Posts Categorized: 5-Second Slayage

4 economic facts that say “bootstrap now”

Fact: Since 1970, virtually every penny gained through productivity has ended up in the pockets of capital, rather than labor: — New York Times Fact: While profits are up 44.7%, incomes are up only 3.9% since 2007. — New York Times Fact: Tech workers are not immune. Over 1 million tech & creative workers have… Read more »

“Done” should be spelled F-A-I-L

“It’s almost done, I just need to add this one more thing…” Whooooooa there. When you teach designers & developers to bootstrap their own product businesses, as I do, that’s a phrase you’ll hear a lot — and you’ll come to hear it (as I do) as the sound of a shotgun being removed from… Read more »

The problem with “accountability” in a nutshell.

When you attempt to outsource your self-control, this is what happens: You ask somebody to hold you accountable. They forget. You never achieve anything. OR. You ask somebody to hold you accountable. They don’t forget. You avoid them. OR. You ask somebody to hold you accountable. They don’t forget. You think to yourself, “They’re not… Read more »

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The Arrears of Small Things

An excerpt from writer Samuel Butler’s Notebooks: The difficult and the unintelligible are only conceivable at all in virtue of their catching on to something less difficult and less unintelligible and, through this, to things easily done and understood. It is at these joints in their armour that difficulties should be attacked.Never tackle a serious… Read more »

Do You Deserve the Money You Earn?

You’re in a job. You’re a freelancer. You’re a consultant. Maybe you’re stuck right now, maybe you’re not stuck — you’re excited to take the next step, you just don’t know which next step that is. Well, you’re in luck, because you’re here! This is your next step: Practice thinking like an entrepreneur. That means… Read more »

You Need to Get Better At This NOW

When’s the last time you completed on an open-ended task with no true deadline? That means: No external human reinforcement — punishment or reward — coming from a boss, a client, a teacher, a parent, a family member, a community, or a friend. No impending do-or-die imposed by the calendar (like a live event, a… Read more »