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The old crocodile was floating at the river’s edge when a younger crocodile swam up next to him,

“I’ve heard from many that you’re the fiercest hunter in all of the river bottoms. Please, teach me your ways.”

Awoken from a nice long afternoon nap, the old crocodile glanced at the young crocodile with one of his reptilian eyes, said nothing and then fell back asleep atop the water.

Feeling frustrated and disrespected, the young crocodile swam off upriver to chase after some catfish, leaving behind a flurry of bubbles. “I’ll show him”, he thought to himself.

Later that day…


Originally published on JOTFORM.COM

If you want to be successful, many experts and life-hackers say you should:

  • Wake up at 6 am
  • Take a cold shower
  • Exercise
  • Meditate
  • Journal and brainstorm
  • Review and set goals
  • Read news and industry sites
  • Consume inspiring content
  • Eat a protein-rich breakfast

Whew. That’s a lot to accomplish before 8 am.

I’m not sure when the dogma of morning routines began to spread, but suddenly, these mile-long checklists are everywhere — especially in the startup world.

Routines can be great, but I think there’s a misplaced emphasis on morning.

Everyone has different peak hours. If you want to enhance…


Originally published on JOTFORM.COM

The race to get the world’s first plane in the sky was a hard fought battle between The Wright Brothers and a lesser-known gentleman by the name of Samuel Pierpont Langley.

You will discover why you’ve never heard of the latter here shortly.

As you probably read somewhere inside that history textbook you were forced to lug around through elementary — The Wright Brothers were responsible for creating the first successful airplane. You remember how the story goes

“… it was a cold windy day on December 17th, 1903 in the Kill Devil Hills of North Carolina… Orville watched nervously…


Originally published on JOTFORM.COM

Cozy.

That’s how I felt.

Tucked beneath what may have been the world’s softest blanket.

I took a deep breath and rolled onto my side. It was a familiar moment — the moment when my 6 a.m. alarm clock sounded, after a night of tossing and turning.

The moment when my daily responsibilities had yet to beckon me. The moment when the clouds of my imagination felt more real than writing lines of code.

In a few minutes, I would answer the same question I had faced every weekday for the past year:

Should I stay in bed or should…


But you can still crush that to-do list.

Originally published on JOTFORM.COM

I’m not highly motivated.

I don’t have amazing willpower or self-control.

I don’t get up at 6 am to read, meditate, drink a green smoothie, and run 10K.

That’s because I don’t believe in motivation.

Instead, I’ve built systems and habits that remove my internal drive from the equation. So, whether or not I feel “motivated,” I can still be productive.

I realize that systems and habits are not a glamorous topic, but honestly, they work.

They’ve fuelled every step of my entrepreneurial journey over the last 12 years — from the early days, when JotForm was just a simple…


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There’s a painting that resides in Moscow at the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts. Oil on burlap, the scene shows workers on a vineyard in Arles, France, the river running alongside reflecting the evening sun.

The original buyer paid 400 Belgian francs in 1890, about $2000 in today’s currency. Painted in a single day on November 5, 1888, it is the only painting Vincent van Gogh sold in his lifetime. He bartered other work for food or art supplies and spent most of his life impoverished.

In “The Red Vineyard,” van Gogh created a masterpiece. Sadly, he died before he…


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As the summer sun blazed overhead, a family of ants were busy hauling corn to their nest. The weather was mild enough now, but they knew that the long, desolate winter would be here soon.

Nearby, a grasshopper lounged in the shade, idly plucking at his fiddle while he watched the ants toil. Their work looked tedious and difficult, and he clucked disapprovingly.

“Why are you working so hard?” he called out to the ants. “Come relax with me instead!”

“We’re storing up food for the winter,” an ant replied, his voice strained under his heavy load of corn. …


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When I was a teenager, my father would unfailingly surprise me with a Kodak disposable camera on special occasions. Jittery with anticipation, I would rip open the cardboard box and stick the camera in my pocket, ready at the drop of a hat to immortalize the day’s events on film. Once the film was finished, I would run to the store where I would carefully fill out the details on the paper envelope before dropping my entire camera into its contents. …


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In Greek mythology, Narcissus the hunter fell in love with his own reflection. Realizing his love could never materialize, he met the tragic end of taking his own life. The myth and the namesake psychological disorder, narcissism, tell the risk of becoming too fixated on oneself. These days, it seems like we’re all grappling with the modern-day version of narcissism: staring at ourselves for hours a day on videoconference calls. It’s hard to avoid and according to experts, it’s more stressful than we think.

“In the real world, if somebody was following you around with a mirror constantly — so…


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Do you value stability in your workplace? Do you expect to settle into a comfortable routine, and climb the ranks of seniority on a predictable upward trajectory? If so, you should not work at Netflix.

Netflix’s company values are laid bare for all to see thanks to its famous culture deck, which explains in no uncertain terms that the company demands the best from its employees.

“Succeeding on a dream team is about being effective, not about working hard,” it says. “Sustained ‘B’ performance, despite an ‘A’ for effort, gets a respectful severance package. …

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