End in mind

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

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Rules of genuine authority

1. If you have “guru” anywhere on your profile, Facebook page, website, blog, or email signature, I don’t trust your authority.

2. Valid experience – plainly and clearly stated – is the best way to establish authority.

3. Peer reviews and client recommendations are the second best way to establish authority.

4. Give me those things first, then give me links to your articles and posts and so on… Continue reading

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Few and consistent approach

This is an approach you can use to get what you want out of an area of life, if what you want is

a) to go deeper and be more focused in a particular area, or
b) to spend fewer resources maintaining a particular area.

If what you want is exploration, new connections, a widened network, increased and broader possibilities, access to a wide variety of elements/experiences, interaction… Continue reading

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27 ways to do more in a day

1. Plan your day ahead of time.

Make a better plan. Put 1-3 big things on your schedule with blocked-out time for each one. Don’t wing it on the important stuff. Wing it on everything else. Don’t cram it full of details.

2. Include transition time.

Don’t expect yourself to switch instantly from one task to another. Work in transition time. Give your brain and body a… Continue reading

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Everybody will help you find excuses

And help you justify those excuses. And give you ideas for some more.

Everybody.

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

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