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While I was at that retreat last weekend I had a conversation with the man who organizes it (we’ll call him Craig, for privacy’s sake). Craig has been doing this for a while – decades, perhaps – and so he knows a thing or two about organizing events. I was lucky to have a brief […]

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I am not a tremendously logical man. I wish I was; it's probably part of why statistics thrill me so much. It's taken me a while, but there was always something about the whole If you follow your passion, you're very unlikely to be happy or successful because you'll be financially insecure argument. With the […]

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The Real Game

craft (noun) • skill in carrying out one’s work. synonyms:skill, skillfulness, ability, capability, competence, art, talent, flair, artistry, dexterity, craftsmanship, expertise, proficiency, adroitness, adeptness, deftness, virtuosity “a player with plenty of craft“ Ever play the game of Life? I confess, I haven’t in a very long while. As I look back on it now, it seems like a particular kind of cultural conditioning – moving across the board, acquiring the various […]

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The Poverty of Time

In his groundbreaking work on the psychological implications of poverty, Sendhil Mullainathan found evidence that many lawmakers and social critics were mixing up cause and effect. Namely, it wasn’t necessarily that people were poor because of bad decisions or a lack of intelligence. No, instead he showed that even the idea of poverty could lower a person’s ability […]

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This morning I went out to my bicycle with a small set of tools because I had some adjustments to make. I turned the high screw on the front derailleur a turn and a half to the right. I lifted the seat about 3/4 of an inch higher. I checked the tension on the rear […]

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A while back I announced an attempt at changing around my schedule. Specifically I was hoping to take advantage of the idea of “Maker Time”, a focused block of time without breaks when I would work on a single project. Towards that end I blocked out four hours five days a week, with the following […]

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Remember when I was talking about how we all are part of our own narrative? About how we can write our own stories, and live our lives with a perspective of our own choosing – being the hero, the victim, the villain, even the comic relief if we want? There’s a reason that trick works: […]

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Lifehacking a Path

…every man who is his own lawyer, has a fool for a client – The Flowers of Wit by Henry Kett, 1814 Over the past month I’ve been practicing what I preach – namely, getting help. While I have been called upon to coach and counsel many people and organizations both professionally and personally, when […]

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Tired is OK The last week has been a busy one – two open-space conferences facilitated in two different cities, two interviews for podcasts I produce and one where I was the person being interviewed, all the regular client work plus some emotional situations in personal relationships. At the end, though, everything ended up in […]

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“I didn’t make my life possible!” – Amanda Palmer, in an interview with Tim Ferriss That quote came shortly after Tim suggested to Amanda that she was living a life that most would think impossible. It’s true, in a way – her story, going from street performer to million-dollar KickStarter, bestselling author and icon of […]

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