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There’s no magical process for creating something of magnitude

A man practices playing the piano at home.
A man practices playing the piano at home.
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We have a false picture of how success happens. Because we often see only the results and almost never the process involved to achieve them, we tend to think that the finished product — a new film, a popular podcast, a fitness accomplishment — is impressive, and therefore the process by which the product was created must have been equally brilliant.

In fact, it was likely the opposite. Success, like the proverbial sausage, is much less pretty when you see how it’s made.

As an author, I know books well. I also remember equally well how I thought books were…


Turns out life truly is about the journey, not the destination

A male mountain runner is jumping up and punching the air.
A male mountain runner is jumping up and punching the air.
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You‘ve seen this chestnut a million times: “Life is about the journey, not the destination.” It’s on inspirational posters in your gym and the hallway of your kid’s school. It’s in an Instagram caption for a photo of an influencer on a beach somewhere. It’s stitched on a pillow at your grandmother’s house.

It’s also — don’t roll your eyes — actually useful advice. That’s the conclusion of a recent study out of Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business, in which marketing researchers surveyed more than 1,600 people about the metaphors they used to think about their goals.

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