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Start-Up Checklist

Startup Checklist

Another gem from, one that couldn’t be timed better and a pretty accurate map of what the new project feels like.

And all the more interesting as we work on taking an established company that’s been through it  all – and transition it back to start-up mode.

So hustle, curiosity, passion, humility, intuition, patience, innovation, awareness, listening, determination, trust, loyalty – and yes, exhaustion? All that and then some…

And I really missed it and glad to be back, even if it means that some of the other ideas I had, and some travel plans, will have to be put on hold.

There is nothing like the challenge of working in start-up mode – a never ending stream of information to absorb, new concepts, new people, countless problems to be solved, creating something in real time, knowing something can always be improved, making calculated bets, doing the leaps and bounds thing, watching others get caught up in it – I’m not sure if I should seek professional help but I love it…  ;)

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Oddly Damp?

If the last post and graphic was a bit too heavy to digest, well even though I still maintain that it pretty much sums up how to find the best place to be successful, there’s is another great blog that has the simplest drawings imaginable that might help you navigate through some of life’s other challenges.

The simple, humorous drawings on “Indexed” cover just about everything – from the weird intersection of “smelly”, “uncomfortable” and “oddly damp” that is either bowling shoes or sitting in coach, to the truth behind professional wrestling – Jessica Hagy’s blog and book will put a smile on your face, no matter how bad your day is going.

And it’s another great example of how the Net, new media and new publishing and distribution options mean that perspectives and talent that would otherwise never have been known are right there for all of us to enjoy.  And yes, I’m jealous as all hell that I with all my scribbling on white boards, that I could never be so clever…

Site: Indexed [via DailyKos]


Doing Well in Business (and Life…)

After a bit of time off after my last venture, it looks like I am about to step back into the beast that is business…

I’m both excited about this new opportunity and feeling that edge that comes from wondering if I can meet my own expectations, and the expectations of those around me, and to deal with the many challenges that will be a part of the process.

Along the way from the last one to this one, I’ve spent a lot of time talking with friends and colleagues about how to find that “zone” where who we are, what we love to do and what we are good at comes together.  Because that zone is the place where we will most likely succeed at all levels – professionally, financially and personally.

There are lots of ways to be happy personally – heading to the beach to read a book for example – but there’s not much money in that, and we all have bills to pay.  There are lots of ways to be make money – but many of those can easily become soul killers.  And there are lots of career paths and ways to get there.  And finally, what happens if you are good at something, and love doing it, but you forget to get paid for it?

In short, heading towards something that you can do, love to do, will do well and can get paid to do?  Finding something that will not only bring all elements into play, but bring long-term success?  Quite difficult.

But sometimes a simple picture helps bring it all together and Bud Caddell, on his blog “What Consumes Me” has a very simple, but powerful graphic that I think is a great image to have in mind as to how to get there and it reflects a way that I’ve tried to do it and to communicate this approach to others.

But as much as I’m a “sketch it out on a whiteboard” guy, I never came up with something this simple:

From how I built my last company, to how my brother is growing his business, to how a friend in Switzerland is working on his new project, I think this map is a great visualization of where the “sweet spot” is for all of us.

So if you, like me and many of my friends and colleagues, are working on solving this puzzle for yourself I don’t think there is a simpler framework than this one to keep in mind.

I know that I will be thinking about this all along the way as I work on this exciting new project.

Via:  [What Consumes Me]


Winter “Woggling”

The Wogglers Way
Winter Woggling

This past winter I was out of the country and on a big fitness kick and, along with the usual gym sessions, I decided to try and get back into running. As with many things these days, running was on the long list of things I “used to do” but business, life and laziness took it’s toll on the list, and on me, and I thought I would work on adding running back into the my routine.

But it was painful.  Not just on my body, but on my ego as well.  Running miles on end was nothing a few decades ago, but when I first took off this past winter for a run I quickly found out I had a long way to go – literally and physically.

Despite my best efforts lifting in the gym, or on the elliptical, I couldn’t put in even a mile or so of running without hurting all over and gasping for air – and as a result I soon created a pathetic new sport I came to call “Woggling”.

So what’s “Woggling”?  It’s just what it sounds like – jog a bit, walk a bit, jog a bit longer, walk a bit, repeat. I wasn’t jogging and certainly wasn’t running – I was, at best, “woggling” along the road.

After getting over tossing pride aside, I was actually able to get back to “jogging” within a week or so and able to put in several miles at a time. And then of course I come back home, I get caught up in business again, and even “woggling” fell off the list.

But as I get ready to jump back into a full scale assault on being fit, it turns out that “woggling” is actually the right way to do it.

Even though he gave it the far less interesting label of “run-walk”, apparently “woggling” was developed by Jeff Galloway, a long distance running coach and a member of the 1972 Olympic team.

Contrary to what you might think, the technique doesn’t mean walking when you’re tired; it means taking brief walk breaks when you’re not.

Taking these breaks makes marathon training less grueling and reduces the risk of injury, Mr. Galloway says, because it gives the muscles regular recovery time during a long run.

Walk breaks are a way for older, less fit and overweight people to take part in a sport that would otherwise be off limits. But most surprising are the stories from veteran runners who say run-walk training has helped them post faster race times than ever.

So I’m soon to be heading back out – but this time instead of feeling stupid and/or completely out of my zone, I’ll be quite happy to know that I’m working within some of the most advanced training techniques out there – and I won’t feel so bad when all those “runners” race past me as I take a smart training break along the way.

New York Times: Better Running Through Walking


Awkward Family Photos

Mike and Me
Mike and Me

If you need a break today (and yet one more “time-sink” web site to add to your favorites list…) head over to “Awkward Family Photos“.

I think we can all take some comfort that none of our family photos are featured there – but you know that we all have that famous class photo, prom photo, or some such nightmare that could fit right in…

It really defies the imagination that the people and families here decided on some of the ideas for that classic family pose, and resulting photos, was the way to go but go they did…

And the thumbnail photo?  That’s my brother Mike and me after a mudfest so long ago…


Site:  Awkward Family Photos