You will never be successful.
Month: June 2016
Two minds are not better than one
Two minds are not better than one. Checkout my article Pair Programming is no Panacea
Businesses don’t fail
Years ago I often wondered, during downturns with the organization I was working with at the time, if I would show up the next day to find a shuttered office. When things were good this was never on my mind. But during difficult times, I was surprised with the resiliency. In retrospect, I’ve come to realize that external factors don’t…
Avoid the excuses, just say no
When you feel yourself mired in crafting the prefect excuse, stop. This is a distraction. People will likely see through your excuse anyways. Avoid dishonesty, but not because it’s the “right” thing to do. Morality is irrelevant. When you are dishonest, you might not get caught, but you are automatically caught by yourself. Dishonesty chisels away at your image of…
Of course luck is a factor
Success is often a function of luck. But don’t forget it also requires playing the game. You can be like this guy and whine about how it’s not fair that people are successful. Or, you can take a look around you, find the odds that are in your favor, and roll the dice until you win.
Addiction is bunk
Quitting anything requires having a reason. But reason is the wrong word because it’s not a rational process that you have to influence, it’s an emotional process. So, by reason I mean feeling. A reason that resonates with you in the moment when you’re about to do whatever it is you want to quit. Smoking, shopping, eating, working late, drugs,…
Skills aren’t that important when interviewing
Skills–including supposed skill from educational background–should be the last thing considered in an interview. Unfortunately it’s often the only consideration. It’s more important to hire people that show a passion for learning than it is to find someone who already knows everything you think you need them to know.
Loss is not inevitable
In life there are countless times where something happens and we feel threatened as a result. This can lead us to rash reactions that aren’t productive for anyone, ourselves included. For example, a company I partner with is changing their strategic focus. This will have an impact on me because I’m a partner. I could see this as a threat…
Why saying no is hard
Learn how to handle rejection yourself. If you can’t take rejection well, you’ll tend to exaggerate how the other person will react to your rejection. When’s the last time someone said no to you? Do you keep a tally of people that say no to you? Chances are you don’t know the last time someone said no. Same goes for…