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Career Life Work Writing

The Work Is What Matters

“The world is divided into people who do things and people who get the credit. Try, if you can, to belong to the first class. There’s far less competition.”

— Dwight Morrow

As Ryan Holiday writes in Ego Is the Enemy, John Boyd is “one of the most influential strategists and practitioners in modern warfare,” yet he’s “someone most people have never heard of.”

The fact that Boyd is unknown is fitting, because his lasting legacy is a speech he gave to scores of young officers that has come to be known as the “To Do or To Be” speech:

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Writing

Honesty Is the Best Writing Policy

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It’s tempting to try to jump on a trend.

I’m willing to bet that many of us that (try to) write have seen a post that looks like it wasn’t very difficult to write go on to do big numbers and major engagement.

I know I have.

I read it and thought to myself, I can do that.

So I did it.

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Books Writing

Writing a Book Is Not as Easy as You Think

Even if you realize it’s hard, it’s still far harder than you realize

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“I should write a book.”

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Life

You Have the Time

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One of the (many) reasons I don’t like working with my hands is because I don’t feel any sense of accomplishment with having done the work. If a fence needs to be built in my yard, I feel the exact same way if I do it or if I pay someone else to do it.

And that’s how I feel in all aspects of my life.

I value the destination over the journey.

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Writing

My Very Best Writing from 2017

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It’s been an interesting year for all of us, but for me, this was even more true.

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Books Writing

The Hard Truths About Self-Publishing

“Anyone who says it’s easy to self-publish a book is either lying or doing a shitty job.”
— Nan McCarthy
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Books Podcast

A Podcast for Book Lovers with Some Time to Kill – John Grisham’s “Book Tour”

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“I’ve never tried to be some kind of serious literary artist.”

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Life

Most of Us Will Never Live Out Our Dreams — and That’s Freeing

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No one grows up dreaming of working a safe, mundane job. Nearly everyone in that position wants to be something else.

A musician. A painter. A crafter. An inventor. A brewer. A writer.

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I Was There

A Night in NYC to See Ryan Holiday, My Favorite Writer

 

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“How did you first hear about my work?”

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Books Hip-Hop Rap Writing

Why You Should Buy My New Book, “Hip-Hop Scholar”

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I know what you’re thinking.