Recurring Themes

I’ve noticed something over the last week or two, and I know it’s happened before. Recurring themes. I listen to tons of podcasts and talk tapes, read books and blog posts, and follow a number of writers and thinkers. Over the last week it seemed like the same thing came up over and over again: …

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Flow Follows Execution

Flow doesn’t just “happen” to someone. It’s not something that magically appears or is granted to those worthy enough to receive it. Flow comes from execution. It only occurs to those who do the work. Every so often, while doing the work, flow will occur – a state where everything just works and you could …

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You Can’t Control The Outcome

You can’t control the outcome. How many books you sell, how many come to your show, who hires you for what job. That’s out of your control because it involves the agency, or freedom of choice, of others. You can, however, control the process. You control how hard you work, your curiosity, your integrity, your …

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Reasons

The reason you’re not doing the thing you claim you want to do – starting that new project, changing jobs, getting up early to create – is because your reasons for not doing it are stronger and more convincing that your reasons for doing it. Even fear, one of the strongest reasons for not doing …

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100 Percent

We all do too many things. Too many hobbies, too much work, and not enough hours in the day to do everything we set out to do. The tradeoff, then, is to give 100% to whatever you’re doing in that moment. When you’re with your family, be 100% present. Ditch the phone, ignore any calls, …

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Get Ahead

Before you start your podcast, have five or six episodes “in the can” so that when you inevitably miss a week, you’ve already created one that can go in that slot. Write a few extra blog posts every week so you have a stock pile ready to go when you’re traveling, or too tired, or …

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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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