Setting Audacious Goals and How They Can Cripple You

Setting Audacious Goals and How They Can Cripple You

These days it seems like everyone had grand goals and plans. We set these grand goals for ourselves and our businesses, I’m going to get 1,000 new customers, I’m going to lose 50 pounds, I’m going to learn a new language, I’m going to learn to paint, I’m going to create a giant webinar series, and so on. We’ve all gotten great at creating these “Big Hairy Audacious Goals” thanks to Jim Collins & Jerry Porras and their book from 1995, Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies. But, beyond our BHAGs, we also have dozens, or hundreds, or smaller goals. We become slaves to our to-do lists. I am a charter member of that group. I have stacks of projects and things I want to do. Finish building the house...

I Will Gladly Pay You Tuesday for Work Today

Or: Why pay for performance is bad for everyone One of the most common arguments in the SEO and internet marketing community is whether the work being done should only be paid for if there are positive results. There are plenty of arguments on both side, if you are really good at what you do you should be willing to take the risk and reap the rewards for a job well done, or even more aggressively the question is asked, why aren’t you confident enough in your skills to be willing to take on the risk of success or failure? There are generally three types of people that think this is a good idea. Type One: The Idea Guy We all know this website owner, he has this amazing idea that will make everyone millions, if only he could get your expertise behind him so...

Sparking Innovation and Inspiration

Many of us work reasonably alone or with the same small group of people every day. One of the hardest things to do when working solo is to jump start the creative process. Without a group of people to bounce ideas off of, or even serve as an intelligent distraction, you can lose whole days trying to find the inspiration or motivation to push forward. How do you get inspired? I used to go to trade shows. A lot of trade shows. Some to speak, some to listen, but mostly, I went to meet people. Meeting new people with new ideas, or just new ways of looking at old ideas, always inspired me to get back to work and attack. But you can’t always find a trade show on the day you need inspiration,  and flying around the world on a whim tends to get a little expensive....

Aaron’s Law – Balancing Criminal and Civil Law in Computer Crimes

By now every one knows, or has at least heard, the story of Aaron Swartz.  Arron was a brilliant person how fought for what he believed in and in the end, paid the ultimate price at his own hand. Aaron was prosecuted under felony charges for what any one with a reasonable view of life and computers would view as an incredibly minor issue. Even JSTOR, to site involved, stepped back and was content to let the issue drop. But, a federal prosecutor was hell bent to make her bones on the back of some kid who committed a computer crime. It didn’t matter that no one lost anything, it didn’t matter that it would ruin him financially, it didn’t even matter to her that the people who were wronged felt the issue was over. She used the law to make a name...

Using Google Plus As A Blogging Platform

Recently I realized that I like doing way too many things to be a decent blogger. My life is full of passions and desires that simply do not overlap in a way that makes any sense at all. This is how I ended up owning 7 different blogs. And also how I ended up finding that I couldn’t force myself to blog often enough to build any sort of audience at all. Take a look at all the blogs I own – Steam Driven Media – work and SEO Lunker Links – Fishing Fire and Gemstone – Jewelry Feydakin – Personal blog Steve G – Personal / Business oriented Red Fence Ridge – Farm blog Plus maybe a half dozen more for various products and ideas I’ve had over the years Today I watching a Hangout with +martin shervington and +Guy...

Learn Something New Every Day

You never know when today’s success will depend on what you learned yesterday.

Venture Deals [review]

I recently finished Brad Feld’s and Jason Mendelson’s fantastic book on venture capital deals. The book is based on series of blog posts from the blog at Foundry Group. It takes much of what has been written there over the years and pulls it all together in to an easy to comprehend format that will most likely stay within easy reach for some time to come. The book starts off explaining the basic parts of the VC deal process, but really hits it’s stride when Brad and Jason breaks down the various aspects of each part of the deal in to what the investor expects and what the entrepreneur expects. Having both sides of the deal presented helps put in to perspective what is important to who and why. As with most deals, what is important to you is very...