Writing | Art | Habits | Productivity

What You Put Out

“Calling yourself creative doesn’t make it true. All that matters is what you’ve launched. Make finishing your top priority… When you’re gone, your work shows who you were. Not your intentions. Not what you took in. Only what you put out.” — Derek Sivers, How to Live “When you ship, you silence the lizard brain….

Productivity | Art | Habits | Music | Walking | Writing

Getting to Deeper Work

“In an age of network tools… knowledge workers increasingly replace deep work with the shallow alternative—constantly sending and receiving e-mail messages like human network routers, with frequent breaks for quick hits of distraction. Larger efforts that would be well served by deep thinking, such as forming a new business strategy or writing an important grant…


Give a Lift

“You can’t actually pull yourself up by your bootstraps. Ultimately you are lifted by those around you.” – Derek Sivers It’s that time of the year when people are more open in expressing gratitude and displaying generosity. It’s a great time to take stock of who helps you the most and to express appreciation for…

Culture | Learning | Lifestyle | Personal Growth

Add a Question Mark

Don’t accept the false stories people tell. Things are neither good nor bad — they’re as neutral as a rock. When people give opinions, add a question mark. If they say, “Immigration is bad,” change it to, “Immigration is bad?” Let the questions drift away, unanswered.– Derek Sivers, How To Live There’s a hidden message…

Career | Learning | Lifestyle

Making Decisions

“If my mind could gain a firm footing, I would not make essays, I would make decisions; but it is always in apprenticeship and on trial.” – Michel de Montaigne “If you’re not saying “HELL YEAH!” about something, say “no”.When deciding whether to do something, if you feel anything less than “Wow! That would be…

Learning | Poetry | Stoicism | Writing

Five Things

“Strategically, its better to do five big things with your life than 500 half-assed things.” – Derek Sivers, The Knowledge Project podcast This statement got me thinking.  I’ve done plenty of half-assed things in my life, but what are the big things, both accomplished and yet to complete?  That’s the real question of a lifetime. …

Habits | Language | Lifestyle | Productivity

Keep it Simple

I quietly shelved plans to hike yesterday. Thunderstorms in the forecast, friends coming over, yard work to do… you know: excuses.  Instead I did projects and regretted not getting out there and hiking.  Lesson learned.  But the bulkhead looks better than it ever has with a fresh coat of paint and the lawn has been…

Habits | Lifestyle

Choosing the Great Over the New

New is overvalued relative to great.  … for example, when choosing which movie to watch or what book to read, are you drawn to proven classics or the newest big thing?  In my opinion, it is smarter to choose the great over the new.” – Ray Dalio I’m reading a Henry David Thoreau book called…