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

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@heyRo and this Log are all ears.

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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Dodge The Perfectionist’s Burnout

It’s every perfectionist’s mantra: “Why settle for anything less than perfect?”

Strive for perfection and you’ll either a) start to lose your mind b) get nothing accomplished or c) some combination of the two.

Perfectionism is actually deeply flawed. Perfectionists set themselves up for constant stress. They resist taking on challenging new work for fear of not being able to deliver. Their progress can easily be paralyzed by impossibly high standards.

From start to finish, every creative task or project we tackle can take on unfathomable proportions when we are unwilling to settle for anything less than perfect. Elizabeth Grace Saunders, a time coach and self-proclaimed recovering perfectionist knows all too well how easy it is to slip into the danger-zone of perfectionism. Here are three common perfectionist roadblocks Saunders identifies and how to overcome them:

1. REALIZE THAT THERE WILL NEVER BE A PERFECT TIME TO START.
Getting started is often the biggest hurdle to any creative project. You need the right inspiration, work environment and uninterrupted time. But waiting for the perfect time to start can mean never starting. Usually wherever you start out won’t be the actually beginning to your end-product, so why belabor the results from the get-go?

JUST START SOMEWHERE, GET SOMETHING DOWN, AND LET IT LOOK UGLY.
Instead of agonizing about not getting work done or lamenting that you don’t have the time, space or resources you need—just start somewhere, get something down, and let it look ugly. “Expecting too much too soon can be a fatal mistake,” writes Alan Watt in his book The 90-Day Novel.

Taking too long to get started is why perfectionists often find themselves scrambling at the end of a project, says Saunders, having belabored the beginning without factoring enough time to get to the end.

2. WHEN ALL YOUR WORK DOESN’T PRODUCE TANGIBLE RESULTS.
If every detail must be perfect, you’ll have a hard time making progress. We often get in our own way, wanting to make sure every word or line or idea we lay down is accurate. But trying to iron all the kinks along the way can be exhausting.

To avoid this kind of burnout, Saunders recommends defining a specific end goal and then outlining the steps you need to take to get there. When you look at what must be done and the steps to get there, weighed against how much time you actually have, you can start budgeting your time more effectively before it’s too late.

CREATE A NEW IDEA OF WHAT IT MEANS TO BE FINISHED
Set milestones throughout a project to allow yourself to keep pushing forward, rather than looking impossibly far ahead to the end. Most importantly: this requires letting the work be good enough.

3. IF IT’S FLAWED, IT’S NOT DONE.
Look hard enough and you will always find flaws. You will always see imperfections and inadequacies. Instead, create a new idea of what it means to be “finished,” suggests Saunders. Establish a set of minimum requirements that must be met in order for your project to be complete.

Once you’ve met those requirements, allow yourself to consider it done. If you have more time once you reach this point, you can go back and make improvements, but don’t let perfect be the enemy of good enough.

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