How does that make you feel? Excited to do the work? Or down because you were …

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Growth Vs. Fixed Mindset

This post is an exerpt from my new book, The Craftsman Creative Manifesto. You can get a copy for yourself using the link at the bottom of the page. When I was a kid, as the oldest of four, the only thing I really wanted was to be the best at everything. I blame half …

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Redefining “Need”

I spent more money this year on personal and business development than any other year I’ve been in business. I can justify it too – it’s been the best year I’ve ever had, both creatively and financially.  However, when I went over my books this month, I realized I was way overspending in that category …

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Lessons From Fathers

With Father’s day today, it’s important to take a moment to reflect on both the blessing and the responsibility of being a father. It’s great to be celebrated, but it’s also important that we treat fatherhood with the weight and importance that it deserves.

From the first moment our children come into our arms, they look to us for protection, for guidance, for comfort. With that in mind, here are three essential lessons that either my father taught me, or that are essential for my three boys as they grow to become young men.

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