Thrive as an Outlier

Do you want your app, your organization to thrive? Especially as a startup it is almost required that you become an outlier of sorts. But being an outlier can be lonely business as, per the definition, there just aren’t that many out there.

I love how Seth Godin puts this:

The easiest way to thrive as an outlier is to avoid being one.

He goes on to share succinctly that you must find the “treasured” few that will not only toe the line with you but walk with you on the very narrow path that you’ve decided to embark on:

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A Startup: 5+ Year Endeavor

I love this from Chris Dixon:

When you start a company, the most important consideration should be working on a product you love (a startup can be a 5+ year endeavor so if you don’t love it you probably won’t be able to endure the ups and downs).

A secondary consideration should be matching the skills of the founders to the market.

Mine for gold or sell pickaxes? Why not both? I think so.

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Leading Through Disappointment

Disappointment is part of life. It’s inevitable. Yet, many of us have never really learned to manage it very well (and you can think of 1,000 examples where you’ve seen this play out).

But that’s the thing: It’s easy to spot in others and not so easy to spot (and thus manage) in ourselves. The “solution” seems apparent and so obvious when we encounter a friend or a colleague that’s experienced a disappointment that we can barely control ourselves and we liberally share our opinions and thoughts on how to recover and restore.

Yet applying them to ourselves is another beast altogether as it’s infinitely more difficult, right? I mean, when the roles are reversed we may find ourselves rejecting most of that which is being offered even if we at least appreciate the sentiment and try. We just don’t want to hear it.

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Hello World Tattoo

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Above is “hello world” in morse code which is something I’ve been fascinated with since I was very, very young.

And there is an obviously something deeply personal about “hello world” since it’s one of the first programs that I ever put together (many of you readers will have fond memories of this via Java… public static void main…) and also the very first blog post (the title) that one typically writes.

WordPress specifically auto-generates your first blog post for you.

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Live Long Enough…

i-believe-in-harvey-dentLove me some Harvey Dent (via The Dark Knight):

Die a hero or live long enough to become a villain.

The biggest challenge that all entrepreneurs face (but never really consider heavily) as they embark on their quest to change the future and build unique products and companies is the aftermath of the venture’s failure.

In other words, what they should do when their startup crashes and burns and how they will handle the inevitability of the internet’s commentary about your failure.

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iPhone 6 Plus

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What size?

It took 4+ weeks to get here but I’ve been far too busy to really care about not having one so when my wife dropped it on my chest as I lay passed out on my couch (I didn’t hear the knock on the door) I didn’t react in my typical fashion of exuberance; sleep seemed like a much more attractive activity than restoring and reconfiguring a new device.

But eventually my curiosity gave way and I stumbled to my notebook computer with the small package in hand. 5 minutes later I was in the process of restoring an iCloud version and was generally underwhelmed.

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A Quick WordPress (Self-Hosted) Starter Kit

A Publishing Toolbox!

A Publishing Toolbox!

If you’ve been around this blog for any length of time then you probably already know that I’m a big fan of WordPress (both the .com and .org).

Although I’m not overly dogmatic about this particular technology as I am more inclined to recommend anything to anyone as long as they are blogging, I believe that WordPress has a lot to offer both the casual and serious digital publisher.

I especially believe in the “independent web,” a web that celebrates real control of the content and stories that you write. I believe that’s vitally important for all bloggers and all online creators.

So, whether you are an artisan wordsmith, a crafter of pixels, a photographic genius, a small business (or super-large), or a coding genius and anything in between, a blog should be part of your repertoire!

Right? Regardless of where you fall on the creative spectrum you know how special it is to share your work with others, by showcasing your raw potential made manifest through sweat, blood, and tears.

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