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The power of avoiding stupidity for startups

    One of the most critical challenges for startups is putting together an execution plan for success. Rather than focusing on what a shiny outcome would be, an incredibly powerful tool is to consider what a crap outcome would look like and avoiding that.

    Charlie Munger, Warren Buffett’s late business partner, was often quoted saying “It is remarkable how much long-term advantage people like us have gotten by trying to be consistently not stupid, instead of trying to be very intelligent.”

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    How to Write Your ‘Year in Review’

      Every December, I sit down to write my year in review—capturing the highs, the lessons learned, and my aspirations for the coming year. This reflective practice has proven invaluable, providing me with profound insights and a roadmap for personal growth.

      It’s a great practice which I would highly recommend. I have year in reviews going back to 2011 and paging through them helps me appreciate how far I’ve come. Depending on the year I’ll spend anywhere from an hour to half a day’s worth of time putting together my review. While the format has changed over the years, I want to share my current approach.

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      My Fellows Retreat with Leaders in Tech

        In fall of 2018 I had one of the most formative self-development experiences I’ve ever had to date — attending a Fellows retreat with Leaders in Tech (LIT). My mind was blown because it is SO different from many of the offerings out there, and I wanted to write a post to share what this organization is about and how it’s made a difference. In fact, it made such an impact that I jumped on the opportunity to get more involved and joined their Board of Directors last year.

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        Build Your Inner Scorecard: A 10-Minute Exercise for Better Decisions

          What defines you? What does success look like? How can I make good decisions for myself in the long term?

          My belief is that it’s important to operate our lives by an Inner Scorecard. While an Outer Scorecard is based on how the external world sees you, judges you, and stacks you up in comparison to others, an Inner Scorecard is something based on what you truly want without thinking too much about what other people think of you*.

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          Finding Meaningful Work with “Designing Your Life”

            With all of the talk of The Great Resignation, it doesn’t come as a surprise that many people are asking the question, what do I really want to do?

            Many people follow a guiding star throughout their early career. Their career transitions are based on what their parents or peers expected, what their peers did, where there was the highest status, or even taking what they were good at to its natural extreme. Later on, what they begin to question is whether that work is meaningful or significant to them.

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            Uncovering the secrets of happiness

              The holidays are one of my favorite times of year. As the sparkling lights and decorations go up, the holidays are a reminder and invitation to reflect, spend time with loved ones, and take stock on the learnings from the prior year. I thought this would be an ideal time to post a reflection on building and sustaining happiness in life. During my sabbatical over the last 4 months I prioritized sustainable health and happiness because it’s one of the areas that often gets shortchanged due to lack of time and too many things going on.Read More »Uncovering the secrets of happiness

              My new startup Connected is contact management without the work

                A new project I’ve been so heads down working at my new startup that I’ve neglected to update my blog. Sorry guys! A few months ago, I left Mochi Media and the world of games to start a new adventure with Connected, which provides contact management without the work. It automatically pulls in contact information from across your email, calendar and social networks and gives you the tools to proactively manage your network. Why Connected? Because relationships are important One of the key reasons for my original decision to join Mochi Media was because I just liked the founder and team,… Read More »My new startup Connected is contact management without the work