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The Power of Acknowledgement, Silence and What Comes Next personal development Jan 27, 2018

Lessons from Kind of Blue

The Power of Acknowledgement

It’s so simple, isn’t it? Someone holds the door open and you say “Thank you.” Someone posts a milestone event or achievement on social media and you “Like” it. You call your folks on a special day. You do...

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“Here, I Made This. I Hope You Like It….” Feedback Vs. Criticism creativity personal development stoicism Jan 23, 2018

Creating is simply the act of making something new. However, simple doesn’t mean easy. The creative process can be lonely, intimidating, and fraught with self-doubt. Then comes the hard part...sharing what you made with others. 

Do I Have to Share?

That depends. We’re all...

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Let's Stop Calling It "Tough Love" personal development stoicism Dec 20, 2017

It's Time to Get Real

“For all that I do, whether on my own or assisted by another, should be directed to this single end, the common benefit and harmony.” - Marcus Aurelius

You care. And, of course, you've done your best. You've been understanding and kind....

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Beliefs Are Bogus creativity stoicism Nov 21, 2017

The Case for Values

It is impossible for a man to learn what he thinks he already knows." - Epictetus

We are driven by our beliefs. We live by them and die for them. And far too often we cleave to them in the face of evidence that they are not absolutes or even true. We believe that our beliefs...

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The Day I Met Seth Godin (And How He Made Cry…)! creativity personal development stoicism Nov 15, 2017

If you have a minute, I’d like to tell you a quick story.

If you check out The Stoic Creativative on Amazon, you’ll probably take note of this 5-star review.

“Scott will open your eyes to a different way of doing work that matters. His generous, persistent, consistent belief in...

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Generosity Should Not Be Confused With Promiscuity personal development Sep 19, 2017

“We can proudly use price as a signal to tell people what we think about what we sell.” Seth Godin, The Marketing Seminar

What’s It For?

That thing you’re making. That service you provide. That idea you have. What’s it for? What’s your motivation for sharing...

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Taking the Leap into Leveling Up personal development stoicism Sep 08, 2017

"What if?"

What if you did great work? What if you performed at a higher level? What if you served the right people? What if you worked with and learned directly from those who inspire you?

These are the questions I ask myself. I feel guilty asking them. I do, after all, already do work I love as...

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Simplicity Is the Ultimate Expression of Sophistication creativity personal development stoicism Aug 24, 2017

Doing Better Work By Doing Less

Yes, I know you’re terribly busy. So much to do and so little time. There are not enough hours in the day.

Are you buying this BS?

Time is not the issue. It’s taste. Where and how are you spending your most valuable resource? What are you spending...

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What Are You Waiting For? endeavor book excerpts personal development stoicism Aug 23, 2017

 Now Is the Time. The Time Is Now.

Getting your ducks in a row?

Your ship to come in?

The planets to align?

The “right” time? 

The ducks will line themselves up. You don’t even own a ship. And, when was the last time you took the time to check on the planets?

Time...

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Character Is Fate personal development stoicism Jun 16, 2017

"Actions Speak Louder Than Words"

At least that's what my mom always told me. But over the years I've decided that this is not such great advice. Sure, we should walk the walk and not just talk the talk, but what are we talking and walking for in the first place?!

"A Man's Character Is His Fate."...

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Amor Fati personal development stoicism Apr 21, 2017

Embracing Stoic Determinism 

I was hung up on it for years. I’ve heard popular Stoic advocates like Ryan Holiday express the same reservation. Many who embrace the principles and practices of Modern Stoicism just can’t, or rather won’t, accept that their life is fated.

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You Were Born to Die personal development stoicism Apr 03, 2017

How the Ancient Practice of Contemplating Your Death Can Help You Live Well Now!

“Think of yourself as dead. You have lived your life. Now, take what’s left and live it properly” — Marcus Aurelius

“You should remember, that you were born to die… ”...

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