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I wish I knew how to quit you

I have a problem: I don’t know how to say No. As a result, I bury myself in obligations I can never fulfill. I’m sure this has a negative effect on a lot of my relationships, but the most important relationship it’s hurting is the one I have with myself. When I quit my job [Keep Reading…]

Today is my 1 year anniversary of going solo

Exactly one year ago today, I left my job to pursue independent consulting full-time. I took a big leap of faith. I had faith in myself that things would work out. I had faith that even with the odds stacked against me, I could pull it off. I stepped out on my own because I [Keep Reading…]

Strategy Starts with Honesty

I always make a point of encouraging my clients to have a strong vision and a strategy for achieving that vision before they set out to design their products. I need to start practicing what I preach. It’s been 11 months since I went solo and the past year has been a whirlwind. I’m fortunate [Keep Reading…]

Maimonides’ Eight Levels of Charity Applied to Building Your Personal Brand

I’ve been thinking a lot about acts of giving lately. It’s been an incredible year for me and so many people have given me so much. It seems impossible to give back. In Judaism, it’s common to follow Maimonides’ Eight Levels of Tzedakah (the Hebrew word for charity or justice). The aim is to give [Keep Reading…]

In 2008, You Changed Me

In the past year, my life has turned upside down. It was more than I ever wanted and everything I needed. And it happened because of all of the amazing people whom I just happened to cross paths with, whom I sought out, who sought me out, who were introduced to me, or whom I [Keep Reading…]

Reader E-mail: “Follow your dreams while you can”

I just wanted to post an amazing e-mail that I received from Martha Mihaly in response to my post on going solo. It really made me sit up straight and take stock of what I’m doing here — getting involved in the community, making my own rules and exploring my passion. This e-mail, from one [Keep Reading…]

The ups and downs of consulting

In my first week as an independent consultant, I wrote a blog post boasting about my 33+ hours of billable time. Now that two more weeks have passed, I thought it only fair to share some of the obstacles I’ve experienced as well. (But before I do, let me say this: I have awesome clients. [Keep Reading…]