My daily readings 11/01/2008

  • tags: startup

    • In sports, the only thing a player or coach can truly control is effort. The same applies to business. The only thing any entrepreneur, salesperson or anyone in any position can control is their effort.
    • And finally, I had to make sure I wasn’t lying to myself about how hard I was working. It would have been easy to judge effort by how many hours a day passed by while I was at work. That’s the worst way to measure effort. Effort is measured by setting goals and getting results. What did i need to do to close this account. What did I need to do to win this segment of business. What did i need to do to understand this technology or that business better than anyone. What did I need to do to find an edge. Where does that edge come from and how was I going to get there.
      • Good questions – post by joel
  • tags: no_tag

    • There was plenty of chatter in the blogs this weekend over the decision by the Obama campaign to text its supporters news of the VP pick as soon as it happened (well, as soon as the campaign was ready to release it). Most of it seemed centered around (1) the timing of the text’s release (another 3am brouhaha), (2) the “next-gen Internet outreach” approach, and (3) the pick himself. Mainly lost in the discussion was whether anyone really needed to know the information in real time, on their cells and PDAs.
    • It’s not like having the information in the middle of the night made any difference to Obama’s supporters, or to Obama; the election is still months away. But if people want to wake up at 3am to feel “in the know,” so be it.
    • Rushing to act on information as quickly as possible simply because you can can create more problems than it solves, ranging from distraction (really, shouldn’t most of us have been sleeping at 3am?) to mistakes.
  • tags: no_tag

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