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Make Things Obvious

Communication

It’s striking how often I come across two things that are almost the same, except with a few differences. It’s the difference between then and than – near-identical words (and almost homophonic), but using one vs. the other will completely change the message. Or, when looking at two pieces of art that look almost identical, except that one uses just a shade of a darker red. What’s the point of learning how to tell the difference between these kinds of minor differences? The thing about a minor difference is that it can eventually balloon to become something bigger. The 1 in 60 rule is a good barometer for this. The rule...

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On the Shoulders of Giants

Creativity

On the Shoulders of Giants

“If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of Giants.” – Sir Isaac Newton The output of a particular endeavor - especially a creative one - should always consider the road that led to its creation. It will always be a long and well-traveled road, one that weaves through time and history. It has so many forks and bends, someone can’t navigate it consciously and fully, try as they may. You will always miss a step on this road; it’s impossible to know it like the back of your hand. But it is easily navigated -...

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Entertainment as a Cultivatable Habit

Creativity

Entertainment as a Cultivatable Habit

Despite what I wrote last time, inspiration can still strike. However, it’s never the flash of lightning the comes out of nowhere. Rather, it’s something that’s lying dormant within you, cultivated and molded through a thousand different experiences. It could be a date you went on, a movie you saw, a book you read, a phenomenal view, something you listened to or heard – if we’re honest, almost anything can be used as a base for inspiration. It’s very non-discriminating vis-à-vis input and can produce surprising output. Sort of like a black box. It’s a bit odd to write about entertainment as a habit...

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Creativity is a Process

Creativity

Creativity is a Process

“I only write when inspiration strikes. Fortunately it strikes at nine every morning.” – William Faulkner (attributed) If there’s one thing I know that I know (and I know that I don’t know much), it’s that waiting for creativity to strike is not a good use of time. I figured this out through more first-hand experience than I’d care to admit – but, in total, it’s probably several months’ worth. By this, I mean literally putting something off until I had a “Eureka!” or “A-ha!” moment. How often did they arrive? Not enough to make waiting for them the slightest...

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Everything is an Opportunity

Productivity

Everything is an Opportunity

Opportunity demands to be heard and seen, but is difficult to spot, mostly because it’s almost always dressed in the raiment of hard work and procrastination. I know that all too well, but I’ve gotten better at seeing through it (after years of trying). Sometimes, it’s easy to spot – an internship or job offer, a response to a cold email or cold call asking to set up a time to speak, or a big break you’ve been waiting for. More often, though, it’s not so easy. It’s a habit that’s like eating your vegetable – it’s good for you...

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