Month: September 2014

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The Blog

Automattic is a distributed company — we all work from wherever we are. Right now, “where we are” is 197 cities around the world: New Orleans, USA. Montevideo, Uruguay. Tokyo, Japan. Vilnius, Lithuania.

Once a year, we get together somewhere in the world to meet, work alongside, learn from, and laugh with one another in an exhilarating, exhausting week called the Grand Meetup. This year, 277 Automatticians descended on Park City, Utah, for seven days in mid-September.

We introduced ourselves to new colleagues, reconnected with coworkers we haven’t seen since last year, and worked on ways to make even better. And of course, lots of us blogged about the experience, in words and images.

We were…

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Read This Book

Title: Good to Great and the Social Sectors: A Monograph to Accompany Good to Great by Jim Collins.

Topic: What it takes to be successful in life, in business, and in doing good.

Why you should read it: Collins has a way of writing that hits you over the head (and in the heart) without seeming like he is. He is trying to tell you how to improve and you know that but he says it so reasonably that you can’t help but agree with him. The book really focuses on why non-profits and the like shouldn’t be so business-minded because it can actually be ruining what they are trying to accomplish. But I got a lot more out of it than just that. It also had a feel of life advice, which I am all about. One of the biggest points was defining what greatness means to you and coming up with a tangible plan to track it. And never stop striving to be better than you are. Another mark was the Hedgehog Concept (shown below) to determine what your passion is, what you can be best at, and what drives your resource engine; inclusive in that is the idea that it’s okay to say “no, thank you” to opportunities that don’t fit with the profile of those three points.

This is a great read to learn how to work smarter, not harder.

It’s also actually a companion guide to a large book, Good to Great, but you don’t need to have read that to appreciate the lessons offered in this novella.


No Excess

No Excess.

“Perhaps too much of everything is as bad as too little.” – Edna Ferber

I definitely agree with this sentiment. Think about it with me for a minute. The more we try to stretch something, the less it is able to be what it is supposed to be. The more we try to do everything, the less we are actually doing well. The more candy types we eat, the sicker we can become.

That’s not to say that trying new things or expanding our horizons are bad ideas, but we need to exercise caution when doing so. Our society, culture, and government are all prime examples. Trying to please everyone and be everything they need has deformed our country in some ways (although it has been beneficial in others). We are trying to be everything but I think it’s taking away from the things that we could be doing much better than we are.

And look at how much trouble the wealthy get into with their excess time and fortune. There are many stories filling the news of this celebrity or that tycoon on drugs, getting caught up in a money scandal, or getting arrested. So yes, too much can be just as bad as not enough.

Legend by Marie Lu

Absolutely! This entire series is phenomenal!

Legend (Legend, #1)Date Published: January 1, 2011

Dates Read: 9/21/14 to 9/26/14

Rating: 5 stars!!

Synopsis: What was once the western United States is now home to the Republic, a nation perpetually at war with its neighbors. Born into an elite family in one of the Republic’s wealthiest districts, fifteen-year-old June is a prodigy being groomed for success in the Republic’s highest military circles. Born into the slums, fifteen-year-old Day is the country’s most wanted criminal. But his motives may not be as malicious as they seem.
From very different worlds, June and Day have no reason to cross paths – until the day June’s brother, Metias, is murdered and Day becomes the prime suspect. Caught in the ultimate game of cat and mouse, Day is in a race for his family’s survival, while June seeks to avenge Metias’s death. But in a shocking turn of events, the two uncover the truth…

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