Two-thirds of the way to my goal, and I've learned a few things this week.
10. If you stand up after sitting at the computer for six hours without a break, 54-year-old legs creak and wobble in protest. You have to move around every hour or two.
9. Coffee shops are wonderful meeting places, but three or four meetings for coffee in one day can alter your brain chemistry. Best to switch to tea after the first meeting, or at least the second.
8. No one cares what you're wearing if you've got a good idea, especially one that might help them make money.
7. The world is a very small place. A friend in LA probably knows someone you need to know in Minneapolis.
6. Keep contact information for every person you know or meet. When someone reaches out, do everything in your power to help.
5. Written records lead to resolutions. If you've got an issue, keep the name, ID, and contact info of every customer service person you speak to. Faced with hard facts, it's easier for a company to do the right thing.
4. Apple is one of the best companies on the planet. They make excellent products and stand behind the word of their employees. (I'm typing this on the brand-new MacBook Apple gave me to replace a nearly two-year-old MacBook with persistent problems.)
3. Few things in life are better than laughing at a Japanese game show with your daughter at 2:00 am.
2. Every project is a building block for the next opportunity. Your work is your calling card to the world.
1. You don't have to be brilliant if you have brilliant friends.