Be Deliberate About What You Consume

In the same way that the adage is true for our bodies -- we are what we eat. So too is the same true for content consumption. The ideas we intake become the foundation with which we build all of our thoughts, our ideas, and our creative processes. Our brains are constantly processing information. Be deliberate about what you allow yours to process. Don't intake senseless information out of laziness. Be deliberate about the little…

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Coming into Rhythm with Your Natural Workflows

One of the beauties of the internet age is the inherent flexibility in the way we work. Unlike the older industrial systems (of which our industrial education system is bred), which required a certain consistency in time (when you're using a series of wheels and gears, each cog must fit seamlessly together), our new world is one of fluidity. The digital world functions whether anyone's at the factory at 7am sharp or not, and the…

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Whiteboarding as a Structure for Thinking

Over the past few months, I've become an adamant proponent of whiteboarding -- as a mode of organization, but more importantly, as a structure for thinking. Every time I have a creative problem I'm solving, or a project I'm structuring, I take it to the whiteboard and I lay out a roadmap for the solution. I use it for work on a regular basis (at this point, I've commandeered half the whiteboards in the office…

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The Oedipus Principle: Don’t Run from Your Fears

"Fear of getting hurt, ironically, increases your risk of getting hurt." -- Ed Latimore In the Greek tragedy Oedipus Rex, the play's eponymous hero, Oedipus, was born to the king and queen of Thebes. At his birth, a prophecy was given -- that Oedipus would one day kill his father and marry his mother. The king and queen were horrified. Such a child could not be allowed to live, so they gave him to a…

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Ask Interesting People About Their Content Consumption

"What content would you recommend to me?" has become one of my favorite questions. The above form is its simplest generalization; there's ample room to make it more concrete. "What content on startups?" "What content on the topic of history?" Interesting people become interesting, in large part, because of two things: The things they do The things they consume The ideas they surround themselves with are the things that shape the way their minds work,…

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The Fine Line Between Poetry and Truth

As a writer, it's easy to fall in love with the words. They have such beauty to them, after all. Such form. When you say them, they sound musical. When you write them down, they grace the page. It's like magic; the results are like a drug. They make you giddy. Your writing is not matter-of-fact; it's art. You are not mere scribe, but poet. Many writers have fallen into an endless love affair with…

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