Thoughts on Life

When you’re an interesting person, people want to connect with you. They want to work with you, hang out with you, or work for you. Candidly, being interesting is a major advantage in both your personal and professional lives. An interesting person can’t easily be categorized, stereotyped… or ignored. When you meet an interesting person, [...]

The other day, someone asked me about how to be more emotionally resilient in the face of obstacles and failures. While being completely immune to disappointment isn’t realistic, I do think it’s possible to reduce its impact on your life by 80% to 90%. My working process is that all disappointment comes from… expectations. If [...]

I’ve had a multi-decade debate with myself about solving one problem at a time or multi-tasking and trying to solve multiple problems concurrently. After much internal debate, I’ve come to a conclusion that’s a slight hybrid of the two. The hybrid approach presumes that you know your objectives. It further presumes that your objectives are [...]

One of the single most powerful, life-changing, and career-changing tools is the ability to understand what somebody else needs. I know that sounds terribly anticlimactic but hear me out. Every breakthrough product came about because someone figured out a customer’s underlying need (which is sometimes different than what they ask for) and figured out a [...]

All relationships work more smoothly when expectations are clear and explicit. The opposite of an explicit expectation is an implied one. Let’s look at both personal and professional examples. When two people become a couple, one of the issues they’ll need to navigate is holidays. Whose family do we spend this holiday with versus another? [...]

Some goals are overwhelming to the point where you feel frozen and unable to start. This is a sign that the magnitude of the goal is counterproductive. When a CEO is overwhelmed with the task before them, I tell them to break down the problem into smaller “baby” steps. I once had a client that [...]

When most people think of a recession, many hope to simply survive. I think this is the wrong approach. Recessions are the opportune times to be aggressive in making forward progress for your business. The majority of Fortune 500 companies were founded in a recession, even though recessions only account for 20% of the past [...]

When times get difficult, it’s natural to want to step back, play defense, and wait for conditions to get better. This is especially the case when difficult conditions are caused by extreme changes, such as COVID-19. While this is certainly one option for managing your life and career, there is another. It’s the option to [...]

Through many of my struggles and failures in life, I’ve become far more acquainted with adversity than I ever wanted. In my 20s and 30s, failures and major setbacks were devastating to me. As I approach my 50s, I have a more sanguine attitude about adversity. Basically, sh*t happens in life. You can take every [...]

When I work with a new CEO client, I do two things. First, I ask them to explain the business to me in qualitative terms — Who is the customer? What problem do you solve for them? Who are the competitors? etc. Second, I ask for specific metrics from their business. This is how you [...]

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