One of my favorite poems, I find myself re-reading it on occasion.
By: William Ernest Henley
Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.
In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.
Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds and shall find me unafraid.
It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.
Key lesson #1:
One of the most powerful things you can do for the people around you is provide clarity. Clarity empowers people, improves execution and allows for greater accountability. I always try to keep in mind the quote by Lewis Carroll “If you don’t know where you are going, any road will get you there”.
Key lesson #2:
We all need help along the way and my success can not be attributed to my efforts alone. I have succeeded because others helped when I needed it, sometimes without my knowledge. So having been a beneficiary of many investments of help throughout my career, I have an obligation to repay those investments by helping others when they need it.
My absolute favorite quote about the future:
The future is here, it’s just not evenly distributed.
I have been fortunate enough to travel a bit, so I though I would share some highlights to date.
Traveling through the Swiss Alps one fine Saturday in early June.
Looking over the Edge at Dun Aengus on the Aran Island in Ireland
via Ingo Mehling
Watching the Fog Roll in on San Francisco
Experiencing the power of Niagara Falls up close
Looking out over Chamonix from atop the Aiguille du Midi
The Amazing views of the London Skyline
Jeff Bezos in the December 3, 2012 issue of Fortune Magazine
Your margin is my opportunity.
Amazon’s willingness to operate on lean margins, with a customer focus, and a long term perspective creates a powerful competitive advantage. Mr. Bezos and Amazon may be drinking your milkshake next.
Matt Honan in January 2013 issue of Wired Magazine
Even the sharpest 4K set, with the thinnest of bezels and darkest of blacks, isn’t going to help you track down that episode of Breaking Bad you missed.
Even with great design and technology, a product still must solve the right problems.
“Eating other peoples lunches is great, BUT you better also eat your own damn lunch’