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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Responding to Inspiration

Read a quote that I love as I was preparing a church lesson this last week. It’s referring to the promptings of the Holy Ghost, but you can easily substitute “inspiration”: “…we can leave the most precious, personal direction of the Spirit unheard if we fail to record and respond to the first promptings that …

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Patience

After nearly a decade of tweaking my diet, I feel like I’ve finally found an eating plan that will help me maintain a desired weight. Over the last year or so I managed to pack on a few extra pounds, and went looking for a solution. One thing that has been a little difficult for …

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You Are More Powerful Than You Think You Are

A mentor once ended a Skype call with this thought, that I was more powerful that I realized. That I have unlimited potential. That was a few years ago, and I am still trying to process and live up to that belief. How would you act if you believed these statements? If you believed that …

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Something People Want To Buy

I was chatting with another student in this course that I’m taking and she’d asked for some feedback on her website. At first glance, the site seemed purpose-built to attract a very specific demographic. The font, the color scheme, and the images all told me that her clients are middle-aged women. But then, she said …

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This Might Not Work

Love this quote from Seth Godin: Hence the model, this might not work. And so on a good day, my story to myself is this might not work. That’s my job, to do something that might not work. The number of projects I’ve done, big and small, exceeds most people’s and the number of failures …

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Discipline Makes Life Easier

Last night I attended a Ben Folds concert in NYC with my wife for our 10 year anniversary. We got the big ol‘ VIP package which gave us time with Ben before the show where he read from his new book and did a short Q&A. One unexpected comment came from that Q&A, that “discipline …

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Create Something You’d Pay Money For

A more specific version of this could be “Write the movie you’d pay money to go and see”, or “make an album that you’d spend money to own”. Sometimes we calculate too much. We wonder what is popular right now, what are the trends in our industry? Who are the buyers and what are they …

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