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"Total Focus; Total Enjoyment" by Tynan

I'm thrilled that Tynan is coming to you with two things -- first, he's offering a breakthrough session through GiveGetWin. It's geared around doing more of the kind of excellent work you want to do, becoming more internally focused with your emotions, having a more enjoyable life, building great habits, and producing a lot of value in the process. There's five spots, so check it out now.

Second, we have this wonderful tour-de-force interview: it starts by covering how Tynan made the shift from unfocused to focused, how to derive internal enjoyment from things, useful actionable exercises you can do right now, Tynan's method and mindset for producing creative work consistently, how to set up great habits and an excellent mental and physical work environment, and how to make blogging work and similar endeavors work for you. 

Total Focus; Total Enjoyment by Tynan, as told to Sebastian Marshall

When I turned 30 and I had a minor freak out… I thought, "I'll be 40 in not long, and then 50… there's things I want to do in my life, and they're not happening at this pace."

Before that, I had a general idea of things I wanted to do and have in my life, but I went about in an unstructured way. It was good in a lot of ways. It made be a broad process, but not much depth.

Write Right, Right?

On Mike Dariano

As I was making my reading list, going back over most of the things I've read the last few years I noticed how I wanted to re-read some of the really good books on that list. As I write this, Getting to Yes is spread open under my laptop cord and I'm trying to transcribe how hostile Persian negotiations can relate to getting my kids to wear the right clothes in the winter and pick up the dolls in their bedrooms. Both are diplomatic tightropes.

Among the great books on my list is Roy Peter Clark's Writing Tools: 50 Essential Strategies for Every Writer. I've read this book cover to cover and in bits and pieces many times, but not recently. The book reminds me of my multimeter, not only because they are both green, but because they are tools I forget how to use. Just recently I was installing a new bedroom light and forgot how to measure an AC current. It's a basic mistake that I made because of infrequent use. It's the same with Writing Tools.

How to fix this then, use the tools. Each week for the next fifty weeks, I'll be sharing what the tool is, how I can use it and examples of its use. This will provide a nice refresher course on some tools for me, it will be a regular blog feature for you to read, and it will help us both appreciate good writing. (See that's The Language of Three, Tool #20).

Next week, Tool #1: Begin Sentences with Subjects and Verbs

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