Monthly Archives: October 2015

Here’s a question

It might take an hour. Or a day.

Or maybe even a few weeks.

But when you look back at the questions you’re asked, eventually it becomes clear.

The question behind the question.

The sooner you find it, the happier everyone will be.


It’s okay to feel like you have nothing to say.

  • At a meeting.
  • At a party.
  • On a date.
  • To your students.
  • To your customers.
  • Anytime.

Just ask some questions and let them do the talking.

What do you think about what?

For birthday haters

Some people hate their birthday.

It’s a reminder of time passing.

A forced look back at their progress in life.

To me, the dentist is the same thing.

Except the dentist is twice per year, is not fun, and instead of cake, you get bubble gum flavored fluoride.

Fuck birthdays?


Fuck the dentist.

Career fair

If you’re at a career fair, what would you rather hear from a recruiter?

Five minutes of facts and diplomatic BS about the position and company despite the recruiter knowing immediately it’s not a good fit and you have zero chance to even get an interview simply because of something she saw on your resume you just handed them?

Or, the truth. And perhaps, five minutes of genuine, free career counseling.

Well, I certainly had no interest in delivering or receiving the former.

But that’ probably why I write something like the latter, here, every day.


Do you ever stop to think, at this very moment, how many individuals (humans AND animals) are suffering due to forces beyond their control?

Me neither.

Few questions about PTO

Regarding your PTO, as of today, October 9th:

  1. Do you have it scheduled through the year?
  2. Do you plan to roll zero days over?
  3. Are your plans known to more than just HR (clients, etc.)?

If the answer is “no” to any of the above, you know what to do.

Do it today.


Build a house. Build a desk. Build a website. Build a business. Build a baby. Build a show. Build a place. Build a home. Build a brand. Build a class. Build a summer camp. Build a lego set. Build a family. Build a tradition. Build a legacy.

Build something.

Because in ten years, you’ll look back at the stuff you build.

And that’s stuff you’ll be most proud of.


Looking for the answer? Or some guidance? How about motivation?

I bet you could find it on your phone.

But when there’s always an escalator, shouldn’t sometimes just take the stairs?

Dentist question

Every six months, you see the dentist. Her main goal is to see if anything has changed.

Hopefully the answer is no.

While you’re there, do something similar.

Check to see if anything in your life has changed.

Hopefully the answer is yes.

Quotes from the weekend (Bill Simmons, Holstee, Yours Truly)

Some quotes from the weekend:

From Bill Simmons, who helped start Grantland (paraphrased):

Website are like pants. It’s a lot of work to get them to grow. Then once they do, you have to keep watering the or they die out.

From Holstee who’s manifesto has been around for a while, but it always worth revisiting:

This is your life. Do what you love, and do it often. If you don’t like something, change it. If you don’t like your job, quit. If you don’t have enough time, stop watching TV. If you are looking for the love of your life, stop; they will be waiting for you when you starting doing things you love. Stop over analyzing, life is simple. All emotions are beautiful. When you eat, appreciate every last bite. Open your mind, arms, and heart to new things and people, we are united in our differences. Ask the next person you see what their passion and share your inspiring dream with them. Travel often. Getting lost will help you find yourself. Some opportunities only come once, seize them. Life is about the people you meet, and the things you create with them so go out and start creating. Life is short. Live your dream and share your passion.

From UncleLeo’s Blog, Growing up:

Life is about figuring what things make you puke.