Slow appeal 🐢

Conventional wisdom says that we should emphasize speed over power. After all, he who runs the fastest wins the race. But life is a marathon, not a sprint. Malcolm Gladwell once said proper books should take at least two years to write: “We need to be a little bit more tortoise-y and a little less […]

Risky indecision

In the absence of ideas, we’re lost floating at sea. Weighed down in idea debt, a lack of action can have the same debilitating effect. Interia is the purported enemy. Just write the truest sentence already. What works better is facing fear and proceeding right into it. Keep your eyes on the prize and spend […]

Creativity is a fancy version of productivity

People confuse busyness with productivity. Answering emails all day is mostly a waste of time, as is instant messaging co-workers. Doing something — typing into little boxes all day — fulfills the human desire to feel useful. Similarly, people often perceive what artists do is an unnecessary use of time. But creativity is a fancy […]

‘Intention without action is an insult to those who expect the best from you’

Despite popular belief to the contrary, there is absolutely no power in intention. The seagull may intend to fly away, may decide to do so, may talk with the other seagulls about how wonderful it is to fly, but until the seagull flaps his wings and takes to the air, he is still on the […]

The only reassurance you need

We treat fame and social media status like currency. We presuppose that anonymity or a lack of engagement trivializes what we do. Even worse, we let TV and Instagram determine our self-worth. But what and who matters is rarely popular. No one wants to pull back the curtain and see the sweat and tears of […]

Impatient with action, patient with results

Impatient with action, patient with results. Taking consistent, small steps, each day turns thousands of drips into a bucket of water. But it’s not so much the practice that matters. It is the execution. Shooting the basketball with improper form every day is not going to help come game time. The fundamentals for adaptability go […]

Open to detours

Open to detours, fixated on the wrath of curiosity. The single-minded goal-setter scrounges for practice. In theory, doggedness is the least path of resistance. Like a magnet, we’re drawn to specialized learning. But we can’t afford to put the right brain to sleep. Quiescent, it too begs to act. The creative compulsion knows no boundaries. […]

Sitting decreases blood flow to the brain 🧠

We hear it all the time. Get up and go for a walk. It’s how Walt Whitman jogged the brain so he could keep generating writing ideas. Even Steve Jobs held walking meetings. But now the science proves that taking a quick stroll reactivates the flow of blood to your brain. Scientists at Liverpool’s John […]

Four to one

The goal is to be good at more than one thing. Everyone should be versatile. But sometimes it is better to narrow yourself to expand. Instead of doing everything, you focus on doing one thing well. And the rest gets better as a result. Take social networking for example. It’s a misperception that one has […]

‘The best time to plant a tree was twenty years ago. The second best time is now’

“The best time to plant a tree was twenty years ago. The second best time is now,” goes the old saying. Waiting to start almost always means never. The work in the head of a perfectionist will never match the reality it takes to get there, a path fraught with failure and mistakes. But you […]