(Today is a guest post from Kari Denker!)  Some people think I'm amazing. I'm not. Some think I've totally got things together because I do "so many things". I don't. Some think I'm successful and brave. But really I have so far to go, and I'm constantly teetering on the edge of scared to death. But the question I hear the most is: How do you do everything? I've found that when I'm asked that by people, it's really more of a shake their head and smile and walk away kind of question, not a real "I truly want to learn" kind of question. So my usual answer (which is VERY true) is:  "I don't do everything." I can guarantee you that you are better at staying on top of a bunch more stuff than I am. I let things slide. I get discouraged, overwhelmed and tired. My desk is a mess. I have a million ideas on a thousand scraps of paper. And I waste time like it's an unlimited resource if I'm not very careful. But on those days where I do have success, and for those people who truly want to know how to improve and see "how to do it all" (again, it's a lie, NO ONE does it all), I can tell you the things that work for me, learned over 30 years of doing nothing too spectacular and a couple of years hustling.

Recently, I walked on stage to speak to about 700 people. I sat in the front row, watching the other speakers first so that I could get a feel of the room. As I stood to climb the stairs at the front of the stage, the crowd started roaring in laughter. I immediately thought, "That's weird, they're already laughing. They must really love me! This crowd is already laughing and I haven't even said a single thing yet. Wait until they hear what I have to say." As I turned around to face them, people on the front row were yelling and pointing at me. Turns out the crowd wasn't laughing because they've heard I'm funny. They were laughing because I had this sign on my back:

According the the Internets, a guy named Stephen C. Hogan is the first person who said this. A talented artist named Noel Shiveley designed this image. And the truth is, it's dead on. Most people will pay that first part. Dreaming is easy. Hustle, the art of doing, is...

Blogs Someone asked me recently if I was doing a good job “kicking over the pedestal.” What he meant was that with social media it’s really easy to put ourselves on pedestals. We only show the things that make us look smart, talented or cool. We edit our lives until we’re playing characters, not actually being ourselves. I struggle with that, I really want you to think I’ve got it together sometimes. And by “sometimes” I mean “the times when I am awake.” So I thought it might be good to do a little pedestal kicking. Here’s my confession today: I don’t read blogs. That’s a pretty weak confession on the face of it, even though I'm a blogger and should probably be reading blogs, but let me tell you why that confession is so whack. (My second confession is that I couldn't figure out how to turn that stupid shadow effect off the words in the image I posted.)

Boss A few days ago, my wife Jenny and I had a conversation. It went like this: Jenny: “Why are you taking so many Advil?” Me: “Because my neck hurts. I’m stressed because I have a lot of work to do.” Jenny: “Then you have a horrible boss. And it’s you.” Ugh. She was right. I’ve learned something surprising recently. The worst boss I’ve ever had is me. That guy is a huge jerk.

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