The Focusing Power of “No”

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I just love this. We also established very clearly from the start that we’d never allow a customer to pay us more than that top-tier price. Not even for a customized version of Basecamp for a massive enterprise company that’s offering to throw $100,000 our way. We would never waver from our mantra: If you’re a big company with special …

By the Numbers

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67,736 words 143 posts 1 year 0 times fired   Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation) there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would not otherwise have occurred. A whole stream …

Learning As Professional Work

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Tutors get a bad rap. To clarify: as a profession, they are thought of fine enough; it’s the need of a tutor’s services that gets viewed in a negative light. Regardless of the subject matter, the hiring of a tutor is often seen as a sign that something is wrong with the way things are and steps are being taken …

Most vs Most Important

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Recently, and very much out of the blue, my 8-yr-old son spontaneously sprouted interest in learning and playing the game of chess. Baffled by the request but happy to oblige, I pulled out our chess set and walked him through the various pieces and how they move around the board. For the most part: castling and en passant will be revelations …