In the flow

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The Importance of a Hook

Everything moves very fast these days, and work that sells needs to be understood almost instantaneously. Thus, the viewer can process and decide (Oh yeah, that’s for me) or (Not my thing) and move on. Of course, without the clarity of a hook, the answer will be (Not my thing) more often than not. Now…

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Getting Your Subconscious to Buy-In to New Ideas

Sometimes I like to suggest goals as a conditional statement, to try to get my subconscious to buy-in without much effort on my (conscious) part. So, instead of proposing something as a directive, I’ll make a list and be like, Well, if I were to aim towards such and such a goal, here are the discrete steps I…

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The Empty Calendar

We have a busy week coming up, and even though 80% of the items on the calendar are things I really enjoy doing, I feel stressed out by seeing the week covered in meetings or tasks.  My automatic response to seeing a full schedule is anxiety around not having enough time for creative work. Of…

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The Habits that Don’t Stick

The other day I listed a series of small improvements I’d made to the structure of my days, mostly taking place in the mornings. Cumulatively, they give me a strong sense of agency and connectedness. But what about the habits that haven’t stuck?  What was different about them? Why could I only get them to 60%…

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Cumulative Habits

Without particularly planning for it, this has been the year of cumulative habits. I started this year off by saying my resolution was to be “Optimistic, and approach situations with positivity. To say yes more.” To which was added daily meditation Which led to a short daily blog post And then a practice of other…

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About Updates

Daniel asked me to rewrite the about pages on Brook There (coming soon), and as I was doing that I decided it was probably time to rewrite the about page here as well.  So here goes: ABOUT I write by hand, mostly with colored pens from Muji. Seeing my thoughts in pink or purple or…

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On boldness and other matters

Let’s start from last week’s premise: that confidence is the primary cultivatable skill that points towards success. Now is this the same sort of thing that helicopter parents have been trying to instill via never disagreeing with their children while simultaneously providing a padded, failure-free environment?  I don’t know. I doubt it though. I want to believe…

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Creativity, confidence, conscience

IQ tests measures one’s ability to think like a computer: they mostly measure working memory, reasoning ability towards a solution for which there exists an absolutely correct answer, and speed of reasoning. IQ tests don’t measure confidence, creativity, or social skills. Everybody knows this of course, or should, but I’m just framing up the background.…

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Teaching Autodidactism

From kindergarten on, I did not like going to school.  Nobody was too concerned about it though, because it was clear I knew how to learn. After tenth grade, I dropped out, got a GED, took SATs, and went to art school. Now art school, at least as I’ve heard it described, has a lot…

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