How to Make Yourself Irreplaceable at Your Job

Here’s the bad news: you’ll always be replaceable. People at companies are replaced all the time. Sometimes they’re fired. Sometimes they take new opportunities and move on, and the company’s left scrambling to find someone to take their place. People who appear to be the backbone of a company schism and go elsewhere, and the company still carries on. Even Steve Jobs, founder of Apple, was fired from his own company and replaced. If that…

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How to Become a Coach

I was 20 years old when I took my first coaching session. On the outside I was smiling, relatively cool, relatively collected. I was acting the part of the coach. I was here to solve problems — I got this. On the inside I was terrified. I was plagued by questions — “Am I qualified for this? What if they ask me a question and I don’t know what to say? What if I’m not…

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Layered Stories: How to Add Richness to Your Writing

Humans are fascinated by complexity. Complexity creates richness. It's a fine balance -- too simple and we get bored, too complex and we become confused. But as a general rule of thumb, the more complex something is, the more interesting it is to us, and the longer it can hold our attention. Adding layers of complexity to your writing (both fiction and nonfiction) keeps your reader engaged in a way a simple story can't. You…

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Innovation is About Reading Between the Lines

To be average is to see what exists. To innovate, create, and be above average is to see in between what exists, to what could be. Example of seeing in between: people use social media to connect, and people call taxis to get rides. What if the two were combined, and people used social media to get rides? That was the basis of Zimride, the original ridesharing service that later morphed into Lyft. Acquired FM…

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Moving as a Study in Persevering

I moved today -- for the fifth time in fifteen months. Not far -- just across the Ravenel Bridge, from Downtown Charleston to Mt. Pleasant -- but the distance almost doesn't matter. If you're moving, it's unsettling and a bother. Also, again -- the fifth time in fifteen months. I reused boxes today I used in that first move 15 months ago. I'm getting rather good at this. Tonight's blog post is less a set…

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Always Seek to Become More Interesting

Always seek to become more interesting. Becoming more interesting requires learning. It requires obtaining new experiences, and new information, and new knowledge. Interestingness is a good indicator of value. The more interesting you are, the more interesting the content you're able to create. The greater your well of information that you can draw from, the better your creative capacity, and the higher-value ideas you'll have. The more interesting you are, the more interested other people…

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