The want behind the want

People are complicated. If there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s that nothing is black and white. There are many layers to the decisions people make, and there are many forces at work that we’re not even aware of in our own decision-making. As a web designer, the...

The Five Hesitations of an Entrepreneur

When I look back on my experience as an entrepreneur, I find that there is a predictable pattern that rears its ugly head anytime I stop short of achieving something. These “hesitations” are the grinding force that makes you come to a halt. They stand in your way....

The best somebodies are nobodies

The more you grow your business and scale your team, the more you quickly learn how much of your success comes from the heroes you place around you rather than being a hero yourself. In fact, you may end up finding that you become heroic to the people on your team...

Calm is not the enemy of drive

I love it when my thinking is stretched. It might sound odd, but experiencing conflicting ideas is exciting to me because I know that’s when a new, better idea is about to emerge that not only resolves the tension but creates a flurry of new thinking and...

Joy or Toil: You Get to Choose

You’ve heard it said, “It’s not about the destination, it’s about the journey.” I think this is true. But it doesn’t tell you enough. I think something like this is more accurate: The destination never comes; what matters is the kind of journey you’re on. I’ve...

Start you, stay you

There are always copycats. But the last 10 years or so have been a particularly vicious period of time. The “what’s working now” changes so rapidly in this environment that to “catch the wave” you must move fast. But what happens when the wave breaks? A few lucky ones...