How Amazon Killed the Retail Store

That big red line sailing upwards pretty much says it all. At a time when retail sales have been flat or even declining, e-commerce–and Amazon specifically–has been experiencing tremendous growth. In the less than a decade we entered a world where you no longer have to leave your home to do all your holiday shopping. […]

Lessons From Andre Agassi’s Open Book

  I recently finished Andre Agassi’s autobiography entitled Open. I’ve read many biographies and many books about tennis. This one ranks with the best of them. And it’s because of what the title implies. In his book, Agassi is remarkably open. He talks about his struggles, his failures, and most pointedly how he hates tennis. […]

What Drives a Cartoonist? Inside Schultz and Peanuts

Recently, I’ve been listening to the audiobook version of Schultz and Peanuts: A Biography by David Michaelis. It helps to give some insight into how Charles Schultz became the greatest comic strip cartoonist of the 20th century. Personally, I’ve only been a moderate fan of Peanuts (ironically a name that Schultz hated but was forced […]

How to Write a Novel in a Month: NaNoWriMo

Back in July I wrote a post about working in sprints in order to complete a difficult task. It described how the best way to accomplish something is to make it your sole focus for a limited period of time. In fact, that’s the technique I used for completing a marathon and an iPhone app. […]

How to Achieve Greatness Through Deliberate Practice

What is the secret to greatness? How do you play golf like Tiger? How do you invest like Warren Buffet or play the piano like Mozart?  Were these people just born great or was something else involved… According to the book Talent is Overrated by Geoff Colvin the secret to greatness is something called “deliberate […]