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Arrival Is Not the Point (True Creatives Never Arrive)

In the early stages of any endeavor, we look forward to arrival. We set out with a goal in mind, and that is what keeps us moving forward. We long for the day when we come into our own and it feels like things are much less difficult. I quit my job and started this blog with the intention of affecting change in the world….

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How Will You Spend Your Willpower?

Studies show that willpower is like a muscle— you can build it by exercise, and it gets tired when you use it too much. The book, The Power of Habit, has a lot of great material around this idea — particularly chapter 5. People who come home after a draining day that has tested their willpower in big ways are much more likely to watch…

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Your Passion is Worth The Pain

Passion is about desiring something so much that you’re willing to suffer for it. Nothing is only good, fun, and easy all the time. To pursue a passion means that you are willing to endure and suffer to bring about that meaning in the world (see last week’s introduction to suffering for you passion for more). I want to get more specific about the way…

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Suffering For Your Passion

Our culture loves to talk about passion. It’s a hot word. “Find your passion.” “Follow your passion.” Etc. etc. etc. I’m as guilty as the next person of using and misusing that word. Passion is about what moves you. Passion is about what makes you come alive. In short, passion matters. What we don’t realize about passion is that it’s not just a feel good…

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Focus — the art of exclusion

It’s been said that focus is the art of exclusion. I’ve found this to be tremendously helpful in my life and work. So often I have tried to find focus amidst a bunch of things I have going on, and it has felt nearly impossible. The problem was that I wasn’t able (or maybe ready) to choose one thing over all the others. I was…

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