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Ursula K. Le Guin on Inventing Our Lives

"What do you want to be when you grow up?" Not who but what?

It's a question we were asked countless times as children. We had an astronaut phase, a singer phase, and a meteorologist phase. 

We dreamed of being astronomers, teachers, cooks, and mailmen. We…

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Be “The Man in the Arena”

It’s easy to criticize others as we sit in the sidelines. It’s easy to say that we can do it better. It’s easy to be the “cold and timid souls” who judge others for actually doing while we point and talk about doing.

It’s much…

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Small Rewards

Your goals won't come together based on impulse. They won't come together in a day.

Instead of attempting to do everything at once, set small daily goals that are realistic and achievable.…

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Rainer Maria Rilke on Loving the Questions

The answers to most questions are at the tips of our fingers. The digital encyclopedia we carry in our pockets is a gift. Almost everything we want to know is a Google search away.

But we often avoid asking the bigger questions because they are…

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Be Hated for What You Are

We learn to respond to the expectations of others. Some of us get trapped in this cycle from childhood. Some of us learn later in life by focusing on external values, like money and material things. We become approval addicts, and live in fear…

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Oliver Sacks on Gratitude

During the last two years of his life, Oliver Sacks, called the “Poet Laureate of Medicine,” wrote a series of essays on life, aging, and mortality for The New York Times. These four essays were posthumously published in his book Gratitude, a quick but incredibly touching collection that remains with…

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Contradiction and Criticism

There will always be people who disagree. There will always be people who interpret your work in an unintended way. But it is this uniqueness among people that makes the world interesting. You can let contradiction and criticism cripple you, or you can keep creating.…

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No Such Thing as a Cautious Creative

George Lois, the legendary ad man, once said: ‘You can be cautious or you can be creative but there is no such things as a cautious creative.’ In an interview with Vice, he added ‘if you’re a cautious creative you’re a bum.’ Lois’ advice…

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Workaholics Anonymous

When we think of addiction, our minds usually turn to alcohol or drugs like heroin and cocaine. As perfectionists, our drug of choice is usually work. I remember a time when I felt very uncomfortable with free time. I couldn’t watch TV without my work…