You’ve probably heard the saying “money follows value.” It seems to be thrown around a lot in the business world, but I believe it also has a lot of light to shine on the desks of writers and creatives like me.
I was recently chatting with a friend about the idea of running a half marathon. It has been several years and a few Moon Pies since I last embarked on a 13-mile run. To be completely honest, I like the idea of being someone who runs half marathons more than the reality of actually lacing up my shoes and doing it.
I recently read an article about a hostage negotiator that has significantly changed the way I interact with people. Specifically, I’ve become a much better listener and it now matters less to me that I talk or am even heard in casual conversations.
We’ve all said, “I don’t want to get my hopes up.” Whenever the possibility of a good opportunity is in sight, or you start dating someone new, or your boss hints at a job promotion, our reaction is often to not get our hopes up. It seems smart, right?
It’s called The 80/20 Principle. The book was written by Richard Koch and the argument is this: 80 percent of the results you’re getting at work flow from just 20 percent of your efforts. And not only this, but 80 percent of your profit likely comes from 20 percent of your products.
Avoiding pain was my default mode for a decade or two. I avoided pain like it was my job. I steered clear of situations and relationships that might’ve been painful, and I tried to keep my emotional investment at a minimum. Obviously, this was a disaster.
I like to sleep with the radio on. But not because I listen to it. It’s the noise I need. That constant hum of static, chatting and breaking news helps me block out everything else. It keeps me from thinking about actually needing to fall asleep.
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