When it comes to email, I designed a system to collect and put problems on hold without solving them. In other areas of life, I address problems right away, by design. Now, I’m looking for other ways I can design for addressing problems right away, rather than saving them for later.
I started writing so that I could document and publish old ideas, however, what I discovered was that writing is actually how I develop new and better ideas. Writing is more about surfacing new ideas than it is about documenting old ones.
A line from Neil Gaiman’s MasterClass helped me realize that only in failure can we learn what success fails to teach us. The perspective from reaching the finish line of a failed race is quite different and valuable to learning and growing.
Recently, I realized that doing what I love consistently and regularly over a long period of time has attracted some of the most important opportunities and successes of my life. In this article, I share how exactly that happened.
While listening to the book, Power Broker by Robert Caro, I discovered that we respond to and grow with our circumstances, environment, friends, colleagues, etc. for better or for worse. The changes are small and subtle, and over time, make an impact.
One an apartment tour the other day, I learned a powerful lesson from the leasing agent that helped me upgrade my home to 30,000 square feet of space.
Reflecting on past limiting beliefs, I discovered that sometimes they come back in different forms. They are harder to recognize and just as distracting. Fortunately, giving myself time and space allowed me to see what I couldn’t see before.
Back in 2012, I read Jane McGonigal’s book, Reality is Broken, and learned the 4 key design elements of any game. This has changed the way I approach teaching and even my own life design.
In Atomic Habits by James Clear, he mentions the difference between an amateur and a pro. Reflecting on my last few weeks of writing, I realized I lived up to what he defines as pro. I also contribute another distinction between amateur and pro.
While responding to an email I had a breakthrough about my daily writing practice. Every day, by creating space and silence, I drive new discoveries about myself.