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Well-Intentioned Violence

My weeks away from here have been consumed writing a grant due May 30th. This grant money replaces federal money recently cut from our program, so there’s a lot of pressure to succeed. Intense periods periods of work test the … Continue reading

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#3 Execute: A Feeling of Strength in Reserve

To pursue the disciplined pursuit of less, Greg McKeown says successful people use routine and ritual to focus on the essential. Artists in all disciplines intimately understand the power of routine. In 2006, Twyla Tharp called creativity a habit in her book, The Creative Habit, and … Continue reading

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#2 Eliminate Deliberately with Purpose

I could not possibly explain the importance of saying no–point #2–better than this. “If success is a catalyst for failure because it leads to the “undisciplined pursuit of more,” then one simple antidote is the disciplined pursuit of less. Not just … Continue reading

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#1 Explore and Evaluate

I’d like to review Greg McKeown’s work for this and the next few posts. He distils his essentialism advice to 3 points: Explore/Evaluate Eliminate Execute In order to get to the essential and discard the unessential McKeown suggests constantly narrowing the … Continue reading

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Essentialism: Taking Time to Do what You Want

Many of us who love our work and find many things compelling, often find ourselves busy but don’t feel productive. We say yes to everything and advance a millimeter on all of them. I recently heard about Greg McKeown, and his … Continue reading

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Keeping Quiet

I feel lazy posting words other than my own, but first, the last weeks have been very full at work, second, I’m tired and third, I’m choosing words by people whose wisdom and eloquence inspires me. And I hope you. So today, … Continue reading

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Take Kindness on the Road

“Practice kindness all day to everybody and you will realize you’re already in heaven now.” — Jack Kerouac

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