What Is Your Business For?

Sure, you create art, or make a product, or provide a service. But why? Your business is just a system. It’s an entity that exists to allow you to make the change on the world that you seek to make. There’s likely a deeper reason than “because I like to make music”. Why? Why do …

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Three Months

We often overestimate what we can accomplish in a year and underestimate what we can accomplish in a day. Or is it the other way around? Which one helps you more? Use that version. There are three months left in 2019. What do you want to accomplish? What do you think you can accomplish? A …

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Get Out

I had the chance to go on a three-day backpacking trip in the Uintas this week. We hiked in 10 miles to the Lower Red Castle Lake. It was an amazing trip with beautiful weather and not a bad view in sight. Best of all, there was no cell reception. The phone was only used …

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What Is Art?

In college I read in a book (sorry for not remembering which book…) that “Art is a language”. That unlocked a ton for me when thinking about writing or creating. Yesterday I heard this quote, which was attributed to Leo Tolstoy but I couldn’t find it online anywhere to confirm. Nonetheless: Art is the transfer …

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Frustration

What are you frustrated about? What irks you, causes you grief, makes it hard to focus on anything else? First of all, turn it off. Whether it’s social media, or talking with toxic people, or your resistance rearing it’s ugly head, turn it off. Then, let that frustration guide you. If you’re dissatisfied with the …

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Get A Win

There are certain goals that you’re going to try go after that require the input or the agency of others. Too often those goals take longer, or don’t pan out, or don’t happen the way we hoped. That difference between expectation and reality is what causes us to feel depressed, frustrated, and even ashamed. You …

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Doubt

One of the most paralyzing examples of the resistance at work: doubt. I didn’t write the last two days. I was doubting myself. Wondering if it mattered. Questioning my reasons for writing each day. Wondering if I was doing it for the right reasons. I even let that doubt go past one day. Generally I …

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Canvas Theory

The canvas theory (or “Canvas Strategy”) is a concept Ryan Holiday wrote about in his book Ego is the Enemy. The concept is simple: when you want to work with someone, offer to hold a canvas for them to paint on. You can take that as face value, but it tends to limit you to …

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One Thing

I was revisiting my notes and comments on Gary Keller and Jay Papasan’s book The One Thing this weekend. One thing stood out (see what I did there?) – how easy it is to forget things that we read, or the notes we take, or the ideas we have. If we don’t capture the notes …

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