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A hole in the boat

A hole in the boat wants to widen. It wants room to let more in. The wood weakens and bends and snaps from the weight of the pressure. So we help the hole widen. We eat one more dessert or watch one more episode of some new tv series. The hole knows we’re weak and

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Unconscious motivation

If I was raising a child, one of the things I would try to impart would be the need to find perseverance and purpose. To find meaning, a reason to continue, a reason to live. It is not easy to find, so it’s important to get good at looking. I would teach my child that

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Just in time money

Money is great entry way to freedom, but we rarely use it correctly. We justify our consumer good spending, or foolishly create budgets, which just encourage more spending. What we should focus on is creating just in time money. I do not mean, money just in time. This would mean money becomes available at the

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Don’t bother trying to fix someone’s weakness

One of the best bits of knowledge I received from my father on managing people was the understanding that a key part of management is helping people grow their strengths. This seems obvious, but what you usually end up doing is struggling to fix someone’s weakness. You see them continually making the same mistake or

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The future of happiness

I sometimes wonder what the future of happiness will look like. Happiness as a collective whole. What would it mean if more of us were happy? What would it mean if fewer people were unhappy? What will make people happy in the future? If we had a happiness currency, something we can easily point to,

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Miscalculations

We all want to accomplish things, but fear of failure can stop us in our tracks. We incorrectly envision the road ahead and predict where things could fail. Part of it is preservation. We don’t want to harm ourselves or put ourselves in compromising situations we can’t fix. But more often than not, it’s just

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Point Reyes

Took an amazing hiking trip to Point Reyes today. We first stopped at the Bear Valley Visitor Center, grabbed a map, and got on our way… We took the Bear Valley Trail to the Meadow Trail to the Sky Trail then finally to the Woodward Valley Trail to our final destination… The Sculptured Beach. The

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Tracking Progress Helps You Focus

When I was at the gym today I felt completely lost. I felt like I was wandering around, not picking up the right weight, and just over thinking too much. It was probably the weakest I have been in a long time. I couldn’t figure out why, until I realized the one thing that I

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Gatekeepers no longer exist

Gatekeepers no longer exist, but their idea still persists. We see them in shows like American Idol, the workplace, and even friends and family. This idea that you need to take a set of steps in order to please the gatekeepers to let you move forward. It is still within people to believe that you

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Follow up FAST

One of the easiest hacks I learned for impressing customers, partners, and people in general is to follow up with them as fast as humanly possible. The moment you receive their ping, ping them back. This does not mean completing the action that they may require of you. It simply means acknowledging them and their

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Price based purchasing decisions

For my twelfth birthday my father took me to Abt to buy me my very first boombox, something I had been wanting for some time. This was 1989 and I will never forget walking through the door, stepping up to a massive wall of stereos of all shapes, colors, and sizes. I was in heaven.

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The secret radio

A British soldier in WWII hid and kept secret a tiny radio while he was a Prisoner of War in Poland. He managed to keep it so well hidden that he was able to retrieve it 62 years later. (Fast forward to 21:02) It is funny how we think of history in such broad strokes.

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5 second impression

I believe it takes less than five seconds for anyone to make up their mind about anything. I believe that the rest of our time is spent justifying our opinion made during those five seconds. Whether we are meeting someone new or buying a new car or eating at a new restaurant or interacting with

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Life is no longer binary

There was a time when products really had only two modes. Either on or off. But as peoples needs changed so did products and different settings were introduced. You can now dim your lights for example. But we are now again at the point where people want more. Or, less really. Less thought and more

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Rocking the boat

When meaningful change is required, rocking the boat is a critical action. If it’s not important, i.e. no one really cares, the boat will do nothing. It will just continue on its course and ignore your cries. It is when the boat starts to sway lightly that you know you are on the right track.

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Concert videography

Back in high school my good friend Drew and I would film and interview local bands in Chicago. We’d go to places like the Fireside, the 3rd Floor, the Underdog Loft, VFW’s, and several other places all over the Chicagoland area with our Hi-8 camcorders and shoot away. After a set we would sometimes literally

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I have no data

A great way to see if a book may be of interest is to search through Amazon’s list of most highlighted passages on people’s Kindles. A great one being: “It is a capital mistake to theorise before one has data. Insensibly one begins to twist facts to suit theories, instead of theories to suit facts.”

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How to tell a great story

If you are looking for a good example of how to tell a story, look no further than Joanna Wiebe’s article entitled How 1 HN post compelled me to leave Intuit and create a new startup for startups.

Trello

Trello will end up being one of my favorite new web apps of the year. It’s a digital version of index cards mixed with a pin board. It is simple, really fun to use and I just cannot help recommending it to everyone I know.

Knowing what you’re working on

Fred Wilson has a great post on how he came to fund SoundCloud, an online network for sound junkies. He was repeatedly approached by the SoundCloud team for funding, but it ended up being a single slide that finally sold him. His post reminded me of what it was like being at art school and

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