The thrill of online publishing

There’s a little bit of a thrill in publishing online. Thinking and writing out loud makes you vulnerable to criticism. But if you ship something new every day, you’ll get better at connecting with people and clarifying your ideas. Sometimes it’s better to be done and then be perfect. So many people make excuses for […]

How to practice effectively

Everything is practice. Practice is everything. “Practice is the repetition of an action with the goal of improvement.” Biologically speaking, practice strengthens the neural tissue, specifically the fatty substance myelin which enhances the runway for brains to communicate effectively with the muscles. The 10,000-hour rule of deliberate practice doesn’t necessarily guarantee improvement. The training needs […]

Give yourself permission to build 

Motivation ebbs and flows. It is fickle and short-lasting. So we can’t wait for the muse to compel us to work. As Chuck Close said, “inspiration is for amateurs.” However, what we can do is develop a passion for something and use it to solidify our grit. Having a little excitement helps us push through […]

If you’re struggling to get started, do it badly

Perfection is the antithesis of inspiration — it prevents you from getting started. The trick to getting going is to do it badly. That’s right: Be intentionally messy. Producing crap isn’t the end-goal. The point of taking small actions is to create enough momentum to feel like we’re winning. What sustains persistence are small improvements. […]

Trust the routine

The writer, blogger, or boxer must always keep in training. The artist or athlete can’t wait for the muse to inject them with productivity serum. Routine is much more compelling than inspiration, which is fickle, comes in flashes, and rarely sticks. On the flipside of consistency, is also imperfection. The practician not only faces the […]