My Top 10 Articles of the Year

2018 was an excellent year.

I’m thankful for Medium. It’s no stretch to say this single website has done more for my writing career than any other platform.

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Now for the top articles.

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Before you have any type of passion in life, you’ll have to unlearn all the rules about life, careers, success, status, and all the other societal lessons that wereforced on you.

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Perhaps you don’t enjoy what you do for a living, but if it puts a roof over your head and feeds you and your family that’s something you should be grateful for.

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If you don’t own your mind, someone else or circumstance will. Owning your reactions to what happens to you gives you a source of power no one can corrupt.

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What is stoicism? It’s the art of keeping yourself sane in an unfair and chaotic world.

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Don’t work your way to the top. Learn your way to the top.

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80 percent of your results come from 20 percent of your effort. Narrow your efforts down to the ones that produce the most results, remove the ones that don’t, double down, repeat.

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The subtle shift from feeling emotions and observing them makes a huge difference.

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When you do deep work, you do it in a flow state with a deliberate effort to improve.

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Focus on getting one percent better each day. According to the rule of 72, your skills will double every 72 days. By the end of the year your skills will have increased by five hundred percent.

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In reality, you don’t find passion until you get good at something. When you develop competence in something you enjoy, you build more confidence to help you tackle larger challenges, and you continue to grow, which fuels more passion to repeat the process.

Have a wonderful time this next week, celebrate whatever you celebrate, and I’ll catch you next year.

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