I write about creativity, leadership, and passion for work.

Creating

Harness The Power Of Your Authentic Voice

Don’t spend your life chasing a vapor. Don’t waste it bouncing from one comfortable place to another, hoping things work out in your favor. Commit to doing the difficult work of excavating, then utilizing your authentic voice. The journey is challenging and the hurdles are very real, but in the end you will point with pride to a body of work that represents you well. It begins now, in this moment.

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Living

Mind Your Baseline

Mind your baseline. It’s alright to have standards and expectations for experiences, but be careful not to allow those expectations to become entitlement.

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Creating

The Curse Of Peripheral Vision

Have you ever looked around at the work of others and felt like yours simply isn’t measuring up? Don’t allow Expectation Escalation to rob you of your best work.

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Living

How To Stay Focused And On Course

Vision, learning, and celebration are key elements of progress. Taking a little time each week to ask these three questions can help you uncover opportunities for growth and impact, and prevent you from drifting off course.

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Creating

The Four Kinds Of Reading

Each book deserves a different amount of your finite resources. Don’t feel the pressure to give everything you have to every book you read. Be more selfish with your focus and time.

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Creating

Mick Jagger On The Uncertainty Of Success

Don’t believe the lie that success is inevitable. On the inside, where all of the risk is being taken, it often feels like things could fall apart at any moment, and that’s precisely how it should be.

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Productivity

Is It A Net Gain, Or Net Loss?

Ask yourself if whatever you are doing is a net gain, or a net loss. Over time, if you do more things that are a net gain, you will – by definition – make progress on your goals.

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Leading

The Key To Aligning Creative Teams

Here are three questions to ask when you are evaluating any piece of work, especially in a team environment. By filtering everything you do through them, you will illuminate the places where excellence is being compromised in the short-run, and stem the encroachment of frustration and apathy.

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Productivity

Are You Too Attached To Your Work?

It’s easy to allow sentiment or nostalgia to stall progress. Whether that means latching onto an idea, or becoming overly attached to the way you think things used to be, it can prevent you from weaving your circumstances together for the better. You can’t hold onto a moment, you can only mark it and move on.

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Creating

Intentions Are Thieves

It’s easy to get excited about your decision, and get caught up in the self-satisfaction of having finally acted on something that you’ve been meaning to get around to. However, intention is not the same as action. Decisions are not necessarily progress.

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