The drip

Change, real change, is the result of focused persistence. It’s easy to get a bunch of people sort of excited for a little while. The challenging part, and the reason that change doesn’t happen as often as it should is that we get distracted. Today’s urgent is more urgent than yesterday’s important. The concept of…

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More like us

When we come to a fork in our personal or professional or civic life, we get to make a choice. And often that choice is easier when we have a benchmark, a model to follow. You can decide to get an advanced degree in physics to be more like Elon. Or go to RISD to…

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A point of view

That’s the difference between saying, “what would you like me to do,” and “I think we should do this, not that.” A point of view is the difference between a job and a career. It’s the difference between being a cog and making an impact. Having a point of view is different from always being…

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Rules for working in a studio

Don’t hide your work Offer help Ask for help Tell the truth Upgrade your tools Don’t hide your mistakes Add energy, don’t subtract it Share If you’re not proud of it, don’t ship it Know the rules of your craft Break the rules of your craft with intention Make big promises Keep them Add positivity…

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Modern laziness

The original kind of lazy avoids hard physical work. Too lazy to dig a ditch, organize a warehouse or clean the garage. Modern lazy avoids emotional labor. This is the laziness of not raising your hand to ask the key question, not caring about those in need or not digging in to ship something that…

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The minimum critical mass

For your idea to spread, your app to go viral, your restaurant to be the place, it’s likely you’ll need to hit critical mass. This is a term from physics, describing the amount of plutonium you need in a certain amount of space before a nuclear reaction becomes self-sustaining. Once enough people start driving your…

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The big squeeze

There are more truck drivers in the US than just about any other occupation. For a long time, unionized truck drivers benefitted from work rules, healthcare, vacations, etc. It wasn’t an easy job to get, but it was a career. Companies started to realize that if they offloaded the work to freelance truckers, people with…

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Reading at work

Most organizations think nothing of having twenty valuable employees spend an hour in a meeting that’s only tangentially related to their productive output. But if you’re sitting at your desk reading a book that changes your perspective, your productivity or your contribution, it somehow feels like slacking off… What would happen if the next all…

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How does the ball know?

“Follow through.” That’s the advice you’ll hear in golf, in tennis and in baseball. That your follow through changes everything. But how can it? After all, the ball is long gone by the time you’re done with your swing. Here’s the thing: In order to not follow through, you need to start slowing down before…

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