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Fail at what you love

Jim Carrey is the guy who wrote a $10 million cheque to himself and it became true. Some people think he’s weird because he’d go to work with Limburger cheese in his pockets and hug everyone. But that’s what you get when you hire a method actor. Other people think Jim is strange because he’s […]

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Get up

Our world can descend into chaos pretty quickly if we’re not careful. When we make a mistake or get something wrong or get betrayed, we trip and fall. We ‘fail.’ But the world has tarnished the word ‘failure’ and made it seem like something to avoid. Having failed many times before, I can confirm that […]

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Give yourself a ‘D’

Elizabeth Gilbert — author of “Eat, Pray, Love” — has a great story about creativity. She talks about how dozens of people asked if she was worried she would never write something as big as EPL again. And then she starts thinking, “What if they’re right?“ Those doubts lead to her throwing the next book […]

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How to be right a lot

People who are right a lot all do the same thing. First, people who are right a lot listen a lot. They often read but they all know how to really listen.  They also change their mind a lot. Most people spend a lot of time trying to back-up their beliefs. But people who are […]

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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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Not doing what you love is insane

Way back when Apple was still making great stuff, Steve Jobs would occasionally drop a bomb line that made a hell of a lot of sense. He was that kind of guy. One time, he explained that you have to love what you’re doing because it’s insanely hard to be successful if you don’t. He […]