Voting For Your Life

voting for your life

Efforts to “get out the vote” are repeated without fail come election time. However, according to the New York Times, most “get out the vote” efforts often fail… Basic efforts to get out the vote often fail because they focus on awareness as their primary objective… In other words, the assumption – if we make people aware of the importance of voting, they’ll vote – is flawed logic. Research on successful strategies for getting out the vote indicate that the strategies that work are those that require accountability, cognitive planning…

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Feel The ______ And Do It Anyway

One of the best pieces of advice Seth Godin ever gave to us was to “feel the fear and do it anyway”… “It” being whatever it is you need to do, but are afraid to do. Fear can be a proxy for any emotion that isn’t helping you on your path to accomplishing your goals… Jocko Willink has offered the same advice. He says feelings and emotions shouldn’t get a vote… In both cases, the secret to accomplishing this is discipline. I think it’s easy for these perspectives to be…

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What To Ignore… And What To Pay Attention To

The sheer volume of information we encounter on a daily basis is mind boggling… Indeed, it is literally so. We need devices and software to manage the onslaught of data from our devices and software. But there are only so many minutes in the day… And it’s so easy to get distracted. As a result, the decisions we make regarding what to pay attention to become increasingly important. When every platform, device, retailer, salesperson, etc. is vying for your attention… Who and what can you cut out? What To Ignore…

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In Defense of Nuance…

in defense of nuance

Have you been outside the filter bubble lately? Probably not. It’s not all your fault, though. Indeed, it seems as though the number of places where one may engage in a reasonable discussion with a stranger about controversial topics and possibly learn something new is becoming smaller and smaller… Have a unique perspective? Maybe you should dial it back a little first. After all… You may find yourself outlawed. Landmines are everywhere. Nuance is seen as a sign of weakness…. So, what do you do when you have thoughts that are…

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Misappropriation of Energy

Procrastination is a misappropriation of energy… Our nutrition, levels of sleep and amount of exercise combine with the level of anxiety we may or may not have regarding failure in our efforts to build a recipe… The recipe can produce success or leave us wondering what went wrong in the first place. And which of the aforementioned items we should tweak, by what measure and for how long. This is an almost impossible calculation to do on yourself as both experimenter and test subject. You can give yourself a leg…

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The Longest Line

The Longest line is sometimes an indicator of something good… Wait long enough and you’ll have what’s at the end. But sometimes the length of the line and the quality of what’s at the end have little to no correlation with one another. Sometimes the length of the line grows just because of the story we tell ourselves about the line length. We tell ourselves that a long line means something worth waiting for… And so the line grows. Starbucks doesn’t want smaller lines. But if all we choose to…

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5 Best Quotes From The “Man In The Arena” Speech

5 Best Quotes from the Man in the Arena Speech

Theodore Roosevelt’s 1910 speech at the Sorbonne in Paris, France is also known as the “Man in the Arena” speech. The famous “Man in the Arena” quote has been used to good effect and as inspiration by countless people, including Brene Brown whose book “Daring Greatly” was inspired by it. But the entire speech is actually awesome through and through, and filled with great quotes. Indeed, if you read it today you are likely to find Roosevelt’s thoughts, comments and insights on everything from politics to human nature resonate as…

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Coasting to the Bottom

Coasting is awesome. You’re having a blast… The wind at your face. Time flies. You’re moving fast. No effort and no work necessary. Next thing you know, you start slowing down. You’re at the bottom… You look up the hill… You think, “Jesus. What the fuck?” How did I get here? Coasting. Having coasted awhile, you’ve forgotten how much work it takes to pedal. So, get used to the pain of pedaling… And practice a little pedaling every day, even if it sucks, like your life and sanity depended on it.…

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Weakness is Strong

Weakness is strong. Weakness can overpower me easily. I know some of my bad or lazy habits make weakness even stronger and put it in a very comfortable position of power. Sometimes if I give weakness just a shred of a chance…It gets the drop on me. How Do You Fight Weakness Weakness is no match for ingrained habits. Over time, developing good, daily habits takes the random decision making out of your daily routine as much as possible. Tim Ferriss recently said something to the effect of: “…Don’t think…

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