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Teaching Your First Course? Over-delivering is WAY Overrated (Here is Why)

It leads to procrastination

Just focus on getting it done.

Just Do it, deliver and delight

I have a partner on a project that I love. (the project, and the partner)

She is smart, savvy and far more organized than I ever will be.

But she loves the word “over-deliver” and it drives me nuts.

Earlier today, she used the word “over-deliver” about 18 times in 16 minutes.

(we still have absolutely nothing to deliver)

I thought about jumping through to the other side of the phone and putting her in a Figure 4 Toehold just to stop hearing the word “over-deliver”

I didn’t for 2 reasons.

1 – I don’t know jujitsu and am a terrible fighter.
2 – I obviously can’t squeeze through the phone and by the time I got a flight, rented a car, and made my way to Oakland, the impulse would probably be gone.

The truth is, the last time I almost went Mano a Mano in hand to hand combat against a woman was my near miss arm wrestling competition catastrophe against my Grandmom (Mom Mom Edith) at passover dinner about a decade ago.

Some genius at the dinner table thought it would be a fun idea for all the men to arm wrestle, as if that brilliant idea was something Moses might endorse. Continue Reading

Teach One Thing

Simplify. Launch with less. Minimal viable. (maximum valuable) Make People Better. Keep it simple. Avoid the urge to overwhelm. (yourself, or your audience) Start small. But think scale. The power of one idea – one takeaway, at a time….helps make the idea of creating stuff fun. (again)

The Day You Fell in Love

“Practice kindness all day to everybody and you will realize you’re already in heaven now.” ― Jack Kerouac I have a friend I call Melvin. I don’t know his real name, but Melvin seems to fit. He wears a name tag, but I’ve never got close enough to read it. Melvin works at the Publix […]

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The Day You Finished Writing Your First Book

There is something incredibly gratifying about writing a book.

There are really very few experiences which feel as good, or are as rewarding as looking at the printed pages ( or pixels) that emanate from your sense of passion and purpose, or the wisdom you have to offer the world through your words.

(Truthfully, there are probably a lot of experiences which feel as good – I just don’t leave the house that much, so I’m not sure what they may be.  Bungee jumping is probably a rush, but I’m not a big fan of heights, or strangers with rope.)

As a published author, it’s reassuring to know that 50 years from now, when I’m looking down from heaven & bathing in the perpetual glow of a beautiful bright white light,  people will still be reading the classics like “War and Peace”,   “1984”, “Finnegans Wake”, the liner notes from “Slippery When Wet”  and my own small contribution to the genre, “How to Write Articles that Convert Like Crazy”.

(please note – Article marketing doesn’t work in 2015, so if by chance you are reading this blog  (or my book) in 2065, I’d ask Jeff Bezos for your $2.99 back.) Continue Reading

The Day You Started Small

Going big is over-rated. Starting small is the key to doing it right. If you’ve got something to teach, preach, market, mentor, publish or offer up to inspire, I want to challenge you to start small. A challenge to the creatives and service oriented professionals reading this. (the authors, artists, the teachers, trainers and those […]

The Day You Started to Teach

Here is a short article I posted a few months ago….which I re-visited earlier today working with a small group of folks who are hell bent on writing (and publishing) their first Amazon ebook by the end of the year. Starting anything new is challenging.  Writing, for whatever reason, is particularly so. But teaching, sharing, […]

Stay with the Open Question

I was reading a pretty cool book the other day by philosopher and neuroscientist Evan Thompson called “Waking, Dreaming, Being” We all live in a world where most of us need answers to feel comfortable. To be safe, we crave certainty. At least i always have. Maybe not in ways that are so apparently obvious, […]

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