Make Idea Capture Part of Your Day

We have a lot of valuable thoughts that we waste. We think a lot throughout the day. A lot of our thoughts are fairly pedantic -- pertaining to the things we're focused on in the moment, and not terribly relevant outside of that context. But we have a number of thoughts throughout the day that are valuable in other contexts. The more we live, the more knowledge we have, and the more interesting we become,…

The Pain of Doing vs. The Pain of Not Doing

As Steven Pressfield so eloquently explains in his book The War of Art, there's a force called Resistance that stands in direct opposition to all creative endeavors. The force of the Resistance is equal to the force of the creative energy begging to be made tangible. It hates the fulfillment of creative vision with the same passion that the muses love it. It's similar to the concept of resistance in weight training; a force that's…

How to Make Yourself Smarter — Obvious and Inobvious Methods

One of my most prevalent goals is to become smarter -- always. When weighing opportunities, a job's potential to make me smarter is more important than raw career growth (although the two often go hand-in-hand), monetary gains, or geographic location. It's an important driver in my personal relationships, and in my choice of activities and pursuits outside of work. Does it increase my knowledge of the world, and/or the functions of the world, particularly in…

Precision, Not Pretention

Mastering the art of writing requires becoming precise. The best writers are deeply precise with their language usage. They don't need many words to tell the truth; but the ones they choose are the right ones. If truth is the fine edge of a knife blade -- sharp when it cuts you, and so narrow you might miss it -- then the words to describe the truth must be precise enough to balance on that…

Rules for Writing: Sentence Echoes

An important rule for good writing: always end a sentence with the most important word. The last word in a sentence lingers in the reader's mind. Think of it as having a resonance, or an echo. The sound holds long after the rest of the sentence has died, and it plays a significant role in the shaping of the sentence's tone. For example: "... and they're unprepared for the world of finance, specifically." The word…

Remember That You’re in Control

I was talking to a Praxis participant today about the upheaval of moving, and the stress of getting settled in a new city. Finding a place to live, coordinating logistics, and working on a tight timeline for all of the above can be incredibly overwhelming. As someone who's getting ready to move for the fifth time in the past 15 months, I understand the stress a lack of certainty can bring. Multiple moves have been…

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