thanks for the connection

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Yesterday, my cousin Mike asked if I would be open to an introduction to a friend of his. Of course, I would be more than happy to meet someone who was close to my cousin! After I told Mike that he was best served introducing us via email, I ended my message with, “Thanks for the connection!” I hung on that …

opposing forces

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What am I going to write about? What will people want to read? You’re such an idiot – staying out until 4am without planning for what to write today. It’s past noon EST – you’re losing your touch and you’re going to lose people. I’ll just be honest. — I woke up this morning with a host of competing emotions. …

your advantage is time

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I have a point to make here, so bear with me. A couple years ago, I went real deep into the rabbit hole of reading about artificial intelligence. Explanations about the difference between: Artificial Narrow Intelligence (ANI): specialized machines doing a single task better than a human being Artificial General Intelligence (AGI): a machine that is as smart as a …

the finish line

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The most important part of any project or idea is getting started. There is simply no way of getting around the fact that you can’t accomplish anything without first starting it. What is less talked about is the finish line. Of course, many things are never truly finished – products continue to evolve, you continue to improve your skills, time marches …

solve the people problems first

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For several weeks, I was stuck. After an organizational change that drastically altered the makeup of my team, I had to start over in building team chemistry that I had spent nearly 6 months in creating. I completely underestimated the level of intentionality and effort necessary to rebuild a team culture and chemistry. It was fine before, it will be …

the problem with “original” content

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Well, it’s finally over. Snap Inc., the creators of Snapchat, had their Initial Public Offering after riding a long wave of hype. That stock price netted the founders hundreds of millions of dollars, and that resulted from selling only a very small percentage of their stock. All that wealth from a couple fundamental revelations: People love to communicate via photo and video …

my first hoodie

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When it comes to fashion, I’ve always been a late bloomer. At age 15 and starting high school, online shopping wasn’t really a thing yet. If I wanted some new clothes, I had to convince my mom to drive me to the Lima Mall (this was the Mecca of shopping and fashion in west central Ohio).Everyone shopped at the Lima Mall. …

what do you want out of life?

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I’ve long since given up on considering the question, “What is the meaning of life?” In my opinion, life doesn’t have an inherent meaning – it’s up to me to give life meaning. But a similar question that I do wrestle with is, “What do I want out of life?” That’s a pretty loaded question. My biggest issue is that …

who are you trying to convince?

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As I’ve gotten older, I’ve noticed that everyone around me has continually gotten better at the same skill: justification. I can justify just about anything… hitting snooze (I was up later last night getting some work done) eating another slice of pizza (well I’ll just run a little more today) pushing out a product release with a known bug (it’ll …