Your computer is a factory for ideas. Go build something.

Month: April 2012 (page 2 of 2)

Something I Saw: Twins

Twins. Camera: Olympus PEN E-P3. Lens: Panasonic 20mm f/1.7.

Today I’m introducing a new feature to the blog: Something I Saw. I often leave the house with a camera and take photos of things that strike me as interesting. This process isn’t intended to create art (necessarily) but is simply a way of documenting my days.

This photo was made while I walked home after dropping off the Suburban at the auto repair garage. Saw this in an alley in downtown Lincoln and thought it was interesting.

How to Optimize the 6 Seconds Recruiters Will Spend Looking at Your Resume

According to a recent study, recruiters spend an average of six seconds reviewing resumes:

In the short time that they spend with your resume, the study showed recruiters will look at your name, current title and company, current position start and end dates, previous title and company, previous position start and end dates, and education.

So–make sure recruiters can find those things easily.


Creativity Takes No Excuses

Via creativesomething.net.

What a Nine-Year-Old Entrepreneur Can Teach You About Perseverance

Caine built a remarkable arcade–out of cardboard–in his father’s auto parts store. Have you seen the film? You should.

Caine showed up every day when he had one customer, when he had no customers.

Caine made something worth talking about, something worth sharing. And eventually a lot of people showed up. And someone started a scholarship fund for him that has raised over $163,000.

Caine got lucky. But not in the traditional sense of “lucky;” in the sense I shared about last week.

What’s stopping you from getting lucky like Caine?

How to Get Lucky


Some people think you’re lucky if you get picked, that awards or recognition are more a matter of circumstance than effort. Winning the lottery is lucky and requires no work except standing in line to buy a ticket.

Doing something difficult and worthwhile that gets noticed, however, is another matter. In this case, “luck” is simply the result of slogging through day after day until the window of opportunity cracks open and you’re standing there, ready.

Confused? See yesterday’s post.

Good Things Come to Those

Cool. And true.

Via serifsandsans.

The Secret to Getting Hired at Evernote (or any company)

What do employers want from new hires?

This is a question I’m constantly asking my students. In this interview at the NYT, Evernote CEO Phil Libin hires talented programmers and developers for the company’s (very cool) projects–that’s a given. What do the best the best people have? They need to be able to communicate well and they need to be reliable.

You can have all the talent in the world but if you can’t share your ideas, get along with others, and show up, you’re not going to get very far.

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