Genius is the ability to independently arrive at and understand concepts that would normally have to be taught by another person. ― Immanuel Kant We’re born as self-learners. As children, we rely heavily on our ability to learn from our surroundings and the actions of others. As adults, however, it’s easier to pass the buck onto others and […]
Archives for 2014
Having just celebrated my one year anniversary of working at Automattic, I wanted to share the 5 most important things I’ve learned about customer support and a distributed work environment.
A quick list of the various places I go to for inspiration.
They say that experiences trump material possessions in every way imaginable. Now, if only those experiences didn’t fly by so quickly.
I often have a hard time communicating exactly what I do on a daily basis when someone inevitably asks. It might be that they’re not familiar with WordPress.com (although that’s becoming rarer!), or they’re just not very interested in tech at all. In the beginning, there was also a bigger issue that I hated to […]
In fact, the NFL’s claim of 100 percent proceeds from auction and 100 percent proceeds from retail has translated to an average of just $1.1 million every year since they partnered with ACS six years ago. That’s less than .01 percent of the approximately $10 billion the league made in revenue last year. Really interesting/eye-opening […]
Author: Kurt Vonnegut Title: Cat’s Cradle Published: Sep. 8, 1998 After hearing Tim Ferriss recommend Cat’s Cradle multiple times on his podcast, I had to give this a try. I’m a big believer in reading fiction every once in awhile although my natural tendency is to read nonfiction. Vonnegut’s writing style is completely unorthodox and at […]
Essentially, when you can’t live in a moment, they say, it’s best to live in anticipation of an experience. Experiential purchases like trips, concerts, movies, et cetera, tend to trump material purchases because the utility of buying anything really starts accruing before you buy it. Fantastic piece on the Atlantic regarding spending money and happiness. […]
This week, many of us at Automattic are documenting our day to give everyone an idea of what it’s like to work for an entirely distributed company. If you’re interested in reading more you can follow the tag #a8cday at WordPress.com and on Twitter. Here’s my day as a Happiness Engineer. Whenever I tell someone I’m […]
Author: Blake Mycoskie Title: Start Something That Matters Published: Sep. 6, 2011 I knew relatively little about TOMS before I started on this book. I really enjoyed reading Blake’s story and the lessons he continues to learn throughout the journey. What started as a unique idea to help put shoes on the feet of impoverished children […]