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Creative Lessons

Lessons that emerged from the work

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I Keep a Dopamine Notebook to Capture and Put Distracted Thoughts into Paper Jail

"Dopamine itself is not the reward, it is the build-up to the reward". – Andrew Huberman

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So you want to be creative? Excitement is the missing ingredient

If I'm not excited or energized, I can't do something. You can call it a flaw, something I need to work through or work on, something I should get past, but I'm not sure I can. And yes, I've read Pressfield's "The War of Art."   "Excitement is for amateurs." "You

So you want to be creative? Excitement is the missing ingredient
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Cutting off edutainment, reading better content

I'm addicted to macroeconomics. I studied Econ in college, and while I honestly sucked in the classroom, I pay attention to global macro and finance the way that people get into sports teams. While I like being informed at the surface level, the truth is I'm in the stands, not

Cutting off edutainment, reading better content
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Hot Streaks

Sometimes some of our biggest successes are followed by lows. Some of our deepest lows are followed by our greatest peaks. There are two concepts that I find helpful to understand if you find yourself in this ebb and flow between success and burnout. Stuckness and success. "Ceilings" of growth"

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The "2-Minute Rule" Google rule for learning

When I'm reading a book, like a book on investing I read last night, I often come across terms I don't know. For example, last night I highlighted "backdoor IRA conversion" "529 account" and a few other terms I didn't know. It's normal in reading a blog or book to

The "2-Minute Rule" Google rule for learning
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Why failure is often better than "it's not ready yet."

I used to be worried about failing... and but now I'm worried about not failing enough. When your biggest fear is how you're received by the market, it's easy to delay making any real progress. When something becomes important to you, like a new project, idea, or hobby, it's easy

Why failure is often better than "it's not ready yet."
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Why is it so hard to stay consistent?

I’m planning to write more, to publish, maybe daily and it has me thinking about the topic of consistency. So maybe you want to write more too, or study more, or get to the gym, or prioritize something in your life that you’ve left by the wayside. I’

Why is it so hard to stay consistent?
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Life By Invitation

No one is successful alone. Everyone is interconnected and interrelated. The majority of our modern lives are supported by others. The grocery store is a cornucopia of interconnected supply chains, deliveries, crops grown...It's only now that it's breaking down that we're seeing how much comes together to make our

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The best (unknown) business books for entrepreneurs: Badass, Making Users Awesome

As entrepreneurs and creators in the market today, we desperately want to stand out. But what is it that differentiates a product or service from its competition? Is it marketing? Is it timing? Is it luck? Is it quality? This book, Badass: Making Users Awesome by Kathy Sierra, pulls back

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Planning Your Time (Mondays)

If time is your enemy, it plans you. If time is your friend, you plan time.

Planning Your Time (Mondays)