‘The enemy is our chattering brain’

Don’t prepare. Begin. Remember, our enemy is not lack of preparation; it’s not the difficulty of the project or the state of the marketplace or the emptiness of our bank account. The enemy is Resistance. The enemy is our chattering brain, which, if we give it so much as a nanosecond, will start producing excuses, […]

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‘Start the next one today’

I remember rolling the last page out and adding it to the stack that was the finished manuscript. Nobody knew I was done. Nobody cared. But I knew. I felt like a dragon I’d been fighting all my life had just dropped dead at my feet and gasped out its last sulfuric breath.   Rest […]

Define your fears instead of your goals

Remember our rule of thumb: The more scared we are of a work or calling, the more sure we can be that we have to do it. — Steven Pressfield, The War Of Art Echoing Seth Godin, “Habits are more important than fears.” Or as Tim Ferriss says, “Define your fears instead of your goals.” […]

#NationalDonutDay: The history of a donut in a GIF (plus some life advice)

I’m not one to celebrate national trends but this gif tells you all you need to know about the history of the donut. And you know those brassy looking pink donut bags at high-end donut shops? It’s a marketing gimmick; a trigger for emotions. How the pink box has persevered so long may be about more than just […]

Crime and ‘Punishment’

When most people think of punishment, they think of negative consequences — jail for committing a crime or a lawsuit for tax evasion. However, voluntary punishment, like stress, can also have benefits. The US Marines have a saying: “Pain is weakness is leaving the body.” Sometimes you have to punish yourself to get better. You […]