Notes from February 4, 2018 (decision journals, Mayan civilization, more) alvin February 4, 2018 - 11:47am

Farnam Street has been an interesting blog lately, including this post about keeping a decision journal, and this post about the rules of the road of investing.

In other news, reports that researchers have found a sprawling Maya network discovered under a Guatemalan jungle. has a nice pie chart that shows how Apple makes its money (hint: 70% comes from the iPhone, 7% from the Mac). has this article, 21 questions Amazon asks its job candidates.

Finally, here’s a series of tweets where Alastair McAlpine “asked some of my terminal paediatric palliative care patients what they had enjoyed in life, and what gave it meaning.” (Highly recommended reading.)

This is a page from my book, “A Survival Guide for New Consultants”

Hire well

“I thought you were a blind dog, but I see you are a keen-eyed lion.”

Zen Master Seung Sahn

One of the most valuable lessons I learned when I created Mission Data was to hire well. Phrases like this have become more popular recently when people learned of the Steve Jobs quote, “A players hire A players, and B players hire C players,” and other similar quotes. Guy Kawasaki, who was there during the early Apple days, expanded on this quote with his own thoughts:

This is a page from my book, “How I Sold My Business: A Personal Diary”

Wednesday, October 5, 2005

I met with George and David at a coffee shop this afternoon to answer their questions related to my ROI spreadsheets. The technical questions they asked were interesting, but the positioning between George and David was probably more interesting. I've noticed George taking more of an active leadership role in these meetings lately, especially today, while David seems to be regressing a little bit, back into his "I just want a job" personality.

This is a page from my book, “How I Sold My Business: A Personal Diary”

Saturday, September 17, 2005

As the last few days progressed, we all realized we'd be in no shape to have a serious discussion about selling my shares to the LLC partners. Some emergency issues came up at work, and we were all tired, but David, George, and Cooper still wanted to meet for about ninety minutes.

We met at the office at 10 a.m., and I began by telling them that just a little while ago Rob looked like he might come back on the scene with a higher offer than what he came up with a long time ago, but then he took a completely different tact and agreed to a transfer out of the country.

This is a page from my book, “How I Sold My Business: A Personal Diary”

Tuesday, October 22, 2002 (Part 2)

It's probably helpful to share some financial information about our company here. To keep everyone's information private, and to make this easier, I've gone through this entire book and changed the business financial values, including things like Revenue, Net Income rate, and actual Net Income.

I've documented my approach in my financial assumptions page, but as a quick summary: