I hadn’t been paying much attention to how I handle doing something I regret until I had a devastating accident. It taught me a lot of things, and I’ve chosen to share them whenever I get the opportunity.
I had just spent time visiting my extended family in the neighboring town and was on my way home, driving. It was a smooth ride, and at a point, the only thing on my mind was babies and how cute they are. In retrospect, that thought must’ve come from the sticker I had admired earlier on a Honda in the other lane with the drawing of a baby and the caption “My wife has an awesome husband.” …
Ever heard someone say “an agreement is an agreement”? I didn’t see the usefulness of that statement until I started developing apps for people. While I knew that contracts were important, I didn’t take them seriously — at least not until I worked with startups that didn't compensate me as promised.
At around age 21, I taught myself how to develop apps for the Android platform. Because I was eager to have a lot on my resume, I applied for every software development gig and said yes to every project I happened to be called on, both locally and remotely. …
My phone rang at an unusual time of day while walking home. My friend hardly ever calls in the afternoon, so why would his name be popping up on my phone screen? Had his wife, who was in the final stages of her pregnancy, delivered a bouncing baby?
In a moment, I answered, “Hello, is everything OK?”
He answered with a question: “Have you ever donated blood?”
I stopped walking, speechless for a moment. The answer was definitely “no”—I hadn’t—but I got confused because that was the last question I was expecting. My friend and his wife had lost two pregnancies, and this was the third one. …