Career | Productivity

The Value of Work

“Understand the superior value of getting what you want through hard work.” — @robertgreene Want a bit of perspective on work? Spend a weekend digging holes for fence posts, raking the yard, hauling bags of cement or other manual labor. That was my weekend, and I’m grateful for the reminder of what can be done…

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The “What’s Our Fire” Exam

“Proper examination should ruin the life that you’re currently living. It should cause you to leave relationships. It should cause you to reestablish boundaries with family members and with colleagues. It should cause you to quit your job.” — @naval We march through our day-to-day life without serious thought about the big picture. What really…

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Feed the Spark

“Again, we are daily forced to choose between depression and anxiety. Depression results from the wounding of the individuation imperative; anxiety results from moving forward into the unknown. That path of anxiety is necessary because therein lies the hope of the person to more nearly become an individual. My analyst once said to me, “You…

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These Next Five

“Excellence is not a ‘hill to climb;’ excellence is the next five minutes.” — Tom Peters Tom Peters tweeted a one page summary of accumulated wisdom yesterday. I’ve quoted Peters’ “next five minutes” statement before, because it lays it all out there for us so succinctly. I’m using it again with fresh perspective after attending…

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Strategic, Interested Experiencing

“When people stop believing in an afterlife, everything depends on making the most of this life. And when people start believing in progress—in the idea that history is headed toward an ever more perfect future—they feel far more acutely the pain of their own little lifespan, which condemns them to missing out on almost all…

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Serious, True Work… Foreseen

The stamina of an old, long-noble race in the eyebrows’ heavy arches. In the mild blue eyes, the solemn anguish of a child and, here and there, humility—not a fool’s, but feminine: the look of one who serves. The mouth quite ordinary, large and straight, composed, yet not unwilling to speak out when necessary. The…

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Crossing the Stream to Deeper

“If you want to win the war for attention, don’t try to say ‘no’ to the trivial distractions you find on the information smorgasbord; try to say ‘yes’ to the subject that arouses a terrifying longing, and let the terrifying longing crowd out everything else…. The way to discover a terrifying longing is to liberate…