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Leader of Details

Narrow the focus. Get all the details right. The job of a leader is to help everyone know what details matter.

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Minutiae

It’s destructive. A distraction.

It’s seductive. It must be. Why do we spend so much time with it? In life. In business. In relationships.

Stay focused on the macro. We don’t see the macro each day. Because we don’t set our sights on the horizon. We must see the unseen. And live in it. But that’s hard.

Leaders see it. They must. And they remind everyone else to lift their eyes. To have hope in the horizon. And to work hard in that unknown world. Doing work that seems meaningless. The hard work is what moves the world.

See the bigger picture. Don’t require others to reveal it to you.

Ignoring minutiae does not mean details don’t matter. Understanding the macro gives you the details that matter.

 

 

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Pain of Regret vs.

It’s not pain of regret vs. pain of rejection or pain of failure. The other pain is just the discomfort of growth and learning. The discomfort of rejection could also be temporary. Trust yourself. As a data guy I think you should use what makes sense and what the data reveals. As an entrepreneur I also believe you need to trust your instincts and try things that may not make sense on the surface. A “no” today may be a “yes” in six months. Environments and market conditions change. People’s opportunities change. Keep trying.

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How do you react to mistakes?

It says a lot about you.

Is your first instinct to blame a process? Or technology? Another person?

Do you blame yourself and shrink?

Do you admit that part/all of the blame is yours? And then provide a solution to prevent in the future?

Take blame. Move forward. Forward-looking and solution finding. That’s who I want to work with.

 

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Effortless Immersion

Don’t settle until you find a project, job, hobby, or whatever that allows you to effortlessly get lost in the work.

Effortless immersion isn’t the only criteria. To find real meaning and satisfaction the work has to improve you and the lives of others.

When you’re there, you’ll know. It’ll be hard to sleep because you can’t wait to get back at it.

May we all be blessed with effortless immersion.

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The smell of newspaper.

Up before the sun. Twelve years old. A stack a newspapers on the front doorstep. Roll the newspapers and wrap them in rubber bands. Load the bags on my bike and we’re off to deliver. 

I got a little publication in the mail that looked and smelled like newspaper (it was, but sans valuable information). That smell brought back memories. It reminded me of the many jobs I said yes to when I was young. Lawn mowing, paper routes, making pizzas, clearing horse trails. I was no more than 10 years old when I started finding ways earn money.

Today, with minimal investment a ten-year-old can create a mobile app. A website. The world is at their finger tips. But mobile apps and websites don’t have a smell. They do have a soundtrack and taste. What did you listen to while you coded? What did you eat? That’s now my “smell of a newspaper.”