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I Have Feathers! Therefore I Can Fly!

Here’s a tricky thing with statistics that constantly throws us off: correlation does not imply causation. I forget this all the time. Here are the basics: Birds have feathers. Birds fly. Therefore, I must have feathers in order to fly. As a statement of logic, this works marvelously. It is perfectly consistent and Gary Klein […]

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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 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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The Best Book for Decision-Making

Rating: 10/10 Best Line: Most of the time when we have to make difficult choices, we do not fully understand what we want to accomplish. Most Important Line: It is impossible to free ourselves from inconsistency, belief perseverance, and memory compartmentalization. Actually, there is one way to ensure that people find inconsistencies and discover connections: by […]

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Break The Misoneist Bubble

Misoneist? What’s that? Never heard of it. I don’t like it. That’s exactly what a misoneist would say. A misoneist is someone who hates anything new. We all have a bit of this in us but it’s more prevalent among those who have less exposure to things. More exposure to more things leads to more […]

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The Mark of A Great Beginner

Great beginners create a detailed plan at the start. The plan can be in their mind or on a page but one thing is clear: they don’t trust their limited experience. They use the plan to simulate what they can expect knowing that they have no clue what to expect. There’s humility in this and […]

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