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Posts by: Caleb Wojcik

Co-Founder of Fizzle.co. Making online biz education more honest, more affordable, and less douchey. I also write and podcast at CalebWojcik.com.

Unlike how most people get started writing and creating online, which is typically very lonely, Pixar thrives on collaboration. Employees there aren’t afraid of criticism, but rather embrace it, for it makes them and what they create better. Entire scenes they may have worked tireless nights on can get cut if they don’t build on the story being told.

Figuring out what you should be spending your time on is a lot of work. Then there is the whole "doing the work" part. The distinction between these two modes, dubbed CEO and Worker Bee by our very own Chase Reeves, is an important mental barrier to create, especially for a solo bootstrapping founder.

Have you been to a conference before where there are more people wearing a kilt and a Darth Vader helmet while riding a unicycle playing a bagpipe that shoots flames out the back than people wearing a suit and tie?

Now that we’re coming to the end of the year everyone is doing their annual planning and review (us included). The biggest problem I’ve had doing these in the past is that I overcommit myself to what can actually be accomplished.

Everything changes when we stop thinking about how to get ahead or skip steps, and focus instead on building consistent, repetitive creative habits. Business builders early on in their career often think looking for shortcuts or figuring out the mistakes to avoid is the best way to be successful faster.