Category: Musings

  • 10. People Are Paid for the Value They Create for Others — That Does Not Mean That That is Their Worth

    10. People Are Paid for the Value They Create for Others — That Does Not Mean That That is Their Worth

    This essay is part of my 42 Deep Thoughts project. In a fair world, if you worked full-time you would be able to support yourself completely, and with dignity; there should be laws that ensure that. That’s what minimum wage is supposed to be for. Unfortunately, the effort you put into your work has very […]

  • 9. Don’t Wait Until it is Empty to Refill Your Tank

    9. Don’t Wait Until it is Empty to Refill Your Tank

    This essay is part of my 42 Deep Thoughts project. This is a piece of advice I got, many years ago, from one of my first mentors. I was working with Dale Carnegie Training in sales and as an assistant trainer. Ron was the director of the region I was in, he was generous with […]

  • 8. The “Good Shit” Happens Outside Your Comfort Zone

    8. The “Good Shit” Happens Outside Your Comfort Zone

    This essay is part of my 42 Deep Thoughts project. Just because something is cliché it doesn’t mean that it’s not true. This one, I’ve found, very true. Your comfort zone is where you feel safe. The things you do regularly; the things you know. Your confort zone is where you are proficient. Your comfort […]

  • 7. Exercise and Stretch Your Body, Mind, and Soul Every Day

    7. Exercise and Stretch Your Body, Mind, and Soul Every Day

    This essay is part of my 42 Deep Thoughts project. Ok, maybe not every day. But regularly and often. Not everyone can do all the things. As I mentioned in my intro post to this series, that these are my values, and goals, they may not fit everyone. But I hope that they help you […]

  • 6. Gamify, All the Things!

    6. Gamify, All the Things!

    Or, the power of setting goals. Or, don’t underestimate what you can accomplish with small regular steps over time. This essay is part of my 42 Deep Thoughts project. The book Superbetter by Dr. Jane McGonigal has had a huge influence on my life. It’s backed by a ton of research, and makes a strong […]

  • 5. Take Shortcuts, But Do the Work

    5. Take Shortcuts, But Do the Work

    This essay is part of my 42 Deep Thoughts project. I strongly believe that many of the best qualities in people and in the world, comes from a tension that balances different opposites. My last essay was about taking the scenic routes of life. This value of exploration is balanced, in me, by my drive […]

  • 4. Take the Pretty Routes

    4. Take the Pretty Routes

    This essay is part of my 42 Deep Thoughts project. I used to always take the fastest route. Why wouldn’t I want to get to where I’m going quickly? Then I started to take the scenic routes. I discovered that an hour and a half route will only take 15 minutes more, but is 100 […]

  • 3. Hopes and Dreams are the Fuel

    3. Hopes and Dreams are the Fuel

    This essay is part of my 42 Deep Thoughts project. Dreaming and hoping is what gives you the fuel to achieve anything, or get you anywhere; even through the greatest depths of hell. One of my favorite books, which I go back to every few years, is Man’s Search for Meaning by, Victor Frankel. It’s […]

  • 2. Make it Work, Then Make it Work Well

    2. Make it Work, Then Make it Work Well

    This essay is part of my 42 Deep Thoughts project. I came up with this formulation when I was getting into web development, and it’s something I’ve been preaching to every team I’ve managed and worked with. Perhaps it’s my ADHD, perhaps everyone has this issue, as I was working to build something early on […]

  • 1. Wear Sunscreen

    1. Wear Sunscreen

    This essay is part of my 42 Deep Thoughts project. Originally directed towards the class of ‘97 Mary Schmich wrote an essay which began with these epic words: “Wear sunscreen.” “If I could offer you only one tip for the future, sunscreen would be it. The long-term benefits of sunscreen have been proved by scientists, […]