Large scale change rarely comes from within an industry or system. Airbnb disrupted the hotel industry.Amazon disrupted publishingInstagram disrupted photographyIs your industry next? Maybe you know too much about your industry. Perhaps you’re too much…

How do you measure intelligence or success? In school, we used grades and test scores. In life, it’s money and status. We optimize for our primary metrics. Students focus on grades. Adults focus on earning…

There was a time when you needed permission from the publisher to write your book, the label to record your album, and the television network to star in your own show. But the internet leveled…

When Bill Walsh came to the San Francisco 49ers, they were one of the worst teams in the NFL. Instead of focusing on their losing record, he instilled what came to be known as standards…

Whether or not you have a goal of writing books or starting a blog, there are several reasons why anyone can benefit from a daily writing habit.  Writing forces you to reflect, observe, and think…

Like everything else in your life, shipping is a habit. Seth Godin encourages people to start a blog and publish every day. By doing this, you get in the habit of shipping. You ship, even…

A few days ago, one of my clients emailed me and asked: “what do you think about this idea?.” After giving him my thoughts on the idea, I realized that most of what I said…

“I’ll be happy when” are four words that lead to misery and suffering. We delay our happiness in the present for some mythical date in the future.  It doesn’t arrive; we’re miserable for eternity. If…

There are no shortcuts to high performance. – Steven Kotler When we see people who reach the top of their fields, who achieve elite performance we wonder if they have some sort of magic bullet. Perhaps they have the one hack that will change our lives….

We cross off the checkboxes. We meet spec, and we make work that’s forgettable, easy it ignore and the opposite of noteworthy. But everywhere in life, there’s an opportunity to make more art. AJ Leon…