Here’s a thought: a healthy relationship makes both of the people better for it. Both people win, or neither one wins. Are you better, and better off, because of your spouse? Is your spouse better, or better off, because of you? And then there’s business, life, and relationships. Is your relationship better off for your … Continue reading It’s Easier to Build a Business Than Find a New Spouse.
What do you think of this (emphasis is mine)? Flextime, dress-down Fridays and paternity leave mask the core issue: certain job and career choices are fundamentally incompatible with being meaningfully engaged, on a day-to-day basis, with a young family. Reality is people working long hard hours at jobs they hate to buy things they don’t … Continue reading What Does a Life Well Lived Look Like to You?
Today is the first day of distribution for Samatha Walraven’s book Torn: True Stories of Kids, Career, and the Conflict of Modern Motherhood. I got an advance copy and it’s a good read: for working moms, of course, but also for working dads, and everybody else who cares about understanding some of the people they … Continue reading Torn: True Stories on Kids, Career, and Conflict of Motherhood
We were in our early twenties, and he was in his late forties. We knew him as the quintessential Oregon lover, born and raised in Oregon, running a lumber business, loving the advantages and ignoring the disadvantages of living in Eugene. He was smart, successful, and very easy to like. We both liked and admired … Continue reading True Story: Home is Where Business is Good
What do you think about this (quoting a discussion at thefunded.com): I Don’t Believe in Work Life Balance as a Startup Person. Am I Wrong? In the discussion on thefunded.com, the person who asks the question is co-founder and CEO of a startup, and is working 60 hours a week. But there are problems: I … Continue reading Is Work Life Balance in a Startup A Good Thing?
On this last working day of this year, staring 2011 in the face, I’m reminded: Time is the scarcest resource. Don’t waste it. In the 1987 Wall Street movie, as they board his private jet, Gordon Gekko tells Bud Fox: Real wealth is not having to waste time. Meanwhile, somebody suggested to me that we … Continue reading This New Year’s Resolution is About Time
It’s pretty much common knowledge that there are far fewer women than men running high-tech high-end (meaning visible, getting buzz, getting investment) startups. That’s bad news, right? I thought it was obvious. But apparently it’s not obvious. Say, what? Well, for example, there’s Penelope Trunk’s Women Don’t Want to Run Startups Because They’d Rather Have … Continue reading Women in Entrepreneurship and Controversy in Blogging
What’s “the stairway to heaven” to you? Is it about God and Heaven? A metaphor for business growth, maybe? I think of the Led Zeppelin song and a picture on the album cover something like the one here. It’s a long stairway heading up into the sky, with landings or stopping points, and changes of … Continue reading The Business Lesson on the Stairway to Heaven
I really like Anita Campbell’s How to Put the Life Back Into Your Company post yesterday on the American Express OPEN Forum. She starts: After the past two years of the recession – watching expenses like a hawk and keeping a close eye on receivables – it wouldn’t be surprising if you ended up with … Continue reading Take a Break. Get Out for a While. Do Something for Yourself.
My thanks to Chris Brogan for posting Games and Fun on his blog this morning, linking to Jane McGonical’s Gaming Can Make a Better World video on TED.com (embedded below). In his post, Chris says: Forget the rest of my blog post and just watch this. Ask yourself whether or not you could make more … Continue reading On the Value of Good Computer Games