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The meaning of your life?

I wasn't paying much attention to the existential question, chances are, neither are you. But half a year of creating forced me to stop wasting my attention and instead focus it on what's truly important to me. It turns out watching lots of Netflix, playing video games, scrolling away meaninglessly

The meaning of your life?
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How to get the Results

If I could tell you one thing that I learned this year, it would be to start. But that wouldn't be enough because I'd also need to tell you to keep going after you start. But you can't worry about that second part if you haven't even started yet, so

How to get the Results
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How to Stop Pretending

I am not a very good public speaker, but I get better each time I am forced to do it. "Man, Sometimes you have to play a long time to be able to play like yourself." -Miles DavisThe stuttering, shaky voice, the constant "um's," that's not me. If you and

How to Stop Pretending
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Chess and Stress

Something funny seems to happen to me when I'm stressed; I suck at Chess. My Chess rating for Blitz games drops when I am stressed. Blitz games are Chess games with fast time control. I usually hover between a 1500 to 1600 rating when I am on fire and confident

Chess and Stress
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I took a tumble today.

I took a tumble racing on the beach and I learned something valuable about myself. I'm on vacation, and my younger brother and cousins decided to set up a challenge to see who can run 100 meters fastest. I can't back down from a challenge, even if the challengers are

I took a tumble today.
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Leadership Debt

When you ask people to go above and beyond, and they do it, you go into debt. I am talking about those circumstances when you ask people to work hard, really hard. Those happen at Startups, and occasionally they happen at big companies too—those do-or-die moments when everything is

Leadership Debt
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When does good work start to suck?

Good work sucks when things become a constant drill, a constant firefight. It can happen in any knowledge work, even in a role you used to love. Good work almost always goes bad for these reasons: Not enough people.Not enough resources.And because of the silent good work killer,

When does good work start to suck?
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The number one mistake leaders make.

The biggest mistake a leader can make is to not fight enough for their people. In all of the largest companies, promotion time is a time of in-fighting. It is contentious at Amazon, Facebook, and every highly competitive place. A promotion cycle is when managers literally shout at each other

The number one mistake leaders make.
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Gruntwork may be the best work.

The act of making things can at times feel like grunt work. Work can especially feel like grunt work when we repeat the same things. For example, writing unique documentation for a different client that largely resembles the last one certainly feels repetitive. For some of us, it may be

Gruntwork may be the best work.
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The best way to grow is naturally.

There are a lot of ways to grow. This is true of people, trees, animals, and everything else that’s alive and growing. These days anything can grow out of control with genetic modifications, steroids, or other supplements. But intuitively, we know none of that stuff is good. There is

The best way to grow is naturally.