“Never be afraid to raise your voice for honesty and truth and compassion against injustice and lying and greed. If people all over the world…would do this, it would change the earth.” — William Faulkner
“There are two means of refuge from the misery of life — music, and cats.” — Albert Schweitzer
A16Z argues that SaaS companies should move back from the cloud to their own data centres once they scale. Link
A review of a Philips Hue wall switch module unintentionally makes the case that smart lighting, and a lot of other smart home, is a waste of time only good for hobbyists. Link
Worth looking at the quarterly filings from Roku and (especially) Vizio to see how much of their profits come from selling advertising. Link: Vizio, Roku
NY Times profile of the US Democratic Party’s CSO – the man whose job was to make sure they didn’t get hacked again. Link ($)
Meanwhile, FireEye has a report saying that a lot of hacks are crimes of opportunity: unsophisticated attackers find unlocked doors. Link
How SoundScan changed everything we knew about popular music – by replacing phone calls to record stores to ask what was selling with actual data, Country and Hiphop were suddenly revealed as far more popular than most people had believed. Link
Wired piece on how the Chinese hacked RSA (makers of all those code number tokens we all had) back in 2011. A spreadsheet email attachment that exploited a bug in Flash on a random PC, and an air-gapped server that wasn’t air-gapped. Link ($)
Actually, it’s every day. We talk about graduation as if it’s the end of some journey, but it’s the beginning of one. The chance to see the world differently, to contribute, to understand.
I hope you’ll get a chance to check out what my friends at Akimbo are doing. They’re persistently, consistently and generously showing up to create learning cohorts that actually cause real and long-lasting change. (They’re hiring.)
The altMBA has already demonstrated its impact. More than five years, 70 countries and 5,000 graduates so far. The First Priority Deadline for applications is today, June 1st, for altMBA’s October 2021 session
Bernadette Jiwa’s Story Skills Workshop is back for its seventh session. You’ll discover that while reading one of her bestselling books will open your eyes, it’s the work done with others that’s remarkable. People are often surprised by the mutual support and feedback that they can find online. It begins tomorrow.
If you’re on your own and feeling the stress between freelancing and entrepreneurship, it may be that you’re actually a bootstrapper. Bootstrapping is a different way to look at your work, the chance to build an organization of some scale without going to a bank or finding a rich aunt to back your project. The Bootstrapper’s Workshop is back for its sixth session. You can enroll today and it begins on the 15th of June.
Also open for enrollment today is Alex DiPalma’s breakthrough podcasting workshop. The ninth session begins in about six weeks. Check out the details here.
Make something that matters. It’s easier when we do it together.
… that today is Marilyn Monroe’s Birthday (1926)? Norma Jeane Dougherty was an American actress, singer and model. In 1999, Monroe was ranked as the sixth greatest female star of all time by the American Film Institute. In the years and decades following her death, Monroe has often been cited as a pop and cultural icon as well as an eminent American sex symbol.
Today’s Inspirational Quote:
“I believe that everything happens for a reason. People change so that you can learn to let go, things go wrong so that you appreciate them when they’re right, you believe lies so you eventually learn to trust no one but yourself, and sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.”
My mission is simple. I want to help successful people achieve positive, lasting change in behavior; for themselves, their people, and their teams. I want to help you make your life a little better. Thank you for subscribing! Life is good.
It sounds grand I know, “How to be your best and achieve your goals,” but it’s not. It’s simple. It’s a process and it takes time, but I have a tool that will help you if you’ll just decide to use it!
Time and again with my clients, students, and friends, I’ve shared this tool and the power that it has had to change my life and that of those who use it. It is a triggering mechanism, and its objective is to alter our behavior – for the better.
What is this tool? It’s called the Daily Questions Process. I do this self-questioning exercise every day, and I have for years. Every day I challenge myself by answering 32 questions that represent behaviors that I feel are important, but that are easy to neglect given the pressures that surround me every day. The number 32 isn’t magic, the idea is to just ask the number of questions that seems ‘right for you’. (If you’d like a copy of my questions, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. There’s also a free app on iTunes that you can use if you’re more digitally savvy!)
Each question is put on an Excel spreadsheet and is answered with a ‘yes’ (use a 1 to represent this on the spreadsheet) and ‘no’ (use a 0 on the spreadsheet) or a number. The process moves very quickly!
Here are some of the questions that I ask myself. Please remember my questions reflect my values, and might not work for you. Please use these just for example and write your own.
Did I do my best to:
Increase your happiness?
Set clear goals?
Make progress toward goal achievement?
Here are more of the questions that I ask myself:
How meaningful were your activities?
How many minutes did you watch TV?
How many hours did you sleep?
How many sit-ups did you do?
What is your weight?
Did you say or do something nice for Lyda?
Did you say or do something nice for the kids?
How many alcoholic drinks did you have?
How many minutes did you spend trying to change things you can’t control?
How many clients are not up-to-date?
Some of my questions are about health, such as “How many sit-ups did you do?” (This works. Today I did 200 sit-ups at once. Not bad for a 68-year-old guy!)
Disciplined follow-up is the key to the success of my teaching and coaching. One question is “With how many clients are you current on your follow-up?”
My relationship questions include, “Did you say or do something nice for your wife? Your son? Your daughter?” I am certainly not a perfect husband or dad, but this process helps me get better.
This process works, because it forces me to look at and live my values every day. If I believe something matters I put it on the list and do it! If I really don’t want to do it, I can see the long string of 0s next to my daily attempts, face the reality that it isn’t going to happen, and let it go.
Now, you try it. What questions would you want to ask yourself, every day? Write them down. Even the process of writing questions will help you better understand your own values and how you live or don’t live them on a daily basis. If you really have courage, recruit a coach or friend and start asking daily questions to each other. You will be as amazed at the results!