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Hey friends,

As a creator, there are two personal dynamics you have to manage well.

The first is managing the expectations you have of your time, and to work at a pace that makes the most out of your abilities. Everyone’s circadian rhythm is different, so it's important to find a schedule that works best for you.

The second is the trickier of the two, and it has to do with how you measure progress. How do you know that you’re improving? How can you be sure that today is a refinement of yesterday?

In my latest post, I delve into our dangerous tendency to use status as an indicator of progress. And in its place, I offer the case for an infinitely better solution:
 
A Book I've Been Enjoying

Working by Robert A. Caro — A wonderful memoir by one of the greatest biographers of our time. Caro has spent almost five decades writing about just two people (Robert Moses and Lyndon Johnson), and this memoir gives you an intimate glimpse into the pursuit of mastery.
An Illustrated Insight
Happiness is the difference between what you have, and your definition of enough.
A Thought I've Been Pondering

It’s Thanksgiving week here in the States, which means that it’s time to list all the things we're thankful for. This is how I used to keep inventory of my gratitude, but lately, I’ve taken a different approach.

Instead, I imagine what I’d feel if I lost everything, and how I'd want nothing more than to be restored to my present condition. Would an entire lifetime be enough to regain all the loved ones I have in my life today? How much would I give to have my parents recognize me again? When faced with these questions, I can’t help but to feel immensely grateful for everything I have now.

If you want to read more about my thoughts on gratitude, you can check out this post I published for Thanksgiving last year.
A Brief Parting Question

This has been a tough year for most people, yet here we are. Incredibly, we have just one more month to go.

When things were especially rough this year, what kept you going? What kept you motivated to be a better version of yourself?

For me, it was about staying connected with my loved ones, preparing for the arrival of my daughter, and cultivating my creativity through More To That.

What about you?
As always, hit reply to share any thoughts, to respond to the parting question, or to simply say hello. I love hearing from you.

Thanks for reading, and enjoy the rest of your week!

-Lawrence
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