Your Plumbing, and What’s Running Through It

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We work to make money. We exercise to be healthy. We go to school to get a degree. We play the game to win the game.

The thing is, when we look at results, we don’t have complete control over how they turn out. You don’t decide how much you…


Because I’m Feeling Particularly Pretentious Today

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Recently (like within the past 24 hours recent), I talked about the importance of the work in front of you. I also spoke about the importance of your process and added a little definition to what that meant.

Now, it’s time to give ‘the work in front of you’ some…


Without an Engine, You’re a Sucker With a Dream

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Yesterday I talked about the importance of committing to a process.

I need to expand on that for two reasons:

  1. It’s admittedly vague.
  2. I’m not a self-help author pitching random advice at well-known insecurities.

The issue with self-help is that it targets insecurities. …


Stop Waiting for THAT Person to Show Up

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What version of yourself are you waiting for to do what you want to do?

I don’t know what that is. Maybe you want to write, paint, start a business, or move to Paris…

What version of yourself would do that thing, and why aren’t you THAT person yet?

Do…


The Essentials Skills you Need to Make it in the World of Writing

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If you’re a writer, you can’t not write.

It’s just what you do.

When you have free time. When something is on your mind. When nothing is on your mind. When you’re stressed. When you’re trying to sort out your problems. And, of course, when inspiration strikes…

In all of…


Keeping the things that add to our lives

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We know what improves our lives. We know what makes us happy and we know we feel miserable guilt when we don’t do those things. Still, we don’t do them. Or, we do and then we stop.

We are prone to look at the problem of inconsistency as a symptom…


Simplification for acceleration

Gross photography, but the point is being made.

My Chinese study habits have remained inconsistent at best. Vermont vacations, moving to a new apartment and spending a week living with my parents didn’t help the cause, but now there is no excuse.

I’ve picked up phrases watching some Chinese shows on YouTube with my wife, mainly 狼人殺 —…


Taking action when there are too many to take

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When I was preparing to go abroad for the first time, I had lots of options. Literally, any country other than the United States would have been new to me, and new was the goal. Even better, I was a certified teacher of English as a second language, so I…


Express your ideas or lose them

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My new favorite writing app is also the most dangerous.

When I experience writer’s block, it is either because I don’t believe anything I have to say is valuable or I don’t believe others will think so.

I like to write with a pen, pencil, or on my typewriter. The…


Or, an exercise in allowing myself to profit

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Warning: Do not grab this book if you are looking for a quick read. It is not that. The girth alone(684 pages) is enough to prove otherwise.

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M.J. Hutchison

Making a life out of my creativity. Join me, won’t you?

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