Why the next ten minutes are the most important in your whole life

No watch on earth, no matter how expensive, is going to give you an extra minute of your life. No camera, no matter how elegant, is going to freeze time. When we talk about time management, we try to save time – but time doesn’t save, it passes.

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Boyd – Patterns of conflict

imageI had heard about John Boyd’s legendary Patterns of Conflict before I read his biography but I had never seen it. So I went on a quest to find it!

Regular readers will know that I have an interest in military history.  (See How to improve morale and confidence and Interview with Stephen Bungay.) I’m reading an excellent biography of John Boyd (Boyd: The Fighter Pilot Who Changed the Art of War) at the moment and this has really got me thinking.  I’m going to write a review as soon as I’ve finished it.

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Geeks vs Creatives: which personality type are you?

I’m a self-confessed geek. My ex-wife is a creative – an actress. My daily life was once a kind of experiment in reconciling two very different ways of dealing with the world.

dice - geeks vs creatives

Why is this important? Well, my job involves the same challenge. Writing is 50 percent technique (geek stuff) and 50 percent inspiration (creative stuff) and, according to my accountant, 10 percent arithmetic.

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Impatience is a virtue and other essential attitudes for entrepreneurs

Get a cup of coffee and prepare for launch. Rome wasn’t built in a day but it should have been. The status quo is obsolete. Best practice is someone else’s idea of what you should do. Good enough isn’t. As an entrepreneur, it’s all about attitude.

NASA coffee - attitudes for entrepreneurs

Impatience – the fierce hunger for progress – is one of the defining characteristics of an entrepreneur. For them (for us), impatience is a virtue.

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Geeks: how to write for a non-technical audience

George Bernard Shaw - how to write for a non-technical audience

‘Two peoples divided by a common language.’

George Bernard Shaw said this about the British and the Americans, but the same can be said of anoraks and suits. Writing for a non-technical audience is a skill often lost on the geeks among us, but I’m happy to provide a cheat-sheet.

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24 things I wish I’d known when I started my first business – an interview with Matthew Stibbe

I interviewed my boss in a fit of nosiness to find out what lessons he learned from his first company, Intelligent Games, and how he does things now at Turbine, Articulate and Vincarta. Or at least, how he tries to do them.

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