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passing the pmp

After dodging the Project Management Professional (PMP) certification for 15 years, I finally hit a contract requiring it. Nearly everyone I know who is a PMP attended a week-long cram session for about $4000. Shortly after, they sat for and passed the exam. Clearly,...

walking over creative obstacles

Creative work is not a selfish act or a bid for attention on the part of the actor. It’s a gift to the world and every being in it. Don’t cheat us of your contribution. Give us what you’ve got. ~ Steven Pressfield, The War of Art: Break Through the...

bamboo metaphor for learning

I skim an article about Chinese bamboo. Apparently, once the seed has been sown, you see nothing for about five years, apart from a tiny shoot. All the growth takes place underground, where a complex root system reaching upward and outward is being established. Then,...

walking anger into the ground

An Eskimo custom offers an angry person release by walking the emotion out of his or her system in a straight line across the landscape; the point at which the anger is conquered is marked with a stick, bearing witness to the strength or length of the rage. ~ Lucy...

you’re the product

Back in 2006, I joined Facebook because MySpace sucked. The page was cleaner then. The goal was straight-forward. I could easily find old friends without paying a fee. This was still early days for internet businesses. We were surrounded by free services. Google =...