Inc. columnist and 37signals co-founder Jason Fried believes offices are interruption factories. When people really need to get work done they carve out alone time in a special spot, on a plane, or at odd times, like before anyone gets to the office or after they all go home. Creative types, in particular–designers, programmers, writers, engineers, and the like–need long uninterrupted periods of time to get things done. In the last three minutes of this talk he gives suggestions for how to cut down on office interruptions.
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“There are only the pursued, the pursuing, the busy and the tired”
“Let your plans be dark and impenetrable as night, and when you move, fall like a thunderbolt.”
Why doesn’t the government just get out of the way and let the private sector — the “real revolutionaries” — innovate? It’s rhetoric you hear everywhere, and Mariana Mazzucato wants to dispel it. In an energetic talk, she shows how the state — which many see as a slow, hunkering behemoth — is really one of our most exciting risk-takers and market-shapers.
Men ought either to be well treated or crushed, because they can avenge themselves of lighter injuries, of more serious ones they cannot; therefore the injury that is to be done to a man ought to be of such a kind that one does not stand in fear of revenge
After a crazy week at DemoAfrica 2013, while getting some much need rest and me time, I stumble on my little red book from 2001 and I smile. I will be sharing actual pages and memories here, under Misfiring Neurons.It has been quite the journey and as I turn 31 in late November, little of what I had penned down as a 10 year plan on 28th Sept 2002, remains undone. My 20′s have served to prove to me that ANYTHING I apply myself to will come to pass. Hebrews 11 – Now Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
“ Any piece of knowledge I acquire today has a value at this moment exactly proportional to my skill to deal with it. Tomorrow, when I know more, I recall that piece of knowledge and use it better. ”
- Mark Van Doren
So. whether you are 21 or 31, write it down…start today and make it count. At 41, I will look back again and smile…bigger, better, bolder…DONE
You had to know him to know him.
Our paths crossed back in ’97 as rabbles at Starehe Boys Center.
Razor sharp wit and going for the jugular on the written word endeared him and his blog – Thus Spaketh to thousands, yet a super chilled out guy in spoken word, a perfect ying and yang
Salim, I remember
- going to baraza at Starehe (the house where we grew) and saying some guys (you) were hogging computers when their time was up before break I wanted to skip break and shika shika those CRT’s
- you skiving rollcall invoking those pseudo priviledges za computer room supervisor
- your love for balls…football crazies and you sipping on a Red Bull making short work of peeps in both Nairobi and Kampala at pool
- cussing whenever Sports Rd had a power black out because those Telkom servers had AA batteries for backup
- taking Anastacia and her sisters to their new airconditioned apartment on Mombasa road Parkside Towers
- staying late at Standard Investment Bank hacking Sembuse…and it working
- having Napers call from SA and we thinking…bassssss pesa hizo
- the meeting at the green boy when peeps laughed at our audacity at cannibalizing sms
- kissing ass at Safaricom after the mention of an Mpesa hack was misconstrued, and Bob Collymore coming into a meeting and saying “These guys don’t look like terrorists!”
- going to Uganda to sort out M7 on platforms
- loosing 2 million bob and still held our heads up high, we lived to see another day
- you telling me you had met this “billionaire” who would sort us on growth capital needs but ended up being such a disappointment
- you missing the girls – Venessa and Shazma so much when they were in Uganda you were calling literally everyday
- dealing with potato and wheat money that came in a tweed jacket and safari boots
- having not-so angel investors for that World Cup gig…those guys lakini
- the boys we met…the one’s with dad’s money talking big
- your tweef with Alai, glad the term nemesis was dropped
- putting wads in the toilet because after all its just money and it follows passion…and that we had loads of
- having an ideas board that would quite literally be wiped clean every three days, sometimes the world wasn’t ready and sometimes the ideas were plain foolish
- you teasing that I should just get myself a wife and kids and quit holding out, Vanessa and Shazma needed playmates they could relate to
- your obsession with the number 13
- thinking, if like Moses, we would never see the promised land after years in the desert aka hustling
- sometimes we did ties, but many times it was just t-shirt and jeans
- your cryptic and not so cryptic status updates
- agreeing to disagree and being cool with it
- lunches with the fam at mine (looked at the videos and one Shazma was bopping to JayZ made me smile)
- tech jargon infused conversations when talking about the ladies
- pushing you and Ruto to be ready for the big meeting
- you saying “Haina noma”
My last words to you before I left for Mombasa last week on Thursday was – ” Connected the dots“.
This is as incomplete and as complete as it is…
Good times we had my friend, a good run. Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’un
If you really want to do something you will find a way, if you don’t, you will find an excuse.
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