Archive for February, 2013

Batching Tasks Isn’t Always a Good Thing

The Four-Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferriss and The Myth of Multitasking by Dave Crenshaw are two of my favorite classic books. They both praise task-batching—doing one type of task at a time, and lumping similar tasks together so as to get them all done in one single batch rather than spreading them throughout the week […]

The Atrophied Muscle of Imagination

I’ve often found myself in work situations where I caught myself thinking, “I hope this will last.” Have you ever had a great set of circumstances that were wholly dependent on factors outside of your control? It can look, for example, like having a great boss—until you get re-assigned to another department. Things are great—until […]

How to Have the Broken Engagement of Your Dreams

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, I thought I’d share my personal story about the perfect wedding that wasn’t! One year ago, I broke off an engagement with the most amazing woman I’ve ever met. She is my best friend and trusted ally. For those of you who don’t know, I was once engaged to […]

The Courage to Be Silent

In the ra-ra world we live in, “the courage to speak up” has gotten a lot of attention. “Don’t be shy!” you might hear. Being loud is always better than being quiet, to hear some people tell it. The sidelines are for cowards, or so you might have been led to believe. The bold, the […]

A Great Example of Personal Branding

Today, I’m going to invite you to take ten minutes to check out what my friend Minling Chuang has put together. She has created a branding course called The Brandary. It’s been a crazy week, and I haven’t had time to fully delve into everything she’s sent me, but based on the 7:50 introductory video, […]

Every Word Makes an Impact

Whether or not you consider yourself a writer, you do some kind of writing at some point during the course of your activities. Even if you work at a job that most people wouldn’t consider writing-intensive, you might want to stop and think about how many times per day you write something. Whether it’s a […]

Don’t Shout It from the Rooftops

Why is it that we seem to have just accepted the idea that, if you want to succeed at something, you need to tell everyone about it? Starting a new business? Tell everyone about it! Looking for a job? Tell everyone what you’re looking for! Writing a book? Tell everyone about it! Have any kind […]

The Big Why—and an Entrepreneur’s Resume

I’ve taken a lot of criticism in the last few years for having too much going on at one time. People have often told me that I need to pick one thing and be really good at it. I have spent a lot of time trying to figure out what that one thing is. Recently, […]