Peter Koehler

We Gather Strength as We Go


Every runner knows the feeling of finding her second wind.

It's a magic sort of strength that allows her to run better, with less effort, than before.

But the second wind doesn't appear of its own accord. The runner must earn it.

For before the runner earns her second wind, every part of her is telling her to . . .

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September 25, 2016

Your Political Donation is Zero Sum

How to think about maximizing impact when donating politically

It's election season, which means there's a good chance you've been asked for money. Or maybe you've been invited to a fundraiser or a phone bank.

Perhaps you've even given money to a candidate or a cause while attending a fundraiser, or after receiving an email with an irresistible pitch.

During this season, I think it's important . . .

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September 22, 2016

The Efficiency Paradox

Those who rush about to save time are bound to waste the time they save. 

Think of the man in traffic, sprinting ahead, causing himself angst, and others stress, only to save a minute here or a minute there. He is so unfocused. He is not at peace. He is not present. 

While saving time may be desirable on its surface, . . .

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August 17, 2016

The Adjacent Possible

and the exploration of unmapped territory

This is the fourth and final part of a series on learning. I encourage you to also read the intropart 1part 2, and part 3.

Isaac was daydreaming beneath the apple tree when one of the ripe, plump red apples dislodged itself from its branch and fell, smacking him right on the head.

As if struck by divine intervention, . . .

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August 13, 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

The Final Draft Fallacy

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


Photo by Chang W. Lee / New York Times

 We never read the first drafts of books. If we did we would know they're terrible.

We never see the gold medalist when he struggles through his first practice. . . .

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August 10, 2016

Shoshin (初心)

Approaching Life with a Beginner's Mind

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