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Holding your happiness hostage

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Over the years, I’ve told a lot of friends that I want to write books. I always viewed it as this privileged achievement that I would work my way up to. First, I generate a strong economic engine in my business, which will afford me more time and space, and THAT was when I could write my first book. And …

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Making commitments

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One of the best books I’ve read over the last few years is James Clear’s Atomic Habits. It really struck a chord too – it sold over 1 million copies and was on the New York Times Best Seller list for 12 straight months. I think one of the more subtle reasons it really struck a chord is our desire for …

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Make something remarkable

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I’ve invested a LOT of time into making stuff over the last three years. I’ve produced somewhere north of 500 published articles, 150 podcast episodes, a documentary, and however you want to quantify what I’ve put out on social media. But, naturally, I’ll look at that time investment  from time to time and wonder, “What was that all for?” Look, …

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Now is the time

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Have you ever heard the phrase, “The Cobbler’s kids have no shoes?” It perfectly encapsulates reality for so many of us who work with clients. We do AWESOME work for other people – but when it comes to our own assets, we fall flat. You see it with designers who haven’t put time into their own brand. Or copywriters who haven’t …

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Hiding from your own ideas

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I’ve done a ton of work on the design and content on my websites this week. And I have to say, they’re looking really great. But honestly, I’m pretty angry with myself. I shouldn’t have been spending so much time tweaking and pixel pushing my websites this week. Actually, I had one major goal for myself that I barely even …

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How to solve a puzzle

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Ever since Mallory and I visited Joshua Tree back in November, we’ve gotten more interested in puzzles – and I’m talking about literal jigsaw puzzles. Over Christmas, we picked out a 1000-piece puzzle and were pretty quickly overwhelmed. When you first look at the box and you see the photo, you think, “Oh wow this is going to be fun!” …

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Being open before you’re stuck

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I’ve had a lot of conversations lately with friends and clients about being at a fork in the road or transition point. Some of them aren’t even at the crossroads now, but looking down the road knowing that one will be coming. The question has generally been the same: “What path should I take?” The hardest time to make a …