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Panels can be insanely wasteful experiences. I spend about a thousand bucks to get a conference ticket, plane flight and hotel to show up in a room where there’s 4 people on stage sitting at a cheap table giving me what is, essentially, an NFL half time report.

You are a human. We think that’s your greatest business asset. Through your humanity you experience and intuit and empathize and create. That’s business, baby. Our humanity is a danger as well. We slip into vanity, insecurity, fear, isolation.

As I write this I’m literally in the bathroom at my hotel in Las Vegas enjoying a quiet moment before another night out with friends and conference goers. I’ll let you guess at the chair I’ve engaged.

Today we're starting a free 30-day challenge and we want you to join. Last month we asked you to vote on which 30-day challenge we should create to kick off the new year. Your top two choices were the "blog breakthrough" and the "just ship it" challenge ideas.

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.

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