John Poelstra

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Today the Streak Broke

No, not my 30 days of blogging goal, but the streak that has been 60+ “Miracle Mornings” in a row. Today I woke from a deep sleep at 5:30 a.m. and got up at 5:35 a.m. For the past 65… Continue Reading →

You Can’t Teach the WHY

I witnessed an interesting conversation the other day. Some folks were going back and forth on how to make a product better and one person suggested Simon Sinkek’s TED Talk. The interesting thing about watching the conversation unfold was how… Continue Reading →

Money is a Result Not a Belief

Reading more from Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action by Simon Sinek. In a previous post I reflected on the affect of different WHYs. I liked this quote about the confusion around money and it’s… Continue Reading →

Uncertainty and Security

More good stuff from Everything That Remains, this time from pages 114 and 115. We hold on to jobs we dislike because we believe there’s security in a paycheck. We stay in shitty relationships because we think there’s security in… Continue Reading →

Time, Motivation and Chunking

I was talking to someone recently about blogging and how there just didn’t seem to be a way to make consistent progress or posting to their blog. They talked about their schedule and how other things were often more important… Continue Reading →


More from Everything That Remains on p. 65 I’ve always claimed that my priorities are grandly important activities like spending time with family or exercising or carving out enough time alone to write.  But they’re not.  Until I actually put… Continue Reading →

Avoiding Aimlessness

I’m reading more from Die Empty. This is all kind of common sense type stuff, but it’s good to be reminded of these things in such succinct ways. From page 58: The key takeaway is this: To avoid aimlessness, you… Continue Reading →


Perhaps being productive is not purely about action. Maybe it’s more about overall forward progress. Being productive and accomplishment are important values to me.  This article was a good reminder that productivity itself is not an end. It’s titled Against… Continue Reading →

Start With Why

  Lots of people talk about this TED talk, but I wonder how many have really watched the whole thing and absorbed the message. I’ve tried to watch it a few times, but usually while trying to do something else…. Continue Reading →

Where Do You Go to Get Things Done?

This is the dilemma of today’s office presence. I’ve walked through or heard of more than one fancy new office space that’s empty because half of the people work are working from home on a given day. I love working… Continue Reading →

Where is Your Life is Going?

I watched this last night while doing the dishes. Only a few dishes got done as my wife and I stopped to listen. It’s a great presentation that made me want to live a better life. I was disturbed by… Continue Reading →

Introducing People as They Are

I liked the post A Better Way to Introduce Your Friends at Parties over at Storyline and this quote, Let’s stop introducing the people we love based solely on what they do, who they cash their checks from, or what’s… Continue Reading →

A Blog Post a Day

November is National Novel Writing Month. I love the idea of this project and some year I will dive in and take the challenge and do it.  I first heard about National Writing Month at WordCamp PDX in 2012 in… Continue Reading →

Waiting is No

More from Die Empty by Todd Henry (page 95), Waiting in some form is inevitable, but it can also become a habit, a form of abdication. An excuse. It’s easier to blame someone else for our failure to act than… Continue Reading →

It’s Up to You

I just started reading Die Empty by Todd Henry. Here’s a quote from early in the book that ties in with a lot of other things I’ve been working on and thinking about. From page 9: Waiting for permission to… Continue Reading →

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