I just started reading Ray Dalio’s Principles. I’m really just at the beginning, but so far the way he’s talking about principles is different from what I was expecting. It’s less about moral ideals (like “honesty” or “humility”), and more about creating shortcuts in decision-making frameworks. It’s about creating a set of guidelines to any… Continue reading Decisions I’ve Made
There is a ton of overlap in philosophy, religion, meditation, and general self-help. Drink lots of water (all the time, every day) to keep the kidney stone fairy away. Marcus Aurelius was surprisingly relatable. A proper old fashioned is far superior to the stuff they drink in Wisconsin. 43 is not too old to start… Continue reading What I Learned in 2018
Maybe for Christmas somebody could get me a decent mic, because this sounds pretty weak. Props to Jonathan Coulton for writing one of my favorite Christmas songs.
One of the better pieces of advice I’ve read is to write a personal mission statement. This came from The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey. I know it sounds hokey, and that’s because it is. But it’s important to be purposeful about your plans and choices in life or else… Continue reading Personal Mission Statement
An honest apology is a powerful tool that will serve you well throughout your life. It can ease your conscience and it can strengthen a relationship. It’s not easy, and some people never master this skill. Having the ability to make a heartfelt apology is a mark of emotional maturity. I believe you need five… Continue reading Five Parts of an Honest Apology
A few months ago I transitioned into a new role that is somewhat of a hybrid of division lead and team lead (independent division with a business-critical function, but only one large-ish team). Many of the responsibilities for these roles overlap, but I found it helpful to think through what I think is most important… Continue reading Management Responsibilities