When You Fail, You’ve Done Something Great

When You Fail, You’ve Done Something Great

While most are forgettable, a very few conversations in your life become touchstones. Whether it’s because of an utterly unique perspective or a certain turn of phrase, you experience a paradigm shift in your thinking. One such a-ha moment for me was an interview I...

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How to Overcome Worry and Be a Friendlier Person

How to Overcome Worry and Be a Friendlier Person

My father recently sent me a xerox copy of life lessons from Dale Carnegie, author of How to Win Friends and Influence People and Stop Worrying, and Start Living. The list contained so much yoda-like wisdom that I decided to type it up. Read on for 50 golden rules for...

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12 Desktop Wallpapers for Creative Thinkers

12 Desktop Wallpapers for Creative Thinkers

I sourced 12 of my favorite quotes from creative minds and whipped them into a series of desktop wallpapers. There's one for every month of 2016, and hopefully they'll inspire you to think a little bit differently than you normally would. Download all 12 wallpapers →...

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The Dignity of Trying

The Dignity of Trying

I've seen time and time again, the way that the process of trying to say something that matters dignifies and improves a person. I've seen it in my own failures, in writing and otherwise... If the student writer wants to get over, become famous, dominate others with...

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A New Approach to Productivity: Planning for Imperfection

A New Approach to Productivity: Planning for Imperfection

We live in a world full of distractions, urgent requests, and emergencies — and pretending otherwise is unproductive. In fact, it’s counter-productive. I think my biggest takeaway from the past year of work is the importance of planning for imperfection. A few of the...

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What Separates the Peter Pans from the Pros

What Separates the Peter Pans from the Pros

Recently my friend Tina (aka SwissMiss) tweeted: “Never felt more grown-up than now in 2015. Have I peaked? What is the most grown-up experience one can have?” It got me thinking: What are the qualities that distinguish us, specifically, as adults? And are those...

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Atmospherics for Dreaming – Headphone Music #01

Atmospherics for Dreaming – Headphone Music #01

A new headphone music mix to help you tune out distractions and get shit done. Atmospherics for Dreaming - HM #01   01. Nils Frahm - Says 02. Four Tet - 128 Harps 03. Pantha du Prince - Stick to My Side 04. Boards of Canada - Music Is Math 05. The Field - Then...

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Why you can’t stop being busy

Why you can’t stop being busy

Once you become busy, it seems almost impossible to stop being busy. Why is this? Researchers Sendhil Mullainathan and Eldar Shafir provide an elegant answer in Scarcity: The New Science of Having Less and How It Defines Our Lives. This is how scarcity captures our...

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Must-Reads: Creative Apocalypse & the Meanings of Life

Must-Reads: Creative Apocalypse & the Meanings of Life

Ten recent long reads that changed the way I think about the future of work and creativity... 1. The Meanings of Life Not surprisingly, satisfaction of desires is a reliable source of happiness. But it has nothing — maybe even less than nothing ­— to add to a sense of...

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How F*cking Off Can Actually Be Quite Productive

How F*cking Off Can Actually Be Quite Productive

Have more than one idea on the go at any one time. If it's a choice between writing a book and doing nothing I will always choose the latter. It's only if I have an idea for two books that I choose one rather than the other. I always have to feel that I'm bunking off...

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