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The Good Job

I visited a large company to give a talk about non-conformity and adventure. From all appearances, it was a well-run company doing good things. Many of the employees came up to me afterwards to chat, and I asked each of them, “How are things at _____?” Most of them said that things were good, and…

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Are Goals Necessary?

I asked that question on our Facebook page recently, and got a lot of great responses. Technically, I asked “Are goals necessary to achieve success?” – a lot of people accurately said that it depends on how you define success. I agree. But let’s say that success includes working toward something other time, whether a…

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Superpowers

In an interview, Warren Buffett was asked what superpower he would like to be granted. His response: “I’d like to have the ability to read faster.” I loved this answer, but when I shared it on Twitter, a few people said something like, “That’s dumb. If you read faster, you won’t retain the information.” Ah…

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Killing Time

I did a media call for a journalist on the subject of “time management” recently. When I heard the topic, I was worried: one, I don’t think I’m that great at time management… and two, I’m not even sure such a thing exists. You can’t manage time; it exists independently of any choice you make.…

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Starting With What You Have

A couple weeks ago I went to Powell’s and heard J.D. Roth talk about taking personal responsibility over your financial life. “No one will ever care about your money as much as you do,” he said. Very true. And you can say the same about your career, your dreams, your goals, and pretty much anything…

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An Interview With Yourself

From time to time, it’s good to have a conversation with yourself—maybe even an interview. This is how you do it. First, sit yourself down wherever you like to sit. Get coffee or your drink of choice. Turn off the distractions and take it seriously. (Wouldn’t you take another interview seriously?) Then you open the…

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“I’ve Just Been So Busy Lately”

Sorry I was rude to you the other day, someone said. I’ve just been so busy. Guess what: we’re all busy! Every one of us. It’s not a very exclusive club. And here’s another reality check: because we’re all busy, no one really cares about how busy someone else is. One way or another, we…

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2009 Annual Review: Overview and Outline

This is the first in a series of five articles about my Annual Review. Every year since 2005 I’ve set aside an entire week in December to look back on the previous year and set goals for the next year. This time I’m taking two weeks (it was an intense year!), but I’m also editing…

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The Good Student

A while back I needed a reference letter from a professor from graduate school. I went to see the first guy I thought of, who was widely-known in the field and could have helped strengthen the application I was preparing. We hadn’t really hit it off so well in class, but I thought it was…

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