Posts by Bruce Hoag

Choosing to be Ordinary

You’ve heard about the fear of failure. You may even have heard that some are afraid to succeed. In both cases, that fear causes people to stop what they’re doing and to revert to their old behaviors. Have you ever wondered why? Jon Acuff, in his book Start! Punch Fear in the Face, points out that…

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Living Out of Your Memories, or Imagining the Future

I don’t just read books. I study them. On the first pass, I mark and underline words, sentences, and ideas with colored pencils: Dark green for profound truth; light green for something great, but not quite up to the standard of dark green; orange for statements worth noting, blue for other books I ought to…

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The Fear of Missing Out

Do you ever do something because you’re secretly afraid that if you don’t you’ll miss out on something that’s important? Think, for example, of the things you’ve done after you realized that you just wasted a few hours. You know what that’s like. You decide that today will be different. No more wasting time. And…

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How to Defeat the Bright Shiny Object Syndrome

There’s a certain received wisdom that only engineers and Internet marketers suffer from what is known as the Bright Shiny Object Syndrome. For some reason, they have been singled out as the two groups of people who are attracted to new things. Of course, you know that that’s nonsense. The United States and other western economies…

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How to Break the Cycle of Distractions

If you’re going to tackle the besetting problem of distractions, then you have to eliminate the causes. Treating the symptoms will have no effect. It might mitigate the problems temporarily, but it will not make them go away.   There are many reasons – causes, if you prefer – for how and why you’re distracted.…

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