the donut shop

In my previous role as a product manager, it was easy to get mired in the details between engineering requirements, testing, failing, retrying, etc. A lot of the time, my work seemed tedious and harder than it should be. The COO of the company delivered a message during an all-hands meeting that has really stuck with me and helps ease …

the risk of sticking to familiar

Many months ago, a good friend with similar music tastes recommended a podcast he’d been listening to called Song Exploder. Song Exploder is a podcast where musicians take apart their songs, and piece by piece, tell the story of how they were made. To me, that sounded amazing. The first episode features “The District Sleeps Alone Tonight” by The Postal Service …

focusing on more value first

An undercurrent of my day to day is thinking about the impending new cycle of members for Unreal Collective. I’m constantly thinking, How do I create marketing channels to share my message with new people? Am I having enough conversations with potential members now? How can I grow my email list so that I make the top of my funnel bigger? …

we should be more like race horses

It’s obvious why we put blinders on race horses. They have a singular goal and their odds of achieving that goal are highest when they are focused upon that goal (even if that focus is forced). Those blinders are a system for keeping the horses focused. Yet another example of avoiding intrinsic motivation and setting the horse up for success. …

taking bigger risks

Recently, I wrote about the funk I found myself in. I’ve pulled out of that nosedive for the most part thanks to a couple of close friends who are perceptive and insistent on working through problems. I recommend you find some of the same! One of the real revelations from that exercise was that I haven’t really dealt with struggle …

the right time to build relationships

More and more, I find myself in conversations related to sales and finding clients or customers. It makes sense; sales are at the heart of all businesses, and I’m constantly talking to business owners (even those with a side hustle). The internet and some breakout, outlying successes have had a profound impact on how so many of us think about …

the point of stretching yourself

This past week I was talking with a friend about our individual experiences with our personal coach. We both worked with him at different times and we were sort of comparing notes. At the same time, I was thinking about my own 8-week coaching framework knowing I was about to begin working through it with a new individual. It struck …

it’s always scary the first time

You’ve probably heard someone say that ideas are a dime a dozen and execution is what matters. And if you’re like me, you have new ideas all the time. I get ideas from everywhere: running, podcasts, conversations, and the work that other people are doing. And often, I know the idea is worth pursuing and could make a meaningful impact …

you are a product manager

For the last several years, I’ve spent the majority of my time sharpening my axe as a product manager at software companies (my own company, Tixers, and most recently at CrossChx). Product management is a fairly new discipline in terms of software companies. And it’s growing rapidly – the skillset is in incredible demand, especially on the coasts. There’s still …

the most important jobs I’ve had

Growing up, I focused on sports and academics. Well, my parents would tell you that I maybe focused on sports, but certainly didn’t focus enough on the academic part. But the point is, I didn’t get a job until the summer before my first year of college. I worked second shift in a factory that manufactured tents. It was kind …