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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4 obstacles to creative work

To achieve excellence, we must first understand the reality of the everyday, with all its demands and potential frustrations.

Mihaley Csikszentmihalyi
1. Disorder

Disorder will not induce creativity.

If your work space (cubicle, home office, desk squished into a corner, your car, big desk in big office with nice view, studio, coworking space) is crammed with clutter or not equipped with the basic supplies you need… Continue reading

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Quit saying should

For many people, the “shoulds” of life exist because of moralistic or religious factors.
The goal is to be good.

For me, the shoulds exist because of my desire to be a better person.
The goal is to grow.
That’s an essential part of who I am. I don’t want to shut it down or cut it out.

But I hate being bullied by shoulds.

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The problem with outcomes

The problem with outcomes is that we don’t always know where they come from.

The desire for an outcome, I mean. Where does that desire originate?

We think we want a particular outcome, but sometimes, we find that the goal we’ve set isn’t really what matters at all.

Maybe we’re after something deeper, something different, some feeling we think the goal will give us.

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