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Are you an expert or an explorer?

One of the distinctions I make in my course on How-To Writing, I talk about the difference between being an expert and an explorer. An expert is someone who is writing from the perspective of what they know, and an explorer is someone who is -- well literally --...

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Doing great work is all very well, but…

I sent out an email to my list about doing what inspires you -- your 'great work', and one of my subscribers wrote back with this comment: "Hey Cathy, that's all very well, but what about when you're an entrepreneur, don't you have to do work that someone wants to...

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Are you doing your great work?

If you're *waiting* for the right time to do your great work, or you're 'getting ready', then I have disappointing news for you -- you'll never be ready, the time will never be perfect, and the events may never line up for you exactly the way you think they should....

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Do Work That Fulfils You

I do a lot of work with people on how to develop consistent habits and how to do more of what they consider their 'important' work. It's so easy to be distracted by the buzz of the internet and the whirl of social media. Or just the 'everyday' things we do at home and...

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Your success isn’t driven by what you know…

I was reminded this week that what we choose to spend time on isn't always what drives our success. To give you the specifics: I was talking with my friend Tom about what new developments we have planned in our businesses (we strategise together every few weeks to...

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Starting

I got this message from a new student this week, "I'm very excited but anxious at the same time. I so want to write but don't know where to start, what to write about, etc. My brain is utter chaos, so I'm starting here. I am looking forward to the course. Have a...

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Not All ‘Advice’ Is True

Far too many people will give you their opinion about what works, or tell you what worked for them. But that doesn't necessarily mean it will work for you, or even that it works at all. The reality is that a lot of advice you hear has been passed from one person to...

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Where does happiness come from?

We were visiting relatives a few weeks ago and the topic of our holidays came up. The family and I took a long road trip down the West coast of the USA this year (and yes, we had a great time!) "What was the best part of the trip?" my relatives wanted to know. "Oh...

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Truth Is More Powerful Than Rehearsal

I was with a client this week and he wanted to talk about an upcoming public talk he was preparing for. I could sense there was some block about this and as we dug in, he revealed that he wanted to be prepared and to script everything. "What can someone possibly ask...

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How to Take Your Performance to the Next Level

I'm in email conversation with Michaela at the moment, someone who narrowly missed coming to a meetup I'd held. She'd made a huge effort to attend the meeting because she had something specific she want to discuss with me -- she was juggling childcare, and in the end...

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Everything Versus Anything

"You can do anything, but you can't do everything..." This phrase has come up a couple of times with coaching clients recently. And it was also at the front of my mind as I watched our British cycling team sweep up a host of medals at the last Olympics. We've taken...

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