The unfairness (and wisdom) of paint

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Repainting your house the same color it already was feels like a waste. It’s a lot of effort merely to keep things as they are. But if you don’t do it, time and entropy kick in and the house starts to fade. The same can be said for 1,000 elements of your organization, including your relationships with customers, staff, suppliers and technology. The way you approach your market, the skill you bring to your craft, the culture in your organization—it constantly needs another coat of paint. Rust never sleeps. [PS… delighted that I’ll be speaking at the upcoming Convertkit event in Read Entire Story

You go first

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That’s the key insight of the peer-to-peer connection economy. Anyone can reach out, anyone can lead, anyone can pick someone else. But if you wait for anyone, it’s unlikely to happen. It begins with you. ; ; ; ; ; ; Read Entire Story

And then we got bored

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Six missions after Apollo 11 amazed the world by going to the moon, Apollo 17 was the last trip. It fell off the cultural radar. Flying to the moon, driving around and getting back safely wasn’t interesting enough, apparently. And the miracle of the internet, which connects billions of people, instantly, is something we all take for granted after less than a generation. Is it any wonder that your magnificent Facebook post or clever tweet isn’t racking up ever more likes? ; ; ; ; ; ; Read Entire Story

Save as draft

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Is that a habit? If your instinct is to publish, to share, to instruct, to give away, to engage and to put it into the world, then ‘save as draft’ is a rare thing. On the other hand, if you find yourself noodling then putting aside, waiting for perfect, you’re on track to be waiting for a very long time. Ship. [Tomorrow, Thursday April 27 is the first priority deadline for the next session of the altMBA. This is an intensive 30-day workshop that creates the habit of shipping. We help people learn to see, to take action, to make decisions and to cause change to happen. It might just be for you.] ; ; ; ; ; ; Read Entire Story

The best time to study for the test

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… is before it’s given. The best time to campaign is before the election. And the best time to keep a customer is before he leaves. ; ; ; ; ; ; Read Entire Story

What does "science" mean?

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To countless teenagers who had the wrong teacher in high school, it means, “a boring collection of right answers, categorized by topic.” Once we discover that some things we were taught aren’t black and white any more (Pluto, DDT, infant formula), it’s not surprising that people begin to go from bored to skeptical. About all of it. Except that’s not what science is. Science is a process. It’s not pretending it has the right answer, it merely has the … Read Entire Story

Compared to what?

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Article by Seth Godin’s Blog on marketing, tribes and respect. Read entire story here.

Being wrong until you are right

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Are there any other options for people who seek to innovate? ; ; ; ; ; ; Read Entire Story

How thin is your ice?

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When something goes wrong, how do you respond? When you own assets, when your position feels secure, when you’re playing the long game, a bump in the road is just that. “Well, that was interesting.” You can learn from it, and the professional realizes that freaking out pays little benefit. On the other hand, the middleman, the person who realizes just how easily he can be replaced, the person who can’t stop playing the short game… well, he realizes that… Read Entire Story

‘Sort by price’ is lazy

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Sort by price is the dominant way that shopping online now happens. The cheapest airline ticket or widget or freelancer comes up first, and most people click. It’s a great shortcut for a programmer, of course, because the price is a number, and it’s easy to sort. Alphabetical could work even more easily, but it seems less relevant (especially if you’re a fan of Zappos or Zima). The problem: Just because it’s easy, it doesn’t mean it’s as useful as it appears. It’s lazy for the consumer. If you can’t take the time to learn about your… Read Entire Story

With the sound off or on?

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If you watch a well-directed film with the sound turned off, you’ll get a lot out of it. On the other hand, it takes practice to read a screenplay and truly understand it. It’s worth remembering that we lived in tribes for millennia, long before we learned how to speak. Emotional connection is our default. We only added words and symbolic logic much later. There are a few places where all that matters is the words. Where the force of logic is sufficient to … Read Entire Story

Who cut down the last tree?

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Easter Island was the home to a thriving community, thousands of people living good lives. One by one, though, the trees on this isolated island were cut down. They were cut down for fuel, or to make tools, or boats. And finally, the last tree was gone. And the population went extinct. Jared Diamond makes the story real in his brilliant article and book. My question, though, isn’t really about the last tree. It’s about the second-to-last tree. When someone cut it down, how did … Read Entire Story