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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“We’ll Fix It In Post”

Just had the experience of dealing with the “we’ll fix it in post” mentality. It’s the belief that one’s lack of planning can be deferred onto people later in the chain of something being created. In film, you have the writer who comes up with the story and writes the screenplay. Then the producer hires …

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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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