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The Key to Creative Work Is Knowing When to Walk Away

The discipline to stop is just as important as sitting down each day to start

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TThere is a moment in the Netflix documentary series Abstract that’s stayed with me: Illustrator Christoph Niemann is hard at work when he notices that it’s 6 p.m. Without hesitation, he stops what he’s doing, grabs his jacket, and leaves the…




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