Stop Lying About Your Time

Stop Lying About  Your Time

My wife runs a book club. For the past five years on the first Friday of the month she and her friends meet at a local restaurant during dinner time to discuss a book. She always comes home from book club energized by the kid-free time discussing interesting books.

Whenever my wife meets a lady for the first time she’ll ask the question “Do you read fiction?” I’ve seen her do it many times. The question evokes one of two responses. The first response is an emphatic “Yes!” followed by the person listing out the current and recent books she’s read. The second response is a sheepish “No” followed by an excuse.

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July 15 , 2014
Category Writing
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Adding To My Web Developer Toolbelt

I’ve recently added these three tools to my web developer tool belt. Two of them save me time now, and the other one saves me time in the future in the form of keeping bugs from shipping.

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June 11 , 2014
Category Tips, Web Development
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In a sea of opportunity autonomy is the thing

Autonomy is the thing

To say there’s a lot of growth and opportunity around WordPress is an understatement. Every time a WordCamp puts up a (physical) job board it’s soon covered with names of companies that are looking to grow their ranks of designers, developers, writers and project people. Often the board is overwhelmed by the number of listings and represents a crowded stock exchange floor with a sea of people clamoring for attention.

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June 10 , 2014
Category Soloprenuer
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You Get to Choose Where You Work

Plinko

When I was a kid summers meant that my sister and I would be hanging out at home. We were old enough to be left alone, but not yet old enough to drive a car. To pass the time we had a schedule of TV shows we watched and one of them was The Price is Right. We’d watch Bob Barker host the show in his dapper suit while the fervent sea of screaming contestants flowed around him.

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June 9 , 2014
Category Soloprenuer
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EP9 WooCommerce Office Hours

In today’s WooCommerce Office Hours I started off with a news section and followed up with regular Q&A.

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June 7 , 2014
Category Office Hours
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BeachPress 2.0

Last year I wrote two posts about this quote:

You will be the same person in five years as you are today except for the people you meet and the books you read.

And I remembered it today as I tried to process my experience at BeachPress 2.0.

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June 6 , 2014
Category Events
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The How of Your What

The How of your What

Whenever I’m doing something new I like to do research. Amanda and I both share this character trait so when we are together the drive to research increases exponentially. We take Proverbs 15:22 to heart:

Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed.

We don’t like failing (who does?). We like succeeding. So we are always seeking out advisors or to say it another way: we try to find people who have already walked where we want to go.

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June 4 , 2014
Category Soloprenuer
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Let your why guide your what

The work was what I always loved

Earlier this week the show MadMen took a mid-season break. If you aren’t familiar with the show, the main character is a genius advertising executive named Don Draper. When Don is at his best he’s better than all his competition. Don is a combination of charisma, creativity, and charm that doesn’t lose. Despite his genius he also has a self destructive streak that is often the only thing that can bring him down. Continue reading →

June 3 , 2014
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What is your why?

With kids at Trafalgar Square

With my kids at Trafalgar Square

 

June brings the end of the school year and graduation time. All over the country students will walk a stage and get a piece of paper signifying the end of one season of life and the beginning of another. After the ceremony and the celebration these students will then be asked the same question: ‘So what are you going to to do now?’

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June 2 , 2014
Category Soloprenuer
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