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Month / August 2018

The Best Book On Self-Improvement

How To Fail At Almost Everything and Still Win Big By Scott Adams Rating: 10/10 Best line #1: Goals are for losers. Best line #2: My optimism is like an old cat that likes to disappear for days, but I always expect it to return. Here is one of the most important lines I’ve ever […]

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Net Positive Failure

I heard a billionaire once say that his company welcomed failure so long as it was net positive. This is a nice idea but it’s tricky. What makes a net positive failure? Seems like a solid method to escape accountability. “I know I was supposed to wash the dishes. I just didn’t get to it. […]

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The Thrill of the Chase. The Sorrow of the Catch.

When Alexander saw the breadth of his domain, he wept for there were no more worlds to conquer.  —Plutarch Of all the “good” problems to have, the best might be “post achievement depression”. It comes by way of the arrival fallacy—a term coined by the psychologist Tal Ben-Shahar from his excellent book Happier. The idea has been around […]

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Jordan Missed 9,000 Times.

Actually, he missed 12,345 times. And with a shooting percentage of 49.7%, he missed more shots than he made. This fact is used to motivate others. Failure, after all, is the path to success. Part of striving. To borrow from another sports legend, Gretzky said “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” It’s […]

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Problems That Create More Problems – The Ratchet

We really need to understand what a ratchet is and how to make them. A ratchet is also known as a flywheel from Quint Studer’s book “Hardwiring Excellence” and is a way to describe the self-perpetuating virtuous/vicious circle identified in system dynamics. These phenomena govern much of what we experience in the workplace and elsewhere.  

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The Best Book To Cure “Busy”

Essentialism by Greg McKeown Rating: 9/10 Best Line #1: “If you don’t prioritize your life, someone else will.” Best Line #2: “It takes discipline to apply tough criteria. But failing to do so carries a higher cost.” Essentialism is a book you read when you feel you need it. For me, that was in 2016. […]

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Fast, Cheap, or Good. You Can Only Pick Two.

Many people have heard me say this ad nauseam but it’s probably one of the most important rules you can consider when developing something. Fast and Cheap = McDonald’s, Burger King, Wendy’s, Carl’s/Hardees. Fast and Good = Your deluxe fast-casual burger bar. TAG in Denver or Nick’s in Portland; M.L. Rose in Nashville or Blockhouse […]

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The Subtle Art of Threading The Needle

A very talented person I used to work with conceptualized what we did by using this phrase: “threading the needle.” After years of practice, I’m convinced it is the way great collaborators find solutions to complex problems. Largely because of what it doesn’t do. Threading the needle doesn’t create a solution that fits the greatest […]

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You Are A Teacher. At the School of Rock.

Some music teachers give you an instrument and teach you to play scales. Chromatic, major, and minor scales. Play them again and again until you get them right. Then and only then can we move on to sight reading. Oh, and maybe, eventually, to actual music. Think of the stern stereotypical teacher of yore.   Other […]

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