Your life trajectory

There are two basic directions you can head with your life. Your direction determines your way of life. And a lot of other stuff.

You’re aiming at one or the other, whether you mean to or not. One doesn’t really take any more work than the other. (It just seems like it does.)

You can aim for comfort OR you can aim for growth.

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Pack mentality

Remember the “Big Dogs” business blip of the ’90s? [Hey, they’re still around.] T-shirts, mugs, posters. Those were some motivational big dogs.

They said things like, “If you can’t run with the big dogs, stay on the porch.”

It was a (not so subtly) implied question: are you going to be a leader or just another nobody in the pack?

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Why I try to sound important

I have this urge to write first-person things in the plural.

“We really think that…”

Who is we?
There is no we.

It’s just me here. It’s just me responding to the email. It’s just me setting up the meeting. It’s just me answering a question. It’s just me writing a post. It’s just me.

So this WE thing…

Is this the Royal We?
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How to stay in a creative rut

1. Keep comparing what you need to do with what others need to do.

And focus on the seeming inequality of it all. Your work is so demanding, your circumstances so difficult. No one else understands the struggle.

2. Don’t admit that your perspective might be skewed.

Don’t admit that your work will always seem more difficult to you, because it is your own.

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Dependency, systems, and change

What is a culture but a collection of systems commonly shared within a group of people?

What is a system but an organized set of rules, a set of norms, usually arbitrary, arranged and followed for a purpose?

Language is a system. We agree to certain grammatical rules and standards. The symbols we use to convey sound and meaning are arbitrary. The important part is that… Continue reading

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