You will be unappreciated

It seems there is almost an inverse relationship to your long term success and the amount of recognition you receive early on in your career. There’s a great quote by Ayn Rand in The Fountainhead that says this better than any poem I could make: Throughout the centuries there were men who took first steps […]

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Describe what you do more than who you are

Everywhere I look there’s someone with a “25 under 25” title or some other ultimately meaningless accolade or self-description like “forward thinking,” “driven,” or “innovator.” Generally it’s not good to lead with these. It’s not that they are necessarily bad, but most of the truly successful people I know are too excited to talk about […]

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Art will shape your values

I was talking to my friend T.K. Coleman today about the role art plays in shaping your values. Ayn Rand has a great quote on this in The Romantic Manifesto that get’s at what we were talking about: Art is the indispensable medium for the communication of a moral ideal . . . This does not mean […]

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Less meetings, more creating

It’s been my experience that meetings can open more needless questions than they resolve important ones. Sometimes it’s better to act first and meet later.

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The internet of false accomplishments

The world has always had hucksters, charlatans, liars, and people who otherwise claimed for themselves unearned accolades and achievements. The internet has given them the ability to be much louder though and it can be easy to get taken in. There are career “coaches” who got fired from their last two jobs. I know one. […]

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