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How Do You Survive? How Do You Make It Through the Shitstorm—With Grace?

In: Hard Stuff, Lady Balls, Success,

You forgive yourself, over and over and over again.

You build little glass cases around your emotions, one by one.

You don’t always like feeling sectioned off—but you forgive yourself for that, too.

You are fragile now. You learn how to be fragile. Fragile means you need to play by different rules, for a while.

“No” becomes your religion.

Solitude, your faith.

Your entire life pulls backward, like a tightened bow and arrow, going backwards, backwards, backwards, backwards, until you worry your certitude will snap.

But you don’t. You won’t. You never will.

Tension is a necessary prerequisite for power.

Every setback is not necessarily a backset.

And sometimes what we perceive as falling, is actually arriving somewhere new.

Funny enough, survival looks a lot like shrinking, sometimes.

But, don’t let appearances fool you.

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Cowardly Business Owners: An Epidemic?

Yesterday, I got stood up. As you may know, I have my hands in a boating company, and yesterday, a brain surgeon from the Carolinas simply didn’t show up for a charter—despite having submitted a sizeable deposit, and despite the manager waiting for him at the marina, calling, emailing, iMessaging. One might be worried, if […]

In: Hard Stuff, Pet Peeves,




The CEO might be her own boss, but she does not have to be her own bitch.

Being in business for yourself requires three things. A sense of discipline. A sense of self. And a motherfucking tube of lipstick. When you run a business, NOTHING about your workday looks like anybody else’s, and soon it follows that nothing about your life looks very much like anybody else’s, either. Late nights. Unusual schedules. Working more than […]

In: Confidence, Creating, Hard Stuff,


How to become an unf*ckwithable freelancer

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