Archives: Work

May 08

The $100 Startup

The $100 Startup by Chris Guillebeau comes out today. Chris is one of the most inspiring people I’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting – […]

Apr 27

The last mover advantage

Blake Masters posted these lecture notes from a class taught by PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel. A few gems: Some sense of competition seems appropriate. Competition […]

Jan 18

The new groupthink

Susan Cain, on the importance of solitude and privacy for working, learning, and creativity in a world obsessed with “collaboration”: Research strongly suggests that people […]

Jul 06

Like attracts like

Asif Khan, on how he selects content for ufahari: Honestly speaking, whatever interests me. You know I have always believed in one thing, ‘do what […]

Jun 22

The price of “free”

Richard Muscat: Free rarely works, and all the times that it doesn’t, it undermines entrepreneurial creativity, destroys market value, delivers an inferior user experience and […]

Jun 09

The Fraud Police

Amanda Palmer: The Fraud Police are this imaginary, terrifying force of experts and real grown-ups who don’t exist and who come knocking on your door […]

Jun 06

The taskmaster premium

Seth Godin: We happily give up our freedom and our income in exchange for having someone else take responsibility for telling us what to do […]

Jun 03

The Tumblr way

Awesome look at how David Karp, founder of Tumblr, works – in his own words.

Jun 02

Extracting insights from failure

Teresa Amabile and Steven Kramer: Because setbacks are so common in truly important problems, people become disheartened unless they can point to some meaningful advance […]

May 31

Creativity (just add water)

Scott McDowell, for The 99 Percent: Current neuroscience research confirms what creatives intuitively know about being innovative: that it usually happens in the shower. After […]

May 30

A day without distraction

Cal Newport experiments with a day of forced focus: Here are the rules: All work must be done in blocks of at least 30 minutes. […]

May 19

Minimalist workspace porn

Dave Caolo defends the messy workspace: How tightly organized should I be? Enough to pass a white glove test? No. That’s not going to happen, […]

May 18


James Somers recalls working for a CEO who would ask him one question, over and over: “What are you worried about?” He wanted me to […]

May 17

Fall in love with the work. Believe in what you do.

From Robert Krulwich’s commencement speech to the Berkeley Journalism School’s Class of 2011: A job at NBC, ESPN, New York Times, NPR, may look safe […]

May 13

Process over passion

Matt, from 37signals, explaining why we should forget passion and focus on process: The problem with the “follow your passion” chorus: We can’t all love […]

May 10

My place in the world

A friend asked me on Twitter: “What’s your promise to the world? What are you giving to your audience that no one else is?” Once […]

May 09

Why where you live and work matters

From Richard Florida’s Who’s Your City: It’s a mantra of the age of globalization that where we live doesn’t matter. We can work as efficiently […]

May 09

The dangers of a good job

It’s good to be grateful for what you have, writes Chris Guillebeau: But here’s the thing: it can be a good job at a good […]

May 06

Is working together better than working alone?

Stowe Boyd writes: [Researcher Charles Walker] contrasted solitary activities — like singing alone, cooking alone, gardening alone — with their social analogues — joining a […]

May 05

Writer’s fuel

When I’m stuck, frustrated, and not in the mood to write, what helps the most is reading author blogs. Not writing blogs, mind you, the […]

May 04

Steven Pressfield’s “Do the Work”

I just finished reading through Steven Pressfield’s new manifesto, Do the Work. It’s good. If you enjoyed what Steven’s written on art and resistance in […]

Apr 27

The benefits of written reflection

Teresa Amabile and Steve Kramer on the benefits of keeping a work diary: Experiments by psychologist James Pennebaker and others have revealed that writing about […]

Apr 26

Aiming too high?

I wonder if I’m being too ambitious. To date, I’ve come up with dozens of different story seeds, each of which could plausibly become the […]

Mar 31

Keep your goals to yourself

Conventional wisdom says that making your goals public motivates you to achieve them. Not so, says Derek Sivers: Tests done since 1933 show that people […]