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Trust What You Have Learned

Knowing When to Trust What You Have Learned

Do you ask your boss or colleagues for approval too often? Do you seek the answers from your co-workers, no matter how many times you’ve done the same task? Is the urge to ask for help all too strong?

Perhaps you are a little self-critical or skeptical. Perhaps a little lazy.

Or maybe you’re encumbered by what I call excessive doubt.

While I am still learning to completely overcome self-criticism, I can say this:

“It’s imperative that, every now and again, we drop by to check in with ourselves.”

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Surviving Your Creative Hangover

As I lay on the couch in the pitch black room sipping soda water and mindlessly watching terrible television reruns, I wondered how I had landed myself here.

I’ve had hangovers in the past. As a girl who likes red wine from Trader Joe’s and delicious artisanal microbrew beers (sometimes over the course of a single night), the fuzzy headed dead-inside feeling of dehydration and alcohol withdrawal is certainly no stranger.

In fact, I used to joke that my hangovers were a result of too much blood entering my alcohol stream.

Since I’ve been so sick over the past year, I’ve cut back my crazy partying days a fair bit. I’m sure turning 35 and recognizing that I can’t drink like I used to, or – more appropriately – perhaps I don’t need to.

But this article isn’t about drinking and hangovers. Though, I’m guessing this New Year’s weekend many folks will be nursing themselves through some sluggish days as a result of excessive consumption.

This is about a totally different type of hangover that afflicts the artists and entrepreneurs of the world.Continue reading

Crazy What You Can Learn From Climbing Inside A Writer’s Mind

Every episode of the Writers’ Rough Drafts podcast, Elisa asks the same list of Either/Or questions during our “Inside The Writer’s Mind” lightening round. It’s a fun little game that might feel a little tedious to anyone listening, as it seems to be a redundant waste of two minutes.

But, inside Elisa’s mind, there exists a trove of statistics and resources that she is constantly cultivating and organizing to learn more about the world and people around her.

Which is why she created the game and plays it with everyone – to gather information.Continue reading

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