micro doses of behavior change

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At any given time, there’s at least one (but usually several) small aspects of myself that I’m intentionally working to change (and, in my mind, improve). I’ve written before about exercising more personal agency. I’m in the throes of trying (once again) to switch my sleep schedule and get up earlier in the morning. I’ve successfully removed the word “just” …

intention over effort

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Back in the day when I was hawking tickets with Tixers, I led our marketing efforts (on top of product, customer service, fraud prevention…) and I always forgot to plan a sales and marketing campaign for Black Friday. In both 2014 and 2015, I remember looking at the date and realizing I was a few days away from Thanksgiving, and …

the sky is falling

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Sometimes it feels like the sky is falling. People don’t like my work, that remark so-and-so just made seemed like a personal attack, I’m gaining weight because I’m a lazy piece of garbage… Those thoughts can set in so subtlety that I don’t question them. When they creep in slowly…insidiously…I can find myself completely stuck in my own head questioning …

Creative Mornings: Anxiety

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A couple of weeks ago, I was given the opportunity to speak at Creative Mornings Columbus. Creative Mornings is a global organization, and every month the core team designates a theme for that month’s speakers across the country. In January, the theme was Anxiety and the Columbus speaker seeker (thanks, Julie!) asked me to present on the topic. Anxiety is …

blissful dissatisfaction

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Two weeks ago I shared a piece called “ordinary inputs” that discussed the sacrifices and behavior changes required to do extraordinary work. When you’re doing any type of creative work or starting a business, you’re already doing something that is not “normal” by the standards of society.Not normal isn’t bad, in fact I think it’s great, it’s just not what the …

switching costs

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As I’ve met more entrepreneurs who sell physical products, I’ve learned more and more about the process of manufacturing. In case it’s new to you, let me give you a quick example. Let’s say you wanted to create a mixer bottle (shoutout to the Columbus-made Titan Mixer Bottle — no affiliation, just love the product). To have the product manufactured, …

thinking vs. consuming

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Continuing with the theme of yesterday’s piece on Priming, I wanted to share a lesson I learned in 2017 and the reason one of my goals of 2018 is to balance consumption with creation. I spent quite a bit of time in 2017 just thinking. When you have a self-imposed mandate of writing every day, it requires cultivating and synthesizing a …

get the ball out of your court

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For a product manager (and remember, we are all product managers) it is your job to achieve the most efficient process for a team to work together towards a common goal. It’s up to you to understand the timelines/deadline for completion and do everything within your power to hit those timelines. What I very quickly learned is that if I …

the running lesson

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I’ve never been much of a distance runner. In high school, I ran the 100m, 200m, and 400m (begrudgingly). I’ve always hidden behind the excuse of, “When you run distance, it just becomes a time commitment.” In December, I had a personal goal of running 60 miles over the course of the month — an average of two miles a …

ordinary inputs

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When you’re doing any type of creative work or starting a business, you’re already doing something that is not “normal” by the standards of society. Not normal isn’t bad, in fact I think it’s great, it’s just not what the average person is doing. The struggle I see in a lot of people who have this itch to be “not …