Perfect is a myth… A simple way to overcome it

I said, "Quality is overrated."   Richard's jaw dropped.  This was heresy to a man of German heritage like Richard.  I took time to explain.  If we wait for perfection to get something out the door, we can wait a long time.  A working prototype comes before the good enough product.  Focus on getting to "It works ... enough"  before striving for perfection. Ernest Hemingway said "The first draft of anything is sh!t." The first draft of anything is a draft completed.  It is a completed piece of … [Read more...]

Leadership is a contact sport

I don't enjoy playing basketball shirts vs skins.   I just don't enjoy sweaty men pressing and bumping into me. It affects my commitment level. I don't play as hard. It's not fair to my team for me to play and not be committed to the contact required of the game.  When shirts are on, I'm in. I'll throw my elbows around with the best of them.  Shirts off, I should walk away. Adam said, "That's not easy." I asked Adam whether being a good leader is easy or hard. He said, "Hard."   One of … [Read more...]

Is Something is better than nothing?

We knocked on the door.  Dogs barked.  We stood waiting.  The dogs stopped.  Jen texted Henry to let him know we were at his door.   A minute later his girlfriend opened the door.  It was our first time to meet.  We walked in. Henry was in an explosion last week.  He experienced burns that will take  a while to heal.  He was in the hospital for a couple of days.  He got home today.  A friend of ours called to let us know what happened. We picked some things up for Henry.  We forgot to pick … [Read more...]

The problem with the perfect plan

I was listening to Car Talk on NPR.  Click and Clack were following up with a caller from an earlier show.  The caller wanted to transport a chicken coop via the highway on a snowmobile trailer.  Click and Clack told him it wouldn't work.  They were right. Chicken Coop guy's perfect plan was changed in real time as they tried to implement it.  They managed to move the coop with the snowmobile trailer.  But not where they needed to move it.  The snowmobile trailer died in town after a valiant … [Read more...]

Finish or fail … how to cross the finish line

I started looking for photos and links for my content more lately.  The goal was a more polished product.  It was also better Google ranking and more readers.  The work doubled the time to write and publish.  It became hard to to finish. My main goal here is to write and finish.  It's to cultivate a habit of consistent execution.  And to live by example.  I let something that was outside of my main goal get in the way.  I started falling behind.  I started finishing less. Know what your … [Read more...]

Wish in one hand and Sh***d in the other?

There's an expression that conveys the powerlessness of wishing.   "You've got 'wish' in one hand and 'sh*t' in the other."   You can wish all you want.  Until you do something you won't produce anything. 'Should' is worth less than wish.   'Should' is like 'wish' dressed up in intention.  It doesn't lead to much either. I hear people use should all the time.  They use it more often than wish.  It's usually in the form of "I should  start that project to change the world" or "I should … [Read more...]

How to Keep Cool in the Texas heat

It's getting hot in Texas. The temps are in the high 90s by June.  It happens every year.   At the same time of year people start complaining about the weather.  Here's a question I heard last week:   "Can you believe it's so hot!?"   Yes.  I believe it.  It happens every year.  It's Texas.  It's supposed to be hot. I learned to get used to the Texas heat.  I had a theory: Exercise in the peak heat and I'll feel more comfortable when at rest in the heat.  I tested it.  I started jogging in … [Read more...]

Be the squirrel.

Squirrels gather nuts for the winter.   There's no food in winter.  The nuts are a solution to a problem. Squirrels gather solutions.  They don't grab broken nuts and empty shells and bring them to their squirrel lair.  They bring good, hearty nuts that will keep them fed. Most people gather problems.  "The website is down."  "We can't find the shipment."  "The client can't meet on Friday."  "The customer won't let us do that." Problems don't feed anyone.  Solutions do. What do … [Read more...]

Want something to blow your mind?

I had just finished a conversation with Jim Denison, a brilliant theologian and wonderful man.  He told me what was happening at the Brooklyn Tabernacle church in Brooklyn, NY.  Ridiculous stuff that comes close to miraculous is going on at BTC.  I asked Jim what was behind all of it.  He said it's a spiritual renewal led by prayer.  So I prayed for spiritual renewal. I left lunch and I prayed for God to create spiritual renewal in me that would blow my mind.  I prayed that prayer for a few … [Read more...]

I heard what you can’t do. What can you do?

Marcus* saw me coming.  He asked, "Do you help people with resumes?"  I said, "Not really.  I can - but that's not what I do."  The next moment, I was introduced to someone who needed work. I really didn't want to have the conversation. I spoke with my new friend, Stan*, about the work he was looking for. He'd prefer machine shop/metal working. That's where he has 20+ years of experience.  When I asked if he was open to other work, he said he was looking for anything. We talked a bit. … [Read more...]