Achieving Success

If I offered you $20 to cross an empty street, I bet you would take me up on it.  But if I offered you $20 to cross a busy intersection, you would probably think twice. But I would bet that you would run through that same busy intersection for free if a loved one was...

Relational vs. Transactional

Years ago, Sanjay and I would network a lot. We had just started J2 and we rarely turned down a chance to meet people. Our goal was to meet as many folks as possible no matter what they did and gain the opportunity to learn about them and share about us. Several of...

The Art of Wabi-Sabi

According to Japanese legend, a gentleman named Sen no Rikyu set out to learn a set of customs known as the “Way of Tea”. He went to tea-master Takeeno Joo, who tested Rikyu by requesting he tend to the garden. Rikyu cleaned up debris and raked the ground until it was...

Is it Ever a Good Time?

A few years ago, I met up with a friend that I hadn’t seen in a while for dinner.  First thing out of his mouth was “You look like crap!” (it wasn’t exactly that, but I am keeping it clean 😊). What a great way to greet a friend, right? In response, I gave him the...

Graciousness

I spent the last few days in New Orleans with my forum / mastermind group, which I have written about before in several FFfT’s. During these meetings we spend time discussing our professional and personal lives. We laugh, we cry, we reflect, we nurture; at the end of...

Breathe and Carry On

Sunday’s Eagles game against Chicago was a real nail biter: the Eagles came into the game as underdogs with lots of injuries and a backup quarterback. They kept us guessing on whether we would move on to the Divisional Playoffs and some may argue that they got lucky...

Apex Line

Welcome to 2019.  Once again, we start with 365 blank pages to accomplish our goals. Usually the shortest route anywhere is a straight line.  In racing there is a term called the “racing line” which is the line that provides the optimal path around the course. The...

Relax and Recharge

Christmas and New Year’s fell mid-week this year. For many of us that meant additional days off either by taking vacation or the company giving you a few extra days off.  The downside to this extra time off is that maybe you had to spend extra time finishing up...

Mirror Images

It’s December 21st, T-minus 4 days until Christmas. Tensions are running high, and you can begin to see the look of panic in passerby’s eyes as they rush to get their last-minute shopping done. While the holidays are intended to bring out the best of everyone,...

Consensus is Bad

A few weeks ago, I wrote about the benefits of Crowdthink. In the case of my recent time spent at Harvard, working together with other entrepreneurs and listening to their thoughts and ideas while expressing my own as well, was beneficial. By collaborating with others...

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