I was beyond hesitant to try using an e-reader. I loved the feel of a book in my hand, the musty smell of the paper, and the ability to quickly flip through pages to see where the next chapter began. But in the end, I had to admit that it simply wasn't practical to bring … Continue reading Late Adopter
Today, I bring you a post from the brilliant and witty Ampycom. This post in particular resonated with me as I find myself at a crossroads facing bigger challenges and taking on more risks. Please enjoy–and check out her blog!
I once made a mistake that cost my company about $100,000.
At the time, I don’t think I was making $10,000 a year.
My boss should have fired me. Her boss certainly thought so. But she didn’t. She hugged me and said, “Kid, if you’re going to make a mistake, make sure it’s a big one.”
In the six years I worked for that company, I made them a couple of million dollars. Maybe a couple of couple. Had she fired me, that’s money they would never have made. She knew that, and God bless her, she always remembered it. I worked for her for a few more years, and throughout the rest of my career, some of the most enthusiastic job recommendations I ever received came from her.
Did I ever make that mistake again?
You learn from the big mistakes. They force you to analyze your…
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The neighborhood I live in is changing fast. Developers are pouring in, and life-long residents are being priced out. M and I have given up on trying to stay here. Sometimes we just look at real estate prices and marvel that *anyone* can afford to live here! The whole situation seems a bit hopeless, so … Continue reading The Neighborhood Council
Singapore Night View
I pitched the idea to M out of the blue: "We should learn to play chess!" He was sort of nonplussed. He's not a huge fan of abstract games, but he was willing to hear me out. "The problem is," I continued, "You can't really learn the game unless you play it a lot. So … Continue reading Netflix and Chess?
The funny thing is that it's just a feeling. There aren't always facts and evidence to support it (although sometimes there are)--but it creates a reality of its own. The fact is, the mere existence of confidence makes you more likely to succeed, and a faltering of confidence almost ensures that you won't. It seems like … Continue reading Confidence! (or the lack thereof)
It's so easy to go through life grumbling about annoyances and frustrations that come up day after day--but sometimes, all it takes is a minute to step back and realize you have a choice. Analyze the problem. Make a plan. Whether it's a small problem or a seemingly insurmountable one, slight shift in approach might … Continue reading Sunday Quote