Is this important or merely urgent?
Always make sure what you are doing today moves you in the direction you need to go. Even if you cannot see your destination yet.
Always hire a man of action over a man of thought. You can teach someone to slow down and think but you cannot teach someone to speed up and act.
Politicians and patriots.
Figure out who is who in your organization and you will have figured out who is slowing you down and who is moving you forward.
I have always taken the attitude not that I need to convince you to hire me, but that you need to convince me to work with you.
I need money, I just don’t need *your* money.
I don’t imply you should be all swagger and attitude when interviewing, but life is short, why work at a place where they expect you to grovel for a job.
How to use LinkedIn on a daily basis for effective self-marketing:
1) Invite one person.
2) Write two emails.
3) Comment on three articles.
4) Comment on four status updates.
5) Like five other status updates.
Aiming too high is as bad as aiming too low.
Often, it is worse.
Aim too low and deliver a perfect but insufficient product.
Aim too high and often we fail to deliver at all.
I have found that cross-channel marketing of the same repeatable message to be so effective that it boggles my mind someone would say something once, in one location, never to say it ever again anywhere else.
The only thing in this entire world that cares that you told the same story as part of your marketing efforts in two different places is Google’s search algorithm.
When it comes to marketing the only entity in this entire world that cares that you told the same story more than once in two different places is Google’s search algorithm.
Google’s search algorithm is the only thing in this entire world that cares if you repeat your marketing message more than once.
I find meetings go a lot faster when there is one less chair than there are participants.
If your job consists mostly of organizing and filing and re-arranging bits, you are effectively employed as a glorified clerk to organize and file someone else’s dreams.
If the document you want me to sign starts with that word and you ask if I will sign it, please pardon my French, but my response sounds very bloody similar.
Effective marketing is based on repeatability.
Just because I can, doesn’t mean I should. Just because I should, doesn’t mean I will.
Code = words.
Software = stories.
Just because you can string a few lines of words together doesn’t mean you know how to write a great story.
Just because you can write a few lines of code doesn’t mean you know how to write great software.
“We hear you can help us increase our website traffic. Could we set up a call to discuss?” asked the potential lead.
I needed to figure out how serious these people were.
“What’s your budget for this?” I nonchalantly ask.
Without any hint of humour they reply “We were hoping you could tell us how to do it without spending any money.”
View with skepticism the man who is more successful because he tells people how to be successful than he is at being successful from the thing he tried to do to be a success.
The me of tomorrow is very annoyed with the me of today.
If you are pitching me to co-found a start-up with you, please have only one that you are currently working on.
I don’t care that you started something neat and innovative last week.
I care that you are still slogging away on the bugs and minor features six months later.
One shows passion. The other shows character.
“Happy Birthday random citizen of LinkedIn who happens to be an entrepreneur!” should generally not be construed as an opportunity to ask if I want to drop everything I am doing and be your co-founder.
Really! Do you proposition random women at the bar for immediate marriage just because they also wished you Happy Birthday?