Don’t Underestimate Thinking Time

You can never underestimate the value of thinking before taking action, especially when you’re about to invest labor, capital, time, and your reputation. – Paid To Think1 How much time are you putting aside to think about your business? To dig in deeply and make sure that your goals are the right goals for your […]

It’s Time to Start Reading Above Your Weight Class

you know the books where the words blur together and you can’t understand what’s happening? Those are the books a leader needs to read. Reading to lead or learn requires that you treat your brain like the muscle that it is–lifting the subjects with the most tension and weight. How To Digest Books Above Your […]

The Inbox 0 Pipedream

No matter how many personal productivity techniques you master, there will always be more to do than you can ever accomplish in the time you have available to you, no matter how much time it is. – Eat That Frog1 Your inbox will continue to fill up with the stuff others think is important for […]

You’re idea sucks…unless

I’ve been thinking a bunch about freelance billing and what I need to help my business run well. What I want to see in terms of numbers in the business. How a system could help me set goals for my finances and then provide incentives to keep to those goals. There are lots of freelance […]

Is Your Mind Prepared?

If you’re not continually preparing your mind to accept new information and ideas, you’ll just become an old dried-up field full of weeds. – The Success Grower So many people I talk to get tired of programming. They don’t want to do client work. They are not up to date on the latest languages and […]

The 2017 Goodreads Challenge shows so much failure

I took that screenshot a few weeks before the end of 2017. I checked in again Jan 31 and while a few more people were done, most hadn’t finished. It’s sad there there are so many people that haven’t done their challenges. People set a goal with enthusiasm and envisioned themselves as the types of […]

Take Responsibility for Hard Problems

We all love to take responsibility for success and happiness. Hell, we often fight over who gets to be responsible for success and happiness. But taking responsibility for problems is far more important, because that’s where real learning comes from. That’s where the real-life improvement comes from. To simply blame others is only to hurt […]

Celebrated Talent is Not The Good Stuff

Are you talented? What makes you talented? Typically, we associate talent only with celebrated excellence — with a strong emphasis on the word celebrated. – First Break All The Rules It’s easy to look at some well-known programmer and say they’re talented. Maybe you’ve never seen their code though, and it’s crap. I can think […]

How I Started My New Notebook for 2018

Welcome to 2018, it can be a good one if you’re willing to do the work. I don’t make any resolutions for the year, though I do use the regular downtime during The Holiday’s to plan what my year is going to look like, and to start a new notebook. Along with that new notebook […]

Here are the Keys to Getting Focused Amazing Work done for Freelancers

We’ve spent the last few weeks talking about getting your deep, focused work done in the midst of all the distractions that are thrown our way. A friend of mine inspired the series as we looked at his work in the midst of needing to deal with support. Today, we’ll go over the essential elements […]