Clean the toilet to win the war

The U.S. military wins wars because they clean toilets, shine their boots, and make their beds. Historically, disease is the number one cause of death for militaries. Wars have been lost because little things like hygiene were taken for granted. In basic training, soldiers are taught to clean toilets before they shoot a weapon. The principle of assigning value to …

What’s required to become a programmer?

What do I need to know to become a programmer? Not much, just the basics of problem solving and critical thinking. If you can triage a problem, and are willing to learn and think, then you’re off to a great start.  And think about this:  Do you know how to learn?  Learning is required in programming. It’s a field where …

The Endgame

The “endgame.” It’s the only game to play, it’s the only game that matters, and, to be serious, it is the only game that exists. Very few people play for the end game. Most people only play for the here and now. They play for the instant gratification, they make choices and decisions based on how fast they will see results. …

The 99%

Growing up, my Dad was big on hard work. On the weekends we worked on projects around the house. As I grew older, I farmed with my uncle, built a house with my Dad, and once I was old enough to get a job, I did. My father wasn’t a taskmaster, but he understood the importance of hard work and it …

The Cost

Most people don’t think about the cost of doing nothing, or the cost of indecision. Indecision is worse than a bad decision. You can learn from a bad decision. You can grow from failure. You can turn a loss into a win, but you can never succeed from indecision. Indecision is a sea of “what ifs”: What if we market this …

Founded

Our world today is a world of instant gratification. Everything we need we can get easily and quickly. We no longer grow our own food, build our houses, or walk long distances to get somewhere. Most of the upcoming generation and even parts of my generation have a problem with time. The time it takes to build something. The time it …

Expectation

Expectations are a big deal in our lives. We all have them and whether we think about them or not we have them. Stated or unstated. Expectations are just like opinions too, everyone has one, and just like opinions, expectations can be selfish. We set them for others without ever talking about them. We have goals and tasks that we want …

The Path of Least Resistance

When it comes to human nature we tend to always take the path of least resistance. It is much easier to sit down and work on things that you enjoy than to go out and do things that you don’t. A great example is of this is me and networking. Networking is not something that I necessarily enjoy, I do it …

Whose Shoes Are You Wearing?

Picking out a good pair of shoes can sometimes be a hassle. You have a ton of different options: the brands, the type of shoe, the color, the fit, the feel, what you’re going to use them for, and more. There are shoes for children, shoes for adults, and shoes for both men and women. There are tons and tons of …

How to Turn the Lights On

In one of my last posts, I did a Dr. Seuss style metaphor about turning the lights on in your business called Zaggerbaggers & Night Lights. This post is more down to earth. I have found that as a young entrepreneur I had no idea how easy it is to NOT understand what is going on inside of the company, that means …