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How to Do the Work and Also Show Your Work

It can be a challenge when you are head down and focused on a big project and you’re trying also to keep from letting all the other work get left behind. How do you do the work and create something substantial while also making time to share tidbits, inspiration, and stories of along the way?

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Initial Thoughts on Some Research and Notes Apps

A few months ago, I shared about my desire to begin organizing the notes and highlights and takeaways from the books I read. Jeff Goins wrote that “what we call ‘writing’ is actually made up of three distinct activities: coming up with ideas, turning those ideas into drafts, and then editing those drafts into publishable

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April Book Club: ‘Anything You Want’ by Derek Sivers

This month’s Book Club pick is the book I have gifted most often to others over the past few years. It’s one of my favorite books on entrepreneurship and creativity. But it’s about much more than just just starting and running an awesome business. At its core, this book is about challenging assumptions and being

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March Reading: ‘Deep Work’ by Cal Newport

This month’s book is a long-overdue pick (if you haven’t read it already). Moreover, it’s the perfect follow-up to last month’s book, The Dip. March’s reading is Deep Work, by Cal Newport. The whole hypothesis behind Deep Work is this: The ability to perform deep work is becoming increasingly rare at exactly the same time

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February’s Reading: ‘The Dip’ by Seth Godin

For February’s Book Club, we’re reading through The Dip by Seth Godin. This book is 10 years old, and I’d argue that it’s even more relevant now than it was when published in 2007. I listened to the audio version during my recent train ride up to Chicago a few weeks ago. The audiobook is

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November’s Reading: ‘The 10x Rule’ by Grant Cardone

“What if you are underestimating your capabilities?” That’s the line that stuck out to me in the very first chapter of Grant Cardone’s book, The 10x Rule. The premise of this book is two-fold: You need to set massive goals. You need to take massive action to accomplish those goals. You won’t accomplish a massive

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