Posts Categorized: Psychology

The right motivation

Realtalk: How many times have you started a project with a burst of motivation and dream and then it just… fizzled out? Not with a bang, but with a whimper? (Or dreamt about it and planned it, but never started it?) Believe me, I’m not wielding the Scepter of Snooty Judgment here. I used to… Read more »

Invest now, or pay later

“Quality is remembered long after price is forgotten.” — Henry Royce, of Rolls Royce I was a strange kid. I practically lived at the library, where I would spend hours crawling around — literally on all fours on the grey industrial carpet, the better to see those lower shelves — and read just about everything…. Read more »

Time to Let Go of Startup Fairy Tales

If you know me, you know I don’t promote stories of “startup heroism” — those thrilling tales of late nights, fueled by coffee, working everywhere and everytime, for 3-5 years until the acquisition ship comes in and you retire with your riches to “Mojito Island”. It’s a sexy and alluring narrative because it says: All… Read more »

2015 Year in Review – Seven Figures, World Domination, Chaos, Time for a Mojito

It’s been a crazy fucking year. A mixture of horrible things, wonderful things; a mixture of things that happened to me, and things I made happen. It wasn’t boring for a single second. (“May you live in interesting times” – a curse indeed.) My year really kicked off, in October 2014 — yes, yes, I… Read more »

Picture perfect.

Behold, The Most Interesting Cat in the World, our ginger Haskell: Isn’t he MAJESTIC? So handsome, so regal, so in command. You can see it. Here’s what you don’t see: me, on my knees wrestling with a wriggly fur tube trying to get the sweater on the approximately 20 times I picked him up and… Read more »

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 »

Why women entrepreneurs fail.

I’m about to break one of my very own rules: Don’t write for women. I’m a woman. I write about business. Why not write about business for women? Because I write for people, and women are people. Because business doesn’t care what you’re packing in your panties. At least, not the kind I write about,… Read more »

How to deal with haters.

Haters. If you do anything other than cower quietly in your cubicle, you’re gonna attract at least one hater of your very own. There’s just something about doing shit that attracts assholes. Like dopey bears to an unmonitored pic-a-nic basket. Here’s an example from my inbox today: This, my friends, is the hater in his… Read more »

The 24-Hour Book Challenge — A Six Month Update

On December 2nd, I sat down, created an outline, and started writing. 24 hours later, I launched the first (beta) version of my first biz book, Just Fucking Ship. After a couple more weeks of work, I shipped the final(ish) version. Then it was Christmas — New Year’s — time to get our new office… Read more »