thoughts on career

Lessons from my Mentor

One of my earlier mentors built a company from 30 employees to over 10,000 in 10 years. He took a small business into the Fortune 500 in under a decade. I had the great privilege of sharing an office with him for half a year while we worked together at a startup. While I was [...]

Why Smart People do Stupid Things

Consulting firms prize people who are logical, analytical, and rational. However, smart people routinely make “stupid” decisions. Here’s why. Smart people are like Superman. They have superhuman abilities (in this case, intellectual). BUT, also like Superman, they have an Achilles’ heel — a vulnerability and weakness that can bring even the most superhuman of us [...]

Kim Kardashian vs. Steve Jobs

Both Kim Kardashian and Steve Jobs have personal brands. They are both well known. However, there’s a major difference between the two. Kardashian is famous for being famous. Jobs is famous for creating technology breakthroughs. Having a personal brand is useful. It helps to be known by others. It opens doors, facilitates introductions, and gets [...]

The Secret to Building Relationships

  I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the ability to interact with other people. People skills are incredibly valuable, both in your career and personal life. One factor that gets in the way is feeling intimidated by other people because of their role, background, or another factor. I’ll give you an example from my [...]

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