The old crocodile was floating at the river’s edge when a younger crocodile swam up next to him,
“I’ve heard from many that you’re the fiercest hunter in all of the river bottoms. Please, teach me your ways.”
Awoken from a nice long afternoon nap, the old crocodile glanced at the young crocodile with one of his reptilian eyes, said nothing and then fell back asleep atop the water.
Feeling frustrated and disrespected, the young crocodile swam off upriver to chase after some catfish, leaving behind a flurry of bubbles. “I’ll show him”, he thought to himself.
Later that day…
If you want to be successful, many experts and life-hackers say you should:
Whew. That’s a lot to accomplish before 8 am.
I’m not sure when the dogma of morning routines began to spread, but suddenly, these mile-long checklists are everywhere — especially in the startup world.
Routines can be great, but I think there’s a misplaced emphasis on morning.
Everyone has different peak hours. If you want to enhance…
The race to get the world’s first plane in the sky was a hard fought battle between The Wright Brothers and a lesser-known gentleman by the name of Samuel Pierpont Langley.
You will discover why you’ve never heard of the latter here shortly.
As you probably read somewhere inside that history textbook you were forced to lug around through elementary — The Wright Brothers were responsible for creating the first successful airplane. You remember how the story goes…
“… it was a cold windy day on December 17th, 1903 in the Kill Devil Hills of North Carolina… Orville watched nervously…
That’s how I felt.
Tucked beneath what may have been the world’s softest blanket.
I took a deep breath and rolled onto my side. It was a familiar moment — the moment when my 6 a.m. alarm clock sounded, after a night of tossing and turning.
The moment when my daily responsibilities had yet to beckon me. The moment when the clouds of my imagination felt more real than writing lines of code.
In a few minutes, I would answer the same question I had faced every weekday for the past year:
Should I stay in bed or should…
I’m not highly motivated.
I don’t have amazing willpower or self-control.
I don’t get up at 6 am to read, meditate, drink a green smoothie, and run 10K.
That’s because I don’t believe in motivation.
Instead, I’ve built systems and habits that remove my internal drive from the equation. So, whether or not I feel “motivated,” I can still be productive.
I realize that systems and habits are not a glamorous topic, but honestly, they work.
They’ve fuelled every step of my entrepreneurial journey over the last 12 years — from the early days, when JotForm was just a simple…
Being a natural genius is overrated.
This isn’t to say I don’t value the contributions of great men and women.
But hear me out: I’d much rather be a cultivated learner — someone who reads because of their curiosity, rather than because I was born with some supreme innate knowledge.
Even Albert Einstein — one of the greatest physicists of all time — advocated for the same:
“The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existence. One cannot help but be in awe when he contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the…
We were all seated around a long oval table, my colleagues and I listening intently as our supervisor rambled on in a lengthy monologue. We’d just spent the past two hours watching him enthusiastically brief us on a new project.
There was just one problem.
Not once did he stop and ask for our opinions. Instead, whenever we posed a question, he’d shoot us down — never recognizing the value of our ideas.
At the time, I was a twenty-something year old working at my first large media company in New York — which is to say, I knew better…
“Rome wasn’t built in a day.”
That’s just one of the many truisms concocted by the English playwright John Heywood. While it wasn’t his only one — you’re probably also familiar with his other work, such as “Out of sight out of mind” and “Better late than never” — it does have particular resonance with entrepreneurs.
Rome had an enormous influence on modern civilization, and ancient Romans are credited with developing everything from aqueducts to stadiums to roads. Though thousands of years have passed since the height of the Roman Empire, the mark it made on the world was indelible…
As entrepreneurs, we tend to look outside of our companies to reinvigorate our talent pool. In the past year, however, recruiting trends have started to shift. According to a recent LinkedIn survey of over 1,500 talent professionals, internal mobility has increased nearly 20% year over year. Half of those surveyed reported that they expected their recruiting budgets to decrease. Spending on learning and development, on the other hand, is forecasted to stay the same or increase according to two out of three.
Discipline. Persistence. Motivation. Creativity.
As an entrepreneur, these are important — some might even argue, indispensable — traits to possess. But having high emotional intelligence is the difference between being able to start a business, and being able to make a business last.
This may stand at odds with the usual stereotype of a founder, who barely has time to sleep, much less deal with people’s feelings. But the pandemic has made ultra-clear what should have been common knowledge all along: Without the ability to navigate emotions — both your own, and others’ — your business will struggle.