blackdice

A Case For Randomness

October 21st, 2009

America is a nation of self made people who are taught from a young age that we can become anything we want. We're a “pull ourselves up by our own bootstraps” type of place. We fancy ourselves the masters of our own fate. For a long time I thought this was a good thing.

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Know When To Give Up

October 19th, 2009

A few weeks back I watched the opening episode of Shark Tank. It's a show where aspiring entrepreneurs get to pitch their business concepts to VC's like FUBU founder and CEO Daymond John and real estate mogul Barbara Corcoran There were some really solid presentations but one moment in particular stood out to me.

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Why Stress Is A Good Thing

October 16th, 2009

I had the most stressful vacation ever last week because I had to go car shopping each day. I'm not a huge fan of haggling with used car salesmen so one might think that this promptly ruined my vacation but strangely enough just the the opposite happened.

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The Paradox of Business: You or the Market?

October 14th, 2009

Should you create a product that you love or one you believe other people will love?

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Ringtone Goodness

October 12th, 2009

Our very own Charles Williams recently published an NES ringtone pack on his blog. If the mention of games like Duckhunt, The Legend of Zelda, and Super Mario Bros 3 find you hearkening back to the good old days, then you should appreciate this. Enjoy.

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The Deeper 'Why?'

October 9th, 2009

There's a simple question we do our best to avoid- “Why?” It's only one word but it packs quite a wallop. It's a difficult question because it makes us question our assumptions, which isn't normally comfortable but is almost always profitable.

clocks

Manage Your Energy Not Just Time

October 7th, 2009

Lot's of consultants, books, and bosses encourage better time management. Clear checklists, more efficient meetings, and the ability to discern between the urgent and the important are all touted as the keys to career success. However, not everyone agrees with this theory.

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Web Copy with Personality

October 5th, 2009

Most web copy sucks. We're so afraid of offending or turning someone away that we play it safe and write copy that sounds like other 'professional' websites. This means we rarely offend but also rarely engage. Here's a quote from a random small business website.

benjaminzander

Music, Life, and Leadership

October 2nd, 2009

If you consider yourself an idea junky; if the future interests your more than the past or present; if you're into technology, entertainment, and design; then friend you need to check out TED.com. Riveting talks by remarkable people, free to the world.

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Beat Resistance

September 30th, 2009

In his book The War of Art author Steven Pressfield describes the well known adversary of anyone who's attempted to accomplish something significant, Resistance. That old devil that wants us to do anything but what we should be doing, our work. We organize sock drawers, shuffle papers, fiddle around on some random website, all the while kidding ourselves that we're accomplishing something, but the truth is we're giving into resistance, and we know it.

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