Failure doesn’t have to be the end; it can be a start to something better. Failing sucks—no doubt. It’s something we all want to avoid. And after we’ve failed, we may be tempted to quit, stop trying, hide. But that would be a mistake. For greater success is forged from the ashes of failure. He … Continue reading Failure is the secret to success
Don't wait, second guess, or think. Just start. Pick up that brush, begin typing, crank the wrench, put your money in. Do. Go. Begin. Don't worry about being perfect. Nothing ever started that way. It's always terrible at first. Expect it to be. The point is to do it regardless. In the doing, you will … Continue reading The way to get started…
Have you ever wondered if you should do something else for work? You can. Of course you can find work that you enjoy. I've made my fair share of career changes, working at a church, a bank, and an interior design company before starting my company, a website design and development agency, specializing in Drupal … Continue reading Want to change your career? Do this.
Work-life balance is a concept that doesn’t help us achieve what we really want. What it’s supposed to do is help us find a way to make a living as well as pursue other interests outside of work. But I don’t think it does that because it is so nebulous. How will I ever know … Continue reading Can life and work really be balanced?
Starting a company requires seeing the world differently. It's like a lens that helps you see the world sharper, better, giving you a fresh view no matter which direction you look. With that perspective, a garbage can full of trash might even look like something amazing. It makes the ordinary and mundane somehow new and … Continue reading How can you be more entrepreneurial in your career?
Another birthday came and went, and I'm solidly over the hill. But I don't feel that way. In my thirties, I used to fear being forty. I dreaded it like one dreads a root canal. And it hovered over me like a black cloud. Probably the unknown was the cause for so much fear in … Continue reading I had no idea midlife could feel like this
Starting a blog is stupid-hard. It's kind of like cooking an elaborate meal every week, hoping someone will show up to join you, but then no one does. It's always just you eating that food you worked so hard to make—alone. Slaving over a piece of writing doesn't mean anyone will ever read it. And … Continue reading What is it like starting a blog?
When I started my first business eleven years ago, I wish I would have done this, too. Write. Let's be honest. I'm not the best writer. Throughout my academic career, I was a terrible student and worse with a word doc. When I was a sophomore in high school, my graded English papers came back … Continue reading How I conquer my fear of writing
Perfectionism doesn’t work in business. It's about progress. Trying to do something perfectly is overwhelming. Instead of just trying something, we don’t do anything because it wouldn’t be perfect. We are trapped by the ideal instead of just trying to work on the idea. And procrastination transforms into paralysis. Perfectionism paralyzes us. Progress is a … Continue reading Is perfectionism getting in the way of perfecting your work?
For years I've said that starting a business is like jumping off of a cliff and learning to fly. Somehow I flew. Rent wasn't cheap. It was 2008, and I was living in New York City. I was in my early thirties, single and stupid enough to leap off of a cliff without a parachute. … Continue reading What it’s really like starting a business