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Get Better By Doing More

27. January 2014

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We all know that to get really good at something requires practice. The popular notion is that it takes 10,000 hours to master something. In my experience, it takes considerably less time to become noticeably better. And noticeably better is good enough for most people. It turns out that quantity and quality are not always […]

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Seven Years Ago Today the iPhone Wasn’t That Great

9. January 2014

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On January 9, 2007 Steve Jobs announced the iPhone. This device, and the other phones and tablets it has inspired, clearly changed the way many of us live our lives. At the time it was impressive technology, but there were many problems with it. To me, the most impressive thing about the last seven years […]

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Start at the Very Ending

23. November 2013

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Let’s say you’re visiting a friend in a nearby city, driving by car to get there. How do you know when to leave? Well, that depends when you want to get there, right? For some reason, when planning a trip it is natural to work backwards from the end result. If you want to arrive […]

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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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