Adam Brault

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I surprised some people when I said I was taking November off Twitter.

I’ve been using Twitter since July 2006 (user #1568!) with almost completely unbroken usage since late 2007, so that reaction is understandable—most especially from those in my life who consider me addicted to my iPhone …

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You have to have an idea of what you are going to do, but it should be a vague idea.

— Pablo Picasso

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God grant me the grace to solve at least as many problems as I create.

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Command-and-control management kills innovation by inserting artificial matter.

Now solving the problem isn’t what matters. Instead what matters is pleasing the tiny wooden idol of some jerk’s ego.

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People deeply desire permission. Don’t ask. Give it to yourself. Even better: give it to others. Manufacture it and distribute it.

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_I gave the following short talk at Funconf this year. _

Thank you very much to Paul and Eamo for being such incredible hosts and creating one of the most memorable experiences of my life. Much love to the friends—old and new—who I got to share that experience …

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My RealtimeConf closing talk on fear, encouragement, and intentionally tiny leaders. (Slides)

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You might put your love and trust on the line
It’s risky, people love to tear that down
Let ‘em try
Do it anyway
Risk it anyway

And if you’re paralyzed by a voice in your head
It’s the standing still that should be scaring you instead …

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A few weeks after starting &yet, I started a ritual that I carried on for most of the first year I was freelancing. I began every single day by writing on my whiteboard those four simple words in all-caps.

It all started because one day was particularly discouraging and I …

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The only certain product from a decision is an outcome.

There are two optional products: second-guesses and education.

The more time spent second-guessing the decision, the less can be learned from it.

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I feel intense gratitude at this moment—awake in silence with only the whispers of restful sleep coming from the ones I love more than life.

Surely no one deserves or should expect the kind of lavish good fortune I have had in my life, least of all me.

The …

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  1. Making new things with other people.
  2. Helping other people make new things.

I’ll learn, read, write, bribe, beg, plead, and borrow anything I can to do both.

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Encouragement is the only force that can change the world with words in the only way that matters: one person at a time.

They say, “energy cannot be created or destroyed.” Encouragement gives physics the finger.

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You’re actually just a rational person if the news of Google purchasing Sparrow made you feel ill.

Sure, I agree with Matt Gemmell that none of the reasons he actually sites are fair cause for complaint about Sparrow’s acquisition, but I won’t let someone dismissing stupid complaints …

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Petritoli

Four of us sat on the floor in the one room of the castle with reliable Internet access, our “wireless” network mocked by 16-inch 13th century stone walls.

Our &yet team had rented Petritoli’s sprawling village castle for a month, working and living there together with our families, staying …

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Joy

There is joy in doing small things, few things, right things.

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A year ago, thanks to a rental car, a narrow alley, and serendipity, I got some great life wisdom from an Italian man:

To go back is worse.”

There are moments we wish never happened and moments to which we wish we could return, but regret and nostalgia can be …

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Ten years ago, I answered the phone to hear my wife in hysterics.

Kristi was driving back from a weekend camp with a group of kids and I was already at home, having needed to leave earlier. She sobbed so intensely I could not understand what she was saying. I …

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If we take man as he is, we make him worse. But if we take him as he should be, we make him capable of becoming what he can be.

— Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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I believe arguments are generally a good thing, but Twitter is the worst possible place for them.

The Internet is full of negativity. It’s unforgiving, unforgetting, and loves drama. It seems every week or so find myself or someone else saying, “Oh, man. Did you see the dust-up last …

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It’s completely human to feel that everyone else’s job is easier than our own.

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Argue as if you’re right.
Listen as if you’re wrong.

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There’s a stark difference asking that question about the past vs. the future—a drink of despair vs. a drink of possibility.

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Real tears over a real friend last night. And this morning.

We’ve had to say goodbye to someone on our team five times in the past year. Five.

At this point in 2011, we’d never had anyone leave our team. But I recently started using TwitShift to follow …

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First, create space.

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