"We have two ears and one mouth so that we can listen twice as much as we speak."
- Epictetus


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Find your peeps

Finding your peer group

Your peer group are people with similar dreams, goals and worldviews. They are people who will push you in exchange for being pushed, who will raise the bar and tell you the truth.

They’re not in your business, but they’re in your shoes.

Finding a peer group and working with them, intentionally and on a regular schedule, might be the single biggest boost your career can experience.

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The number #1 reason to focus You will care more about the things that aren’t working yet, you’ll push through the dip, you’ll expend effort and expose yourself to fear. When you have a lot of balls in the air, it’s easy to just ignore the ones that make you uncomfortable or that might fall. Success comes from doing the hard part. When the hard part is all you’ve got, you’re more likely to do it. And this is precisely why it’s difficult to focus. Because focusing means acknowledging that you just signed up for the hard part.

Seth Godin - On Focus

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Literally translated, Kanri Yakyu means “controlled baseball.”

If you’re playing this way, it’s by the numbers. The manager tells you precisely what to do, and you do it. There are algorithms for when to bunt, for when to throw a ball. And there is no room for surprise. It is ground out (not a pun), controlled and predictable.

Kanri yakyu will often get you into the playoffs. It rarely means you’re going to win the big games, though.

The secret is being able to play this way when you need to, but being brave enough to leap when it’s least expected. (Just like your career.)

Seth Godin

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Crack the Pottery.

For every post that Seth Godin writes, he write at least three others, sometimes more:

"That means that on a regular basis, I delete some of my favorite (almost good) writing.

It turns out that this is an incredibly useful exercise. I know that there’s going to be a post, every morning, right here. What I don’t know, what I’m never sure of, is which post.

I find that it’s almost essential to fall in love with an idea to invest the time it takes to make it good and worth sharing. And then, the hard part: deleting that idea when it’s just not what it could be. Too often, organizations are good at the first part, but struggle with the second. And so we defend expired business models, support the status quo and have a knee-jerk inclination to preserve what we’ve got.”

When you get in the habit of breaking your own pottery, it’s a lot easier to ask, “what if?” If you know that it’s okay to break it later, it’s a lot easier to fall in love with it now.

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Two ways to listen:

You can listen to what people say, sure.

But you will be far more effective if you listen to what people do.

Seth Godin

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… or we’re closing sales right and left. This symptomatic confidence, one built on a recent series of successes, isn’t particularly difficult to accomplish or useful. Effective confidence comes from within, it’s not the result of external events. The confident salesperson is likely to close more sales. The confident violinist expresses more of the music. The confident leader points us to the places we want (and need) to go. You succeed because you’ve chosen to be confident. It’s not really useful to require yourself to be successful before you’re able to become confident.

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Don’t try to think about the it. What you’re trying to figure out isn’t something outside of yourself — it’s an internal condition. You must work on a solid inner framework and a way to access inner peace, whether it’s by picking up a meditation practice, actively using affirmations, or even following a blogger that inspires you. Whatever it is that helps you access inner peace. If you make your internal life a priority, then everything else you need on the outside will be given to you and it will be extremely clear what the next step is.

Gabrielle Berstein, when asked if she had any words of wisdom for those still trying to “figure it out”

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My unofficial autobio/
Will be accompanied with tips on how to smile/
‘cause I’ve found that when they don’t see you frown/
They never know that you’re a threat/
And they don’t sweat you when you came around

Atmosphere, “Get Fly”

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