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<div class="blogparent">from the book “<a href="/n">Hell Yeah or No</a>”:</div>
<h1>Disconnect</h1>
<small>2016-07-27</small>
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	All the best, happiest, and most creatively productive times in my life have something in common: being disconnected.
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	No internet.
	No TV.
	No phone.
	No people.
	Long uninterrupted solitude.
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	When I was twenty-two, I quit my job and spent five months alone in a house on a remote part of the Oregon coast.
	Practicing, writing, recording, exercising, and learning.
	No internet.
	No TV.
	No phone.
	No people.
	I drove into the city only once a month to see friends and family.
	The rest of the time, I was completely disconnected.
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	In those five months, I wrote and recorded over <a href="/music">fifty songs</a>, made huge improvements in my musicianship, read twenty books, and got into the best physical shape of my life.
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	When I was twenty-seven, I moved to the <a href="http://www.jpfolks.com/ECRoadTrip00/ECpages/cdbaby.html">woods of Woodstock</a> and did that again.
	Months and months of lovely solitude.
	That’s how I started CD Baby.
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	It’s not that I hate people.
	The other best times in my life were with people.
	But it’s interesting how many highlights were just sitting in a room in that wonderful creative flow, free from the chatter of the world.
	No updates.
	No news.
	No pings.
	No chats.
	No surfing.
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	Silence is a great canvas for your thoughts.
	That vacuum helps turn all of your inputs into output.
	That lack of interruption helps you <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flow_%28psychology%29">flow</a>.
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	Every business wants to get you addicted to their infinite updates, pings, chats, messages, and news.
	But if what you want out of life is to <strong>create</strong>, then those are your obstacles.
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	People often ask me what they can do to be more successful.
	I say disconnect.
	Even if just for a few hours.
	Unplug.
	Turn off your phone and Wi-Fi.
	Focus.
	Write.
	Practice.
	Create.
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	That’s what’s rare and valuable these days.
</strong>
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	You get no competitive edge from consuming the same stuff everyone else is consuming.
	It’s rare, now, to focus.
	And it gives such better rewards.
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