What Are You Waiting for? Lose Wait Now!

How often have we heard that we need to have a five-year plan or a 10-year plan? Several things have occurred recently that made me think about why we wait. The rationale for waiting is typically completely made up. I started thinking about all the time I’ve wasted waiting for certain things to happen. But by […] See More

May 3, 2017

The Audacity of Focused Caution: More Inspiration From the Oracle

I’ve always been struck by Warren Buffett’s single-mindedness and discipline. His annual reports used to contain a letter to potential sellers of businesses. This letter contained a specific, inviolate, and most importantly unchanging list of vital statistics that must be present for Buffett to be interested. I loved his line, taken from a country-western song, […] See More

June 15, 2016

“Impossible is Nothing” is Really Something

Like a lot of people, I’ve spent much of 2016 grieving heroes. Last week we lost Muhammad Ali, and everywhere you look are tributes, stories, and lists of Ali quotes. My father shook hands with Ali at a hotel in London; he became a lifetime fan, and so did I. Dad and I went to […] See More

June 8, 2016


I recently tweeted Thomas Edison’s famous adage that genius is 99% perspiration and 1% inspiration. But there’s an intriguing bit of new research I’ve just come across that flips this notion on its head. It’s in reference to creating a culture that truly engages employees and it implies that inspiration may be vastly more important […] See More

December 11, 2015


A recent episode of This American Life profiled one of my great friends and personal heroes, Giulietta Carrelli, the founder of Trouble Coconut Club in San Francisco. Her founder story is completely different than the vast majority of other business owners I have met and worked with. She is, in my opinion, the most incredible […] See More

May 20, 2015