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Nobody cares until everybody does

This week the internet introduced me to a guy called Kofi who made a great album a couple of years back. If you like good words and chill beats I highly recommend it. The title track is a great little story about people and making art… One cold night in Birmingham city center, Kofi stood […]

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Talent is overrated

Talents are pretty much useless. As Calvin Coolidge said, “Nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent.” There’s an ancient story about talents that goes like this: Once upon a mountain, an old lord went travelling, leaving his favourite servants with some silver coins (called Talents). When he returns, the servants have all done […]

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Everyone starts out crap

Failure is frustrating, so it’s important to remember that we all start out crap. Whenever we try something new, our first attempt is always terrible. And we usually stay pretty terrible for many more attempts after that. It’s normal to be shit at stuff. As James Clear reminds us: “Your favourite athlete’s first workout was […]

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200 shitty words a day

Nobody knows who said this but I suspect Mark Manson made it up in his book The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F*ck. In the story, he asks a prolific author how he managed to write 70 novels. The author’s answer is simple: 200 shitty words a day. That’s it. That’s the secret to motivation. […]