Gravity bites

Watching skate videos – try this one, or this one – is great. You can kind of imagine doing those tricks. Watching beginner “how to” skate videos – try this one – is fun too. You can definitely imagine doing those tricks: “So I just put my foot here, then I jump like this…” You can learn a lot from…

Build it up (buttercup)

Reality checks Last October I ran the Jakarta half-marathon and found it much harder than I expected. There were mitigating factors – it was hot and humid, and I was running with very low weekly mileage (about 10 miles a week!) – but even so, it was a tough finish. Up until that point I’d always assumed that the marathon-I-never-quite-got-around-to…

Roosevelt’s Man in the Arena (extended cut)

If you already know it, you may not have read this extended cut. If you haven’t come across it, it’s time you did. The Man in the Arena

Seth Godin on perfect vs “good enough”

Now we get to my favourite sneak question… What does perfect look like? I would like you to list, when your project is working perfectly, exactly what is it? – What kind of profit does it have? – Who loves it? – What shape is it? – What colour is it? – What do the reviews say? Whatever is important…

Podcast recommendation: Ben Horowitz on organisational culture vs product (a16z podcast)

Episode 503 of the a16z podcast, The Stories and Code of Culture Change, is a great overview of Horowitz’s book, You Are What You Do, and features some highly memorable (and hilariously violent) stories that illustrate what culture is, and some ways you might build it. Here he is on the relative importance of culture and product: Let’s not get…

The Toolkit – Part 0: Action. Now. (2) – action as springboard and seed

This post is part of the working draft of the DriverlessCrocodile Toolkit (read more here). I’d love comments, links to resources related to the theme, and original contributions. Action first Action comes first because without action, nothing else matters. Ideas and ideals, knowledge and skills, kindness, elaborate plans and good intentions mean nothing if you can’t (if you won’t) consistently…

The Toolkit – Part 0: Action. Now. (1) – action first

This post is part of the working draft of the DriverlessCrocodile Toolkit (read more here). I’d love comments, links to resources related to the theme, and original contributions. Action first Action comes first because without action, nothing else matters. Ideas and ideals, knowledge and skills, kindness, elaborate plans and good intentions mean nothing if you can’t (if you won’t) consistently…

Clarity. Simplicity. Focus. Action. (Redux)

Do you know what you need to do? Can you tell the difference between what’s important and what might be nice one day, and what’s piffle? Do you focus your attention on a maximum of three important goals at a time? Do you get them done? What are you going to do now?

To make change happen…

We usually need several things to come together before we actually make a change. 1. See that the change is possible We learn what’s possible through exposure (seeing a thing happen or be done), experience (doing things ourselves that suggest similar things might be possible) and education (being taught, or self-teaching, about what has and can and could happen). 2.…

While the iron is hot

Of course it’s a good idea to strike while the iron is hot. If striking iron is what you do and you find some hot iron you should strike before it gets cold. It’s far better to strike than to spend time and energy re-heating the iron later. The same goes if a friend happens to heat some iron up…