Good Decisions

Good decision making comes from making lots of decisions. Full stop. You can’t walk on to the Masters at Augusta National (the “championship” of golf, for sake of simplicity) if you’ve never swung a golf club before. Same principle applies with making decisions. You have to start making decisions and take accountability for the decisions …

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Preach The “Why”

I just finished Start With Why this last week and thoroughly enjoyed it. I thought I’d gotten the gist of it from watching his Ted Talk years ago, but turns out you get way more from a book than a 20-minute presentation for a specific audience. The biggest note for me was that a leader …

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Your Failure Paradigm

What does failure mean to you? What counts as a failure, versus a mistake or a slip-up? What feelings come when you fail? Shame? Disappointment? Frustration? Embarrassment? What if we shift the paradigm? Failure is nothing more than an opportunity to revise your strategy. How does that feel? No shame, no frustration or embarrassment. It’s …

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You Must Protect Your Time

Whether you work in an office or on your own, are a contractor or employee, it doesn’t matter. If you are doing creative work, you have to protect your creative time. If your work as a creative is your side-gig, then protect that hour in the morning, or at night, or the short moments during …

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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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