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Jason Lengstorf
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I'm very guilty of saying, "I'll be happy when..."

But over the years, none of the goals I've achieved have made me happy: not starting my own business, not having sex — not even the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

Here's how I learned to find happiness despite all that.

Read the post ==> http://lengstorf.com/finding-happiness/
"I'll be happy once I solve this problem." But with the solution comes new problems. Can we ever be happy? Or do we only pursue happiness and never feel it?
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Great post +Jason Lengstorf . Really enjoyed reading it and an awesome message to take away. Thanks for sharing. 
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It’s easy to decline an invitation because we’re too busy, or because new adventures can feel uncomfortable. But what are we missing out on by staying home?
It's easy to decline an invitation because we're too busy, or because new adventures can feel uncomfortable. But what are we missing out on by staying home?
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When I wake up every day, I tell myself a story: "I'm a person who has done X and Y, and because of that I'll do Z today."

Our lives become the stories we tell ourselves, and those become the guidelines for how we live.

(And how we live today becomes part of the story we tell ourselves tomorrow.)

Are you telling good stories?

Read the post here ==> http://lengstorf.com/stories/
Everything we've ever done ultimately becomes a story. How can we make sure the stories we tell ourselves — and others — are good?
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I definitely lean toward workaholism, which causes me to feel guilty when I spend time on something that's not work-related.

Here's how I've adjusted my priorities to allow time for my other interests.

Read the post here ==> http://lengstorf.com/do-it-every-day/
I feel guilty spending time on the things I enjoy that aren't "mission critical". To address this, I turn the things I WANT to do into the things I MUST do.
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At +Copter Labs I use the term “set yourself on fire” frequently. To me, it means a sink-or-swim moment: you’ll either find a way to put this fire out, or you’re toast.

It removes the option to fail just a little bit. You now either make this work, or you go down hard.

For me, and for most people I know, this is both horribly frightening and incredibly motivating.
When asked if you can do something you don't know how to do, you can say no, or you can set yourself on fire, say yes, and then figure it out.
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[NEW BLOG] How I Get More Done by Working Less

On Thursday I went a full day where I left my phone and computer at home. Would you believe me if I told you I was more productive than usual this week?

http://lengstorf.com/better-productivity-work-less/
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On an average day, I have roughly forty billion tasks to accomplish for work.

Despite that, I force myself to make time for things that really matter to me: the gym, my friends, time to be alone and quiet.

But at some point, there's no more time to make — it's just not possible.

I had to come up with a different solution if I was going to fit in some of the "less critical" things I like.

Read the post ==> http://lengstorf.com/find-time/
I make time every day for things that matter to me, but eventually there's no room left to "make time" — how do I find time for the rest of what matters?
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I used to think that TV, cookies, and tying shoes all happened by magic.

Some time in my late twenties, I learned that wasn't true.

What's the big deal? Is there anything wrong about a world without magic?

Read the post ==> http://lengstorf.com/magic/
As kids, we see a lot of the world around us as magical. Then, as we get older, the magic gives way to understanding. But is losing the magic a good thing?
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One of the most interesting transformations in human culture is the move from childhood into adulthood.

What's the difference between the people who appear to have it all together and those who just can't seem to get it together?

It seems that these days, growing up is somewhat optional.

Are we screwed as a species?

Read the post ==> http://lengstorf.com/growing-up-vs-growing-older/
Around the world and throughout history, there are rites of passage that propel children into adulthood. Our culture doesn't have one. Are we doomed?
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I have a best friend.

It feels awkward to say that out loud, and it really shouldn't. Why are men ashamed of male friendship?
I have a best friend. It feels awkward to say that out loud, and it really shouldn't. Why are men ashamed to have close relationships with other men?
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As a kid I was so scared of horror films I’d get scared just thinking about them. As I got older I learned to see how the movie ends to take away its power.

Are you letting something become a monster in your head?

Read the post here ==> http://lengstorf.com/name-your-fear/
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Designers and developers, I need your feedback so we can — once and for all — fix the handoff process between creative and code.

Designers, hit me up here: https://twitter.com/jlengstorf/status/474264477806759936

Developers, here: https://twitter.com/jlengstorf/status/474264217709596672

I'd really appreciate your feedback; your suggestions will help me write some educational materials to (hopefully) ease the pain between the design phase and coding.
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  • Copter Labs
    Developer, 2011 - present
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Failed musician. Frequent traveler. Mediocre bartender.
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Jason Lengstorf spends the majority of his time solving hard problems at Copter Labs. He’s an author, a speaker, and an expert in online marketing, development, and design. He lives in Portland, OR.
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Author of 3 books, founder of web development and marketing agency Copter Labs, on the advisory board for Future Insights, griller of a mean cheese.
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Missoula, MT - Denver, CO - Whitefish, MT
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Best Friends: In Defense of Male Friendship
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