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6 Tips for Winning the Email Battle

6 Tips for Winning the Email Battle

I still remember when getting an email was fun and exciting, like getting a handwritten note in the mail. Those days are over. Now I get between 50-100 emails per day. Sometimes it seems as if email is running my life. I struggle to make progress on the projects that...
10 Things That Require Zero Talent

10 Things That Require Zero Talent

My uncle, Keith Nord, is a former NFL football player for the Minnesota Vikings. After he retired from football, he worked as a motivational speaker. Currently, he’s battling Stage 4 cancer. His old special teams coach visited him the other day. He said that Keith...
Humility, Growth, and Work and Career

Humility, Growth, and Work and Career

This post is Part 10 in a 12-part blog series on humility and growth. (If you missed the first post, you can find it here.) Many of us struggle with our work and career. For example, we might be at the beginning of our careers and are having a difficult time figuring...
How to Succeed at Big, Long-Term Tasks

How to Succeed at Big, Long-Term Tasks

It’s difficult to succeed at a big, long-term task. For example, students often struggle to make consistent progress on their thesis and dissertation projects. The projects are so big–they literally take 2-3 years to finish. It’s hard to see the light at the end...
For Optimal Work, Alternate Between Stress and Rest

For Optimal Work, Alternate Between Stress and Rest

I was listening to a podcast the other day on how to achieve peak performance in your work and personal life. The speaker said something simple but profound: for optimal work, alternate between stress and rest. Stress and Rest in the Gym The statement seemed simple,...
Offer Something of Value

Offer Something of Value

I was working on a paper the other day, and I invited a colleague of mine to be a co-author. She had some really good ideas and insights about the topic of the paper, and she added some things that I hadn’t thought about before. She made the paper better, and I...
Do Something With Your Bags

Do Something With Your Bags

It is easy to compare ourselves with others, which can make us feel bad. I have done this my whole life. When I played sports, I always compared myself to the guys who were better than me, and I was upset that I wasn’t as good. The same thing happened in school,...
Work First, Play Second

Work First, Play Second

When I was growing up, there was a simple rule I had to follow: Work first, play second. What this meant was that if I had homework or chores to do around the house, I had to get those finished first, and then I could play, relax, and have fun. This rule became a...
How Do You Eat an Elephant?

How Do You Eat an Elephant?

Do you struggle with making progress on big projects? I know this is tough for me. As a writer, I often have quite a few long-term projects going at any given time. Some of these projects take over a year to finish! I think there are two things about big projects that...
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