#47: a few small wins everyday

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📈 A few small wins everyday

🧐 If you had your dream job, would you be happy?

🗓 Align your calendar with what matters most

✍️ How to write a user manual

📈 A few small wins everyday

Creating anything of consequence or magnitude requires deliberate, incremental, and consistent work.

At the beginning, these efforts might not look like they are amounting to much.

With time, they accumulate and then compound on each other.

This is the approach I apply to my writing, my business, and my personal life: When I am not creating, I look for areas where I can make small tweaks. How can the subject lines of my emails be better? Could my art be better? Where do I have leaks (of time, money, energy) in my business? Are there habits or systems that are holding me back? What groundwork can I lay now that might come in handy in the future? What investments can I make?

{5-min read}

🧐 If you had your dream job, would you be happy?

Suppose you got your dream job. Would you be happy then?

Of course.

What makes you say that?

Because people are happy when they get what they want.

Didn’t you want your current job at one point?

I guess.

And now you’re unhappy with it...

{4-min read}

🗓 Align your calendar with what matters most

My calendar reflects my mission and what I value most. When I review the coming day each morning, I now see my whole self. It includes not only professional items but also personal and family. It’s no longer just about work. It captures far more than meetings, pitches, and coaching sessions.

Choose to add to your calendar what makes the most sense for you and aligns with who you are and who you want to become:

  • exercise and meditation

  • deep work

  • breaks

  • side projects, creative pursuits, and learning

  • calling family and friends

{12-min read}

✍️ How to write a user manual

  • My work style

  • What I value

  • What I don’t have patience for

  • How best to communicate with me

  • My typical schedule

  • How to help me

  • What people misunderstand about me

{4-min read}

But many of us seek community solely to escape the fear of being alone.

Knowing how to be solitary is central to the art of loving.

When we can be alone, we can be with others without using them as a means of escape.

—bell hooks

Until next week,




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