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Gravity Problems

In the book Designing Your Life by Bill Burnett and Dave Evans, they discuss something called “Gravity Problems”. We find them all the time – they are the facts of life or rules of the universe that can’t really be changed. We can push against them all we want, but it’s sort of pointless. Try to identify the gravity problems in your work and life, …

Thanking the Unexpected

One way of thinking about gratitude is to thank all the obvious forces and people in your life. But that doesn’t really offer any real shift in thinking. Try to be thankful for the little things that edge into the space of ridiculous. For example, can you be grateful to YouTube, for hosting your videos so that you don’t have to worry about server space? …

One in a Billion

What a miracle your life really is when you stop to think about it. Every second of every day, billions of creatures are formed from the substance that creates them. What were the chances that you ended up as a human? An organism that is not only able to think, but to understand where it is in the universe? Additionally, what are the chances that …

Hang up the Phone

I’ve been watching the Grateful Dead documentary, Long Strange Trip, and I heard a quote from Alan Watts on the psychedelic experience: “When you get the message, hang up the phone”. It makes me think about how many times we check our email throughout the day, for little to no benefit. So next time you get the message, hang up the phone afterwards by logging …

You Don’t Have to be Great to Do It

Watching the Olympics with mom, she reminisces about how she used to figure skate. I asked her if she was any good, and she said honestly, “no”. It was what she followed up with which made for the sage advice though. “You don’t have to be good at something to do it”. I think this is really good for adults in particular to keep in …

Take a Mega Breath

Sometimes just three deep breaths is all you need to reset yourself. I also like to take one mega breath. The way it works is as follows: You breath in, and try to think of anything that is worrying you at the moment, all the stressors of life… and then get rid of everything on the big exhale. Try it, and your state should improve …

In Praise of Audiobooks

I spent many years shunning the practise of listening to books on tape. I associated them with people who are too lazy to read. Lately I changed my tune on this issue. They are a great way to take in a book while on-the-go. Plus I can always go back and re-read the book in text form later on if I so desire. As a …

The Joy of Fitness

When I was younger, there was a bit of a division between athletes and artists in school. I don’t think it was really the fault of the education system per se as much as just an old fashioned way of thinking about the two disciplines. As a result, I believe that a lot of creative types have shunned fitness, only to pick it up later …

Maslow’s Hierarchy 2.0

What motivates you in your digital work and creative life? I am interested to know what Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs looks like, after your basic needs are looked after and you set out to live and work online. I bring this idea up, because I feel like a lot of pursuits these days, while may seem attractive on the surface (“I can work from anywhere …

Really Bad Advice

If you were looking for some boost of motivation, I could tell you to treat today as if it was your last day on Earth. You would only work on the things that matter to you, and you would do them with focus. The problem is, you would only have about 10-12 hours before the story revealed itself to be false, and the likelihood that …