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The Pre-Mortem: how to learn from failure (before it happens)

Learning is connected to making mistakes. A confidently uttered sentence in a foreign language is built on countless clumsy attempts to say something remotely understandable. A smooth blog post (and not worrying about feedback) takes a lot of mediocre writing and fearful publishing. Approaching an attractive woman (or man!) in a public place and maintaining some sort … Continue reading The Pre-Mortem: how to learn from failure (before it happens)

What’s your lottery ticket? How to (never) change things overnight

I say I never played the lottery but…the reality is very different. What a hypocrite. The truth is, I am wired to play the lottery. Every day. I have this friend that buys two lottery tickets every week. "The chances may be slim, but if you don't play your chances are zero". At least he's … Continue reading What’s your lottery ticket? How to (never) change things overnight

Levels of learning: when reading more means knowing less

If you're a serial learner, you know how difficult it is to choose. First, choose what you what to learn. Another book on launching a business? Or maybe you want to learn UX design. What about a course on optimal nutrition? Mmmh, maybe I should learn about stoicism, since everyone talks about it so much. … Continue reading Levels of learning: when reading more means knowing less

Not knowing enough: how to take action on limited information

Is information ever too much? Imagine this: you have to change a lightbulb, and you have no idea how. You type "how to change a lightbulb" into Google. You read one (let me guess, wikihow?), then you do it. You turn the light off, and as soon as you start unscrewing the bulb, you notice … Continue reading Not knowing enough: how to take action on limited information

Take action now: a simple way to stop over planning

Have you ever done so much planning that, instead of making things simpler and easier to action, you actually got lost? (I know you have). Don't get me wrong. Planning is good. Especially if you want to achieve something specific, mapping out how to get there is important. But at some point, too much planning … Continue reading Take action now: a simple way to stop over planning

Overcoming procrastination: 6 common causes and 10 ways to stop

In Latin, the word for tomorrow is cras. The combination of the prefix pro- (forward), and the suffix -crastinus (until the following day), make up our word procrastination. Procrastination is the tendency to avoid taking meaningful action, usually way beyond "the following day". We all experience procrastination in some form. Sometimes it's particularly evident, like … Continue reading Overcoming procrastination: 6 common causes and 10 ways to stop