If you’re 25, what advice would you give to your 20-year-old self? Here’s a more useful question. What advice would your future self give to you now? If you choose to spend the next two months staying dormant in your room, in two months you’ll have become your future self that chose to stay […]

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Who can write the best story in under 15 minutes? Why bother? Limitations are useful until they’re too limiting. The best story written in under 15 minutes is impressive for being written in under 15 minutes. That kind of limitation puts a limit on quality. A story can only be so good if it’s written […]

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Exchange comfort in the present for results that you want in the future. Working out: Lift the heaviest weights you can handle. Run for as long as you can. Exchange comfort for pain to your body, and eventually you’ll get results. Working on your craft: Ignore all of the distractions that seem to manifest only […]

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Professionals make mistakes at the highest levels of competition. Points for winning. No points for perfect execution. Human performances excite a crowd. It’s the stories of the performers; the underdogs, the up and comers, the upsets, the possibilities and surprises that make human performances worth seeing. Artificial performances (AI vs AI), are for seeing the […]

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In any craft, there is noise. For the writer, noise is which words to choose, which way to order sentences, which way to order paragraphs. For the skateboarder, noise is foot placement, pressure, speed, timing, pedestrians, cops. Noise is not meant to be ignored. It’s meant to be sensed. The beginner stays where they’re comfortable […]

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Noticed, Or Improving?

Play the game while balancing a water bottle on top of your head. You’ll be noticed. Play the game to understand the game, and you’ll improve. The brushstrokes of the master painter of the pale-throated sloths are studied so that we can learn how to paint better pale-throated sloths. Studying the styles of professionals is useful […]

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