Learning from Our Mistakes

Seth Godin had a wonderful post earlier this week. Titled Lessons learned the hard way, Godin talks about the value of learning from our mistakes. Here is the full post: It will be a long time before I spell “handkerchief” incorrectly. That’s because in third grade, I lost the entry round of the spelling bee … Continue reading Learning from Our Mistakes

Has Seth Godin Never Made a PB&J Sandwich Before?

Seth Godin had a post last week about the importance of doing things in the right order. Here is the post, it's a brief one: If you put the jelly on before the peanut butter, the sandwich will fail. And if you try to spread the peanut butter on the plate and then add the … Continue reading Has Seth Godin Never Made a PB&J Sandwich Before?

Another Hat Tip to Seth Godin

It's been a while since I wrote about one of Seth Godin's blog posts, even though I read it every day. It seems like many of his posts are a variation on a common set of themes. Since I have read so many of his posts over the years, I often recognize what the thrust … Continue reading Another Hat Tip to Seth Godin

Thanks to Seth, I learned a new word that (almost) describes what I do every day

Qarrtsiluni. That was the title of Seth Godin’s blog post today. Here’s the full post: This is the Inuit word for “sitting together in the darkness, quietly, waiting for something creative or important to occur.” Of course, this works. The only difficult part is doing it. We’re buzzy people, inundated with noise, using it to hide … Continue reading Thanks to Seth, I learned a new word that (almost) describes what I do every day

Well, That Was Kind of a Letdown

It only took five years and ten months. But then it happened. Shortly after I woke up this morning (OK, 10 seconds) I checked my blog stats and at some point during the night, somebody, somewhere in the world made a questionable choice. He or she decided to follow my blog, and in so doing, … Continue reading Well, That Was Kind of a Letdown

My Blog Is on the Verge of a Major Breakthrough

Well, at least according to Seth Godin. Here was one of Seth's posts this week: “Well, that’s a dumb idea” As dumb as selling shoes, an item that comes in 100s of sizes, over the internet. As dumb as expecting people to find a date or a spouse online. As dumb as building an encyclopedia … Continue reading My Blog Is on the Verge of a Major Breakthrough

Is Seth Godin Picking on Scrabble Players?

Here was Seth Godin's post from the other day: People who are very good at Scrabble are not more kind, better judges of character, more facile with soft skills, better long-term thinkers, more fun at parties or much of anything except good at Scrabble. (emphasis added) Of course we don’t decide on who should have … Continue reading Is Seth Godin Picking on Scrabble Players?

Is This the Best, or Worst, Graph Ever Drawn?

Note: the first part of this post may not be of much interest to many people. But if you scroll down, you will see a couple of really cool animations of data. Charles Joseph Minard (27 March 1781 – 24 October 1870) was a French civil engineer recognized for his significant contribution in the field … Continue reading Is This the Best, or Worst, Graph Ever Drawn?

Can What You Do Be Replicated by Technology?

In Seth Godin's blog post today, he asks the following: If you have a retail chain that offers: A variety of products, at high margins, that are easy to ship, without being needed immediately, in expensive retail locations, where the in-person shopping experience isn’t particularly remarkable… And while we can all see where this is … Continue reading Can What You Do Be Replicated by Technology?

My Blog Never Promised You a Roof

Here is Seth Godwin’s blog post from Friday: In many situations, a leaky roof is worse than no roof at all. If there’s no roof, we’re not surprised or disappointed if we get hit with some raindrops. But a roof that leaks has raised expectations and then failed to meet them. Promising us a roof … Continue reading My Blog Never Promised You a Roof