Archives for: September 2015

There were 4 posts published in September 2015.

Recommended Reading

I’d like to recommend a book for you, dear reader. It’s not often that I write about the books I’m reading, but when I do you know that they’re good.

The book in question is ‘The Hard Thing About Hard Things’ by Ben Horrowitz.

I’m working hard to prepare myself for future CEO-dom as a step on the path to building an empire, so I’ve found this to be a particularly good read. If you’re really into fiction and you don’t enjoy business books then this might not be such a great fit.

If you share my taste in books then you would be doing yourself an extraordinary favour by giving it a go.

I’ve enjoyed the tangible, thought-provoking ideas about details you wouldn’t think about until you ended up in that situation. I’ve also enjoyed the realism of the book and how it addresses more than just the sunshine and daisies of running a unicorn.

Three points which have stuck in my head now that I’ve finished the book and I can see a great deal of value in the application of these points as a step towards building something incredible:

  1. Articulating the vision
  2. Having the right kind of ambition
  3. The ability to achieve the vision

If short-form content is more of your thing, then I’d like to provide some alternate reading material in the form of a tweet stream. Quite unrelated to Ben’s book, but it resonated with me nonetheless:


Keep doing fantastic things.

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On the value of writing

I’m on a difficult mission which is going to take me an enormous number of hours: I’m trying to improve my writing skills.

Writing is not something I find myself inherently good at, but I do believe it’s a skill that can be learned and mastered. I also think that this is something that deserves the time I’m going to put into it – there is absolutely no denying that writing is a vitally important skill.

Writing is an extraordinary a way to communicate.

It’s this wonderful way of getting thoughts out of my head, onto paper. More than that, it’s a great delivery method for ideas. I’ve got these enormous, complex ideas bubbling around in my head waiting to be smoothly translated into a sharable medium – writing helps me do just that.

It’s how I get my job done.

Writing is undeniably necessary for my job. Through ideation, documentation and the hundred other formats and mediums I use, a large portion of my communication is non-verbal. I need to share my thinking with the people around me in a work environment and writing is often the best way to do that. more

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22 published and 22 drafts

My focus for this week is to work on getting things done. It’s exceptionally easy to add something to a to-do list, but it’s much harder to take it off. In the interest of decreasing the length of my list and increasing the number of mini-fist-pumps that follow task completion, I’ve decided to put some energy into the backlog on my blog.

However, in the process of cleaning up my blog and working through the many drafts, I’ve noticed the ratio between drafts and posted is exactly equal. I find that pretty interesting, but I would also definitely like to fix it. more

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