Garbage In, A Billion Dollars Out

Of all the places you might search for ideas and inspiration for your new innovative product, chances are you wouldn’t look in the garbage.  But here’s a true story where some stale tortillas tossed into the trash led to a product that sells an...

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Your Very First Exam And The Butterfly Effect

I like the idea that everything matters. That each of us – through the work we do, through even our seemingly inconsequential interactions – has an impact on others. And furthermore, that it’s not just the work we do, but that our efforts and...

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The Product Roadmap of You

Let’s say you started here. A frail chronically sick kid. Continuous coughs, frequent colds, bouts of fevers, diarrhea. Asthma so bad, at times your family fears it’ll be fatal. Sometimes it feels like you’re being suffocated with a pillow...

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The 12 Dimensions of Courage

I’d only been out of college for a few years, when my boss made an offhand comment that has stayed with me for decades. He said, “I like to take words apart to better understand myself.” His name was Alan. I don’t remember his last name, but I...

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Career Advice From The World’s Most Famous Robots

There’s a lot of uncertainty about the future of American jobs. And it’s understandable. The highly respected research firm Gartner published a report stating that 30% of the current jobs will be eliminated by 2025. And for those of us thinking...

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How To Die Broke And Not Broken

Here are two absolutely true stories of two different people. I know which one you'd want to be. While at one point, their stories are somewhat similar; their paths markedly diverge into dramatic contrast. One person finishes life as a...

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