Are You Satisfied?

Jason Fried of 37 Signals posted a tweet recently saying how sad it is when business surveys set “satisfied” as their highest metric for success. What a  “low bar” to set, he laments. Read the rest of this entry »

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You Must Ship

You have to put your work out in front of people if it is going to make an impact. The world can’t be changed by what it doesn’t see.

You must give up on perfectionism and fall in love with “good enough.”

You need to do more than come up with good ideas and interesting strategies.

You must ship.


Don’t Be a Celebrity

Our culture lauds celebrities to a fault. We place such a high priority on being famous (or getting there) that any status level lower than that of celebrity is simply unacceptable, in our minds. Read the rest of this entry »


It’s Time to Begin

It’s time to get started. No excuses or distractions.

Turn off the TV. Shut down Twitter. Step away from the noise.

You’ve been dreading this moment. It’s both scary and exciting. But the allure of it is also cause for your anxiety. You can think of a million reasons to procrastinate, to put off your duty just another hour or day or month and only one to do it — you simply must. Read the rest of this entry »


What to Do with Unfair Criticism

  1. Say thank you. All feedback is a gift.
  2. Think and possibly pray (if you’re the type to do so) about what was shared. Is there merit to it, anything you can glean that will help you grow?
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Critics

There will always be critics — those who will malign and slander your work, call you a hack, or convince you to quit.

It is your choice whether their words will make you stronger or weaker, whether they will wound you or spur you on. Read the rest of this entry »


Writing Tip: Tell Me Something Different

Don’t tell me something that I could’ve read somewhere else. Don’t tell me something that I already know.

Tell me something different.

Tell me something unique, something that will cause me to read what you wrote not once, but twice or three times.

Tell me something that will cause me to go back and read it again to my wife. Tell me something that I’m going to highlight, post to Twitter, and repeat to myself for the rest of the day.

Tell me something I won’t easily forget. Again, I say: tell me something different.