Category: Reads

  • Treat Failure Like a Scientist

    When a scientist runs an experiment, there are all sorts of results that could happen. Some results are positive and some are negative, but all of them are data points. Each result is a piece of data that can ultimately lead to an answer. And that’s exactly how a scientist treats failure: as another data […]

  • Is it possible to do negative work?

    Is it possible to do negative work?

    That is far from the truth. Not all developers will bring positive value to your team. I understand the pressure of tight timelines, but hiring in desperation won’t solve that problem. It’ll make it worse. Bad developers will not only slow you down, but they can cause your great developers to leave your company. You […]

  • Estonia is leading our future

    Perhaps only a place that started over from scratch in 1991 could reimagine the idea of a country. As I watch the Starship robots maneuver across the company’s office in Tallinn, CEO Heinla says he believes Estonians, after decades of living under Soviet rule, were uniquely suited to creating new ways of doing things, including […]

  • Is America anti-innovation?

    Is America anti-innovation?

    It’s hard to imagine a more irrational way to organize society. Capitalism prides itself on allocating resources well – if it creates inequality, its defenders argue, at least it also creates growth. Increasingly, that’s no longer the case. In its infinite wisdom, capitalism is eating itself alive. A saner system would recognize that innovation is […]

  • Giving up things for success

    Giving up things for success

    I’ve thought of all the times that I’ve been asked if I’m still writing. I’ve been asked this by acquaintances and strangers, even by fans, readers of mine….. I’ve asked around and discovered that every artist and writer I know contends with a version of this question. It’s asked of writers who are household names. […]

  • Be awesome!

    Be awesome!

    “it’s better to be safe than sorry” is such crap. You know what’s better than being safe? Being AWESOME – Jeff Atwood Read on: How to Stop Sucking and Be Awesome Instead

  • Feeling stuck?

    Feeling stuck?

    If you’re feeling stuck and struggling to make the progress you want, take a look around you. Most people adapt to whatever environment they find themselves. They have what psychologists call an “external locus of control,” where they believe factors outside of them dictate the direction of their lives. Thus, they live reactively to whatever […]

  • Ideas for blogging

    Ideas for blogging

     Let’s talk a little about blogging, first. There are really two things you can do: teach something you’re an expert at or learn something you’re not an expert at. How to know what to write about. View at

  • Becoming better at what you do

    Becoming better at what you do

    As Jason Fried and DHH have said: “Many amateur golfers think they need expensive clubs. But it’s the swing that matters, not the club. Give Tiger Woods a set of cheap clubs and he’ll still destroy you.” Want to Become the Best at What You Do? Read this.

  • Can you manage your time?

    Can you manage your time?

    Our minds are fickle, says Drucker: “Man is ill-equipped to manage his time. Even in total darkness, most people retain their sense of space. But even with the lights on, a few hours in a sealed room render most people incapable of estimating how much time has elapsed. […] If we rely on our memory, […]