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Ask Yourself This: What Burdens Is That Other Person Carrying?

Carl Richards Behavior Gap Other People's Burdens
What burdens are all the people on this plane carrying? And how would I treat them differently if I knew?

Want to Be Creative on Purpose? Schedule It

Carl Richards Behavior Gap Want to Be Creative on Purpose? Schedule It.
This notion to wait around in the rain until you get struck by lightning to make art (or anything) doesn’t mesh with my experience at all. What comes much closer is the famous Chuck Close quotation: “Inspiration is for amateurs. The rest of us just show up and get to work.”

Want to Get Smarter Fast? Get in Over Your Head

Carl Richards Behavior Gap Want to Get Smarter Fast? Get In Over Your Head.
I’ve learned to prefer being in over my head. It’s definitely scary; that never changes. But it also forces me to perform in ways that the shallow end never does.

The Magic of a Single Micro-Action

Carl Richards Behavior Gap The Magic of a Single Micro-Action
Micro-actions are actions so small, so easy, that they hardly feel worth doing. When we think of things like this (if we ever do) we often think about how taking one small action, repeatedly, over long periods of time, adds up. It’s the compounding effect of incremental change, and it’s awesome. 

A Story of a Big Dream and a Single, Small Step

Carl Richards Behavior Gap A Story of a Big Dream and a Single, Small Step
One pattern I’ve noticed in people who do scary things is that once they see the roadblocks in their way, they take a specific kind of action to begin to break them down — a micro-action. Having figured out the big goal, they focus on the next, smallest action that will get them a bit closer to it.

Learning to Deal With the Impostor Syndrome

Carl Richards Behavior Gap Learning to Deal With the Impostor Syndrome
Even after years of sharing my simple sketches and speaking all over the world, you'd think I’d be used to the feelings that come with the impostor syndrome. The impostor syndrome has not gone away, but I’ve learned to think of it as a friend.

The Cost of Holding On

Carl Richards Behavior Gap The Cost of Holding On
There is an actual cost to holding onto things we should let go of. It can come in the form of anger, frustration, resentment, or something even worse. The question is, can you really afford to keep paying the bill?

The Benefits of Getting an Icy Start to the Day

Carl Richards Behavior Gap The Benefits of Getting an Icy Start to the Day
I’ve known about the benefits of taking cold showers for a long time. Many of you are probably familiar with some of the science. But I’ve discovered the thing that most draws me to the cold water is also the thing that most repels me: it’s really hard to do.

A Life Full of Experiences May Not Mean Less Financial Security

Carl Richards Behavior Gap A Life Full of Experiences May Not Mean Less Financial Security
Experiences and security don’t have to be mutually exclusive. Whatever you want to do, start asking yourself a simple question: “Why not?”

Free Yourself of Your Harshest Critic, and Plow Ahead

Carl Richards Behavior Gap What Did You Really Hear?
You’re fired. The job you’re fired from is one you never should have had in the first place — being a critic of your own work. Your job now officially has nothing to do with deciding if the work is good. Your job is to do the work, put it out there and let the world decide.

What Do We Really Need?

Carl Richards Behavior Gap What Do We Really Need?
What do we really need? Are we buying things thoughtfully or carelessly? I believe our willingness to look at our buying behavior can have a huge impact on whether we reach the goals that we say matter most to us.

Try This for Your Goals

Carl Richards Behavior Gap Try This For Your Goals
What if instead of making big goals around the new year or during a life change, we focused instead on making small, incremental changes? At the New York Times, I outlined three steps to get you closer to your goals.