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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