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A New Life

Recently, I made the leap into complete self-employment. This is something I have been working toward, and for, for the better part of the past 3 years. I have fretted and struggled and worked many, many hours to make it happen. And, like so many things, when it’s finally here – it isn’t quite as ...

Cone of Silence: Dealing With Criticism

Igor Stravinsky. Oft-criticized in his day. I’d like to propose a new rule of thumb, which we could title the Criticism Corollary: the more stuff you make, the more criticism you will receive. This says absolutely nothing about the quality of the stuff you make. It doesn’t matter if every single thing you create is ...

How To Make Yourself Write When You Don’t Want To Write

Big projects are the result of small increments of time, wisely managed. Photo credit: www.jessleecuizon.com I just sent the final installment of the 10-week email series on Breaking Out of A Rut and using habits to change your life, and that’s made me think about writing. I have struggled, long and hard, with two conflicting ...

The Question That Changed How I Work

Photo by Bethan. Right now, on my computer screen, I have a little digital sticky note with two questions on it. The font is big; you can’t miss it. Since I put that note up on my screen I have worked better, more efficiently, and more consistently. Really. The questions are deceptively simple. Their importance ...

How To Take Total Control of Your Life

This is it. Photo by Parowan496. This post is a little more personal than normal for this blog, but what better way to kick off Eternal Suffering Society for 2012? Each New Year, I observe two rituals: an Annual Review (analyzing and evaluating the previous year) and the Setting of Yearly Goals (choosing my direction ...

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