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It was about 11:00am when the email came in. Out of nowhere, and old friend told me that my college roommate was in the hospital and he probably wouldn’t make it through the rest of the week. And then another one came in at 1:00pm. It just said, “He passed.”... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2016 at Rugged Individualism
“What do you mean you don’t watch TV?” I’m sitting at a bar with two of my friends and they are talking about a TV series they both watch. They ask if I’ve seen it and I say no. They begin talking about another series. They ask again if I’ve... Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2016 at Rugged Individualism
Last week someone asked me to share my cliff notes for interviewing. As I was documenting my preparation steps, I realized it might be worthwhile to share a few of them here. There are the kinds of things were talking about in conversations at The connections are forming and... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2016 at Rugged Individualism
I read The Peter Principle some years back and it stuck with me. It’s a simple concept – people are promoted and promoted until they hit their level of incompetence. This a hard principle to refute especially if you’ve worked in Corporate at any level. You see it above and... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2016 at Rugged Individualism
I hate it when people ask me “What do you do?” For me, it’s about the same as commenting on the weather. I know it’s a custom, but it’s such a lazy questions and I really hate answering it. There are a number of reasons I bristle – perhaps I... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2016 at Rugged Individualism
What is the meaning of life? How’s that for an opener? That is the question that Frankl says, “burns under [our] fingernails.” That’s some white hot intensity. I don’t ask myself the question often, but I am getting to the point in my life where I do ask it. I... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2016 at Rugged Individualism
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I’ve been thinking a lot about the dreams I used to have. Some of them are still with me and a few have been realized. A while back (based on a book called The Dream Manager by Matthew Kelly – a fictional story about a company that turned around an... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2016 at Rugged Individualism
When you’re working with another co-founder, sometimes you have to take time to hash out some details. We’ve talked generally about bringing first-rate content to our community, but “first-rate content” is such sanitized language. We needed some clarity. We started our call discussing what seemed to be small details. Our... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2016 at Rugged Individualism
Sometimes I feel an internal struggle between gas and brake. I need to make progress and just git ‘er done – that’s the gas. Other times I want to conduct extensive research, carefully consider the options, and then choose a path – that’s the brake. We’ve discussed coming up with... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2016 at Rugged Individualism
It seems like the only time I get to stop and take stock is on the plane home. Work is finished, there is no internet, and I couldn’t sleep without 2 doubles. If I peel off into solid zzz’s at the end, you’ll know why. Since the last meeting, our... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2016 at Rugged Individualism
It was so strange to see that last post up. I am the 3rd member of the newly formed alliance and as I read what we’re all about, I felt disconnected. I wasn’t sure if I agreed with everything I read. Some of it resonated, but I didn’t know if... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2016 at Rugged Individualism
Ok. The blog is up. We’re live on twitter. But what are we really doing? Our answer is this. We’re here to do three things. Use our blog to create and share high quality information on the topic of sharpening one’s personal sword. As we highlighted in our first round... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2016 at Rugged Individualism
I have been thinking a lot about numbness lately. I would say that I was personally numb (half asleep and going through the motions) for many years - goals in work were small pleasures that I clung to. I have taken to really trying to picture what peoples lives are... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2016 at Rugged Individualism
You have to count it to believe it. 23 Likes. 47 shares. Three pins. One written endorsement from a colleague of seven years ago. A trending hashtag. And silence. Moments passively shared and viewed to determine today’s worth. An ongoing urge to share only the best of stories – vacations,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2016 at Rugged Individualism
Here I sit on the tarmac. The guy next to me is deeply engrossed in a book on his Kindle. I'm hunched over my iPhone typing into Evernote. The plane is full, the tarmac is full, and the airspace above us is full, thus the wait. The airline business is... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2016 at Rugged Individualism
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