Monthly Archives: May 2011

Self Reliance and Other Essays: 30 day writing challenge

“To believe your own thought, to believe that what is true for you in your private heart is true for all men, — that is genius.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson, Self Reliance and Other Essays. Writing begins when it begins. You put your pen to your paper, you hem, you haw; you write.  We delay,Read the article

Put it out there.

At some point, you need to let go. Stop holding on to the project. Take your hands off the working table and put the tools down. Put it out in the world. What’s worse than a “good” project is a project that never sees daylight. Most projects can be iterated. Most projects can get betterRead the article

Finish or Punt

Ever have too many projects and don’t know what to do? Friday was a bit of a panic. I’ve got 8 projects overwhelming me right now. I honestly thought I’d drop all 8 balls and let them come smashing to the floor in a bit of Awesome Failure Glory. Panicked. You know, the “I’m going to beRead the article

The Most Important Thing That You’re Not Doing

I was chatting via email with a family friend of mine who reads my writing from time to time.  I lamented the non-publication of this book I’m “trying” to work on. At the end of her reply, she wrote: “Don’t bother writing me back; just get to writing on your book!” Her words hit me likeRead the article


Goethe, on The Power of Commitment: “Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative ( and creation), there is one elementary truth the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then providence moves too. AllRead the article

Finish early.

Don’t stay late. Go home early. Do less. Seriously, take most of the things off of your to do list. Here are some words to live by, when hiring and managing people: “I’m more impressed by the person who can get it done in 6 hours – and go home and rest – than the person whoRead the article

Generosity. World Give Day: More About We, Less About I

What do you give back to the world? Each day, each step, each moment on the planet is a gift. What do you give back? World Give Day is tomorrow, May 4. As part of the effort and outreach, Laura Kimball and Jolkona asked several bloggers to expand on the following statement: “Small scale donors are theRead the article