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How I Saved $39,420 by Not Buying a Domain Without a Prototype

14. October 2013

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Just about every day I have at least one new idea. New ideas feel really good. With a new idea, everything is possible, nothing can stop me and there are no barriers in the way of everybody instantly seeing its value and adopting my new idea. Along with every idea comes a name. Names are […]

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Get Anything Done in Two Minutes

6. October 2013

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What blows eight minute abs out of the water, according to a crazy hitchhiker in Something About Mary. “Seven minute abs.” But he didn’t go far enough. How about two minute anything? That’s what James Clear says in the Two Minute Rule. There are, fittingly, two elements of the two minute rule: 1. If something […]

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There is No Egg Nog in August

18. August 2013

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Six grocery stories in Portland have confirmed what I assumed was true: they only sell egg nog during the U.S. holiday seasons of November and December. Finding this out became one of the more outlandish tasks I’ve given to Fancy Hands, a virtual assistant service I have been using this year to simplify my life. […]

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Kill Your Favorite Ideas

16. December 2012

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Sometimes the road blocks that are keeping you from where you want to go are actually the ideas you like the most. Perfection is the enemy of progress, but so is vanity. Learn to let go, says Henning, as he describes a feature he loved, but removed from his bucket list app. My first app […]

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The Opposite of Perfectionist

11. August 2012

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If I told you there is a guy who travels the world dancing for a living, you’d call him a professional dancer. If I told you he had no formal dance training, you’d be impressed. Matt Harding has paid his bills by dancing dorkily all over the globe. And in a great interview with the […]

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The Marathoner’s Guide to Accomplishing Anything

14. June 2012

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If you want to run a marathon successfully without getting injured, spend four days a week doing short runs, one day a week running long and hard, and two days a week not running at all. Now, that seems like a pretty smart schedule to me if you want to do anything challenging and sustain […]

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Something Complex Can Be Simple, Something Complicated is Always Complicated

3. June 2011

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Many people use “complex” as a synonym for “complicated.” In make a complex startup, Peter Ehrlich doesn’t argue to make things complicated. In fact, he says to make them simple. And complex. An idea must be complex inside (to the founders), for otherwise it is nothing and weak. It must not be complicated inside, for […]

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The Simple Solution That Stopped Wandering Patients

29. April 2010

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“Occasionally people slip out the front door and then they wander.” That was the problem facing a senior center in Germany. Their patients, afflicted with dementia or Alzheimer’s, would walk away in a desperate search for a reality that only exists in their heads. The story is told in fifteen minutes on an episode of […]

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Unrut Yourself: My Six Week Side Project

19. January 2010

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Almost every day I walk down to a local Mexican restaurant and spend at least an hour there. The same restaurant. Every day. I may have mentioned this before. If there is anyone who needs out of a rut, it’s me. That fact gave me an idea for a new side project, which I started […]

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Social Software Needs More Context

8. December 2009

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I have a problem: I don’t remember who you are. Okay, maybe not you, but in my travels around the Internet, I sometimes become connected to someone on a social website that I don’t remember. I could use a little context, some help triggering my memory. Has there ever been a time when the average […]

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