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What Makes You The Expert?

This past June, my wife and I spent 15 days exploring Ecuador. Unlike the other countries we visited this past year, our Ecuador adventure involved a lot of bus travel. On the plus side, Ecuadorian bus travel is cheap. We traveled by bus from the Pacific Ocean to the Amazon jungle, with a couple stops in between for good measure, all for less than $100 USD. On the not-quite-plus-side, the bus...

Beyond the Beach (the creator's dilemma)

 Myrmidons! My brothers of the sword! I would rather fight beside you than any army of thousands! Let no man forget how menacing we are, we are lions! Do you know what’s waiting beyond that beach? Immortality! Take it! It’s yours! [Troy] Creators have a dilemma. We want the freedom to create whatever, whenever we want… But the market will only compensate us for what IT wants...

The Power of Immersion (the fastest way to change your life for the better)

I wanted to take a moment today to offer some more free content to help out all the creative entrepreneurs and instigators out there… But before I get to the free stuff (okay, you can just scroll down and grab the stuff if you really want…), I want to talk about why the articles you read, the people you hang out with, and the media you consume consistently, directly shapes your life… For...

Why We Fail to Achieve Our Goals

Qualifying In the Army, soldiers have to zero and qualify with their weapon every six months. This is a requirement for everyone, regardless of rank or position. From cooks to pilots, Privates to Captains – everyone qualifies. Qualifying with a weapon means hitting a certain number of targets from set distances with a certain number of rounds. The point of qualifying is to validate that you know...

Talents and Time Decay

What do you do when presented with an uncertain path? Do you stick to what’s comfortable, to what’s safe? If there’s something on the line (and there always is), this would seem the prudent choice. After all, with uncertainty comes risk, and risk means danger – the reasonable choice would be to stick to what you know. But what if sticking to the seemingly safest option – the certain path –...

Let Your Hands Go

Back in college, my boxing coach would remind us every day of the most important thing we needed to do as fighters. It didn’t matter if it was heavy bag practice, sparring, or between rounds at an actual match, he would say over and over again: Let your hands go. The instructions were simple enough – throw more punches. I didn’t really think much about it because I always threw as many punches as...

How to Find the Strength to Continue When You Feel Like Quitting (a letter to those in the trenches)

On the Pain of Creative Work Creative work is hard as hell. If you’re a writer, entrepreneur, or anyone else challenging and pushing boundaries (read: instigator), you know what I’m talking about. In fact, creative work is probably the hardest work there is – something only those bold enough to create can appreciate. But what makes creative work so hard? 1.  Creative work is uncertain Doing...

Spend Your Best Words Today

Great Work (part 3 of 3) This is the final post in a short series on great work. To be honest, I originally wrote a short book’s worth of content on this topic. But right before I hit publish, I decided to scrap everything and get to the heart of what I wanted to say: what great work means at the most fundamental level. Great work is all about impact.  And sometimes, the best way to make an...

Never Compromise

Just One Person In my previous post, I wrote about great work. Great work is impactful work – the kind that resonates with a person (or a million people) for years to follow. The sole criteria for determining great work is impact, and that’s specifically and uniquely determined by the person or people experiencing the work. If you impact just one person, you’ve created great work. So how do we...

9 Dos and 2 Don'ts for Creating Success in Business (and Life)

Tapping into Success Every day, hundreds of thousands of blogs are started, thousands of books are published, and hundreds of businesses are created. The majority don’t last. So what separates those that last from those that fail? The ones that succeed – do they do something different? Is there a common pattern, strategy or framework that successful projects use?  And if so, can we...

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