Almost Perfect

One of the hardest “no”s is when we are dealing with an almost perfect “yes”.

This type of yes looking amazing on paper, but for some unknown reason, our gut is telling us we need to pass on it.

Sometimes it’s a perfect yes but for a past version of ourselves. Something our past self would have loved but isn’t right (or worth it) for our current self.

Other times we need to say no to our immediate desires so we can yes to our more fulfilling long-term needs.

Even if it’s nine times out of ten, it’s better to go with your intuition than against it.

STAY BOLD, Keep Pursuing,

— Josh Waggoner | Daily Blog #1244

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Learning is a Superpower

“Anything that is worth teaching can be presented in many different ways. These multiple ways can make use of our multiple intelligences.” — Howard Gardner

Learning and teaching are about the same thing — making connections. Transferring knowledge from one source to another.

There’s an old 90s show I vaguely remember (can’t think of the title) where the main character gets into a super-powered chemical accident and suddenly develops weird abilities, one of which she can read an entire book by touching it (or something like that).

I think about this super-learning ability often. (That and learning-time-loop montages like in Groundhogs day or Palm Springs.)

Learning is a superpower. And until we can download knowledge directly into our brain like Total Recall, Teaching is also an incredible skill to cultivate.

Knowing something doesn’t mean you can teach it (or write about it).

Knowing, teaching, and writing are all three separate skills. Of course, if you can learn all three you’ll be a powerhouse of understanding.

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— Josh Waggoner | Daily Blog #1243

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Better Together

There’s a big difference between being self-reliant and only relying on yourself.

Being self-reliant is about being independent, capable and adaptable. And only relying on yourself is isolating, ridged, and untrusting.

One is inclusive and the other is exclusive. One is a teacher mindset and the other is a blaming mindset.

If you are only relying on yourself, you’re doing something wrong. Our goal as creatives is to take our work and share it with as many people as we can. Not for eyeballs, but for connection and kinship.

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— Josh Waggoner | Daily Blog #1242

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Great Apps

There are so many good apps, services and technology popping up all over the web nowadays. AI, remote working, bio-tech, blockchain, finance, virtual learning, etc.

Take Figma for example. Figma is a powerful collaborative design tool packed with nifty features. I discovered it a couple of years ago and have absolutely loved it since. I’ve gone DEEP—reading every article and watching every video I can get my hands on. As someone who can code, one thing I appreciate most is how fast and intuitive it is.

Another app that I’ve used basically everyday since I found it is Endel. Endel is an app that creates “personalized sound environments to help you focus, relax, and sleep.” Heck! I’m listening to it right now as I’m writing this.

I love what the folks over at Square are doing with the Cash app. I’ve been dipping my toes into Stocks and Bitcoin through the Cash App.

What’s powerful about new technology is the access it provides to people everywhere (even normal schmoes like me). Access to new skills, ideas, connections, and opportunities.

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— Josh Waggoner | Daily Blog #1241

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Lessons from Pain

I would never wish pain on anyone, but some of my most painful experiences have been my most life-changing.

How is pain ultimately good for us?

1. Awareness

It allows us to see what’s important by making mistakes and doing things the hard way. It shows us things we are missing or didn’t know.

It opens us up to the shared experience of pain, which allows us to connect and empathize with friends, family, or even strangers who have gone through something similar.

It keeps us humble and gives our ego a check.

It gives us a chance to slow down and take time to access our priorities.

It shows us how to be better and how to live.

2. Meaning

Pain makes us come alive. It burns down our old self and rebuilds something new.

It cuts away the inessential and gets to the heart of what matters to us.

It motivates us to live true to ourselves and follow our passions instead of idly sitting on the sidelines (or following someone else’s passion).

It shows us how valuable and finite our time and health really are.

3. Change

Pain gives us a chance to change ourselves for the better (if we allow ourselves to). It forces us to change…or else.

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— Josh Waggoner | Daily Blog #1240

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Justice League: take 2

I checked out Zack Snyder’s 4-hour rendition of Justice League on HBO Max. I watched it in at least 7 sittings.

I love Whedon’s other work and his master of character and dialogue, but the 2017 version of Justice League I didn’t care much for. It had its moments, but the villain felt flat and everything felt a little rushed (I think its run time was around 2 hours).

I’m glad that Zack Snyder was given the chance to put his stamp on the movie he was envisioning. Everything about Flash was great, and Cyborg story arc was more impactful this time around too (Although I wish he hasn’t so serious all the time. I miss the joke-cracking silly cyborg from the old Teen Titans cartoon.) I’m still not a fan of the darker tone that this version of Superman has (although Henry Cavill is great.)

Overall it’s a fun ride and worth a watch if you’ve got 4 hours to spare 😆.

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— Josh Waggoner | Daily Blog #1239

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Cracking Walnuts

I’ve noticed my writing has been too self-help to my liking. Not that’s there’s anything wrong with self-help—especially if it helps you clarify your thinking and enable you to change. But my ideal form of the Renaissance Life media / personal outlet isn’t just encouraging words, but practical advice and skill development.

I guess the reason I’ve caught the self-help bug lately is that’s what I need myself. For good and bad, last year broke a lot of things in my life. And now I need to find a way to rejuvenate/reinvent myself. It’s an opportunity to reassess and reset my priorities and trajectory.

‘Opportunity’ not out of unrealistic optimism about my current problems, rather, opportunity because that’s the hopeful path forward.

Opportunity keeps us sane, and problems open us to change. Sometimes we are so unaware (or too stubborn) to see what we need to change. We’re like a hard walnut—mistakes, problems, failures crack us open and lead to the good editable stuff.

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— Josh Waggoner | Daily Blog #1238

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Hidden Mistakes

It’s easy to spot other people’s mistakes, but our personal mistakes and shortcomings are just as easy to dismiss or overlook.

Acknowledging mistakes is the first step to overcoming them.

Otherwise, mistakes have a tendency to get bigger and become repeat offenders in the future.

Attack it when it’s small. Learn the easier lessons now so that you can avoid the potentially harder lessons later.

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— Josh Waggoner | Daily Blog #1237

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5+ Years Experience

Knowledge is not skill. Knowledge plus ten thousand times is skill.“ — Shinichi Suzuki

There’s a lot of great artists out there. Heck—there’s a lot of stellar creative minds in every field. When you find a passion for something, you want to be the best at it (or at least recognized as someone who skilled). But when you are just starting out, or early on your journey, butting up against people who are waaaay better than you can be discouraging. Sometimes motivating, but often discouraging if there’s a huge gap between where you are and where they are.

It’s important (and personally helpful) to note, that they’ve likely got many more years under their belt than you.

It’s like how you can’t compare your inner state with someones’ outer state. Comparing your work to someone who’s been at it for 5, 10+ years is a little silly. Of course their work is amazing! Think of all the time, effort, and experience they’ve accrued. (Note time + effort cultivates skills, not just time alone.)

If our work is even half as good as someone who’s been doing it for over a decade, then we are in a great place.

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— Josh Waggoner | Daily Blog #1236

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It Goes Both Ways

A real friend is one who walks in when the rest of the world walks out. — Walter Winchell

The best kind of friends is the ones that go out of their way to have your back when needed (even when you don’t realize that what you need). We all go through our ups and downs, good days and bad. The compadres that you want to keep around are the ones who help you when you fail, and cheer you on when you succeed.

That goes both ways too. That’s the kind of friend you want to have and the type of friend you want to be.

It takes effort, but it brings a lifetime of rewards.

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— Josh Waggoner | Daily Blog #1235

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