Adam Brault

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As a guy who lives for change and is embarrassingly addicted to novelty, I’m a pretty nostalgic guy.

For those of us who have used email for most of our lives, the nostalgia box is pretty deep.

I have one pulled up right now.

This particular email is from …

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Note: this was originally written as an internal email to my team at &yet.

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You want to know why I don’t want to be your boss? It isn’t fun or useful for either of us.

You don’t get to grow and use the maximum of your talents …

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You tend to get told that the world is the way it is, but life can be much broader once you discover one simple fact; and that is that everything around you that you call life was made up by people no smarter than you. Once you learn that, you …

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An old favorite quote by Thomas Merton was brought back to mind as I read a new favorite section in the Jurgen Moltmann book I’m digging into.

In No Man is an Island, Thomas Merton says:

This discovery of Christ is never genuine if it is nothing but a …

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I presume you’re familiar with Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs.

In running a business, there’s an interesting parallel, which I’d like to call Cash Flow’s Hierarchy of Greeds:

Level 1
Oh, crap. We’re actually going to die. We’re going to lose so much money …

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Where Jesus is, there’s life. There’s abundant life, vigorous life, loved life, and eternal life. There is life-before-death.

— Jürgen Moltmann

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Trust is not negotiable. One either trusts or one does not. I prefer trust.

— Dee Hock

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Trust, trust, trust! With enough trust, people break their so-called limits and do what was presumed impossible.

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Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love.
Where there is injury, pardon.
Where there is doubt, faith.
Where there is despair, hope.
Where there is darkness, light.
Where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master,
grant that I may not so …

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In the darkest of times, and there were many, I could never look out at so many wonderful people, engage them in laughter and give-and-take, without walking from the room filled with wonder at the human spirit. They could do anything! Anything! And so can everyone, everywhere, if our minds …

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Given the right circumstances, from no more than dreams, determination, and the liberty to try, quite ordinary people consistently do extraordinary things.

— Dee Hock

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If you think you can’t, why think?

— Dee Hock

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The theology of chaordic organization, writ simple: Heaven is purpose, principle, and people. Purgatory is paper and procedure. Hell is rule and regulation.

— Dee Hock

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The possibility of that which has never occurred cannot be determined by opinion—only by an attempt.

— Dee Hock

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"In the depth of winter, I finally learned that there was within me an invincible summer." —Albert Camus

From 100 días de tipografía

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Accomplishment is an irrelevant trinket, like a merit badge sitting in box of childhood nostalgia.

Sure, shiny is nice, but at the end of the day, success is just leverage to get things done.

It’s a tool that can be employed to more efficiently make the kind of difference …

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An idea is introduced. Legitimate questions and objections are voiced. What follows are the five stages of cognitive dissonance:

  1. Defensiveness (and subsequent embarrassment over defensiveness)
  2. Internal consideration of original counterpoint
  3. Recognition of validity
  4. Shame
  5. Admission of wrong and reconciliation

Or, at least—upon reflection—that’s apparently how *I* do …

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Since the strength and reality of every organization lies in the sense of community of the people who have been attracted to it, its success has enormously more to do with clarity of a shared purpose, common principles, and strength of belief in them, than with money, material assets, or …

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It’s been really weird to get to live my life for the past three and a half years.

After two years (‘06-‘07) where I fought a pretty strong urge to just end my life *, I’ve experienced a continuous three and a half year stream of some of …

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We face a mounting range of insoluble problems because the DNA of our dominant institutions is based on machine age thinking, like “all systems must have someone in control” and change only happens when a powerful leader “drives” change. Yet, we all know that in healthy living systems control is …

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I’m a starter and always have been. Maybe you are, too.

It’s my biggest strength, sure, but it’s also my biggest weakness. It often leaves me and my team vulnerable and even holds us back.

Beginning things is an insatiable addiction. I’ve been working over the …

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You have a dream.

So, just like every single one of us, you ask, “Do I have what it takes?”

The answer is yes. Every other answer is a lie, an excuse or a distraction. The call itself is enough of an answer.

I consider myself good at a few …

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At &yet, we’re always fighting to get ourselves to log hours. We recently came up with a method inspired by Fitt’s Law that’s proven quite effective.

Fitt’s Law, as it applies to interface design, essentially says the smaller and further away a target is, the harder …

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I grew up in a church. Hell, my *mom* grew up in that church.

So did roughly 30% of my extended family, 60% of the people on our Christmas card list, and a reasonably high percentage of the people I’d give up a kidney for.

Not only did I …

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If the bad of your ideas isn’t getting regularly replaced by the good of other people’s ideas, you won’t notice… but it will suck.”
— Nate Vander Wilt #

With that, Nate beautifully summed up the value of teamwork and the essence of how we’ve begun to solve …

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