I spend a lot of time at the gym. I use my locker a few times every visit, and I’m bummed by how poorly designed they are. I usually have to try 3 or 4 lockers (they have built in locks, so I don’t need a colored combo lock) before I find the one my
I’m a big fan of design. Good design scales logarithmically, think about the good design of the iPhone. How many people did that affect? There’s bad design on cars, and it can serve as a learning lesson for us. There’s two main signals (things that express status) on cars so other drivers can predict and
Skills are tricky. People want to learn how to do things, so they try to do it right away. They jump on the bike and try to start pedaling. This is a bad idea, and it is why you probably gave up learning skills you wanted to. Imagine you wanted to teach your kid how
When I was (predictably) laid off from my last job, there was a problem: money would stop going into my bank account. Now this could be a pretty serious problem. “Everyone needs money. That’s why they call it money.” – Heist How do most people solve this problem? Freak the geek out. How did I solve this?
There’s a lot of things that were wrong with my life, but I didn’t even know that there was a problem. If you can’t speak out loud what your problem is, it shows up by you feeling uncomfortable. If you’ve ever noticed feeling uncomfortable in your apartment or house, but you’re unable to pinpoint exactly
When I worked in someone else’s company, I was talking to my boss’s boss. I brought up how I thought suburban and rural prices of real estate were going to increase, and downtown (think Manhattan or The Loop) were going to plummet. That was in the last few years, and it will happen in the next
What do you do? What does your business actually do? “We make drills.” Wrong answer. Go back to Why You’re Still An Employee – Or, How to Make a Very Profitable Business Stop being so self-centered. The value you create is The Ability to Make Holes In Things. With the technology that exists today: you make
Every Very Profitable Business has three things in common. I came to this conclusion a few days ago and think that it’s the most fundamental rules of how a Very Profitable Business works, and I wish it was taught to me in business school. I haven’t seen these principles explictly expressed anywhere, so go ahead and tell