Category: book

  • the hard thing about work

    If you’re already skilled and get paid to work, what’s so hard? In your daily work, did you ever thought about “How hard it is to program?” or to “Make a marketing plan” or “Make a cappuccino” or to “Make a pizza”? Did you ever thought your basic requirements for working were too high for […]

  • yes, no, and world of taking time

    What happens when your boss comes to you and ask you if you can finish this -superbig project- in 10 days? You might be tempted to say yes, to please the boss even though you know it’s impossible and it’ll require you to do some extra work. What would happen then is that one day […]

  • honesty is gold

    We live in a world filled with people who sell things.Most of these things aren’t real, some of these things are simply lies. What are you going to offer to the world? Let’s say you made a mistake in your daily work.Are you planning to cover it up?Will you find some excuse to be sure […]

  • making the most out of meetings

    Don’t do meetings. If meetings are required ask yourself “Can I contribute to it?” If not, get out of the meeting. Keep meetings short. If meetings can’t be short split the topics. Unless you’re creating the next Coca Cola you won’t need a long meeting. Arrive prepared. Do your homework, read mails, papers, etc.  Don’t […]

  • on accepting critics

    This year I made an “experiment”. I wanted to know from some people if I had some issues to fix, both technical and non technical, so I sent out a small survey to ask them for help and an honest question. Not all of them answered but some did and their answer was not what I […]

  • sharing your opinion

    Is there a way to share your opinion so that it gets accepted? NO. That’s it. There are times when it’s because you don’t know how to communicate that your opinion doesn’t get accepted, but the key thing many people don’t get about it is that _you will still get rejected_. There’s no way around it. […]

  • there are things that last forever

    One man once said to me: Nothing is more definitive than a temporary solution. He was damn right.Our internal narrative says “We’ll cope with this temporary solution and then we’ll fix it”.But we won’t fix it. I’ve _never_ saw a different story. The times when we decide to change a “temporary” solution are so rare […]

  • let’s sell it more

    You have a product, you want more sales (or start sales).What do you do? Pay for advertising Ask friends to share the link on facebook Ask coworkers to share the link on facebook Do a website for your product What if none of these really matters? (well, maybe number 1 in case of well established […]

  • nobody likes to drown

    What’s the first reaction when you’re not able to manage a sea or a pool and you’re drowning in it? You move frantically your hands and try to shout “Help me”. It one of the few moments  in life when ego and our social status doesn’t get in the way. In near-death situations we tend to […]

  • how to run a marathon

    If you’ve never run in your life, would it be possible to run a marathon tomorrow?Of course not.  Would it be possible in one week? Nope.What if you’d have 1 year? Maybe.3 Years? Yes. But how can you get to run a marathon in 3 years?You have to prepare, maybe not each day, but frequently […]