Business and Meaning

The world of business can provide an endless stream of activities, whether you have a job or run your own company. If you read books or take courses on advancing your career or growing your business, you’ll pick up even more to-do ideas. I usually enjoy the world of business, but in order to keep…

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My Strengths (According to Reader Feedback)

Earlier this week I invited my blog readers and customers to share what they considered to be my strengths, and now I’ll share the results with you. First, I appreciate the feedback. There were many different answers and perspectives, so I looked for patterns to condense the key ideas into a meaningful list. The subheadings…

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Create and Share

Many people who want to earn a living from creative work get stuck trying to figure out a business model. Meanwhile they’re not actually doing much creating. They’re waiting for clarity. Waiting for clarity is a waste of time. So is trying to figure out the perfect transition plan in advance. It’s easier to find…

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Framing the Problem

People often get stuck with certain ways of framing their problems that actually prevent them from creating solutions. Usually they learn these frames from other people, especially people who swear that a particular frame worked for them. But that doesn’t mean the same frame will work for everyone else. Suppose you define a financial problem…

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What Are My Strengths?

During some recent morning runs, I’ve been listening to a series of Michael Michalowicz books: The Toilet Paper Entrepreneur, Profit First, Clockwork, and Fix This Next. He also wrote The Pumpkin Plan – one of my all-time favorite business books. In the Toilet Paper Entrepreneur book, there are some questions about identifying your strengths and…

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Self-Accountability

Using an accountability buddy to help you consistently stick with a habit or work on a goal is fine as a temporary measure to get yourself into the flow of action, but it’s also a crutch. Ultimately you want to be accountable to yourself first and foremost, not to a buddy, team, company, organization, app,…

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Your Work Attitude

This is one of my favorite quotes from Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet (in the passage on work): Work is love made visible. And if you cannot work with love but only with distaste, it is better that you should leave your work and sit at the gate of the temple and take alms of those…

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Generative Learning

Generative learning is when you generate your own solutions to a problem or challenge, get feedback from reality, and learn from your mistakes. This is similar to the evolutionary development model of software development, whereby you do some coding, play around with your app, and then evolve it some more. Contrast this with learning solutions…

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Discipline Ripples

A nice side effect of my daily blogging challenge is that it’s helping me become more disciplined in other areas of life. This in turn increases my capacity to get more done because I can trust that I’ll have abundant discipline to flow through more tasks and projects. I expected that there would be some…

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