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Scott’s Thoughts: A Fruitful Future

“Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds that you plant.” -Robert Louis Stevenson, Scottish novelist, poet, and essayist What makes day’s work worthwhile? Is it the money you make? A sense of accomplishment? The feeling you get when you reach inbox zero? Fighting real fires is a good and necessary [...]

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Scott’s Thoughts: Begin by Not Beginning

“Deliberation is a function of the many; action is the function of one.” Charles de Gaulle, French general and statesman, from his War Memoirs (1960) There’s probably a project you have in the back of your mind that you’d like to get to, but haven’t for one reason or another. It may even be something [...]

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Scott’s Thoughts: The Gratitude Challenge

When it comes to gratitude, it’s not just the thought that counts. Encouraging, thanking, and connecting with people depends upon acting on your gratitude. Unexpressed gratitude produces nothing and influences nothing, but when it is transmitted in the world it has tremendous and transformative power. Even if you’ve been a little remiss on distributing your [...]

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Scott’s Thoughts: On Deadlines

A deadline can be a remarkable tool for productivity. When the consequences are real, and the work must be done, the deadline is a stressful but effective motivator. (There are some upsides to stress.) Even the most clever procrastinator can be made to respect the looming presence of a red letter day on the calendar. As [...]

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Scott’s Thoughts: Who’s On Your Ladder?

“There is no such thing as a ‘self-made’ man. We are made up of thousands of others. Everyone who has ever done a kind deed for us, or spoken one word of encouragement to us, has entered into the make-up of our character and of our thoughts.” -George Matthew Adams, newspaper columnist No matter how [...]

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Scott’s Thoughts: Embrace the Pivot

One of the great joys of browsing a good bookstore is the experience of finding the perfect book you weren’t looking for. You may have stopped by to pick out a thriller, but you ended up walking out with a history of Pompeii. In an age where targeted online advertising and sophisticated shopping algorithms attempt [...]

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Scott’s Thoughts: Enduring Wisdom

The time will come when you feel fatigued and burnout seems likely. Like muscles that only grow when challenged, the best things often come after a period of frustration and exhaustion. Just ask any marathon runner about the fearsome wall that must be pushed through in order to attain the glory of completing 26.2 miles. [...]

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Scott’s Thoughts: Getting to the Glow

Does the data in your presentations illuminate with a glow or blind with a glare?

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Scott’s Thoughts: Restart Your Day

“In doing your creative work, do not start your day with addictive time vampires such as The New York Times, email, Twitter. All scatter eye and mind, produce diverting vague anxiety, clutter short term memory. Instead begin right away with your work. Many creative workers have independently discovered this principle.” -Edward Tufte, American statistician and professor [...]

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Scott’s Thoughts: Engage with Empathy

(Image credit: Interaction Design) If we have a hope of getting along in a crowded and conflicted world, we’re going to have to learn to live with our differences. Unfortunately, we face a media culture which thrives on provoking outrage. Outrage is, at its most base level, very good for elevating the sort of stats which [...]

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