Growth

A series on the Faithlife core values: Honesty. Openness. Awesomeness. Growth. Initiative. Elegance. Shipping. We spend a lot of years preparing to be ‘all grown-up.’ Childhood is focused on learning and growth and experiences in preparation for becoming ‘an adult.’ The artificial milestones of graduation ceremonies and significant birthdays at 18 and 21 only serve to reinforce the bright-line distinction …

Ask for improvements, not feedback

Your work can be better. Mine can be, too. I want to be intentional about excellence. I want our team to decide that we are going to value excellent work and pursue excellence in our own output. And here’s the tool to make it happen: Improve the work, not the worker. Seek improvement over feedback. Nobody likes …

Advice to my 21 year-old self

An intern invited me to coffee today and asked what advice I’d give my 21 year-old self. The answer was easy: read more history and biography. As the saying goes, “Good judgment comes from experience. Experience comes from bad judgment.” The only shortcut I’ve found is to study other people’s experience, and that’s mostly written …

If you’re learning a lot in class, you’re doing it wrong.

I recently spoke with a student majoring in Computer Science who was interested in working for my company. When I asked if he understood a particular concept, he told me he hadn’t taken that class yet. I understand learning about English composition in a class on that subject, or even picking up some physics in …