Meaningful work gives meaning to rest. Meaningful work practically requires you to rest every once in awhile. Overworking leads to, among many things, a lack of new ideas, and a lack of energy you’d need to to work with those ideas. Rest often. Your work depends on it.Read more "Meaningful rest"
A useful way to think of yourself is to think of yourself as someone who’s self-employed. You’ve actually always been self-employed. But nobody ever told you. It’s like breathing. You’re aware of your breathing after you’ve been reminded of it. This isn’t about quitting your day job to start a company. This is an exercise […]Read more "How To Become Self-Employed Without Quitting Your Day-Job"
Talks loudly and quickly. Talks more than they listen. Always in a hurry. Spends more time networking than working on their craft. Gregarious and highly extroverted. Prefers quantity over quality. Wears a suit. A schmoozer. Always flattering. In it for the money. On top of the world. Those weren’t the only traits of a successful […]Read more "The stereotypes of the successful"
Just because someone else is using jump-cuts doesn’t mean you have to. Just because someone is doing short-form content doesn’t mean you have to (the algorithm rewards long-form content anyway.) Just because someone films in sepia doesn’t mean you have to. You get to choose your constraints. You get to decide how your work is […]Read more "What’s popular isn’t the template"
To get what we’ve asked for? If we’re asking for quality, then we should expect to wait for someone who’s working diligently. If we’re the ones working for quality, then we should expect diligence to be necessary for someone who’s expecting quality work. If we’re asking for mediocre, then we should expect to wait for […]Read more "What’s taking so long?"
when you choose to believe in a narrative – a narrative that you didn’t write – that keeps you ordinary, comfortable, safe, out of sight, out of trouble, with no chance of challenging the status quo. The poison: letting your potential remain unrealized. Put another way, the poison is deciding to believe in a narrative […]Read more "Your poison has been picked"
Nothing. So who are we to tell you how you should be working, or what you should be working on? We’re not. So please, tell us how you work. Tell us what problems you’d like to solve. It’s much more important for us to know how it is you work than a bunch of buzzwords […]Read more "What do we know about you?"
When someone needs your support, ask yourself: does this person need human support, or tech support? Tech support is specific. It’s concrete, technical, and full of instruction and details. Tech support is what you give to someone by saying, “Here’s what I would do if I were you.” Human support is a hug, an embrace, […]Read more "Human Support or Tech Support?"
If you’re the one walking their dog, repairing their laptop, curating their drink menu, or designing their website, make your clients a part of the story of your work. If you’ve created the product because the product really does benefit you, make your customers a part of the story of your product. This happens even […]Read more "Memories or memoirs?"
Today, don’t worry about perfect. What you create and share today won’t be perfect. Tomorrow, don’t worry about perfect. What you’ll create and share tomorrow will be better than what you’ve created and shared today. But tomorrow’s work won’t be perfect either. Five years from now, don’t worry about perfect. Because if you’ve spent the […]Read more "Worrying about perfect"