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How To Say “No”

Q: How do I create more time in a day?A: By saying “No” to things you don’t need to be doing. Lots of people recognize what they should say “No” to, but they’re unsure of… Read More »How To Say “No”

Wasted Time

Q: What’s the worst way to waste time?A: Working hard on an unimportant task. Working really hard on something makes you feel like you’re using your time well. And doing a good job makes it… Read More »Wasted Time

A Big Problem

Q: What happens after you solve your biggest problem?A: The next largest problem becomes your “biggest problem”. I’ve been staring at an email from Jack Butcher for over a month now. In it, he opens… Read More »A Big Problem

Hard Things

Q: What is the hardest thing you are capable of doing?A: Typically we can imagine something just a little harder than the hardest thing we’ve done. But what if we’ve never done hard things? Earlier… Read More »Hard Things

Slow & Fast Problems

Q: If it’s bad, why don’t we fix it?A: Because many of the problems that go unresolved are “slow”. When you fall off a ladder and break an arm, it’s very apparent. The bone is… Read More »Slow & Fast Problems

Best Price vs Best Value

Q: Is “lowest price” the right framework for purchasing decisions?A: Not if it costs you significant quality.  I’m learning to reframe my thinking from “cost” oriented to “value”.  I grew up reading restaurant menus from… Read More »Best Price vs Best Value


Q: Why has progress stalled?A: You need permission for the next move. Often there are promotions, endeavors, trips, or decisions that get stalled because you need permission for the next step. When that happens, when… Read More »Permission

The Deeper Need

Q: Will buying some thing make me happy? A: Only for a moment, and here’s why…  Systems engineer and environmental scientist Donella Meadows on nonmaterial needs: “People don’t need enormous cars; they need admiration and respect.… Read More »The Deeper Need