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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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Scott’s Thoughts: Getting Along

The quote which kicks off today’s newsletter is from a speech Mr. Gardner gave to McKinsey & Company in Phoenix, Arizona in 1990, called “Personal Renewal.” It’s an extraordinary speech, and I encourage you to read it when you have some time to relax and reflect. It is tempting at times to think people’s behavior [...]

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Scott’s Thoughts: Why We Worry

Nothing robs us of today’s real joys like the worries over tomorrow’s disasters. In our attempts to predict the future, we short change ourselves of the moment we’re living. While there is a place for common sense preparation in our lives — i.e. preparing an earthquake kit, keeping an eye out for leaks, changing the [...]

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Scott’s Thoughts: Seven for Seven

According to a recent Oxfam report, the world’s eight richest people have the same wealth as the poorest fifty percent. While I believe firmly in the entrepreneurial spirit, the benefits of competition, and reaping the rewards of hard work and innovation, I also feel we have a profound responsibility to give back and do what we [...]

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Scott’s Thoughts: Solace on the Page

If the internet’s distractions and the torrent of world events leave you feeling unsteady, anxious, or filled with rage, now might be the perfect time to find solace on the pages of a book. A dive into the pages of a book is precisely the type of mental and emotional nourishment we’re hungry for when [...]

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Scott’s Thoughts: The Curiosity Cure

Who, what, when, where and why. These are the “five Ws” of journalism. Four of the five communicate facts which are more or less on the surface of things. The one that I think matters above all? Why. Why is the gateway to wonder. Only children are utterly unafraid to ask why. If you’ve ever [...]

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