Or, How I Earned My Ph.D in Disaster Recovery over 7 Years If you’ve ever been to a live show of a famous act, say U2, it seems like they do everything perfectly and effortlessly. It turns out that even bands like U2 make mistakes. They just know how to cover them really well so…

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I was in a Chinese buffet last week, and found myself humming along with the oriental muzak. In fact, I couldn’t stop. Why was I humming along to music I’ve never heard before? It turns out I had heard these songs before, as they were Chinese takes on American melodies. They covered the likes of…

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After six hours of working in front of a computer, the only thing that really makes me feel better is a run. Yesterday I knew I needed a break but didn’t have much time, so I laced up my running shoes anyway and ran as hard as I could for 15 minutes. Talk about cathartic.…

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In Jim Collins’ book How the Mighty Fall, Collins gives the five steps that most companies go through on their way from success to failure. The second stage is the “undisciplined pursuit of more”. This is the stage of decline where the company becomes successful and starts to believe that anything they do will turn…

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(Instead of Running Away) by Glen Stansberry I used to run from competition like a schoolboy runs from the playground bully. I’ve had plenty of ideas for sites and products that I never developed because I was scared stiff of the competition. In fact, a couple of years ago I abandoned a project that was…

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(and Convince Us to Buy) by Glen Stansberry My wife and I live in a modest two room apartment. We drive a used car, don’t eat out a lot, and we have a solid budget that we (usually) stick to. Yet there are still a few things that we splurge on. For example, instead of…

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Creating stuff on a set schedule is incredibly difficult. I’m writing this on the way back from a family reunion in Canada, and I had figured that I would have some sort of explosion of ideas and inspiration. But instead of sitting here staring blankly at a screen. As refreshing and beautiful as the trip…

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At the last SXSW Jonathan amazed me with the sheer number of blog posts that he throws away. According to Mr. Fields, a healthy portion of his post ideas never get published, for one reason or another. I’d bet that most of the really good writers you find online are the same way. It’s amazing…

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I love watching shows like VH1?s “Behind the Music” and reading about how bands developed their original sound. Usually it’s nothing more than a band member being exposed to a certain type of music at an early age. Other times it’s an event, like being at a concert and something striking a chord. (Wow. Awful…

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Oftentimes we just want to ship something; to get it out the door as quickly as possible. This is usually a great thing. But sometimes we’ll make up tons of extra things to add to something because we fear failure (guilty as charged). So getting something out the door is a great way to build…

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