Father, First

When I read Max Schireson’s blog post on why he was stepping back from the CEO role of MongoDB I was really impressed by not only his perspective but his transparency.

Sure, he may have disqualified himself from many opportunities but I think that level of transparency disqualifies him from the wrong type of organizations and ventures so he has not lost anything in being honest and forthcoming.

I have often put my business first and my family second. This goes for not just my beloved bride but also my two wonderful kids. They have often gotten the short end of the stick.

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Not Satisfied

Starting a startup has become much, much easier over the last decade, especially when it comes to technology and software-driven ventures.

Spinning up a virtual server, plugging into a near-infinite number of APIs, and waxing a little code can have you more than just a working MVP – you could have the makings of a legitimate and financially growing business.

This has created more options for more people to start their own company and also created more volume of choices for consumers. Have a solution for X problem? Get in line as there are 1,000 other companies doing the exact same thing.

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On Meditation

I have long been aware of the power of meditation but I have not always practiced this discipline with the consistency required to have the full impact of its natural benefits.

It was in college where I began this practice of spending my mornings in silence, alone with my own thoughts and feelings and all the mess that truly lies within. All my fears, my anxieties, my anger and frustration would boil to the surface along with my hopes and dreams and the emotions that surround family, friends, and loved ones.

It would be a sea of noise that, eventually, would quiet down into what I can only describe as pleasant nothingness. This took time and practice (like most things) and although I had found a nice steady-state it’s not something that’s easily mastered.

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My Baby, the Adult

My girl.

My girl.

Something is happening that I’m not comfortable with: My little baby girl is turning into an adult.

On Sunday @Roenne turned 8 and something “clicked” in my brain. This emotion, if I have identified it correctly, was something akin to panic.

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Baron Fig’s Confidant Notebooks

Pure and Responsive

As many of you know, I’m somewhat of a fanatic for writing notebooks and have tried a ton of them over the years. And I’m always willing to try something entirely new.

Let’s be honest though: Most notebooks are created equal and there are very few noticeable differences between makes, models, and the overall experience. What it comes down to is personal preference and historical engagement that typically delivers the best result.

In other words, if you’ve been using one type of notebook for quite some time then it may require a catastrophic shift for you to move to another type and kind. And most creators and printers know this.

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