People frequently ask me what I’ve learned from the 100’s of people that I’ve interviewed.  In attempting to summarize what they’ve taught me I’ve written a book, another book, and 100’s of articles.  They’ve changed…

The advice to follow your passion makes for great commencement speeches, self-help books, and Instagram memes. It sounds nice in theory but doesn’t translate in practice. It’s based on assumptions without evidence. It causes people…

A few years ago I wrote a piece about how writing 1000 words a day changed my life. That article resulted in a two-book deal with a publisher and became the basis for my new…

It’s easier than any time in history to go from idea to execution. What used to take months takes days and what used takes hours takes minutes. Because we can execute a plan in minutes,…

We have this misconception of successful people that everything they create is amazing. But, nothing could be further from the truth.  One of the most significant sources of resistance for any creative is the belief...

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It’s possible you read that headline and had a WTF reaction. As a culture we glorify achievement. We create lists like the Forbes 400, Fast Company’s 100 most creative People, and The New York Times...

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As the expression paying attention suggests, when you focus, you’re spending the limited cognitive currency that should be wisely invested, because the stakes are high. – Winifred Gallagher, Rapt After nearly a decade of doing…

When it comes people mastering their craft, we see the result. We rarely see what went into getting there.  However, when we start to dig deeper, we see that mastering your craft results from a combination…

The greatest work of your life doesn’t happen in one fell swoop. It’s a process of planting seeds, putting messages in bottles, being patient, persistent, committed and doing the work. It’s the work and journey…

Our biggest failures, setbacks, and obstacles in life can inform us or define us. We can respond to them or react. The choice that we make in those moments will determine whether or not they…