the secret to getting good

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…isn’t really a secret at all. It’s worth continually reminding yourself that if you want to get good at something, it takes repetition and practice. “Getting reps.” Salesmen are adept at speaking and persuading not because of some inherent quality, but because of repetition. Cold …

the freedom of being a nobody

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There is nothing more creatively stifling than looking at something through the lens of, “What would [person] think of this?” Sure, if you’re working on the form or function of a product, it’s good to know your users. But if you worry about someone’s pure …

getting weird

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I wonder how many hours I’ve spent worrying. For the past several weeks, I’ve been working with a creative coach, who calls me an “analytical powerhouse” (it’s not a compliment). See, for every idea, I generally have a rebuttal. I love comedy, improv, the idea …

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make every day Thanksgiving

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Today is awesome. You will be surrounded with people you love, you will eat and eat and eat, you will receive unprovoked messages of gratitude, and you may even send some of those messages yourself. Take special note of the feeling you get today when …

what is your Olympic focus?

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Every four years, I’m reminded of how amazing watching the Olympics is. The shared nationalism and pride in stark contrast to the current divisiveness of the political landscape, the pure joy of watching others accomplish their dreams, story after story of individuals making sacrifice in pursuit of a …

the last 10 percent

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Probably the most referenced quote from Steve Jobs, one of the most referenced individuals of our lifetime, is regarding our role and potential in life. I won’t paraphrase it, just take two minutes and listen if you aren’t familiar. As much as I love to be contrarian, there are some …

rediscovering short-term goals

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It has been 369 days since my last “weekly email” was sent. It has been 192 days since my last formal journal writing. I had built up a decent readership, you guys were great at opening up with commentary and replying to my email blasts…it …