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Hello my friends,

There's no question — we're all busy. For most of us, there aren't enough hours in the day to get through our to-do list.

But being busy doesn't always translate to being productive. And it certainly doesn't guarantee meaningful progress. I came across an article by James Clear where he talks about this difference. He writes:

"When you're in motion, you're planning and strategizing and learning. Those are all good things, but they don't produce a result. Action, on the other hand, is the type of behavior that will deliver an outcome.

Here are some examples he gives to show the difference:

  • If I outline 20 ideas for articles I want to write, that's motion. If I actually write and publish an article, that's action.

  • If I email 10 new leads for my business and start conversations with them, that's motion. If they actually buy something and turn into a customer, that's action.

  • If I go to the gym and ask about getting a personal trainer, that's motion. If I actually step under the bar and start squatting, that's action.


There's a time and a place for motion, but to see results, prioritize action.

Until next time,

Matt Downey
@buildyourbridge

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Back in the late 1970s, Dieter Rams was becoming increasingly concerned by the state of the world around him: "An impenetrable confusion of forms, colors and noises." Aware that he was a significant contributor to that world, he asked himself an important question: is my design good design? His answer is expressed in his ten principles for good design.

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PO-80 Record Factory

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Maybe Meta wasn't ready for the metaverse after all

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What robotics experts think of Tesla's Optimus robot

Roboticists from industry and academia share their perspectives on Tesla’s new humanoid.

Against 3x speed

"Mike is a human, not a computer. He needs time to synthesize what he reads and transfer knowledge from short-term to long-term memory. He should think more strategically about what he wants to learn and why."

Keep it going

An interesting article about mindset and how to find investments with sustainable returns over a long period of time.

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Friday Finds #31

Build Your Bridge helps you take the guesswork out of growing your creative business. Friday Finds is written and curated by Matt Downey  — a creative founder at the convergence of design, software, and entrepreneurship.

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