6 Characteristics of a Hero: How Many Do You Embody?

Donald Miller

Those are the 6 common characteristics of a hero. And you’re likely experiencing all of them. So the next time you think of a hero as somebody else and think you don’t have what it takes, take another look in the mirror. You very well may be experiencing the heroes journey.

A Little Motivation to Get Our Work Done

Donald Miller

Most mornings I’m up around 5 or so.

I get breakfast, watch a little bit of the morning news, shower, get dressed, lay around checking e-mail on my phone, then turn the phone off, walk the dog and finally sit down at my desk to write. Instead of writing, though, I check twitter and my e-mail again, then write a blog or two, research whatever gadget somebody tweeted about, make some more coffee, read a little bit, all the while the very reason I got up early is slipping through my hands as I allow myself to be distracted.

The Introvert’s Guide to Staying Alive

Donald Miller

I feel it like a sickness. I’m tired. I’m irritable. I have trouble focusing and I get confused about priorities. I’m not sure what I’m supposed to be working on. My head feels like a junk drawer. What’s the problem? The problem is I’m an introvert taking on an extrovert’s life. It’s my own fault. […]

2 Things I Do That Increase My Creative Output

Donald Miller

I believe creative work is a dance. I think you have to show up with regular discipline, but I think something else has to show up too. Creativity, despite what so many motivational writers say, can’t be forced. When we create we dance with something mysterious, perhaps subconscious and perhaps spiritual, but regardless, we are only one person dancing in a two-entity concoction.

So, how do we control the other entity? How do we make the words or the images of the sermon or the music show up?

We don’t.

But here are two tricks I’ve learned that greatly […]

When Difficulty Feels Discouraging, Remember This

Donald Miller

Laying in bed this morning I was thinking about a difficult thing I have to do. It’s nothing compared to some of the stuff you might be dealing with, just a big job I have to complete. Then I remembered Philippians 4. “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” I’ve said that verse to myself a thousand times, I am sure. But laying there, I realized something the verse didn’t say. It didn’t say “I can do all things through Christ who makes it easy.”

4 Words That Changed My Career

Donald Miller

If you hadn’t noticed, it’d been about 5 years since I’d released a new book before releasing Scary Close. During that time, it’d been a tough going. I’d started and nearly completed two books, but to be honest, they didn’t shine. I didn’t want to release them because, well, they weren’t good enough.

How to Know If You’re Dealing with a Manipulator

Donald Miller

A few years ago, I started studying manipulative people. And I started studying them after having been completely taken in over the last several years by a few of them. You just assume all people are good and honest and it’s a shock and borderline offensive to think they aren’t, but the truth is some people are a lot more manipulative than others.

What Tools Do You Really Need to Chase Your Dream?

Donald Miller

Awhile back, I was in LA with a friend and he took me to his favorite taco shop. We were sitting there eating when I realized I’d actually been to the bike shop across the street, nearly five years before. I laughed as I told him I spent about a couple hundred dollars on stuff I didn’t need in that very shop.

The Power of Not Over Thinking It

Donald Miller

I’ve a friend named Stacey (guy) who started dating a girl years ago. I asked him how he was feeling about it, whether he thought she was going to work out. He said he hadn’t thought much about it, that it wasn’t time yet. What do you mean, I asked. Of course you’ve thought about it. He admitted he had, but that he wasn’t going to evaluate the relationship for another month. Instead, he was just going to enjoy it.

How to Feel Good About a Bad Day of Writing

Donald Miller

I got a little bit of work done on a potential book today, but not as much as I’d hoped. Yesterday, I wrote five times as many words as I did today. And I’d even argue yesterday’s words were better. I doubt anything I wrote today will be published. And yet I feel fine about it. It’s been a long time coming for me to view a relatively unsuccessful writing day as a victory, but I’m glad this is now my perspective.

Why 20% of People Will Never Like You

Donald Miller

It’s the creators who understand they will not please 20% of the population who then have an amazing epiphany that changes their careers forever. And the epiphany is this: They start creating for the 80% who like their work rather than the 20% who don’t.