June 28, 2016
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A Powerful Exercise in Writing Down Goals

I’m not the first to say it, and I won’t be the last: Write down your goals! Something happens when you make that transition. It’s no longer a daydream or a neat idea—it’s a goal. As I said a few days ago, you need to make that transition from hoping that something comes to pass, to beginning to solve the problem of how it will come to pass. By writing down your goals, you make that mental transition. It’s a commitment of sorts. We are all wired or conditioned, as Robert Cialdini writes, in his book Influence, to place a […]
February 24, 2016
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Why I Embrace the Angst of Pursing Big Goals

We who fight for our dream suffer far more when it doesn’t work out, because we cannot fall back on the old excuse, “Oh, well, I didn’t really want it any way.” We do want it, and [we] know that we have staked everything on it…” -The Alchemist   I was in tears. I remember sitting in the car with my dad, grasping for some sort of definite sign, some sort of concrete assurance that one day the dream that I wanted so badly would become more than that. I wanted it. I needed it. I desired it at a […]
February 22, 2016
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What Does Mitch Hedberg Know About Chasing Dreams?

“I’m sick of following my dreams, man. I’m just going to ask where they’re going and hook up with ‘em later.” This goofy quip was brought to us courtesy of the late Mitch Hedberg. We also have Mitch to thank for remarks like “My fake plants died because I didn’t pretend to water them,” and “I’m against picketing but I don’t know how to show it.” While I know the one-liner about hooking up with his dreams later was, of course, a joke, it seems to reflect a common sentiment about pursuing goals. We don’t particularly like the process. We […]
February 3, 2016
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What My 4-Year-Old Taught Me About Work

I’ve recently gotten into woodworking. Nothing fancy, mind you, but I built a decent dining room table, a cool shelf, and now I’m working on a coffee table. We have a bit of a ritual: I head out into the garage to do a little work, and my two sons come out with me. They play with baseball bats or they swing on my weight rack, or they ride scooters around the garage, or they grab my tools and put them somewhere where I can’t find them later. A couple days ago, during this ritual, my 4-year-old asked me if […]
January 13, 2016
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How to Get a Record Deal in 5 Easy Steps

I got a record deal. I did! I did it. I dreamed about it, cried about it, prayed about it and obsessed over it for over a decade, and then… I got one. I’m not going to downplay my experience, because it was awesome. I got to do things that many a 15-year-old daydreams about. When I reflect back on that process, I realize that there are principles that can be applied to the building of any business, to the building of any significant project that is worth conquering, to the accomplishment of any worthy goal. So you’re ready to take […]