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Good Work

You can do you good work or bad work. Do bad work, and you’ll have a bad time. Repeat. Do good work, and you’ll feel good about it (and yourself). You might have a good time, too. Repeat. If you don’t have a good time, go do some other kind of good work. You get […]

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The only way to run a business

I got to the third page of Derek Sivers’ book, Anything You Want, and I had to stop and blog this. I also bought the book for everyone in the company. This is so right: Business is not about making money. It’s about making dreams come true for others and for yourself. Making a company […]

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Smash the system

Do you want to make meaningful change in society? Do you want to fix things? Do you want to make it better? It’s not going to happen through politicians — of either party. Some are better, some are worse. But changing politicians to improve the country is like changing your wiper blades and hoping your […]

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You can build an entire business around making it easier

Who would have thought that there would be room for another travel website? But the folks at Hipmunk figured out a simpler, easier-to-understand result that saves everyone time and stress. And travellers are flocking to them over entrenched, rich competitors. There is always a business opportunity if you can make life easier for people.

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This is the kind of awesome craziness that we should all support

My friend Marek is growing an art museum out of wheat: “For this project, I will plant a field of wheat that will be harvested, turned into straw bales — a safe, green, and proven construction material — that will be used to build a museum of contemporary art. The field  that supplies the wheat, […]

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Focus

As usual, Sam Parker has some great advice for us on how to focus. Here’s his plan: Focus hours: Twice each work day, I will hold focus hours. From 9 am – 11 am and from 2 pm – 4 pm, I will become unavailable to anything but true emergencies. My phones will be off […]

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Stick to it! Your work will be as good as your ambitions. (Pass it on!)

“Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, […]

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Newsletter #841: The “Teach Them” Issue

[Welcome back to the Damn, I Wish I’d Thought of That! newsletter. This is text of the great issue all of our email subscribers just received. Sign yourself up using the handy form on the right.] When you create educational opportunities, you can reach new audiences, find new talent, and help great causes. How a few […]

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Man Bites Dog: There's an easier way to start your company

A startup is hard and expensive. You can be out $100,000+ just to get going. And if you have to take on investors, you’ve already lost a chunk of the company before you’ve even opened the doors. Find an easier way. What to do: Take your startup and chop out 90% of the features. Find […]

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