Posts Categorized: Purpose

How Your “Fuck This!” Moment Changes Everything

“I’m going to write a book.” “I’m going to build a SaaS app.” “I’m going to quit my job and travel the world.” Sound familiar? How often are these statements followed by action — real action? We all know That Guy. We all know people who spend all their time talking about what they want,… Read more »

Oxygen Mask Entrepreneurship

Back when I was 24-25, I told myself that our brand new baby business would be doing $1-2 million a year by the time I turned 30. My 30th birthday is Sunday. Did we make it? Nope. Am I sad? Nope! So, should I then be giving thanks to the overweening power of subconscious self-protection… Read more »

Memento Mori.

A twitter stream just made me cry. Not just a little sympathy moistness, but that slow, swollen, throat-searing kind of crying. The still-tearing-up-half-an-hour-later kind. The fuck-it-I-have-to-write kind. It was really just a handful of so very modest messages. Amanda (@TrappedAtMyDesk) died of brain cancer. She tweeted her diagnosis, quitting her job, the last trip she… Read more »

Steve.

This is an email I sent to my mailing list a year ago. We miss you, Steve. I’ve been following Steve closely for more than a decade. Most folks don’t know this, but I ran a Mac-oriented news & opinion site from 1999 to about 2003. Before that, I was “just” a rabid fan. It’s… Read more »

Perspective.

Seems like most of my best writing goes to the 30×500 Alumni mailing list these days. Including this little bit below. One of my brilliant (and particularly sesquipedalian) students was talking about the way that pedestrian thinking tends to exert inexorable drag on humanity: Wordy Student: Just a zooming out sub specie aeternitatis observation: certain… Read more »

You Are So Damn Lucky – Stop Blaming Your Family, Your Friends, & Your Society & Get Off Your Ass

I’ve traveled the world. Well, quite a few parts of it, anyway. Enough to see a pattern, certainly. First of all, everybody, everywhere, is convinced that their countrymen are the worst drivers in the world. And… Everybody, everywhere, is convinced that their country/city/family is the worst environment for creating a great business. In Austria, people… Read more »