How we frame failure paves our road to success

In this issue: Dunning-Kruger Effect, why my process videos are messy, relationships, and the value of daily reps.


The mental model that stops me from having an opinion about everything:

Dunning-Kruger Effect--
The less you know, the less you question.
The more you know, the more you question everything.

I’m fascinated by self-deception and our lack of awareness of how we think and make decisions. And the Dunning-Kruger Effect is a self-deception we all can fall prey to…because well, you don’t know what you don’t know.

One of my goals this year is to reread (and take notes this time!) the book, “Thinking Fast and Thinking Slow” by Daniel Kahneman, because it’s mentioned in practically every book on psychology and sociology ever written since it’s inception. Watch this space for more visuals on cognitive biases 👀


In the last couple weeks I’ve posted a few more process timelapse videos on how I make my visuals.

You might observe my process is messy…and that’s because there’s no better cure for a perfectionist than to let chaos reign! I gave myself permission to be messy 2 years ago when I started making visuals.

I wanted to allow myself to work out ideas through the act of making the thing, not thinking about making the thing.

One thing you’ll notice in my videos is I write as I draw. This is important when creating visual metaphors since the labels are a critical part of the meaning.

Which brings up the piece of advice I’d like to leave you today when you’re working through a problem. Write ALL ideas down. Especially the bad ones.

Bad ideas are like pinballs that bounce around in your head till you get it out. Often it’s not till you take the bad ideas out of your head that there’s enough space for the good ideas to rise to the surface!

Cohort 3 of Thinking in Visual Metaphors is live! And it’s the biggest cohort I’ve hosted yet but still keeping it nice and cozy! 🙌

My favorite comment from the cohort so far:
“It is possible to get started and get going without advanced drawing skills.”

If you’re curious to learn how to make visual metaphors, you can sign up for the waitlist for the next cohort here.  


The tighter you squeeze, the less you have.
-Zen Saying


Growth in a skill is so slow it's invisible, but if you keep it up, it's inevitable.

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