How To Hiatus + the YOU Economy: The June Roundup

I packed June with overcoming head barriers and wiping out stale energy. Team D spruced + juiced throughout a digital hiatus and now we’re refreshed.

Make changes without criticizing the past — your future will thank you for it.
Not only does dissing how you got to where you are dishonor your past and make for some negative juju, it weighs on your transformational process. How you regard your past influences how your future unfolds.

Good design, co-creating + the barriers in your head. In conversation with Tara Gentile.
How do you use the visual language of design to better spread your message to the right people? What is the greatest barrier to entrepreneurship now? Is it all in our heads? How do you determine who you co-create with? … and more.

Under my on-line hood: some philosophy + a bit of gear.
Seth Godin explained where his blog comes from, and his answers matched with a lot of the questions that I’m often asked. Here’s my very transparent version…

Sprucing + Juicing. An ode to The Hiatus, and why I’m taking one (and you should too.) When to Take A Hiatus and How to Make A Hiatus Extra Useful and Holy … Burn out is an obvious time to hiatus. But there’s a difference between taking time to recover, and making space in which to prepare for The New…

How to navigate uncertainty and give birth to stars (and what happened on my hiatus)
The beauty of stopping is that things loosen — sometimes to the point of becoming unhinged. And unhinged is very, very disconcerting. And essential. Coming unhinged is the passage way to innovation. Keep the faith and let yourself go crazy.

Recharge and reach for the stars,

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How you listen is how you live. (A poem for being of service.)

You may hear this as an order, an invitation, or as the opportunity of lifetimes.

How you listen is how you live.
Can you hear the women crying?
Can you hear the soil gasping for clean air?
And did you hear that? That’s the sound of a good man asking, How can I serve?

How do you serve?

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So, is this a gift, or a transaction? Because…your entire life is not a business deal.

I’ve been thinking a lot about transactional giving these days. I’ll tweet about you if you tweet about me. They owe me a favour. You listen for five minutes to them so they’ll listen when it’s your turn to talk. Even Stevens. Transactional giving can be a beautiful commerce of support, and there’s nothing inherently wrong with that interplay. But if all of our giving is to secure our getting…then, well, it’s gross.

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Love the egg you’re in. (This is not a sermon on patience. But…)

Savour the simplicity of your pre-dreams-come-true time. Love the egg you’re in. Because not too long from now–and right on time, you’ll be spreading your wings and life will never be the same again.

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Rock your emptiness

But what if we rocked our emptiness? Felt the perimeter of ourselves. Relished the silence. Made friends with the peace that’s always waiting for us. What if we got off on the discomfort of our emptiness and let it be creative tension?

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What’s underneath wishful thinking?

Wishful thinking is tangled up with craving. We want what we want. So we ignore the evidence that we’re very likely not going to get what we want out of a situation. Craving… wishing. Craving… denial. Craving… tolerating. It’s a wishous cycle.

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Don’t worry about being invited back. My Manifesto for Creativity.

Meaningfulness. Reveal myself. Be compassionate. Don’t worry about being invited back. Go there. xo. I jotted this down when I began writing my book. I wanted a manifesto and it had to happen quickly because…I had a book to write.

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Life is what happens on the way to the finish line.

If you’re not loving what it feels like between your various life destinations, then get off the ride. Burn the itinerary. Fuck “motivation” and be still long enough to find your inspiration.

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