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The Science of Practice — My Illustrated Story in Hardbound

As long-time readers of this blog know, training and practice are things I’m very interested in. I’ve gone in depth on the topic in my guest post on Buffer: Why Practice Makes Perfect and my interview with Professor Anders Ericsson, who conducted the pioneering study that lead to the so-called “10,000 hour rule” popularized by Malcolm Gladwell in Outliers.

For the past few months, I’ve been working with Nathan Bashaw and the team at Hardbound to create an illustrated story about how practice makes us better. It’s called The Science of Practice and you should go read it now. Continue reading…

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Three Antipatterns That Sink Side Projects

I like to cook steak on my cast iron pan. It’s simple — you let the meat get to room temperature, coat it with salt and pepper, heat oil on the pan on medium, and sear on each side for 2-3 minutes.

I routinely still overcook my steaks. It’s very easy to do. I’m worried about the meat being undercooked or too rare, and half the time I end up making a medium-well steak instead of a medium rare one. Continue reading…

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Training for the Clapping Push-up World Record

For the past few months I’ve been training for the clapping push-up world record. I first applied to challenge the record in March and complained to Guinness because it was taking a while to get cleared.

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An Open Letter to Managers of Women

Dear manager,

We need to talk about her. You probably know who. That analyst, designer, writer, engineer who has been at the organization for just a year or two and is already doing the work of someone several levels above her current pay band. Or maybe she’s not even on your radar, because she’s the dependable one who always delivers on-time and under budget, without any drama.

Despite this woman’s outstanding contributions, you haven’t promoted her or given her a raise. It’s not fair and you know it. Continue reading…