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I was about to go on stage before a hundred of my peers, presenting a workshop idea to them. Many people had lined up to present their ideas, and only a few of those ideas would be chosen by popular vote.
As I was listening to the people on stage, I started feeling more and more nervous and regretted my decision to take part in this idea pitch.
I had just recently left a highly paid and prestigious job (and my entire legal career along with it), moved to another continent, and started a business from scratch. …
In his book The 4-Hour Workweek, Tim Ferris dishes out some profound productivity wisdom in just two sentences:
“Never automate something that can be eliminated, and never delegate something that can be automated or streamlined. Otherwise, you waste someone else’s time instead of your own, which now wastes your hard-earned cash.”
It took me a while to see the brilliance of this approach. You see, when I first became an entrepreneur, I wanted to be busy.
At that point, I felt like a newborn fowl who is trying to stand on shaky legs. …
Most writers know what it’s like to feel blocked.
You know, that uncomfortable sense that you should do something. Write a blog post, email your list, finish your book… whatever it is.
Unfortunately, that’s exactly when your creativity decides to throw a temper tantrum, like a two-year-old toddler exclaiming: “I don’t wanna!!!” Believe me, I can empathize. I’m writing this article over the wails of my inner writing muse.
Your creative challenge is a form of resistance.
Resistance arises when two things want to move in different directions. If someone grabs you by the sleeve to drag you to the…
After the murder of Sarah Everard in London, our culture had frank debates about the safety of women.
It’s an important conversation to have. Sexism and rape culture are unacceptable. Every human being deserves to feel safe.
These entailed women sharing about how unsafe they felt in their lives. The extreme measures they take when walking home alone at night. The harassment and violence they have experienced.
While it’s great that we’re looking at this collective problem, there is also an overlooked danger in these debates. …
This week, I had the closest thing to whatever the writing equivalent of a near-death experience is.
After deciding that my old blog was begging for a makeover, I pummeled through almost 80 long-forgotten posts in a day. In the process, I saw my writing life flash before my eyes:
Two months ago, I did the unthinkable.
I started a job.
I was a consultant and it was part-time but I got most of the perks I associate with being a full-time employee… the company email address, the work meetings, and a boss.
Feeling like an employee again led to a bit of an identity crisis. Which is rather ironic because half a decade ago, leaving a job and becoming an entrepreneur also led to an identity crisis.
My experience led me to consider the different professional identities we can have and how attached we can get to them.
Over 10 months ago, I started a year-long ritual to find more success.
One thing that is fascinating about longer-term rituals is that they allow for really deep change. If you meditate once, it will make your day better. But meditate each day for a year and it will make your life better.
You will become a different person. Your relationships will change. Your experience at work will change.
That’s what drew me to this ritual. I was curious what shifts could take place if I committed myself to something for a year.
With less than six weeks left before…
You might have heard of the expression “Garbage In, Garbage Out” (GIGO).
It’s used in computer science to describe that flawed input data produces flawed output. Of course, it also applies elsewhere.
When soccer superstar Cristiano Ronaldo publicly rejected Coca-Cola in favor of water during the European Championship, he demonstrated this principle: to be at your best, put good things into your system (water), not bad things (sugar-laced soda).
How does this relate to being a creator? Well, GIGO teaches us that input and output are intrinsically linked. …