Mark Coates

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Mark Coates

148 days ago

Seneca rocks my socks.

Quick Intro to Node.JS Microservices: Seneca.JS

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Mark Coates

234 days ago

Forget Intercom and Drift — Have a Chatbot For Your Website

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Mark Coates

305 days ago

You have limited time. Use it to realize your dreams. Or else, one day you'll realize it's gone and it's too late.

It’s so easy to waste time doing that stuff that’s of no importance, no challenge, no benefit to anyone, not even yourself.

It’s so hard to fight the resistance to do the more difficult but more important thing. Finishing that book. Writing that song. Launching that project.

OK, Milt Olin, I’ll start writing again

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Mark Coates

305 days ago

Live like a surfer—catch a wave and ride it all the way, fall into the water, get back up on the board, paddle to the next wave and do it all again.

The Unexpected Antidote to Procrastination

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Mark Coates

305 days ago

Accept your starting conditions—and the meeting of your ending criteria—will be less than perfect and come up short. Start anyway; finish now, rather than when things are perfect. They never are. Don't wait, because something inevitably comes up to keep you from your task at hand. Just embrace the chaos, the messiness, and do it now.

3 Ways To Tackle Your Procrastination Problem

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Mark Coates

305 days ago

Forget about goals. Instead, focus on a good system or the best approach to doing what you need to do. in the long run, you will be happier since you're not always focused on the next milestone nor are you seeing yourself up for failure if the future turns out different than expected—which it usually does!

Forget About Setting Goals. Focus on This Instead.

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Mark Coates

305 days ago

One thing at a time. Ditch the distractions and focus on work in a time box, then step away and take a break. Avoid answering work emails or messages while on break. Learn to implement boundaries for work and free-time that our technology eroded.

I get two to three times as much writing accomplished when I focus without interruption for a designated period of time and then take a real break, away from my desk. The best way for an organization to fuel higher productivity and more innovative thinking is to strongly encourage finite periods of absorbed focus, as well as shorter periods of real renewal.

The Magic of Doing One Thing at a Time

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Mark Coates

305 days ago

Just do it.

I realize that the three strategies I’m offering you – thinking about the consequences of failure, ignoring your feelings, and engaging in detailed planning – don’t sound as fun as advice like “Follow your passion!” or “Stay positive!” But they have the decided advantage of actually being effective – which, as it happens, is exactly what you’ll be if you use them.

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How to Make Yourself Work When You Just Don’t Want To

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Mark Coates

305 days ago

As an individual in your given field and a human being on this earth, your contribution with and for others is more important than anything. You will make mistakes and as always, you will learn from them, but you never will if you never try. So, if you’re second guessing yourself on whether or not you should be sharing everything you can possibly think of, think again.

Your writing is crucial

medium.com

Mark Coates

306 days ago

A chair needs four legs to be stable. These four pillars of the Daily Practice can help stabilize you.

A key tenet of the book is the Daily Practice, a wellness regimen that comprises the physical (eat well, try to go to sleep by 9 p.m. and rise by 5 a.m., break a sweat for at least 10 minutes a day), emotional (be around people you love, who love you), mental (write a list of 10 ideas each day to exercise the “idea muscle” before it atrophies) and spiritual (feel gratitude every day).

Why Self-Help Guru James Altucher Only Owns 15 Things

nytimes.com

Mark Coates

307 days ago

Just in case you need a spark for the inferno, here's an categorized list to keep you busy writing all year.

650 Prompts for Narrative and Personal Writing

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Mark Coates

307 days ago

Learning to let go of being good is something I'm still working on. Lately, finding out that sometimes I just plain suck has gone a long way toward my goal. Practice makes imperfect, it seems.

Writing is about letting go of our ideals, and just doing anyway, even if we can’t have perfection. If we only wanted to write amazing things, instead of sucky first drafts, we’d never write. So we have to be messy, let ourselves not be good at something, put it out anyway, and embrace the imperfection of life.

How to Write Every Day

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Mark Coates

307 days ago

A good list to make you a better writer.

How to Be a Writer: 10 Tips from Rebecca Solnit

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Mark Coates

307 days ago

Facebook’s Human-Powered Assistant May Just Supercharge AI

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Mark Coates

307 days ago

SkyNet realized?

artificial intelligence, if it is realized, might pose a danger that exceeds every previous threat from technology—even nuclear weapons—and that if its development is not managed carefully humanity risks engineering its own extinction.

The Doomsday Invention

newyorker.com

Mark Coates

307 days ago

Take a stance, take a chance, and implement what you learn. It'll make you smarter and more creative. Immerse yourself in your reading and you will become a better writer.

Create more than you consume

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Mark Coates

308 days ago

You should learn to speak and think in the language of the future.

Coding isn’t trendy or some kind of fad. It’s the language that drives much of our world today, from the wearable devices we’re now sporting, to the tools we use in the workplace, to the smart appliances in our homes.

Learn How to Code In 15 Minutes A Day

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Mark Coates

308 days ago

"Write every day," should be included in this list. Otherwise, it's spot on.

Following are the simplest tips I can give you to easily — and forever — improve the quality of your writing.

The Two Minutes It Takes To Read This Will Improve Your Writing Forever

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Mark Coates

308 days ago

Write Like You Talk

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Mark Coates

308 days ago

Augmented Reality is in the gestation phase of development, but it's on its way very soon. Everywhere.

What’s Next in Computing?

medium.com

Mark Coates

308 days ago

If the campaign estranged Kushner from the privileged world he once inhabited, the election represented a conclusive break. Some of the same Manhattan liberals who ostracized him during the campaign were rattled afterward, and they sent him emails, trying to offer healing words of congratulations and conciliation. These went right in the trash. Kushner is in no mood to offer comfort — not to this town. He’s going to Washington.

Jared Kushner’s Rise to Unimaginable Power

nymag.com

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