One of the best things I have done for myself over the last six months is gone on an information diet. Just like a food diet, that means I have deliberately put limits on my consumption of information, and only allow myself to consume it at determined times. Here is what that … [Read more...] about My News Diet
One of my favorite stories: A salesman was driving through the country on his way to his next appointment. He took a curve too fast and ended up in the ditch. He had no cell service to call AAA, and was cursing his luck when he looked over the field next to the road and saw an … [Read more...] about Don’t do it by yourself.
In a meeting with an intern a while back, she complained that the things she was studying in school didn’t seem relevant to our work. “After all”, she said, “how often do we use algebra here?”I told her she was missing the point. You don’t go to school to learn things. Not … [Read more...] about The most important thing to learn
I have written about this story several times, but my blog post about it got lost in the website redesign. Because it is so important to me, I am republishing it here. - HH It was January of 2008. I had been doing this work for about five months or so, and I was already burnt … [Read more...] about Plod on, brother. Plod on.
I don’t understand why it happens, but it does. People ask me for career advice. All the time. Even people who make a lot more money than I do. Especially, it seems, people who make a lot more money than I do. Which, I think, is why they are drawn to me. I am obviously not … [Read more...] about The difference between your job and your calling
I recently changed the way I use Facebook. I deleted my personal account that had several thousand “friends”- most of whom I never knew in real life - and started over, this time only friending people I knew, liked and had spent time with. I also made the decision to not friend … [Read more...] about Nobody has a right to all of you.
A couple of weeks ago I met a man in the course of my work. We sort of hit it off, and I gave him my business card, which contains my cell phone number. Two nights later, at 11:00PM, he sent me a text, asking me a question. It wasn’t an important text, he wasn’t in danger, and … [Read more...] about You teach people how to be in relationship with you
Your body cannot store vitamin C. The vitamin C in your body is a finite resource you have to constantly replenish, or you will die. Every day you start at zero, and at the end of every day it is gone. And if you ignore your body's need for vitamin C, you will die of … [Read more...] about Be Courageous – Every Day
Me, as a teenager: I don't know what to do. Dad: Well, there are things you do know to do, so focus on doing that. This has been surprisingly useful life advice. The problem is seldom that we don't know anything to do - it's that we don't know everything to do. But that’s a … [Read more...] about Do what you can
I was going through some old stuff I had written, and found this thing I had written a week after the event described, but never published. I lightly edited it and present it here, for the first time. - HH Two years ago last week, I was in New York City on business. While I … [Read more...] about Some Advice on Starting Over