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5 myths about networking

Networking quid pro quo, and why everything you know about it is wrong

Networking is the art of building a network of friends and colleagues to enrich your life and theirs. If all you do is take, then you’ll fail.

Millennials step up

Millennials, it’s time to stop throwing rocks at the castle and join the fight

When I was working in Silicon Valley, I lived the quintessential startup life. All our meals were catered, we played ping pong on our breaks, and we worked fast and hard to build a company. We were changing the world. Fast forward to today, and I just finished working at the Pentagon — and let me tell…
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There's no such thing as failure - just a series of "not-yet" successes

A great mentor once told me that I should stop believing in failure

It’s easy to fall into the habit of feeling like everything we do is a little bit of a failure. Sometimes we want to make a little more money, or run a little bit faster, or sing a little bit better. Every time we try, we’re setting ourselves up for failure, and that’s scary and…
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Millennials - Photo by Julián Gentilezza on Unsplash

I wrote an article about millennials and it set off the internet trolls

Our modern political climate is a hell of a thing. It seems that no matter what you say or do, someone accuses you of being on the “other side” of the political spectrum. I recently wrote an op-ed in The Hill about how we need more Millenials in public service, and how too often I…
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OKR lessons from first-graders

What First-Graders Can Teach Us About Focus in Business and Life

I’m in the middle of reading “Measure What Matters”, the book that widely popularized the concept of Objectives and Key Results (OKR), by John Doerr. In the book, John explains how a deliberate focus on what you’re doing (objectives) and how you’re doing it (key results) is the key to success. In the middle of reading, I remembered a wonderful gift my sister gave my wife for Christmas the year before she started grad school – it was a “detailed” book of OKR advice on how to do well in school, written by 18 first graders.

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