Category Archives: Philosophy

Go your own way.

"Squeezing your business (or career, or relationship, or lifestyle) into someone else's plan hurts, and it denies your own self-leadership." — Tara Gentile, Quiet Power Strategy

There are a lot of plans and products out there that sell you a process or a formula. It seems so sexy, doesn't it? A prescription-ready answer for building your business, life, or idea?

There's a reason that the word "how" is one of the top-performing headlines in the copywriting world.

How ... to build a business
How ... to start your own startup
How ... to write headlines that get results.

Why the word "how"? Because we want desperately to have a result that we see others getting. So we want to know how they did it.

Be careful.

You're charting your own path. You are a unique set of skills, circumstances, relationships, and desires that aren't the same as someone else's. Copying someone else's process or language might sound silly on you.

Knowing how is so tantalizing.

But is it you?

Mediocrity is deadening. Be different, be daring, be unusual.

When the world asks you for typical, do one better. When you’re surrounded by people who do only as much as they have to, you’ll feel pulled to do the same. Mediocrity is a pull towards the middle. Averages pull brightness down. Standards might bring the lowest up to passing, but they’ll also be a strongContinue Reading

Making space: holding the container open, empty, and ready.

Cleaning out sometimes feels a bit like a death. Whenever I pack up bags to give away, it feels as though I’m going through old remnants of my past self, closets of things that represent who I used to be, and parting ways. Lately I’ve been cleaning out everything: getting rid of extra toiletries, clothes,Continue Reading

Creating your own weekly review: Robert Cooper on finding ways to be exceptional.

Living up to your potential sounds pretty fancy. It’s something we all want, right? Live up to your potential. Maximize your potential. Be all that you can be.  But how, exactly, do you do it? How does an intangible life objective become manifest into your daily routine? For Robert Cooper, author of The Other 90%: HowContinue Reading

Words to fill your mind: the power of a mantra.

The words that fill our minds… We all have words that we cycle on repeat in our minds—from worries about being late to songs we sing or words we repeat. Don’t be late, don’t be late, don’t be late, we repeat to ourselves as we rush from subway to office to meeting to appointment. Gotta finish, gotta finish, gottaContinue Reading

Finding the little bliss(es): this is it.

Where is happiness? Where do you find it? The $7 coffee pot we bought the day we moved in together–because we knew that functioning properly as a team might require adequate dosages of caffeine in our morning routines. Stretching my toes against the curb while waiting for the light to change. High-fiving the blinking walkContinue Reading

Darkness and light: why writing is an act of bravery.

“Only when we’re brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite power of our life.” — Brene Brown Writing is an act of bravery. Each year, when I teach our writing workshops, I get to work with a small group of twenty-some writers, thinkers, and creatives. Inevitably, the process gets difficult in weeksContinue Reading

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What’s the best thing you can do for yourself and your business? Use your voice. Write your words. Tell your story. Say what needs to be said. Lead us to your ideas. Write powerfully. Pssst… we’re waiting for you to join us. TWO writing courses open this January and February: This Winter, I’m teaching two courses:Continue Reading

Your job is to create.

Your job is to create something in this world. With your human hands, your brain, your vision, your dreams, your desires. Make something. Make something with your mind, with your hands, with your heart. Put ingredients together and craft a batch of bread. Fold paper origami cranes. Make ideas come to life through words andContinue Reading

The masks we wear–how we hide who we are.

We all wear masks from time to time: in our words, our habits, and our practices. We have an arsenal of crutches and shortcuts that slowly but surely hide who we are. They are things that prop us up and help us hide. We hide from our feelings and our desires. We hide from whoContinue Reading