There are always methods to add flavor.

My wife made some animal cookies for my daughter from scratch, they cooked a bit faster then usual and were darker than normal. A strong, golden brown color instead of a light beige. The interesting thing is…

they tasted much better than usual!

A lot more interesting flavor on the tongue.

These cookies are normally pretty bland. They have a slight wheat flavor, and are subtly sweet. The dark color add a light bitterness on the outside that contrasted the sweetness inside and made the whole experience more tasteful.

There is an interesting concept here. To add additional flavor, it’s also possible to add cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, or other flavorings, but the flavor here was added by a method, rather than an ingredient. Just a little longer in the oven is all it took.

This isn’t applicable to just cookies. This is also why a little char on grilled foods is great as well. More importantly this is a concept to think about for a business. Why?


“Ingredients” like the right people, equipment, and materials aren’t always available because they aren’t procurable in our timeline, or are out of the budget. However, if we truly reflect on the methods that are already available, perhaps there are ways to get done what we want.

More than a 1/3rd of Frank Lloyd Wrights work…

was done in the last nine years of his life. That’s significant given his career spanned 7 decades.

That means that in his 80’s he was doing producing at least twice the amount of work as in his 20’s. For people doing work that matters, this is the natural progression of things. It takes time, decades, to reach the top of a field, let’s say 60 years old or so. At that point, it’s a time to choose, do you retire, or do you start doing the work you always wanted to do now that you’ve built your reputation. In Wright’s case, that was another 25-30 years of work that accelerated in volume.

Most people will never even see this as an option for a few reasons:

  • They’ve never found anything they actually care about that much.
  • They never consistently stuck to anything for decades.
  • They don’t have the fortitude to think about working past the point they don’t have to.
  • They may not take good enough care of themselves to stay healthy that long.

When I reflect on this, it makes me excited. It shifts my focus from running out of time, to still walking to the starting line. One feels infinitely better than the other, do you know which one feels good?

Getting comfortable with the long-term.

There are forums filled with employees complaining about how long things take at work. Approvals that take a day or a week, that prevent them from doing the work they actually want to be doing.

While I understand the frustration, there is something lacking in most of their approaches. A long-term vision. Perhaps that’s because upper management doesn’t share that with them. Or that they simply don’t think in those terms because their tasks don’t last that long.

My life improved dramatically, when I got comfortable with the long-term. Many employees propose internal improvement projects while failing to take up the mantle for the year or years that it will take to go from an idea to a service, product, or offering. The difference between upper management, and workers is the timeframe both are worried about. Upper management doesn’t care approvals take 3 days to turnaround because their focus is on 5 year timelines. The worker is upset the approvals take 3 days because the task itself only takes 1.

No one is sharing the view from the same spot.

The irony here is that to tell CEOs, especially Fortune 500 CEO’s, that they need to focus on shorter timelines would be comical. Most of them are already making short-term decisions based on stock prices. If they looked longer-term at items that mattered, like hiring better workers, better pay for those they have to increase retention, better training to produce better workers, better work from home options, healthcare, and all sorts of other things that go into making a strong company the world would be a better place for workers.

That means that it’s likely you, as a worker or even a small business owner that has to adopt the longer-term vision. You don’t have the resources to make things happen on short timelines by throwing huge amounts of capital at it. That’s okay because patience, generosity, and creativity can outstrip that in the long run, if you stick to it.

Think in years or decades, small additional efforts sustained over those time periods accomplish a lot.

The end of Cars…

Tells us a lot about life.

I’m talking about the Disney movie. In it, Lightning McQueen, the hotshot rookie, is about to win his life long dream of a piston cup. Instead, he stops and helps the long-time “King” of racing to finish the race by pushing him after he was wrecked by another competitor.

The stadium goes wild for McQueen. The guy that actually wins is ignored and scorned for wrecking “King” in the first place. It resonates with most everyone that watches it.

Yet, we don’t see this kind of generosity often. Perhaps it feels like there isn’t a wreck everywhere, there isn’t an opportunity to do this, that we’re all waiting. Of course, there is opportunities everywhere.

Every business struggles to sell more work, to pay their workers better, to do better for their clients. I started a people doing great work page, so that I could post more great businesses who are generous, patient and creative because these are the businesses we need to thrive.

Perhaps your own marketing needs more sharing for others than it does for you to share how great you are.

Perfection is a pursuit of only the simplest tasks.

Perfection is only obtainable in simple tasks, and that’s only when measuring with “normal” metrics. For example, if I said chop these squash into 1/4″ cubes. If I measured everyone with a ruler and they were all 1/4″ cubes exactly, the task was done perfectly. Of course, if I measured them with a laser to the 0.0001″ tolerance it would likely be seen none of them are cubes at all.

Beyond that, when the tasks have multiple steps, requirements, and stakeholders, how is perfection even graded?

Design the perfect home.

For who?

For which lot?

For what budget?

There isn’t a perfect solution, it all depends. And there will be tradeoffs.

When people say that perfectionism holds them back, I say, “The problems you’re working on are likely too simple.” This coming from a person who used to be held back himself.

Molasses vs. Brown Sugar

A story about subtlety or boldness.

I’m surprised that many people don’t know brown sugar is cane sugar with some molasses added back to it.

It’s not surprising since molasses looks black, and syrup like, while brown sugar is brown, and grainy. It’s hard to see the relationship.

I also know that plenty of people love brown sugar, and hate molasses. Brown sugar is sweet, with a little smoky character. Molasses is dark, heavy, and has a black licorice quality.

Of course this is a story about subtly and boldness. The people who like brown sugar, like a hint of molasses, sweetened up with sugar. Those who like molasses itself, like powerful, heavy flavors. Brown sugar is for the masses, and molasses for the extremes. Knowing which one you’re serving is important.

TIL that when quirky theatrical producer David Merrick got bad reviews for his 1961 musical, he found 7 random denizens of New York with names identical to those of 7 top theatre critics. He asked the civilians to talk ecstatically of the musical, then published an ad with their praises and names. – todayilearned

TIL that when quirky theatrical producer David Merrick got bad reviews for his 1961 musical, he found 7 random denizens of New York with names identical to those of 7 top theatre critics. He asked the civilians to talk ecstatically of the musical, then published an ad with their praises and names. – todayilearned
— Read on

Taste doesn’t sell through a screen.

That’s why the look of food matters these days when there are so many choices and yelp reviews are just a couple clicks away.

People can usually find the pictures of food from a particular establishment online. For me, if I can’t, I assume it’s bad. Why wouldn’t they post it if they were proud? Better yet, why wouldn’t customers post it if it was great? I’m at restaurants all the time where people are snapping pictures of their food.

This isn’t always fair. For example, a great restaurant, in a small town, that serves an older clientele may not get the amount of yelp pictures and reviews as one that sells to a younger clientele. That will change in another 20-30 years as there will be few demographics that aren’t tech savvy.

All of these pictures miss the point if the food doesn’t taste as good as it looks. The taste is what people are after, the look is just the first indicator. The second is the smell when you get to the restaurant and finally the taste comes when your meal is served.

This is the case for plenty of businesses outside the restaurant industry, if you don’t conjure the right imagery, you may not get a chance to show people how great the experience is with you.

Low hanging fruit.

When sales is running behind their goals, there is always discussion of “low-hanging fruit”. Of course, if it was that low-hanging it likely would have been picked.

And also, the higher fruits, will never be picked without some advanced preparation. Without getting a ladder, or cherry-picker in order to reach new heights.

The problem with low-hanging fruit in general is that it’s the only fruit most people see. They aren’t asking is it abundant? Is it tastiest?

It’s possible if the focus was moved from the low-hanging fruit, bigger markets and deal sizes could be found. The struggle is that you need new approaches, tactics, and insight to reach it, and it may require wandering a bit to find the right tree. Have you baked any of that in to your approach yet?

The role of emotions in decision making.

The coronavirus came on quickly, and required a lot of decisions to be made with not much data. People had to weigh not only the data, but how they felt about the data. Would it change? Is it over-inflated because the early numbers aren’t reliable since things such as test availability, number of people infected, mutation, regional differences, and death rate are all changing or uncertain.

This is why we have emotions. To respond in the absence of data.

If you were unaware tigers existed, and one was snarling at you, taking the time to look tigers up on Google, the chance that it will maul you, and what the outcome of that mauling would be whether injury or death in the case of running vs. fighting isn’t practical. In fact, it’s fatal. This is the reason society hasn’t lost emotions through natural selection, often times they save our lives through triggering fight or flight.

“Emotional” is a term often used to deride bad decision-making. In certain things, the stock market for example, it may be true. However, in cases where there will only ever be one data point, like quitting a job to start a business, it’s the only tool available. You can’t know for certain all the sales, earnings, profits, risks, in advance of starting the business. Some projections of those things are possible, but you are still weighing those against the feeling you are correct about them.

My wife put instant coffee in her coffee.

There are actually 3 kinds of people in the world, rather than the normal suggestion of 2. Those who don’t like coffee, those who like a nice coffee, and those who are extreme about coffee. My wife put instant espresso in a brewed cup of coffee. She’s the extreme coffee lover.

I love a good, balanced cup of coffee, but that wasn’t always the case. It was being around my wife’s extreme love for it that made me a coffee drinker. That daily fresh brewed scent in the house. That warm, steamy cup on a winter morning. Eventually, it led me to drinking coffee and it became a habit of mine too.

One way to serve people is to offer them a perfect, shining example of whatever it is you make. The best breakfast cup of coffee in town. The other option is to offer an extreme version, one that turns off everyone but the most extreme consumers of your wares.

Being seen as the best vs. Being the best.

They don’t always align.

This was a lesson shared by Warren Buffett to a person who won an auction for a lunch with him for an exorbitant amount of money that was donated to charity.

It wasn’t elaborated on, but Warren still lives in his house from the 1950s. He’s not a flashy guy. He doesn’t do risky investments and he’s been patient.

There are a ton of young men hoping to get rich like Warren on Wall St. However, they are also following a different culture than Mr. Buffett did. They are interested in fancy cars and houses. Things that take a lot of investable resources out of play.

This is the story for many people. The architect who pours all of his savings into a flashy office before he can even pay his bills and has a clientele is an example. If that shortens the architect’s “runway” for his business, and he goes under, he’ll have to go back to working for someone else. Never getting a chance for his “vision.”

Our ego is in the way at times. Sometimes it’s better to simply be the best, then be seen as the best. That means something different to everyone, so take time to think about it.

How did the conversation get here?

A solo podcast is hard. It needs to feel like a conversation with the person on the otherside, who doesn’t get a chance to speak back. So, if a conversation was like this in real life, how would it have got there?

What would have been the question that you were asked to start your monologue? Think that through at the beginning because how you start is going to set the tone for the rest of the episode.

This doesn’t apply just to podcasts, but also to essays, forum comments, emails, etc.

Is there artistry in this?

Above is an article about social distancing. However, the words aren’t that important. The imagery alone shows something. That’s not something often found in newspaper. There is some artistry here. When you do your work, ask yourself, where is the artistry? is an art in progress. I’m not happy with the homepage, but I still haven’t landed on what it should be. Art takes time, practice and patience.

Should rules be in the negative?

Certainly laws should if we are to believe we have a lot of freedom. After all, a free people should only have a small number of things they can’t do, the rest is open for debate.

For businesses, for our culture, we should encourage rules written in the positive. It’s much clearer for someone on what they should be doing. It makes them feel better about following the rules since they don’t sound depriving.

“Drink your coffee outside the server room,” rings psychologically different than “Don’t drink your coffee in the server room.”

This practice can be used to write handbooks, operating procedures, etc.

To build a positive culture, a positive tone is a necessity. This helps reinforce both.

Acting on data or emotion?

I was reading some commentary about the Coronavirus and the political response to the aid package (CARES Act) right after passing (3/27/2020). An online commenter was questioning whether the U.S. was acting on data or emotion.

That’s quite the question.

In this context the commenter was implying, it’s considered better to act on data. Of course there are two problems with that:

  1. In the case of the Coronavirus, the data isn’t (or wasn’t at the the time) available.
  2. In every case, the data chosen is a story.

For #1, consider that the data is still coming in. What if the virus affects different nationalities differently and has different mortality rates for them. What if the lifestyle patterns of different countries affect the rate of spread. What if by waiting for the data, you kill your opportunity to survive?

Isn’t that why our brain runs on emotion in the first place? To help us survive an unknown threat. A threat lacking data.

For #2, consider that when the cases first started popping up, a number of live TV personalities started telling people, “18,000 people die from the flu every year.” They selected their data to create a story. The Coronavirus is a virus, the flu is a virus, they are the same. Here’s how many people died from the flu, so we shouldn’t overblow this. They picked their data to fit their story. A story that backed up an emotion of confidence.

Also for #2, it may sound as though I’m saying all data is useless. I’m not. I went to college for engineering. I believe in science. When we are measuring specific variables in controlled in environments, we can be more objective about our analysis. An example would be if the government set up testing for all US citizens over a week, and after testing you were quarantined based on contagion, or free from the virus. Then we have controlled most or all the variables. However, testing randomly, or not testing as has been criticized, leads to an uncontrolled environment. One where the data has to be chosen to support whatever story someone is trying to tell.

To give an example, in this case the commenter was asking if the government stimulus could be better spent on cancer research to save more lives long-term as a question we should be asking, and basing it on data. Of course, that’s an example of another story being told with data. Is the story we’re writing about saving the most lives throughout history, or saving the lives of people on this planet at this moment?

There is a reason society has evolved a mix of people who run on emotion and thinking, so that society has both bases covered. People worried about the instant ramifications on the long-term and people focused on the optimal response once the data is in. However, that doesn’t mean there isn’t a lot of tension throughout that process of getting both to see eye-to-eye.

The First Comment…

is the holy grail online.

Why is that?

Well, if you’re like a thread I just saw a few days ago, in the first comment it mentioned reminding them of Mortal Kombat, and then the next 20 comments riff on that idea. After readers are done reading, they all suddenly want to play the game.

That’s great for Midway Games.

And this is a tactic that social media marketers use. Find posts where you can interject a thought about your product without seeming like a shill, and people who used it in the past will be reminded of it as so many people share their thoughts on it. This works best for products that have been around a long time and people loved.

Naive vs. Idealism

I see the possibilities that someone is trying to gain power over me. That they may mislead me. That they may not care about my well-being. If it only costs me a few extra dollars, or a meal that I don’t enjoy as much because they were forced to recommend the highest margin items for one reason or another, I’m okay with it.

This isn’t the same an naivety. Naivety is not seeing the scam. Not recognizing what is happening. Being manipulated easily.

Instead of squeezing every dime out of every transaction. Or calling everyone out on every single indiscretion, I work on idealism. Unless we start behaving ideally, it’s hard to have an ideal world.

Will you ever see a stock rise circuit breaker?

In the last few weeks, the stock market has hit a “circuit breaker” where stocks fell 7% in five minutes of opening so trading was halted. This is to prevent total collapse of the market as sell offs trigger sell offs due to panic. The initial sell off was due to panic over the coronavirus affecting supply chains.

My question is will you ever see a circuit breaker on stock rises? The answer is obviously no. Isn’t there a danger present? That we’re pumping a stock market higher than rational analysis dictates. At multiples of profit that we would never pay to buy a small business?

Shouldn’t there be a trigger in place that stops the hype from getting too out of control? After all, if you don’t overbuy then there is much less to crash.

This is a system that has one-sided protection. Like many of these systems, it creates something that people can exploit because now that my downside is covered, pumping the upside far more than rational analysis dictates is safer because if things spiral out of control without me noticing in just a few minutes, I’ll be notified that things are bad and be given a break period to correct it.

The systems in place dictate behaviors. Never forget that.

Seeing company culture

Purl is a twelve minute Pixar short about company culture and how it happens. Nearly everyone that joins a company likely doesn’t fit the mold exactly, then they conform a little to it. If someone is radically different than the company culture, they either change, as Purl does in the movie, or leave, reinforcing the culture that exists.

There is tons of writing out there about company culture:

Purl illustrates what is meant to be a bad culture like employees shunning the new hire and uncooperative departments (finance must hate these guys!). How can you fix that, or if you have a good culture how can you make it continue?

I firmly believe in marketing as the ability to make change happen, but as a tool I believe in marketing as a filter. One filter that you can put in place is the principles you want the new hires to uphold in the job posting. That way, the applicants more closely align with how you want the company to operate. In the past, this would have been tough. Pre-internet job applicants were fewer in-between. Now, with online applications, the average job posting gets 200+ applicants, so it doesn’t hurt to add a filter that takes that down to 50 anyway. It’s a better filter than throwing half in the trash, as I’ve heard before.

The bigger problem is not knowing what culture you want. That’s something you’ll need to think about closely.

No dress code as a filter.

Power dynamics exist in the workplace whether you are aware or not. When people hire programmers, they offer no dress code as a benefit. Come in as casually as you would like. In some cases, this is used to measure their ambition outside of the company. Most people dress up for interviews. If someone who comes in casually everyday suddenly shows up in dress clothes, they know something is up.

Do they need to retain them. Offer them more money? If they are ready to lay people off should they be the first to go?

It creates a power dynamic. Why does anyone care about that?

These workers are the hardest to find, longest lead times to fill, and require the most pay. If they are desperate to fill a position, again the power shifts to the seeker.

I hate this kind of power mongering and politicking, but it’s out there. Not every company is abusing it in this way, but some certainly are.

The struggle with covering news about coronavirus

I’m always trying to see both sides, a side that tells the story of a cruel, calculated work filled with bad intent, and the story about how negative results could be the effect of good intent.

The coronavirus news coverage is getting a lot of criticism, saying the media is whipping people into a frenzy. That’s a story that I can believe because fear creates ratings for news as people tune in for updates. That’s the business side of the media.

There is also another side. The fact that to spread a message far and wide it has to be repeated over and over. Ask any business how many times they had to tell people what they do with advertising before they became widely known in their industry. The answer will always be a lot. And that’s the issue. When someone hears about the coronavirus for the 20th time they may start to panic, of course it’s possible others are only hearing the message for the 1st time. Not everyone is a daily consumer of the news.

In cases like coronavirus, both of these can be true. Of course it could also be true that it is bad enough to be this worried, only time will tell.

Where did the artistic details go?

Look at old architecture photos or historical street lamps, and you might ask yourself that question. Artistry used to be part of the product.

Is it because marketing became easier, work didn’t have to stand out? In the past, by styling different than the competition, people decided where to buy what they wanted. That’s important in an era when their weren’t tons of magazines, catalogs, and definitely no internet, tv, or radio.

Is it because competition has shrunk? Back at that time, there was a lot more small companies competing in the same industries.

Is it because the craftsman are gone? Everything is now optimized for machinery to make, rather than handcrafting. This leaves less room for the artistry and the details.

The artistic details have been missing for sometime, but they are only gone, not forgotten. Find a way to add your artistry into what you do, the easy work is already automated.

Frank Lloyd Wright’s houses leaked when it rained.

I’m talking about this Frank Lloyd Wright. Even though they leaked, he created works of art.

In school I was taught to design ordinary houses. The kind that are water tight, safe, and look like the neighbors.

No one becomes well-known doing the work they are told to do. They become well-known creating something new. Something that people want. Something that people can’t forget once they see it.

A school can’t create a Frank Lloyd Wright. Only someone like Frank Lloyd Wright can. Visionary. Persistent. Deliberate. Doing the work that peers think is outrageous.

5% of a day is…

72 minutes. A little over an hour.

In order to grow your income, skills, or business, it’s likely this is all that needs to be spent. many people struggle with the fact they can’t spend hours a day job hunting, or developing a new marketable skill, or working on their side business.

It’s not as necessary as people think if they are committed. 5% beats inflation, and it’s likely if you spend you’ll see more growth than the amount of time you spend. As a reminder, even 5% annual growth over 40 years compounds compounds into a 700% gain. If you’re young, 5% growth over 70 years is a 3000% gain.

Of course it’s likely in that 40 years it may pay itself off so much that whatever you’re spending your time on, you choose to do more than 5% and that’s okay too. Just don’t stress out over not “developing” fast enough by not spending enough time. Things tend to have a natural flow, and if it’s meant to be it will work out if you’re spending small, but consistent efforts on it.

Progress meters

The purpose of a progress meter is to show momentum to get you to do more of a certain action. They are loaded in games so you keep playing.

Take Mushroom Wars 2, a fun strategy game. It has a progress bar for getting to 6 wins that gives a reward. That reward is on a sliding scale progress bar that gives additional rewards at higher levels. There is also a progress bar on experience that levels your character up.

The goal of these progress bars is to keep you hooked. They each behave on different time scales. The first is short term, play another game today. The second medium-term, come back tomorrow. The last is a longer timescale, comeback next week.

Considering new characters unlock over time, that is another progress bar.

Progress bars are about keeping you hooked, more than the progress itself. A progress bar at 5 out of 6 wins that gets a reward calls for playing another game or two. Progress bars are about controlling behavior more than tracking progress.

Recognize that and behave accordingly.

The iPass issue

I recently was traveling and had a personal iPass for tolls in the car along with a business iPass that was in my work bag that I use for rentals. It turns out they charged both. So my wife decided to call and get a refund.

They wouldn’t have it.

“No one travels with two IPasses” is what they told her. They believe she was trying to scam them.

While it’s certain this could be a scam, it’s also got next to no incremental cost at the number of people going through that toll daily. Giving a refund here doesn’t cost much. This is about the least generous way to go about business I can think of. It’s also a symptom of a business who has few alternatives for their products. Is there another road in the same place that I can take?

Just imagine if this happened every once in a blue moon, but they had captured it down in their system, and said 0.005% of our tolls accidentally have two iPasses in the car. We should redesign the transponder to have an off switch that way in the future people won’t have this issue. Then they would have a solution to a problem. A generous thought for their customers.

The way they are behaving is greedy and they get away with it because the amounts are so low. How much time should my wife spend on a couple dollar refund?

It’s not good business. Don’t be like them. Be generous.

Frank Lloyd Wright’s architecture was also a social revolution

He didn’t like attics, and hated the small bedrooms that hid behind dormers so he removed them. His clients were mostly the affluent, so this is where the household help (maids, butlers, cooks, etc.) resided. By removing that space, the help had to have rooms in the main portion of the house. This made them more “equal”.

In this case, I think Wright’s motivation was purely architectural, even if it did have some social impact. However, it does illustrate the power that we have at times. That even when being hired for something like designing a house, we are actually given the opportunity to change people and their beliefs perhaps utilizing different motivations than expected. In this case, Wright wasn’t saying, “You should give your help better rooms.” He was saying, “I can make you a better looking house if we don’t do things this way. The help will live in the main floor.” The impact on the help was the same.

This is a clear look at motivations, and that sometimes to get what you want, you may need to find an alternate motivation for the person you’re seeking to change.

When common knowledge is misinformed

Most people think making bread is hard. They think of endless kneading, and a bunch of measurements.

It’s not.

Here’s a simple bread recipe for you.

  • 400g flour
  • 80% water to flour – 320g of water
  • 2% salt to flour – 8g
  • 1 packet of dried yeast.

Put the water in the microwave for 30-45 seconds until just warm. Pour in the yeast stir, set aside to let it activate. Measure out the flour and salt in a bowl. In about two minutes pour the yeast and water into the bowl and mix roughly with a large wooden spoon until it forms a shaggy dough.

This is where most people think you have to knead the bread endlessly. You don’t. That’s misinformation. There is actually a change happening in the flour as the water hydrates it. That takes time to happen. The extreme kneading is just you doing work that is actually happening as the hydration takes place.

Instead of kneading, Cover the bowl and let it sit for 1 hour in a room temperature location. After that hour it will be slightly sticky, but take your clean hands and fold it over 5-10 times. Then cover and let it rise again. Until it doubles in size or you are ready to bake. The longer you let it rise, the better yeast flavor it will have.

At this point, there a couple options. I prefer baking it at 500 degrees on a pizza stone that has preheated for 30-60 minutes it gives a nice crust. To do this, a peel is necessary to place the dough on the stone. Otherwise, simply flour a baking sheet and place the dough on it and bake. Both of these options require scraping the dough out of the bowl onto a heavily floured surface, trying not to knock the air out. Then lightly roll the dough around the flour to cover it’s whole surface and shape it to your loaf form.

You can put it in straight away, or if you want bigger air pockets cover and let it rise for 30 minutes before putting it in.

After a couple times, the amount of your time, not counting waiting, this takes you will likely be about:

  • 3 minutes measuring and mixing.
  • 1 minute kneading and washing hands.
  • 1 minute flouring and rolling it out.
  • 2 minutes pre-heating and checking on bread in oven.

7 minutes of your time = cheaper and better bread than you can buy at the store. It probably takes you longer to read this.

It’s almost like bread companies want you to believe it’s hard to do. And bread machines makers too. It’s always worth trying things out yourself because common knowledge is often misinformed. At least if you try this, you’ll truly know whether making your own bread is worth it or not rather than relying on the default that’s been told to you.

Patience is a form of tension

When we’re impatient it’s that we believe it’s not going to work. Or that the plan is changing. Or that we’re not good enough. It’s not one tension it’s many.

This is the reason there is so much impatience in the world, nearly any doubt can set it off. There is a reason the wise old master is always portrayed as patient. He is confident.

If I had to find an antonym to impatience that isn’t patience, it would be confidence. Think about that as you work. Notice it in people you work with and use it to your advantage. If someone is impatient find out what they need, why they are worried and how you can help.

Disney launches startup accelerator

Everyone is launching accelerators it seems. I just read an article about Disney launching a startup accelerator.


Because you don’t need them.
Because like the beer industry, young upstarts in huge numbers can chip away at a huge industry. There are 7,000-8,000 microbreweries that are destroying revenues for the major brands since beer drinking isn’t rising by that much.

There is a reason they target young, inexperienced founders mostly. Those founders don’t yet know how business is done, and how simple a SaaS business is in relationship to capital, coordination and scalability compared to other business. If they allow younger generations to get some work experience first, they’ll see they really don’t need an investor, just some skills, a network, and some patience.

These companies are scared of small competitors, so they buy them early in the form of funding through accelerators. Except in most cases they don’t actually accelerate anything. That title is just for show, really they should be called, “Aggregators.” That’s more appropriate. They aggregate companies in the hopes that someone will do good and then they will own a stake of the pie of any who do, ensuring they make decisions about that company, not for the good of the aggregated company, but for the good of the company that invested in it to maintain it’s strong, monopolist position.

You don’t need an accelerator. You need patience.