Monthly Archives: July 2010

31 Jul

Short is Hard

  “For sale: baby shoes, never used.” —(complete) short story by Ernest Hemingway The most useful thing I learned in high school—at least, the most useful thing that was part of the curriculum—came in senior English, as taught by Ms. Edith Pratt (Patty) Masterson: the “précis.” In case you were spared such torture, a précis [...]
30 Jul

How to Raise Your Profile, Online and Off

It’s a question that comes up a lot: how do I stand out? how do I break in? how can I be successful? The answers are simple, but they’re not easy. Be active. Presence isn’t enough. You have to act. Whether that means you’re a company looking to break into a new market, or the [...]
28 Jul

Forsaking the Future Self

Why do we do it? We set goals, we make plans. We tell ourselves we will…this time. But we don’t. A while back, Julien Smith wisely pointed out (as is his wont) that three of us are present for any decision: there’s who we were, who we are, and who we are going to be. One begets [...]
22 Jul


“I’m better now.” That’s what my two-year-old says, clutching his Ghost Frog (there on the far right…), after a spill, or a tantrum, or a kiss for real and imagined wounds. It struck me the other day, when he said it, that that’s how I want to be able to answer the question, “How are you doing?” [...]
20 Jul

Fishing for Excuses?

We say there isn’t enough time, that we’re too busy. We say it passes too quickly, and wonder if we’ve done enough for the age we are. But time is a red herring. It distracts us from the real matter at hand. I’m all for SMART goals—goals that are specific, measurable, actionable, realistic, and timebound. (Timebound, after all, comes [...]