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Peter Koehler

6 everyday things that bring me joy

1. Two Twin Comforters instead of one Queen/King (for couples)
This has been a game changer for my sleep. As someone who is sensitive to temperature and movement, having my own twin comforter instead of sharing a big one has made a noticeable difference. As a side sleeper, it’s also nice to have my own blanket I can pull and put between my . . .

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October 06, 2017

Mistakes people make when applying for jobs

I've searched for jobs. I've been hired. I've hired people. I've read more resumes and cover letters than I can remember. I've sat through interviews. I've seen people I love go through the job hunt.

Over and over again, I've noticed lots of people make these mistakes:

1. They focus too much on why a job is good for them, and not enough on . . .

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August 22, 2017

How to Master the Art of the Aggressive Follow Up In Five Simple Steps

My first job out of school was on a political campaign. 

I always recommend campaigns to soon-to-be graduates because you quickly learn a bunch of general skills which are valuable and relevant across sectors. So even if you don't end up in politics, you will acquire skills which you can put to . . .

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December 04, 2016

Three Strategies for Better Learning

This is Part 3 of a four part series on learning. Be sure to also check out the intropart 1, and part 2.


At the end of Part 2: The Final Draft Fallacy, I shared the following formula:

High Impact Learning = Growth Mindset + Strategy + Discipline

Parts 1 and 2 were about the growth mindset part of this equation.

This post is . . .

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August 12, 2016

Shoshin (初心)

Approaching Life with a Beginner's Mind

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Have you ever heard someone say one of the following phrases? Have you ever said them? 

"That's the way we do things around here."

"That's the industry standard."

"We can't do it that way."

"That's just the best way to do it."

Almost all of us hear these phrases or ones like them. Not infrequently, but daily.

The more we hear them, . . .

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August 09, 2016

The Jam Strategy

Before she died, my Nana wrote a memoir.

A true love labor, she spent months crafting her stories, working with a local writer to hone the tone of each memory. It was a work for end of life. For reflection. And for sharing of wisdom.

When she finished, she wanted it printed. A small run for friends and family.

She asked her daughter-in-law, . . .

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July 24, 2016

Hacking the Weekend

It's Friday afternoon and I am working remotely in Oregon's high desert.

Standing Desk Life Wherever I goStanding Desk Life Wherever I Go 

I woke up early this morning and hit the road for the three hour drive.

By 10:00 AM I was plugged in at my quiet and peaceful "desk" with a beautiful view.

In an hour or so when I wrap up, I won't be rushing out the . . .

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July 01, 2016

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