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Recommended Reading

After I sold Mission Data in 2007, I also sold most of my belongings and drove to Alaska, a state I fell in love with during several vacations many years ago. As a result of that moving process, I sold over 400 books, keeping only the 100 or so “best” books that would fit in my car.

Forced to think about keeping only ~100 books, I learned that my favorite business books are:

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“A man of knowledge lives by acting,
not by thinking about acting.”

Carlos Castaneda

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

The karma of a pessimist

“You will not be punished for your anger.
You will be punished by your anger.”

Buddha

As you can tell from this book, when I was young, I was a pessimistic person, but as I grew older, I worked hard to change my attitude into a positive, can-do person. If you think you can’t change your attitude, I’m living proof that you can.

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Career lessons from “Project Runway”

“It takes a wise man to learn from his mistakes,
and an even wiser man to learn from others.”

Zen proverb

When I returned from Alaska in 2008, I lived with a friend for a little while, and she made me watch a TV show named Project Runway. She didn’t really have to try too hard; I watched one episode with her, and I was hooked.

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The two things I learned in college

“The discipline of Zen consists in upsetting this groundwork once and for all, and reconstructing the old frame on an entirely new basis.”

D.T. Suzuki

I was talking to a friend the other day about what I learned in college, and I came to the conclusion that I learned two major things.

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What an employer looks for in an employee

“There is no ‘try’”

Yoda

As a small business owner, I classify employees in three categories:

  1. If employees have basic good qualities, I’d try to keep them through good times and bad.
  2. If they were “problem” employees I got rid of them very quickly.
  3. If employees had exceptional performance, they got the big raises, and I considered them as potential business partners.

Here’s a quick look at those three categories.

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Section 5: Your Consulting Career

At this point the pure “consulting” portion of this book has ended. As a bonus section to this book, I’ve included a collection of short stories that are related to your “career” in general.

Because I worked at least ten different jobs before graduating college, then started my career as an aerospace engineer, then switched to being a Unix Administrator, then a Programmer, and then a Programming Consultant, I’ve had the opportunity to see hundreds of work situations, and I’ve thought a lot about what I wanted in my career.