December 29, 2016 by Eric Hanson General 2

Get to Work

I’ve been consuming a lot of Tim Ferriss knowledge/wisdom the last few months. On a hike over the summer my brother told me about a podcast in which *Tim Ferriss interviews the world’s most successful ________ (i.e. entertainers, athletes, investors, etc.) to get into their mindset and the minutiae of their daily habits and philosophies. It’s fascinating stuff. I can’t believe I wasn’t aware of his work earlier. I bought my brother a copy of his latest book, Tools of Titans, a hefty tome of distilled wisdom of all his 200+ interviews. I tried to speedread it in the four days leading up to Christmas, which was unsuccessful. So after Christmas, I bought myself a copy. As I read in front of a roaring fire last night, a nugget stood out to me from the musician Justin Boreta: “Inspiration is for amateurs. The rest of us show up and get to work. (I believe) that things will grow out of the activity itself and you will – through work – bump into other possibilities and kick open other doors that you would never have dreamt of if you were just sitting around looking for a great “art idea.’”

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December 28, 2016 by Eric Hanson General, Photography 0

My Best Professional Decision of the Year

Most people dream of leaving the office behind and working from home. As a freelancer, I have the opportunity to work from anywhere. But this year I decided to start renting an office. And I believe it has had a greater impact on my work and quality of life than anything else I’ve done. Here’s why: I decided working from my couch in my professional attire (sweatpants) was not a good idea for me. Even though an office would create an additional financial burden I wasn’t sure I could afford, I decided the move was worth it for a few specific reasons. I wanted to create a separation of work life and home life. I wanted to have a space that was specifically for creativity and work. I wanted to be around other people in my industry, not only for networking, but to see how others operate and to learn from them. And I wanted to force myself into greater motivation and efficiency. Let’s go into each one a little bit more. I intentionally raised the stakes.

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Choose Hard

Many people dream of sipping Mai Thais on a tropical beach somewhere, toes in the sand, without a care in the world. The turquoise waters melodically crashing before you with a warm sun overhead. It sounds pretty perfect right? And yet,

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