The World is Big

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It seems to be a common cultural trait among certain areas of the world to assume that the way we do things is the way “most people” do things. I used to train staff for the world’s largest telephone service provider. You can’t afford not to think globally in an international business, I’d say to [...]

I wanna be a cowboy, baby…

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Hallmarks of the Entrepreneur Breaks rules Continually steps (or stays) off the prescribed path Challenges or questions authority Sees a world outside the usual definitions Has a minority of peers Is accustomed to risk Is open to failure (indeed, successful entrepreneurs are typified by significant past failures) Invests and believes primarily in himself – his [...]

How to Bend Time

You’ve heard it said there are only so many hours in the day. But you’ve also heard it said that time is relative. It’s true you can’t change the number of clock hours in a day (you can change the number of clock hours available to you and what each one of those hours means). [...]

The Entrepeneur Ship

As an addendum to the ongoing/frequently-updated “Rules of Work“, I’m also thinking about entrepeneurship, and will probably make a subset of rules for that. So, rule #1: Regulation, centralization, and obsolescence can impact any venture, abbreviating it’s viability, so the most important trait in entrepeneurship is the ability to continually invent and reinvent businesses on [...]

Rules of Sales

If you’re in business, you’re in sales, even if indirectly. That’s not a choice. The only choice is to feel guilt and shame or freedom and desire. You’ll never win everybody, and you don’t have to. A salesman knows, crafts, and shapes his market. But whether he woos it like a siren or hunts it [...]

“Fear is the Mind-Killer.”

I went to a meeting and watched the fear in the room: grown men cowed and bowed down, looking for leadership from other fearful men made only slightly more confident from being near the center of the herd. I have a lot to say about a society built on fear, or a society built on [...]

Break their rules, not yours.

Manifesto: The Mad Farmer Liberation Front by Wendell Berry Love the quick profit, the annual raise, vacation with pay. Want more of everything ready-made. Be afraid to know your neighbors and to die. And you will have a window in your head. Not even your future will be a mystery any more. Your mind will [...]

The Rules of Work

Daniel DiGriz — If I’m awake, I’m working. Power-shakes beat carbs; they take less time, and don’t turn you into a slut for food. If it fits in a pocket or an office, it’s a tool, not a master. If a thing doesn’t cooperate, switch tasks; come back when it’s ready to be nice. Nice, [...]

The Rules of Authorship

Daniel DiGriz There are lots of rules for writing, just as there are lots of writers and ways of writing. This is what works for me. Write what’s driving you right now. Cut through the fakery of subjects you’re only peripherally interested in. The key to it is self-knowledge, being healthy (i.e. on the right [...]