Stop Doing Your Best Work

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Do your best work.

You’ve heard this statement your whole life. It’s a phrase that is loved by school teachers, employers, friends, and self-help gurus. Presumably, this “call to action” is meant to motivate, to encourage you to push yourself to be better.

But I believe a misunderstanding of this statement has mislead many people and has had disastrous effects on countless creative projects.

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How 20 Minutes a Month Can Save Your Struggling Creative Project

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The time comes in every creative project when you sit back, look at your work, and ask yourself, “why?

Why am I doing this?”
Why isn’t this working?”
Why did I think this would matter?”

It’s tempting, at this point, to think, “Is this idea worth the effort, or should I move on to something else?”

But that’s the wrong question to ask. Because the problem might not be with your project at all—it might be with your process.

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Master Any Book With 4 Sticky Notes

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Quick. What was the last book you read?

What was the title? Do you remember the main theme? Could you give a 30-second synopsis to a friend?

If you can’t answer each of these questions, chances are you weren’t getting the most out of what you read. And life is too short to read something without reaping the benefits.

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