Rockets: A Year of Posts

If you hear a voice within you say 'you cannot paint,' then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced.Van Gogh Tomorrow marks the one year anniversary of my daily blog. I knew I'd make it this far, but I didn't think I'd come out alive. But I'm still alive. I'm still writing.And … Continue reading Rockets: A Year of Posts

How to create something from nothing

No fancy studio? No cash? No team? Nameless nobody? Great. You're ready to make magic. You can create a better tomorrow by starting where you are today. Humility. Drive. Curiosity. An open mind. A keyboard. A pen and some paper. The willingness to trust in yourself. The belief that your perspective, your opinions and weird … Continue reading How to create something from nothing

Where are you hiding your bad ideas?

https://youtu.be/6zwfJlCoVNw You're afraid to move forward because you're afraid of criticism, well-meaning or otherwise. You're afraid of criticism because you're too attached to the ideas you generate, rather than as the generator of ideas. Being a "generator of ideas" doesn't excuse you from generating bad ideas. Bad ideas are as unavoidable as death. The best … Continue reading Where are you hiding your bad ideas?

You Know Too Much And You Produce Too Little – A Chapter from The Book

Here's a free chapter from my newest book, "But I Have No Original Ideas." You're stuck because you have too much information. You're spending hours on Farnam Street trying to find the perfect mental model. You're reading essays and articles and books on productivity. You're building another brain because the first one wasn't good enough. … Continue reading You Know Too Much And You Produce Too Little – A Chapter from The Book

One click forward (and six steps back)

How long does it take to build something that lasts? Something evergreen? Something like... A blog worth reading everyday? A podcast worth sharing not only with your coworkers, but with your family and friends as well? A piece of code that makes our lives a little less lonely? A book that makes us feel emotions … Continue reading One click forward (and six steps back)

The Michelle Obama of Plumbing

The day that Michelle Obama became a podcaster was the day that a girl in Kansas became insecure. "I can't do a podcast. I'm no Michelle Obama." There are more than 850,000 podcasts. Only a few household names have started podcasts. But apparently, unless we want nobody to listen to our podcast, then we need … Continue reading The Michelle Obama of Plumbing

The sound of crickets

is an acquired taste. You wrote and deleted and rewrote and revised and got feedback and would not sleep before it's done. And then? Crickets. The good news is that crickets aren't a tough crowd. They'll always fill the seats if nobody else shows up. They're easy to impress. And they're bad at throwing rotten … Continue reading The sound of crickets