Category Archives for "Success"

Brute Force It

Brute Force It

Sometimes you just have to brute force your way out of confusion and failure into knowledge and success. Don’t know how to XX?  Just hurl yourself at the problem–iterating hundreds and thousands of time.  We are talking countless hours, weeks’ and months’

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What To Do When You Are Stuck?

When You Are Stuck

What should you do when you are stuck? I have a simple answer for you: take the next step. What’s the next step? Simple. What can you do? Right now. Today.Can you create a webpage for your venture?Make a blog post?Call a contact?Outline a strategy or vision?Read a book that sharpens your knowledge and skills? (Notice […]

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Success as a Series of Algorithms

Success as a series of Algorithms

Have you ever taken a course in computer science?  If so, you know what an algorithm is.  If you don’t know what this word means, go look it up.  Go ahead. I’ll wait….Algorithms Ingrain Habit and Reduce Decision FatigueI like creating lots of algorithms in my life.  These routines and loops help create habits–which reduce […]

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Are You In The “Suck Phase?”

Are You In The Suck Phase?

I love the suck phase. Why? Because you might as well. What’s the suck phase? It’s that period when you first start any venture when your enthusiasm and hopes get you going, and then you crash into the reality that you suck. You have no idea what you are doing, and any degree of competence or return […]

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Books For The Way Ahead

Books for the Way Ahead...

Faith.  Dying To Be Me. Technique.  So Good They Can’t Ignore You. Positivity.  The Promise of a Pencil. Deliberate small steps daily.  Persistence.   The Slight Edge. Habits.  The Power of Habit. Focus.  The One Thing. Money.  See these five books….

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Courage is Key, But ….

Courage is Key

Courage is key.  Unless you are a bodhisattva or utterly oblivious, as you move towards your deepest goals and dreams, fear will get in the way.  It’s an odd fact of life.  The more we care about something, oftentimes the more we will get into our own way.  I don’t know what this is the […]

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Walk, Don’t Run

Walk, Don't Run

Early in my career as a diplomat, a more senior Foreign Service Officer gave me an interesting piece of advice.  He said that when you are working as the “control officer” (they person responsible for handling the visit of a VIP), you should never run in any situation, no matter how urgent or worrying.  Stay […]

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Rough Means Started

Rough Means Started: Iterate for Success

When you have something big to tackle, just do it in phases. Initial rough sprint of thoughts or action. Then revisit the task. And revisit again. Make it an iterative process. This makes for a much smoother path than trying for perfection and completion in the initial go. Like polishing something into beauty, it takes multiple passes. You will find it so […]

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When You Are Truly In The Zone….

When you are truly truly truly in the zone and doing exactly what you are meant to be doing, time does seem to slow down significantly. One of the great blessings of this fact is that your life will be less likely to pass by in the blink of an eye.  You will savor it […]

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