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The Art of Taking Action: Quotes and Notes

Welcome to the fourth and final part of The Art of Taking Action series, in which I share a few other ideas from the book I found useful – from Krech and a few of the other contributors. In part one I wrote about the central ideas in the book The Art of Taking Action: Lessons from Japanese […]

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The stress of not getting things done

Welcome to part three of The Art of Taking Action series. In part one I wrote about the central ideas in the book The Art of Taking Action: Lessons from Japanese Psychology, by Gregg Kech, and in part two we explored musician Shinichi Suzuki’s thoughts on procrastination. In another excellent essay in the book, Trudy Boyle shares […]

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The truth about putting things off until tomorrow

Welcome to part two of The Art of Taking Action series. In part one I wrote about the central ideas in the book The Art of Taking Action: Lessons from Japanese Psychology, by Gregg Kech. As well as Kech’s own writing, the book also features essays by other contributors which also have some great insights on the topic. […]

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The Art of Taking Action

“Consider the implications of a life in which you don’t have the power, focus, or single-mindedness to do what you say you will do. Imagine the countless times your wiser self decides on a particular course of action, only to be blown off course by the merest breeze of immediate desire. There’s a helplessness, a […]

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Why ‘Grit Conquers All’ when it comes to creative work

“An ounce of practice is generally worth more than ton of theory.” – E.F. Schumacher (author of the book Small is Beautiful: A Study of Economics as if People Mattered) At last year’s Small is Beautiful conference in Glasgow, the first speaker was writer and author Jocelyn K Glei, who at the time was Founding Editor and Director of Behance’s […]

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Career Development Productivity

Produce the Goods: a Free Guide for Mad Geniuses

This fourth guide in the Career Masterplan for Mad Geniuses series has taken quite a while to get finished (somewhat ironically given the title). That’s because it not only involved a lot of research, but plenty of real life experience during my first 18 months or so of full-time freelancing/blogging. I’ll admit it did involve […]

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C.A.K.E: The Final Frontier (a Bite-Sized Course for Bloggers)

In ‘Getting Geeky’ (episode 8 of the Mountain Shores Podcast), Fabian Kruse, Michael Nobbs and myself talk about the advantages and disadvantages of getting lost in creative flow, how to delight customers with high quality ice-cream, and whether our mindsets can make a difference to our earning potential.

You can also hear a bit more about The C.A.K.E. method, a bite-sized course that Fabian and I are offering to bloggers who want to have (more) fun and get more done.

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Tiny Office TV: Five Tips for Focusing on Your Creative Work

I’ve been experimenting with short, rather silly videos on Instagram and Vine. I like the fact these are very limited in terms of length (Instagram videos can’t be any longer than 15 seconds, and Vine videos can’t be longer than 6 seconds). I also like the fact that there’s no real editing or uploading to […]

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Apocalyptic Accountability – A Conversation

If you’re reading this the likelihood is the world didn’t end on 21st December 2012 as the Mayans predicted. Although it’s still possible at the time of writing, just less than 30 minutes before the bells toll to midnight on the 20th. But assuming that it doesn’t happen, it’s still an inescapable fact that 2012 […]