Birdman, Self-Doubt, and the Fear of Criticism


Birdman, Self-Doubt, and the Fear of Criticism

In this writer’s estimation, anyone who has ever attempted to make/do/create something (isn’t that all of us?) should be able to take away something from the movie Birdman.[Image by Fox Searchlight] Author’s note: There are minor Birdman spoilers in here. If you haven’t seen the film yet, reading this won’t necessarily ruin it for you, but some of this piece … Read More


in Confidence

5 (Uncommon) Reasons to Grow a Beard


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Like the Macarena in the ’90s and MySpace profiles in the ’00s, beards are in. In fact, they’re probably in-ner far longer than I’ve been sporting a legitimate beard (4 months) and not just perma-stubble (since I was 10). They’re almost so in that I feel like I’m writing about this thing called the internet and how social media is … Read More


in Grooming

How to Step Up Your Shoe Game (and Why It Matters)


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“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose. You’re on your own, and you know what you know. And you are the guy who’ll decide where to go.” — Dr. Seuss I’ve been writing about some very serious things lately. So, I want to talk about something … Read More


in How to Dress

Want to Build Your Network? First, Build Yourself


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Networking. Putting aside the fact that the word makes me cringe — there’s just something smarmy and disingenuous about “working” to build genuine rapport — we all know that building a network is absolutely essential to being successful. I get it. I’ve definitely found that the “it’s not what you know, it’s who you know,” principle holds true in most … Read More


in Entrepreneurship, Networking

8 Lessons on Learning: How to Develop a New Skill (Without Giving Up): Part 2


8 Lessons on Learning: How to Develop a New Skill (Without Giving Up): Part 2

Acquiring new skills is often the most difficult part of starting a new project or pushing through an existing one. Here’s the second part of how to develop a new skill without giving up — part one is here. “In preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.” -Dwight D. Eisenhower In the … Read More


in Life Hacks, Productivity, Self Mastery

The War of Art: The One Book That Kicked My Ass Into Doing More (And Will Kick Yours Too)


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Why is it that tomorrow always seems like the best time to start a project? It’s hard to stop making excuses sometimes. Maybe we feel like we’re not quite ready. Or maybe we believe our idea won’t turn out as solid as we first thought. More often than not, we’ll spend more time thinking about doing something than actually doing … Read More


in Entrepreneurship, Productivity