I sat down a few weeks ago with the CEO of a local startup to talk strategy (mine, not theirs…they’re killing it). I wanted to get his advice on a few moves I was thinking about making with respect to productivity and strategy. My situation has always been a little complicated because in addition to[…]
Eureka moments are incredible. That moment when you discover (or at worst learn) some incredible thing that will fundamentally change the way you work or think. They’re amazing moments. We all strive for that moment of enlightenment where we make a leap forward, our Elon Musk moment, where we revolutionize an industry or a concept[…]
I like hip hop. I’m an overweight middle-aged white dude so I’m basically the target market, at least according to Apple Music. And being that I’m an overweight middle-aged white dude, two of my favorite rappers are Eminem and Macklemore. I get it. I’m a walking cliché.
But there’s a particular Macklemore lyrics that I really love. It’s everything I believe in when it comes to community and workmanship.
“Don’t try to change the world, find something that you love and do it every day.
Do that for the rest of your life and eventually the world will change.”
This is going to start out pretty personal. From time to time, not all the time, but occasionally, I am crippled with anxiety. Now when I say crippled, I don’t mean “sometimes feel great.” I mean that sometimes I’m unable to move, unable to breathe and unable to think. Let me tell you about the time that I sat down in a grocery store thanks to choices.
Most of us have too much shit to do. Right? While there are a lot of advantages to running your own business and being your own boss, always knowing what to do next is not one of them. I remember working for people. It was great. “Here are your tasks. Rinse. Repeat.” But now that[…]
It’s December 30, 2016 and I’m click clacking away on this keyboard…again. It’s been a heck of a year. This year I’ve written somewhere in the vicinity of 150 blog posts for myself and another 50 for clients and other projects. It’s been a year FILLED with writing. And it’s been a year filled with interesting clients and projects, awful soul sucking clients that you want to burn to the ground and enlightening and heartwarming clients that you want to adopt and raise in a sock drawer. It’s been a year marred with political strife and punctuated by the fall o some of the greatest artists of our generation. We lost Bowie, Prince, Carrie, George Michael and so many more. But it’s also a year that saw people stand up for things in a way that we haven’t seen for generations. It’s been a heck of a year. So with the year all but behind us, I thought I’d share with you the goals I have for myself and for OneRedCat for 2017.
As you’ve probably come to realize, I think there are a lot of things that are broken in the business world that we just keep doing because, “that’s the way things have always been done.” From messed up meetings to hiring gone wrong, there’s a lot to choose from but for me, the real failure[…]
Years ago I read this miserable book called The Secret. Spoiler: this book’s is garbage and I don’t care about ruining it for you. Not one bit. In any case, the book is about the idea that we bring to ourselves whatever we want through the power of positive suggestion. Essentially, if you believe (but[…]
I was talking to a neighbor the other day about strength. Specifically, we were talking about doing manual labor and the sort of strength and endurance that’s necessary for those sorts of activities. He told me about his sons who work out at the gym all the time, but fade quickly when they have to[…]
The other day, I was sitting inside my father in laws air conditioned house watching an uncle and a couple of cousins build him a new deck. I had spent the previous week tearing down the old one and digging new post holes (which prompted this post on Hustle and Grind) but in general, I[…]