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If You’re Nervous About Pulling the Trigger, Clap Your Handsssss!

In: Creativity Coaching

There seems to be this idea that you should be ready for stuff before you do it.

You should do your research. Come fully prepared. Think ahead. Not get taken by surprise.

While that might be practical advice when you’re presenting an 8th grade science project, or pitching your boss an idea, or trying anal for the first time—SHE DID NOT JUST SAY THAT—it’s the farthest thing from practical in a modern world of entrepreneurship.

The assumption behind the “plan ahead” model is that you can actually plan ahead. But when you’re in business for yourself, the most valuable person in the room is not someone who's thought good and hard about how to do business.

It’s the person who’s out there doing it.

Experience always trumps exposition.

 

 

 

 

 

 

*Someone should tell Donald.

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Good Work Should Never Come Easy

Do the work the hard way first. Do it the long way, the tedious way, the time-consuming way. Do it until your brain aches and your fingers bleed. Do it until you are sure that you have never done better work before in your life. Now, hand it to the client. The work should never, […]

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Creativity Doesn’t Need an Ulterior Motive

The other day someone took note of my new daily blog post. “You’re launching something big,” they said. “No,” I replied. “I’m just a writer.” We’ve gotten so used to there always being an ulterior motive, that we’re suspicious when there isn’t one. Do the thing you’re called to do, especially when you have no […]

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Plan on Doing It Wrong First

There’s this really scary fear of doing it wrong. Do you not do Instagram because you think you’re going to do it wrong? Do you not do yoga because you think you’re going to do it wrong? Do you not go into the hip cafe because you think you’re going to do it wrong? Do […]

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Headspace Is Like a Goddamn Unicorn

Headspace. Even though it feels about as mythical as a goddamn unicorn, it’s a thing. I know most of us would feel more comfortable using a keyboard full of hypodermic needles than, you know, actually relaxing, but in my experience over the last decade running my own business, there are few things I find more essential. […]

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Calling All of My Flakes, My Quitters, My Commitment Clunkers: The Secret to Finishing What You Started Is NOT Patience. (So You Can Tell All Of Those “Have Patience” Hoodlums to Kiss It.)

You know who I personally have it out for? People who tell you to have patience. “Have patience, my dear,” they say—and then they always tack that goddamn “my dear” onto the end, as if they’ve suddenly transformed into a card-carrying ninety-year-old wizard. There’s no faster way to bring my lack of patience from a […]

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If You’re Not Dangerous, Get Out.

If you’re not dangerous, we don’t want to work with you. You might have the qualifications. You might have gone to Harvard. Maybe you’re perfectly competent. Step it up. Competence doesn’t demand that anyone notice you, wonder about you, or care about you.  Nobody ever won an award for hitting a deadline on time. We want to […]

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Creativity Zapped? Try This Madman Trick.

So I have this theory about creativity. First of all, it drinks bourbon, neat. And second of all, it’s hungry.  Hungry like the kind of hungry you get when you only had a dinky little grapefruit for breakfast. (Which doesn’t even count since you need the jaws of life to extract anything out of those […]

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50x Over Is Your New Fucking Motto

Lifting weights in the gym is generally viewed as a positive thing. You do a rep, and then do it again, because you fundamentally understand that the only way to grow a muscle is through creating tension. You don’t get mad at yourself for the fact that you can’t lift 100 pounds weights on your […]

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