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Big Projects and First Steps

Tue, 27 Aug 2013 16:25:00 +0000

I’m unhappy when I’m not doing something challenging.  I get restless, and checking things off my task list just isn’t enough. So I can’t help myself–I’ll take on something big, even if it’s “out of scope” from regular work.  But time and again, the value I get from that effort is so much greater than [...]

Aim for progress, not perfection.

Mon, 14 Jan 2013 14:45:00 +0000

In the past week, two of the smartest people I know have taken issue with features or projects I’m working on. They were engineers, and their arguments were logical and comprehensive, but fundamentally misguided. Their arguments were of the "this won’t cure cancer" variety: they explained that my proposed solution would not be definitive, just [...]

Best advice in 2012: “Let go of the results”

Mon, 07 Jan 2013 14:45:00 +0000

The most useful advice for me in 2012 came from Wayne Willis*: “Let go of the results.”  In other words, put your best foot forward, but accept that you can’t control the outcome. In 2012, I did give my best.  What was challenging, even more than the fight forward, was staying sane enough to let [...]

Making sense of a year.

Mon, 31 Dec 2012 14:45:00 +0000

On Dec 31, looking back, things may not seem picture perfect.  And there’s a tendency to question whether there was progress.  But there was, there always is. 2012 was a little bumpy, but I traveled far in the right direction.  When it was tough, I still went through the motions and pushed forward. Looking Past [...]


Wed, 26 Dec 2012 17:30:00 +0000

Have a safe holidays!  I have trouble with that thought.  Of the adjectives that could describe the things I’m proud of, "safety" couldn’t be further from them. The safe path is never to take chances, and my only regrets are from chances I didn’t take. Don’t get me wrong, taking dangerous risks is not a [...]

How to Use BlackBerry’s Best Email Features on an iPhone or Android

Fri, 06 Jul 2012 11:00:21 +0000

RIM gets a bad rap.  It set out to create the best email experience for mobile, and it did that.  Unfortunately for them, smartphones now do a lot more than email. Still, it’s worth pausing to look into what BlackBerry brought to mobile email, and to point out how iPhone and Android users can replicate [...]

I am. Once upon a time. I’m not.

Tue, 07 Feb 2012 08:16:58 +0000

It’s important to know who you are. What’s changed. Who you’ll never be. Do you need others? Can you predict your future? The following is an exercise of letting it out. Join me. I am I am curious.  I ask a lot of questions.  I don’t hold back when I have to something to say. [...]

Timezones: the secret sauce to 8 productive weeks in Buenos Aires

Wed, 14 Dec 2011 15:38:43 +0000

Scheduling conflicts and jetlag are what usually come to mind when people speak of timezones.  But they can play a crucial role in productivity, too. Like an offensive line that makes room for the star player to act, the right timezone frees you to make the play. This past week I worked out of Paris [...]

My Mixergy Interview: 11 Tips to “Get Out From Under The Minutia Of Business”

Wed, 23 Nov 2011 19:40:59 +0000

It’s all about the preparation. Andrew Warner (pictured right) knows this—that’s why his entrepreneur interviews on Mixergy are so popular. I was lucky enough to be interviewed last week by Andrew, where we dug into some practical lessons-learned and shared stories and tips.  The video is embedded below.  So grab some holiday tofurkey and get [...]

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You shouldn’t have to be proven wrong, over and over, to reconsider your intuition

Thu, 29 Sep 2011 17:42:18 +0000

Few things are as core to my identity as writing.  Yet lately I’ve been proven wrong, over and over, about my writing intuition. I see now that with so many things, practice isn’t enough.  Don’t repeat my mistakes, which began 2 months ago. Two months ago, I hired a writer (hi, Brian!).  We spoke the [...]