Tag Archives: focus

On being irritated

Irritation is a privilege. It’s the least useful emotion, one that we never seek out. People in true distress are never irritated. Someone who is hungry or drowning or fleeing doesn’t become irritated. And of course, irritation rarely helps us … Continue reading

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The next one or the last one?

This thing you’re making… This day you’re spending at work… This interaction you’re having… Is it merely the next one in a long string of next ones, good enough to get you through? Or is it special enough to be … Continue reading

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If not now, when?

Care a little more. Show up. Embrace possibility. Tell the truth. Dive deeper. Seek the truth behind the story. Ask the difficult question. Lend a hand. Dance with fear. Play the long game. Say ‘no’ to hate. Look for opportunities, … Continue reading

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Rolling up our sleeves

Sometimes, the wind is at our back, the resources are easily acquired and good karma increases our ability to do great work. Sometimes. Other times, it feels like we’re up against it, that the wind has shifted, that there’s not … Continue reading

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But how much does it cost?

I know what the price tag says. But what does it cost? Does it need dry cleaning? What does it eat? How long does the training take? What happens when it breaks? Where will I store it? What’s the productivity … Continue reading

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Widespread confusion about what it takes to be strong

Sometimes we confuse strength with: Loudness Brusqueness An inability to listen A resistance to seeing the world as it is An unwillingness to compromise small things to accomplish big ones Fast talking Bullying External unflappability Callousness Lying Policies instead of … Continue reading

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Skills vs. talents

If you can learn it, it’s a skill. If it’s important, but innate, it’s a talent. The thing is, almost everything that matters is a skill. If even one person is able to learn it, if even one person is … Continue reading

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In search of a palliative

A palliative is a treatment that soothes even if it can’t cure the illness. By all means, whenever you can, fix the problem, go to the root cause, come up with a better design… But when you can’t (and that’s … Continue reading

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The second time you create that breakthrough

…it only takes a few minutes. Because it’s not a breakthrough. Breakthroughs are slow because you don’t know how to do it… Re-creation is fast, because you already know how. The art of the breakthrough is the practice of figuring … Continue reading

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A drop in the bucket

When you buy a glass of wine at a nice restaurant, it doesn’t come in a beer stein. If it did, the 4 ounces would be dwarfed by the glass and you’d feel like your host was ungenerous. Closets, it … Continue reading

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