Peter Koehler

On Sharing and Hoarding Ideas

Ideas are for sharing. Ideas are for stealing. Ideas are not for hoarding.

Ideas in your mind are like little infants - they are underdeveloped and have a lot of potential.

Most of the time great ideas don't come from one mind in solitude, but by interaction with other ideas, feedback, and one's environment.

If you have a business . . .

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May 18, 2015

27 Learnings

For my 27th Birthday

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This week I turned 27. To mark the occasion, I would like to share 27 learnings I have gleaned from the time I have spent as a living human.

The list includes a mix of higher level reflections and a few more practical items.

These learnings are not meant to be taken as advice, since everyone is different and what works for me may not work . . .

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May 14, 2015

Recondition Your Automatic Responses

In order to save mental and emotional energy, we all have automatic responses that we rely on throughout the day.

A good example is when we walk past someone on the street and they ask us for money, most of us automatically say "sorry" without thinking about it.

It would be too taxing, mentally and emotionally, to evaluate each . . .

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May 11, 2015

Principles of Braising

Braised meat used to sound fancy to me. Difficult. Above my level.

Then last summer I took a cooking class, and learned the principles of braising. Suddenly "apple braised pork shoulder" wasn't a final product, but a series of discrete, replicable steps.

  1. Sear meat on both sides with high and dry heat.
  2. Remove meat and deglaze . . .

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May 10, 2015

10 business ideas

You sent in yours. Here are mine.

Yesterday I challenged you to exercise your creative thinking muscles by listing 10 ideas for new businesses. The point of the exercise was not to come up with good business ideas, but to exercise your mind, which just like your body, gets stronger when you use it in new ways.

A couple of you took me up on the challenge.

Keeley Tillotson . . .

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May 07, 2015

Exercise your thinking muscles daily

Strategic thinking is a muscle. Creative thinking is a muscle. Critical thinking is a muscle.

Without consistent use, those muscles begin to atrophy.

Exercise your strategic thinking muscle today by playing devil's advocate with your colleague or boss to ideas which may seem obvious or "correct" on the surface.

Note: If someone . . .

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May 06, 2015

Effectiveness over Efficiency.

Using our limited time wisely.

I frequently worry that being productive is the surest way to lull ourselves into a trance of passivity and busyness the greatest distraction from living, as we coast through our lives day after day, showing up for our obligations but being absent from our selves, mistaking the doing for the being.
~Maria Popova, in a reflection on . . .

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May 05, 2015