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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Entrepreneurship

I keep an Evernote note with quotes that I find, whether from seminars and talks, or books, or on the internet. I like this definition of entrepreneurship I found a few years back: Entrepreneurship is the pursuit of opportunity beyond the resources you currently control. Howard H. Stevenson You’ve likely used a number of titles …

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Envy

Others will get there faster than you. Your ideas will be executed by others before you can get to them. There will always be someone making more money than you, selling more art than you, with more followers and more clients and more work than you. It’s all out of your control. Focus on your …

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Accepting Where You Are

In order to start making progress, you first have to accept where you are. Look around, what assets do you have, what tools, what resources? What is it that you lack, that you’re going to need to acquire in order to accomplish your goal. Taking stock shouldn’t have any emotion attached to it. You shouldn’t …

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Traffic

Frustration around traffic – or anything else in life that is out of your control – stems from the difference between your expectations and reality. The higher your expectations of your commute being smooth and traffic free, the more frustrated you will get when it doesn’t work out that way. The longer your commute, the …

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Being Overextended

Yesterday was an overwhelming day. Work, then travel to a meeting, then leave that meeting and rush to a shoot, then rush home to spend some time with my family before the kids had to go to sleep. It felt overwhelming because I was overwhelmed. And I was overwhelmed because I was overextended. What that …

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Principles and Application

Charles Haanel in his book The Master Key System said, The only value of any principle is in its application. I’ve been studying principles over the last few years, and can attest that knowledge of them doesn’t move the needle at all. Putting them into action is where it’s at. Knowing that writing every day …

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