I don’t watch a lot of TV, but I do get to the gym a few times a week, generally right when Oprah is on. (Could be a lot worse. Jerry Springer, for example.) A few weeks ago, she had some of the old contestants from the reality show The Biggest Loser. This is, to me, vastly more interesting than watching the actual show could be. It’s one thing … [Read more...]
What I Love About My Job
So yesterday I gave a talk at Naomi Dunford’s membership site, SpeakEasy. (SpeakEasy is closed to new members now, but I’ll let you know if/when it opens up again. I’m a member myself and I think it’s an amazing value.) I got to talk for an hour about all the things I’m a total dork about. Then I got to answer questions for another hour and a … [Read more...]
Do We Really Need Brass Balls?
Along with the notion that an entrepreneur has to be a ruthless warrior, there's another metaphor that gets used a lot for small business owners--you've gotta have brass balls. Apart from the irritating implication that only people with certain kinds of plumbing get to be successful, once you start meeting a lot of extremely successful people, you … [Read more...]
Why This is the Best Time to Finally Break Free
I've been thinking about Moscow again. I was there in the late spring of 1997. I can still remember gripping the arm rest on the plane as we circled the dachas outside the city. I was terrified. I thought of Moscow as the "Wild, Wild East" (It turns out it had calmed down considerably since, say, 1994, when the mafiya is reputed to have used … [Read more...]