An Extremist Position on Metaphors and Understanding

I was watching Netflix's rebooted Lost in Space with the kids (we love it!) and got thinking about metaphors. A character suggested draining fuel tanks to remove a blockage.  She said, "You know, like when you're trying to sip lemonade and a seed gets stuck in the straw a-" another character…


Round Two Haiku

All fun and games 'till Second round reveals that still Old wily guys win


Different Beats Better

Every time you see someone doing something better than you and that little fight or flight mechanism starts to light up, stop. Don't try to be better.  Be different. Don't play the game like everyone else and hope to be the best.  Change the rules.  Play a different game.  This shift forces…


Don't Get Stuck Waiting

The worst thing in the world is to be stuck waiting on something, with nothing you can do to speed it up and no action to take until it's done. If you're creating a business, work of art, or project of any kind and you're waiting on another person before you can take the next step, I feel you.…


You Get to Make the Rules

It's weird how easy it is to forget that you can do what you want. When I got my driver's license at 16, I remember going in to pay at the gas station (back when you had to go inside to pay) and looking longingly at a Snickers bar.  Then it hit me.  I'm driving, I have my own money, I am free to…


When to Be Decisively Indecisive

I'm a big fan of agnosticism.  I don't mean the orientation to theological questions, but something much broader.  For me, the greater the number of things about which I am agnostic, the happier I am and the more powerful and productive on the very few things about which I have passionate belief.…


Know Thyself, Sell Thyself

A good way to speed up your professional prospects is to learn more about yourself.  What comes easier for you than most people?  What problems that nag others are you pretty good at solving?  What don't you absolutely hate (you don't have to love it) that others find valuable? It takes a lot of…


What if Software Ate it?

I think we're still at the beginning of the software takeover of the world. A good question for your interests and vocations is, "What would this look like eaten by software?"  Some things, like fantasy football, are pretty close already.  Some, like banking, are halfway there.  Others, like buying…


Basketball Math Haiku

The value changes. Depending on when you do, A two's not a two


Single Goal, Several Tactics

Single-mindedness is probably the least appreciated prerequisite for success.  If you aren't definite in your purpose, you'll flounder. But purpose is different than process.  Getting all juiced up to be single-minded and definite takes work, and if achieved, it usually spills over from ends to…