The Reminder


I’m going to get a custom plaque made. I’m going to spend $200-400 on it. It will be hand-crafted from Black Walnut or Northern Expensive Hardwood or some other really fancy material. It will be inlaid with gold leaf, but like in a tasteful way. I will hang it all by itself on the wall which I look at the most on those days where I think to myself “When did I lose control? How did I get it all so wrong?”

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How to keep it simple


That complex problem you’re facing which seems to have a million solutions that nobody can agree on. Is there anything that everyone agrees on? Is there anything that a lot of the solutions have in common? That’d be a good place to start.

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The patina


As objects of quality age, they gather the same collection of scrapes and scars as everything and everyone else. That’s where they really start to show that they’re different from normal things.

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The innovation gamble


When it was founded, engineers at Google were allowed to take 20% of their time to work on whatever they wanted. Gmail was originally a 20% time project. A slightly modified version of that policy still exists today.

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Parkinson's "Law"


Parkinson’s Law states (loosely) that work will expand to fill the time allowed for it. If you give yourself a week to complete a task, it will take all week regardless of how big the task actually is.

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The way you feel


Can we agree that on those days where you feel unstoppable, you sometimes find that you’re actually capable of mowing down your problems like it’s going out of style? You start to act unstoppable. It all seems so clear.

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A fine example of what not to do


I have to share this story from the classic book Peopleware because I’ve been thinking about it all day. I’m paraphrasing, and the book is excellent so maybe just pick it up instead of reading this post.

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In a brilliant introductory post about painting, I read this surprisingly valuable advice: No matter what you think of it at the time, you should always keep your first painting.

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