There is a pattern in many of my failures, my unsuccessful attempts at… whatever: I got too complicated. I created too many rules. I overwhelmed myself because the mental effort of remembering and following and tinkering with and optimizing and applying the rules was too much. The complication depleted my energy and intellectual capacity. I used up my power managing a complex system rather than doing the thing I wanted… Continue reading
Build a small version first.
Whatever it is.
The thing you want to do. That big thing you want to do.
There’s a small version of it, and you can build it right now.
You don’t have to be an expert to build a small version. Think of it as a model. A prototype. It’s just an experiment. Play around with it.
The… Continue reading
Here’s a moment brought to you by 3 preschoolers.
My daughter and son and niece are swimming. Floatie-laden. I’m sitting beside the pool, trying to read. Suddenly: screams. Terror. Flailing arms. Splashing. Lots of splashing.
I jump up and am about to launch into the pool when I realize no one’s drowning.
The waves calm, the screams quiet, and turns out that there was a spider
1. Not all work is important work, but it’s easy to waste your time on details. Learn about the difference between deep work and shallow work. Focus on the deep work. Limit the shallow work. Say no to wasting time on details.
Producing creative work, freelancing, starting and running your own business is difficult, demanding work. If you don’t know why you’re doing what you’re doing, you’re guaranteed to flounder and get frustrated and have more than your fair share of failures. Continue reading
And help you justify those excuses. And give you ideas for some more.
We don’t want to make people feel bad. Really.
And some of those excuses are legitimate, right? It’s nicer to agree. Sympathize. Give out pats on the back.
Why rock the boat? It creates so much drama. So we don’t call each other out on our whiny excuses. We nod and smile at… Continue reading
You can start by asking: “Will you help me with _______ ?”
- You can barter: stuff for work or stuff for stuff.
- You can trade: work for work.
- You can network: ask other people how to get help. (“Do you know someone who could help me…?”)
- You can offer: there are plenty of people out