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#sketches #mentalhealth

Note: This post is about a burnout experience I had in the last couple weeks, which inspired this attempt at ripping off Hyperbole and a Half.

Recently I wasn't feeling so great.

I couldn't point the finger at anything in particular, but something was nagging at me. Lingering. Like a storm cloud that insists on raining on me wherever I go.

(You know I'm in a dark place when I'm quoting Joy Division.)

I have a habit of holding things in and bottling them up.

I often don't realize I'm doing it until my mood's in the dumps.

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#perspective

You're just playing catch.

That's usually what you'll hear the coach tell the pitcher who can't get the ball across the plate.

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#perspective

When you were young, you thought you could do all the things. You thought you had to.

Because to refuse was to admit you weren't superhuman. To admit you were less than. To let someone down.

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#perspective

Peter Hook (of Joy Division/New Order fame) has long been one of my favorite bassists. But recently he's become my solid No. 1.

Not because of his talent. Not because he was able to play unlike anyone else.

But because he chose to play unlike anyone else.

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#business #careers

For every argument to be made, there's likely a valid counterargument.

Lately I've been arguing that people should celebrate their victories. Ignore the advice to “act like you've been there before”. Because most people who offer that advice haven't been there themselves.

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#perspective

So many of us are waiting for permission to go.

Yet we find ourselves sitting at the green light, moving only when someone else honks to tell us the signs have changed.

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#writing

We often refer to speaking or writing simply as “dumbing down.”

When we do this, we're discarding the fact that simple ideas spread.

Big, unnecessary words get in the way of a message. Sure, people could paraphrase the message into simpler words. But why should they have to do all the work for your message?

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#writing

Part of succeeding in the real world is unlearning what school has taught you. This is especially true with writing.

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#sketches

It wasn't so long ago that I would have seen the sketch below as one big failure.

These days my assessment is a bit more generous.

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#branding #business

Did you hear about KFC making a website dedicated to stock photos of its fried chicken?

I laughed out loud when I heard about it. And then I considered going to KFC for lunch.

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