Maintenance

My kid’s bycicle seat had this awful squeak. With each turn of the pedal, it groaned and creaked. So, I asked, “How long has the neighborhood been able to hear you coming? And how do you ride that?” Then, I was reminded that it had (1) creaked for weeks, and (2) I was asked to […]

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Gates Paraphrased Advice

This is paraphrased from Bill Gates' Twitter feed. Here we go: New college grads often ask me for career advice … AI, energy, and biosciences are promising fields where you can make a huge impact. It's what I would do if starting out today. Looking back on when I left college, there are some things […]

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Kafka

It’s been years since I read The Metamorphosis, required reading for a college English course. I’ve decided to revisit it again. The perfect book is the one that finds you at just the right time. I wonder if I’ll appreciate it now. I raced through it then. Time has a way. Books change. A few […]

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The Faster Horse

The lens from which we view the world matters. Perception distorts reality. And, at times, the story evolves, changes even. Take this quote: “If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses.”¬† Henry Ford It’s Jobs-ian in a way. That’s why it’s oft-quoted. Personally, I love the wording and meaning. […]

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The Fisherman

If you type businessman and the fisherman into your favorite search engine of choice (Bing has cool pictures), you get hundreds of hits. It’s hard to find the origin story, it’s been around for a long time. The businessman is usually portrayed as an American Harvard MBA. The fisherman is from a Mexican village. The […]

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The Importance of Being on Time

Scheduling a meeting, is in effect, entering into a contract. You have a topic to discuss, task to complete, or agenda to review and it is to be done at a certain time. With calendars becoming jammed packed (meetings being scheduled on top of meetings), it’s easy to lose track. Starting five minutes late compounds. […]

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