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Winners Know When to Quit

“Winners never quit and quitters never win.” – one of the worst pieces of advice there is (according to many successful entrepreneurs, investors, authors and others). It's not that winners never quit, rather they are smart about when to quit; they are strategic quitters.

This morning I finished reading an excellent little book by Seth Godin titled, The Dip. In The Dip Seth talks about three states in which you may find yourself:

  1. The Dip
  2. The Cul-de-sac
  3. The Cliff

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Foxtato: The Key to Winning at Life

Foxtato You Can do the Thing

Every so often something so powerful happens that it causes you to reevaluate what you believe, and how you've been acting on those beliefs.

For years I've been acting a certain way towards those I work with, whether it was when I was running my own business, or, as I am now, working for someone else. I've also been acting this way at home. I see my children starting to act this way too. It's a way of acting that I simply didn't want to believe I was doing.

That's not possible.

– Me

What I was doing was operating with a defeatist attitude. [Read more…]

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Engaging Hermit Mode to Do Deep Work

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Deep work is the ability to focus without distraction on a cognitively demanding task. It's a skill that allows you to quickly master complicated information  and produce better results in less time.

– Cal Newport, Deep Work

My role as Lead Architecture Engineer at IST Research finds me quite busy. Building fully distributed systems to collect and process offline and online data in real-time is a true challenge, and one that I am fully embracing.

In order to focus on that work as well as my family and health, I am taking a hiatus from all things social media, meetup, and side work (once I finish my co-management of the DDL Incubator). I may, infrequently, post some of the latest public work from both IST Research and myself, however other than that I'm going to be heads down making the awesome.

See you in the future my friend!

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Control Your Outcomes

Outcome

Operating from a victim mentality means you believe that events in your life happen to you, and that you have no control over them. The key to knowing that that isn't the case is, paradoxically, humility. [Read more…]

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My Exact Morning Routine Step-By-Step (feel free to copy, modify or comment)

Morning MistOver the past few years my morning routine has changed due to where we live, family responsibilities, where I'm working, and all the things I need to get done any given day. What began as simply checking my email while eating breakfast has morphed into an elaborate yet very structured method of measurements, weight training, supplements, healthy eating, email checking, seeing my family, 30+ minutes of reading each morning, and more.

Don't think a morning routine will work for you? Richard Branson says it's crucial to his success: [Read more…]

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What Will You Do With All Your Spare Time?

Photo courtesy of Frank M. RafikDo you ever wish there were more than 24 hours in a day? Do you end your day feeling like you didn't get enough accomplished, and that your to do list is even larger than it was when the day started? If so, you need more time in your day. “Well duh Rob,” you say, “I can't freaking control time!” While that's true, we can't control time, there are specific things we can do to reclaim it and put it to more productive use. [Read more…]

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I’m Not Crazy, I’m a Multipotentialite

Many ThingsFor many years I've known that I'm different from other people; after all, not everyone will haul off at 21 with no experience and start a business. During a recent existential crisis – something that seems to happen to me every 12-18 months – I came to fully accept that I'm simply different, and that's okay.

Yesterday I came to understand just what's going on with me – I'm not crazy, I'm a multipotentialite. [Read more…]

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Key Insights From Day Two of Inbound 2014

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Day two of Inbound 2014 started off with a bang. OK Go warmed up the crowd before David Meerman Scott took the stage as a special presenter. With the audience thoroughly toasty Malcolm Gladwell took the stage to huge applause. He did not disappoint.

Read on for the key points I gathered from the sessions I presented. Unlike yesterday's post I'm putting everything into bullet points because I took actual notes, though not with a pencil. I still need to get one of those. One caveat before you begin: thought it should go without saying I'll say it anyway, everything here is paraphrased from what I heard. [Read more…]

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Inbound 2014 – Notable Moments from Day One

Inbound 2014 Day One

Inbound 2014 Day One

I'm sitting at Inbound 2014 Day Two waiting for Malcolm Gladwell to take the stage for the morning keynote. I had a full day of sessions yesterday and wanted to provide 1-2 sentence summaries of the main lessons I gained. Here you go! [Read more…]

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As Google Slowly Kills SEO, What’s Next?

SEO is going out and we're still excited!

SEO is going out and we're still excited!

After nineteen panda and five penguin updates, Google has changed the game of SEO, making marketing automation the most important tool of marketers today.

It's October of 2013 and marketers can no longer count on Google telling them which keywords people are using to find their online content. But rather than making content less valuable, it increases the need to track user behavior. [Read more…]