Yearly Archives: 2007

World’s Leading Expert

I’ve written before about the benefits of being narrow (read Lynda Falkenstein’s classic, Nichecraft for a complete "how to" guide).  And although I’ve long been convinced of the wisdom of staking out a small subject area and becoming its leading expert, I continue to find additional benefits. Here’s one I’ve only recently become aware of: choice. When I first began working as a consultant in 2000, I felt as if my prospective clients were the ones doing the choosing.  After […] Click to read more…

 

3 Tips To Make Writing Easier

Loafing is the most productive part of a writer’s life. – James Norman Hall My college major was Psychology. However, for reasons I frankly can’t remember, I also took a fair number of Political Science courses. McGill University is a big, traditional kind of place, and the grading format – especially for Political Science – was fairly unimaginative. A mid-term exam, a final exam, and one, big, honkin’ term paper on some obscure subject that nobody else on Planet Earth […] Click to read more…

 

Write Down Your Dreams

About 10 years ago (while I still had a regular job), and on the urging of a life coach I was working with, I wrote down my “perfect work day.” From getting up in the morning and going for a run, putting my kids on the bus to school, meeting with a great client, writing for a couple of hours in a local cafe, being interviewed on the radio, coming home to a beautiful house, etc., etc., I made up […] Click to read more…

 

No Way Out

Here’s my theory:  The longer you wait to start a business, the less sure you are about whether or not it’s a good idea. In other words, the people who start one at college age (e.g. Bill Gates, Michael Dell) have a burning desire.  The people who wait until they’re 40 (as I did), are less driven, and only slowly coming to terms with the possibility of breaking free from corporate life (that’s why we’ve waited this long). If my […] Click to read more…

 

Make The Water Wetter

As I washed my hands in the kitchen sink yesterday afternoon, my 14-year-old son, Evan – a guy who collects interesting, yet useless facts at roughly twice my own frantic pace – hit me with the news: “Did you know that soap works by making the water wetter?” he asked. I’m sure you won’t be surprised to learn that I did not know this. Although I did take a chemistry class in high school, my friend Andy Mattson and I […] Click to read more…