Posts from the “Essay” Category

Name Calling

Posted on October 17th, 2012

I recently had coffee with a good friend. We get together once a week to discuss ideas and enjoy some deep discussions surrounding our respective projects. In this particular conversation, he brought up the fact that a one word term he often uses, as many in our field do, has become increasingly uncomfortable to him. He mentioned that this word he used to describe a certain subset of people, while in some ways accurate, in many ways he felt was deeply wrong. In fact, he stated, it had become a primary goal of his to eradicate his use of it and urge others to follow. When he told me what the word was, I understood immediately why he was not comfortable. The word was,…

The Value of Email

Posted on April 30th, 2012

Recently, on episode 126 of Enough podcast , Myke and I discussed my inability to bring myself to delete much of the years and years (going back to 1999) of email I keep in my archive. My friend Mike Rohde responded with a tweet and this email — both of which I found insightful and helped to relieve some of my guilt over just how much email I keep. I asked him if I could share it with you and he agreed. I have included it here, slightly edited for this forum, but sentiment complete. The Value of Email A guest post by Mike Rohde Email in the 90s had gravity. Each msg held value in a way it doesn’t now. Then, we had…

What Is Enough? — An Introduction

Posted on January 14th, 2012

I’m convinced that a successful life is largely driven by balance and moderation. Not too much of anything. Not too little, either. Just Enough. More is easy. Our natural proclivity is to have just a bit more. Our society reinforces this idea. More means safety. More means security. With more, you will never be hungry. You will always be just a bit full. Because more means you don’t have to fear less. Fear of less drives us to more. Less is never good. Less will leave you stranded. Less will catch you with your guard down. Less will let you down when you need it most. Less does not satisfy. Less only leaves you wanting more. Less is never Enough. Less is not more…

Saying No Is Actually Saying Yes To Other Things

Posted on September 19th, 2011

You only need one good reason to commit to an idea, not four hundred. But if you have four hundred reasons to say yes and one reason to say no, the answer is probably no. — Twyla Tharp   When we say no to the things we want, we are often saying yes to the things we already have. Conversely, in saying yes to things we want, we are saying, in this same action, that what we have is not enough. Saying no to commitments that we make beyond our available time is saying yes to performing well the current commitments we have the time for. Being overcommitted or taking on too many tasks will degrade your ability to do them all well. Saying…

In Case Of Rain, Sing

Posted on September 14th, 2011

There is something to be learned from a rainstorm. When meeting with a sudden shower, you try not to get wet and run quickly along the road. But doing such things as passing under the eaves of houses, you still get wet. When you are resolved from the beginning, you will not be perplexed, though you still get the same soaking. — Yamamoto Tsunetomo in the Hagakure Most people, in general, have an aversion to getting caught in the rain for an extended period of time. Let’s say, for the sake of argument, you are one of these people. Because you don’t like getting caught in the rain, you plan ahead by buying an umbrella. One of those nice long classic umbrellas with the…