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Addressing Addiction

A few weeks ago I realized how addicted I’ve (re)become to my phone. I fought this battle a few years ago and improved a lot. But I went back to my old ways, with some slight variations. The main problem was the same though: I spent way too much time on my phone. My initial plan was to downgrade from a “smart phone” to a “dumb phone.” But as I started to think about the ways I use my iPhone, I realized that wasn’t an ideal scenario. I do some...

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10 Years Later

Time is a funny thing. In multiple ways, certain events seem simultaneously like forever ago and like yesterday. Meeting you, Bill, is one of those events. This month marks 10 years since we first met to talk about doing some client work together. It was “Ideal Design” meets “Designs by Erik.” I wish I could remember how I stumbled across your website that said you were looking for Flash help. Google certainly wasn’t then what it is today....

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Stop Trying to Find Time This one is mostly written from me to me. But I figured I'd share it here as well.

"I want to read more often, but just haven't found the time for it yet." "I've been meaning to knock out that home project, but just haven't found the time for it yet." "We've talked about going on a vacation, but just haven't found the time for it yet." Have you ever said any of these? Or something similar? Have you ever thought about something you want to do and lazily decided you would do it if you could "find the time?" I have. I...

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Ditching Assumed Constraints Falling into and getting out of the elephant mentality

When I was around fifteen I started learning to play the guitar. I was quickly addicted to the six-stringed muse. Making music was already part of my life, and family, so the quickly developed addiction to playing was no surprise. I remember an early conversation I had with a buddy of mine who was also learning around the same time. We were talking about a specific song we heard on the radio and wanted to learn to play. For the life of us...

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Lessons From Will Smith

Today I wanted to simply share a video I enjoyed watching recently. I've long admired Will Smith for a number of reasons. I came across a video someone made stitching together numerous interview clips of Smith talking about perseverance, work ethic, talent, and more. Here are a few of the quotes that I particularly enjoyed: If you're not making someone else's life better, you're wasting your time. Your life will become better by...

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