“Your main job is to take seriously whatever the people who work for you take seriously.” Charles Duhigg

“If anyone knows the difference between being busy and being productive it’s Charles Duhigg. The Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter for the New York Times and author of The Power of Habit has made a name for himself plumbing the science of productivity, and this week he’s joining us on the podcast.”

Read more: Charles Duhigg on Self-Motivation, Mental Models, and Getting Stuff Done

What do I want? Why do I want it?

“What do I want? Why do I want it? Then what’s the best way to get there. Make a list of every possibility. You’re not gonna do em all. Which of those matter and allows you to get there. It allows you shrink the work to where you focus on outcomes instead of the activity. Most people mistake movement for achievement. They’re busy all the time. What I want is fulfullment. To be fulfilled, you have to consciously decide what you want and why you want it.” Tony Robbins

Source: Ep. 217 – Tony Robbins: About The Time Tony Robbins Smashed The Podcast Table (and other things I learned) – Altucher Confidential


20 Life Lessons to Accept — The Millennial Miss

A powerful list to live by.

The one I’d edit:

‘You know the pressure to “figure it all out” well, I feel it too but we have to all stop being so hard on ourselves. All the pieces will come together and in the meantime know that you are doing the best you can!’

No one has it all figured out. Figure out how you figure things how. Watch yourself solve problems.

Read more: 20 Life Lessons to Accept — The Millennial Miss

“It’s important to forgive ourselves for those assumptions. Because we really were indoctrinated into them” Tiffany Dufu

In love with this interview with Tiffany Dufu.

“It’s important to forgive ourselves for those assumptions. Because we really were indoctrinated into them” Tiffany Dufu

Really sit there and examine what you expect. What does a good person do? A good man? A good son or daughter? A good worker.

Write it down and then ask yourself… How do you know? Where did that come from? The decisions that you think are our decisions often never were our own at all.

Look at what “dropping the ball” really means to your life, for yourself and others. The story of habits, thoughts, and ideas that in our heads became “mistakes” and “failures”.

Take time to listen to Tiffany’s story and her thoughts on choosing rather than defaulting: Tiffany Dufu: What if the Power Move Was to Just Let Go? Good Life Project

Artists Are Tired Of Being Asked To Work For Free

Sure I can show you how I design. I drew for years as a child. Worked as a designer the moment I turned 18, while also studying Fine Art (and classical piano).

I learned to love studying computer programs and reading books on design and productivity. Slowly putting that knowledge to use every day. Spent the last 17 years learning techniques from many amazing colleagues.

It’s like any other skill. One step at a time. Building slowly over the years. When you’re doing something every day, you’ll start seeing the patterns and shortcuts.

That said when others (even clients) are excited to tackle a design project I encourage them to do so. If they can stick with it and do it themselves, good for them! Many times they’ll be back with a new found appreciation

“@forexposure_txt is a Twitter account dedicated to compiling quotes from artists who were expected to work for free”

Read more: Tired Of Being Asked To Work For Free, This Artist Started Drawing These Client Requests (boredpanda.com

Hit Makers make content popular, not viral sharing

Turns out that viral sharing is over rated. Tracking memes and “viral content”, analytics show that they stay within small circles until famous hit makers and influences get involved. Distribution is more similar to traditional broadcast media than you think. And most people find out about content through the big broadcasters promoting.

“Facebook initially went ‘viral,’ not by building a product that every person might share with five other people, like a disease, but by using networks that existed. They digitized the Harvard network that existed, and the Ivy League networks that already existed.”

Read more: Here’s the secret to making things popular (hint: It’s not ‘going viral’)