Go DJ

Go DJ

The Summer I Learned the Hustler’s Yes. How I became a house party DJ in one summer with one turntable. This is a tribute to Florida A&M, the castle on the hill, and the one summer my love for hip hop became more than a hobby, and to the friends who pushed me there. Warning—if [...]

To grow your career: Create less crap. Be more awesome.

To grow your career: Create less crap. Be more awesome.

Success is preparation. As a result of preparation, we recognize opportunities when they come near, like old acquaintances, familiar with a lot of catching up to do. Chase, Chancy and Creativity refers to this as Type III Chance: Chance III involves a special receptivity, discernment, and intuitive grasp of significance unique to one particular recipient. [...]

Sometimes I rhyme slow, sometimes I rhyme quick

Sometimes I rhyme slow, sometimes I rhyme quick

“When you use big words people don’t understand, it makes them feel dumb, and they don’t like that.” While this time it was explicit, I've faced the thrust of the feedback throughout my career. Stop using big words. I never did, and here is why.

The Limits of PowerPoint. . . Reflecting on Tufte’s Presenting Data and Information Talk

The Limits of PowerPoint. . . Reflecting on Tufte’s Presenting Data and Information Talk

Nearly a decade ago I attended Edward Tufte’s Presenting Data and Information. I recently came across my notes for the talk, and decided to publish online as some of the takeaways, particularly the introduction of a "Story Canvas" had a significant impact on my information communication style in the decade sense. The key principle of [...]

52 awesome things

There are 24 hours in a day 168 hours in a week Surely a few of them can be used to create something awesome. Why not resolve to create one each week? And over the course of a year—leave the world with 52 awesome things. What is awesome? Something that creates durable value not just [...]