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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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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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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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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