November evening – I talk about sharing

By November 1, 2015Uncategorized


Right now, it’s a Sunday evening. November 1st. And for the last few weeks I’ve been thinking about how little I’ve shared online. At least not recent stuff.

If you’ve taken my class or if work with me, you know I share a lot of stuff, both work (my latest insights — just a few hours old) and personal (the weird hobbies I have). In fact, I probably disclose too much.

However, you can’t learn much about me or my best work by going online.  So I’m going to do something for the next 30 days: I’m going to share things I’ve never shared before.

Both personal and professional. We’ll see what happens . . .


A couple weeks ago, someone phoned me. He wanted to work with me. He didn’t need to get paid (apparently, he’d made a lot of money in the tech industry). But now he wanted to see first-hand “how I think.” Yes, that’s what he said: “how I think.”

I didn’t have a good answer for him. Even if I could host him at Stanford (very difficult) or in my industry work (probably very distracting), I’m not sure he’d really see how I think.

So that request was yet another bit of motivation to disclose more. Online. For anyone to see. Will he see how I think? I don’t know. I’ll try to be open, and I’ll try to talk about what matters — at least to me.


For starters, I’ve become very protective of my time. I once said “yes” to lots of things. And I still say “yes” to some things, though that’s a problem.

I juggle many projects and responsibilities. My vital projects are going well. I’ve gotten really good at prioritizing (I’ll share some of my techniques later this month). However, prioritizing until it hurts means I have many “nice to do” projects that are languishing. And that’s not fun; it’s not satisfying; and I’m sure it’s frustrating for people who want me to get those projects done.

So at the risk of setting back some projects even further, I’m going to share more during the month of November. Thanksgiving, harvest time, longer nights . . . It just seems like a time of sharing, right?

But I’ll warn you: I’m going to write and post stuff quickly. I’m probably not going to revise much. In fact, I may set a timer for 15 minutes. Once it’s done. It’s done.

It’s dark. The clock says 5:55, thanks to the time shift. My body thinks it’s 6:55. I still haven’t worked out. But I will. Getting 30 minutes of exercise in today is the last top priority of my day. And I don’t want to miss it.



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