All posts filed under: Motivation

Why speed is the skill I’m most dedicated to improving

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Creativity / Motivation / Productivity

Nathan was a guy at school who always finished his homework hours before everyone else. I went to an English boarding school, and they’d put twelve boys in the same room to do homework (prep) every evening. Nathan would race through his work so that he had time to read his beloved novels. I’d look over at him nose-deep in the latest Sebastian Faulks (no joke, we were thirteen), while I fumed, toiling over my essay. […]

What I ask myself before I decide to quit

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Brand You / Inspiration / Motivation

If someone were to ask me what words I’d use to describe working for myself, many would come to mind… Stressful Frustrating Unstable Scary Draining (mentally and of cash) Of course, these are not words and emotions that are in play constantly, and they are rarer for me now, but it hasn’t always been sunshine and daffodils. Many times before, I’ve thought about stopping my own thing so that that life can be more secure. […]

When I am a victim…

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Motivation / Personal Development / Productivity

When I am a victim… …I feel a weight on my shoulders. It’s pushing down so that I bend slightly at the knees. It’s what they call my 'ego.' Every time life was unfair to me; my ego has inflated a little more. Now I carry it around. I have to trudge under the weight. I feel weary, often depressed, but my ego needs protecting. I was wronged, and so my ego needs to be […]

Strip Before You Stop

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Motivation / Productivity / Taking Action

You’ve got this thing you’re working on. That thing you really should do every day for maximum effect. That thing you talk about a lot. Writing blog posts; taking pictures; making art; practicing an instrument; contacting new people; reading books; learning languages and shooting videos. But little materializes, if at all. You love the idea of it, and you think about it all the time. You know you have the talent to create great things, […]

The Freezer

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Motivation / Personal Development / Productivity

The freezer. It’s a stretch of time. It’s a way of thinking. It’s a point on a path. Most are familiar with it; many are moving out of it, and a few have long since left. You’re in the freezer when you: Are reacting, rather than creating. Don’t believe you can make money doing work you love. Don’t move. Do work that bores you. Consume more than you produce Don’t have enough money to relax into […]