Useful And Accurate Are Two Different (And VERY Important) Things

Useful and accurate are two different things.  Sometimes ideas are dismissed because they aren’t accurate.  But inaccuracy doesn’t always translate to unuseful.  Myths and stories and everything make-believe aren’t accurate. But just because they aren’t scientific sound doesn’t mean they aren’t useful.  Sometimes the least accurate depictions of reality are the most useful depictions of … Continue reading Useful And Accurate Are Two Different (And VERY Important) Things

Sunday Music: Dilla Time

Dilla changed music. But don’t listen to me, listen to Don Charnas. Start with this incredible interview he just did with Jesse Thorn on the Bullseye podcast, and then check out his new book, Dilla Time.  And, if you’re like me, spend the next few days revisiting Donuts and his other stuff. I wrote about … Continue reading Sunday Music: Dilla Time

3 Questions To Hone An Entrepreneur’s Mindset

My friend Scott asked what percentage of the population recognizes how crisis creates opportunities on an intellectual level, and then what percentage of that population is willing to take advantage of it? How many people truly have the entrepreneur’s mindset? I don't know the answer. I do know one of my favorite parts about emailing … Continue reading 3 Questions To Hone An Entrepreneur’s Mindset

Average Gets Automated, Talent Gets Paid

Average gets average results. Talent matters, because now more than ever, average gets automated and talent gets paid.  Whether you’re hiring for talent, or trying to develop your own, these definitions from Tyler Cowen and Daniel Gross will be useful to you. I’m adding my own emphasis.  Cowen says, “We treat talent as having a … Continue reading Average Gets Automated, Talent Gets Paid

Always Be (At Least A Little) Different

Don’t copy. Or, in 1986 speak, don’t be a biter.* Seymore Cray, the electrical engineer often credited with the investigation of the supercomputing industry had this to say about always (ALWAYS) doing things just a bit differently. It applies to whatever work you are doing. One of my guiding principles is don’t do anything that … Continue reading Always Be (At Least A Little) Different

How To Write Funny(er) With Funny Filters

Funny is a value judgment by the joke teller.  You’re going to want to save this if you’re attempting to be funny at work.  I regularly have something I find amusing that doesn’t pass the internal filter check. This is a good thing. We all need some amount of filter.*** Colin Chung has an excellent … Continue reading How To Write Funny(er) With Funny Filters

Sarah Cooper On Her Superpower Of Being Funny

Sarah Cooper is hysterical. She did the corporate thing before taking a shot at becoming a comedian, struggling, doubling down on the corporate job, and then eventually tripling down and breaking out as an artist.  If you’re a creative with a side hustle, or a creative with a creative streak in your main hustle, Cooper’s … Continue reading Sarah Cooper On Her Superpower Of Being Funny

How Oasis Saved Their Bank Account With Autographs

Oasis once offered a refund to fans after a very hyped gig experienced some very frustrating technical difficulties.  The problem with the refund was… it was crazy expensive. Here’s how they turned bad news into a great story. The band found themselves on the hook for about 1 million pounds to some 20,000 people. Understanding … Continue reading How Oasis Saved Their Bank Account With Autographs

It Has To Be Eye-Catching Enough To Stop A Skimmer

I was scrolling Twitter and somebody had written, “start an epic adventure” but my brain thought it said, “start a pandemic.”  I’m glad I misread that. Starting pandemics is a touch on the dark side.  I’m also glad for the reminder of how important skimmability is.  Whatever we’re writing, make it eye-catching for the skimmers.  … Continue reading It Has To Be Eye-Catching Enough To Stop A Skimmer