Following your passion…

… Is a bad idea… it’s overrated. Get over it. Sooner the better. Yes, I know people have built a life around their true passions. Not everyone is able to crack the code, however. Sure, the Personal Development Gurus would have you think otherwise. They’ve built their lives around telling people to “follow their passions.” […]

Wash your bowl

A monk said to Chao Chou, “I’m new to this monastery. Please teach me.” Chao Chou said, “Have you eaten your rice porridge?” The monk said, “Yes, I have.” Chao Chou said, “Then you better wash your bowl.” At that moment, the monk was enlightened I know what you’re thinking — “that seemed like an […]

Nurture before you “clean up”

Almost every now and then I bump into a friend or a prospect mailing list woes. The most common complaint that I hear is the “sanitization” of these lists. Here’s the rationale — they’ve got a 100,000 people in their list of which only 5,000 people actually engage. The quarterly newsletter or monthly updates they […]