To be able to make a point with very few words, is a skill.
In 1st century BCE Julius Ceasar was captured by Cilician pirates. They wanted 20 silver talents ($330,000) for his release. Julius Ceasar laughed at the pirates and told them they should be asking for at least 50 silver talents ($825,000) for his ransom. The pirates were confused. They had never met a hostage that demanded… Continue reading What Pirates Can Teach You About Price
When creating a new product or service it's tempting to set out to please the masses. But most of the time this is just a form of hiding. It takes much more guts to make something to please a specific person or a specific group of people you care about. If you go to a… Continue reading The Anonymous Masses
Nobody wants to be a creative when they're young. They'd rather fit in. Everybody wants to be a creative when they're older. They want to have the courage to excel. I fear that for most, it's already too late.
You can't do it that way. You can't go straight to customers. You can't sell at that price point. You can't employ that person for this role. You can't build software in this way. The list of reasons you can't do something is endless. People have said the above objections (and a thousand others) to… Continue reading Disagree To Agree
Anything worth doing requires hard work. You know this. So why is it that people tend to throw in the towel when things just start to get tough? You knew it was going to be hard, because the work you're doing is important and needed. There's a much better time to decide to quit something:… Continue reading When To Quit (I Wish I Could Tell My Younger Self This…)
Everyone thinks that their body fat percentage is lower than it actually is. If you think you only need to lose 10 pounds to get to around 12% body fat and show off those abs, then it's likely you actually need to lose 20 pounds. It will take you twice as long as you thought… Continue reading The 2X Rule
Candles get extinguished by the wind. Fires get bigger because of the wind. Be like the fire, not the candle.
People often talk about how weird it is that good things seem to happen to generous people. And how bad things seem to happen to selfish people. I have the opposite view. I do not find it surprising in the least that generous people do well. Whatever you do for income, you are being rewarded… Continue reading Karma Is BS
Few people realise that most medicinal breakthroughs were the result of complete luck and serendipity. Only about two HIV medications are the result of huge financial investments and research. Everything else, from antibiotics to chemotherapy treatments are a result of luck. After we discovered these drugs, we then figured out the science behind the medications… Continue reading Playing At The Edge