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4 Strategies To Make Fewer But Better Decisions

Making decisions can be exhausting. And if you burn out from making decisions, you run the risk of procrastinating or making bad decisions. Or even worse, you spend too much time making fairly inconsequential decisions and then delay the important decisions you need to make. I've been there and done

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When Starting Your Career, Optimize For a Variety of Experiences. Here’s Why and How.

For the first ten years of my career, I spent my days working on dozens of large brands in ad agencies and my nights trying to launch side project businesses. My agency work exposed me to bigger-picture business strategy thinking across various industries and some of the most brilliant and

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The Three Skills You Need to Supercharge Your Career Growth

Early in your career, your focus should be on honing your craft. Do the work. Learn about the work. Put in the extra hours. Start a side project that gives you even more at-bats. Your goal needs to put yourself on a track to be great at what you do.

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How to win at life by taking a portfolio approach to everything you do.

I studied finance in college and even worked for American Express Financial Services. I loved some of the principles that drove half of our decision-making. I hated the greed that drove the other half. So ultimately, I ended up in marketing. One of the principles that stuck with me was

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When You Graduate, Move To the City

I went to school in Montana. I loved it. Upon graduation, I even had a good job in my industry, right here in Montana. Still, I moved to Seattle to become an unpaid intern at an ad agency. That decision ultimately led to a pretty incredible career so far, which

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How To Create Win-Win Situations

Business can be complicated. Ditto for marketing. Relationships, same. Whenever others are involved, you're going to encounter challenges and compromises. Welcome to being human. There are two ways to approach those situations. You can look to come out ahead (mostly a zero-sum game), or you can try to create a

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The Undeniable Upside of Handkerchiefs

I am European. That means a few things. I wear my wedding ring on my right hand, even though my wife is still alive. I judge people harshly when not ordering mayo with their French fries. I once picked my mother-in-law for dinner on a Vespa. When someone asks me,

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2022

I have a few goals for 2022, which I'll document here for accountability's sake. Not that I have been publishing my goals in public, but all of these are building on existing efforts. Here we go. 100 RidesBetween my Peloton and my Ritchey's, I will do 100 rides in 2022.

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At Bats

In life, you need at-bats. It’s less about hitting them all, but more about getting as many smart at-bats as possible. Getting an at-bat can be scary. At bats tend to sit at the intersection of momentary success or failure. They’re deciding moments. I have never played baseball.

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Disclaimer – my life is not perfect

I don’t spend a whole lot of time on social media, but whenever I do, I get somewhat annoyed by how everyone’s life appears to be so perfect. Worst of all, my Instagram account is no different. If you look at my Instagram account, you’d think that

Disclaimer – my life is not perfect