Confessions, Cautionary Tales & Case Studies

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Mental Toughness, Part I.

By Christopher Johnson | May 16, 2018

I’ve been running again for about a week now. A few weeks ago I learned that I had a fractured elbow, and a bone spur.  Fractured may be overstating it a bit, but there are fractures there, and it’s grown spurs to try to ‘reach out,’ for the tendon. This kept me from playing racquetball, a […]

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Boundaries and Consequences And Children

By Christopher Johnson | May 12, 2018

When we see our flaws in our children, it’s a heartbreak. When I was young, I wanted to find the end of the line. I wanted to know what was permanent. It was a hard thing for me. I chased them, and society kept me safe. My parents sure tried, but I wound up being […]

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Some Music

By Christopher Johnson | May 7, 2018

A few simple songs I used to dig at some point in my life and have lost touch with for a time: 2 Kool 2 B 4gotten – Lucinda Williams 2 Cool 2 Care – Anna Burch Everlong – Foo Fighters Heartspark Dollarsign – Everclear Please Send The Letter – Alison Krauss & Robert Plant […]

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The Promise & Peril of Social Media.

By Christopher Johnson | April 26, 2018

I came to the Web when it was new. It was asynchronous. It was anonymous. It was decentralized. It was truly amazing. It had the “wild west” vibe. You could become someone different. More specifically: you could transform yourself into someone different. You could become the future-self. Bit by bit by trying on new identities […]

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We Sold The Web Too Cheap

By Christopher Johnson | April 11, 2018

In the time between the fall of the Berlin Wall and 9/11 there so much hope.  I want it back. To my core, I’m Gen X.  Every generation believes their songs were better, and their morals are superior to the one before and after.  But we had music, man. The Smashing Pumpkins, Pearl Jam. U2. Ani DiFranco  […]

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The Big Lie We All Buy

By Christopher Johnson | March 19, 2018

What if I told you that all you believe about business is actually a lie? What if you were chasing a dream that you could never attain? That was me, for a long time. I was a huge TechCrunch fan. Back in the day, I loved the Michael Arrington-led TC articles, breathlessly championing the fundings, […]

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21 Things I Learned From THE GREATEST SHOWMAN

By Christopher Johnson | February 28, 2018

Ages ago I started seeing the trailers for The Greatest Showman. Hugh Jackman as PT Barnum in a period piece. Huh. I didn’t know it was a musical and I didn’t consider watching it. I’ve never given P.T. Barnum much thought. A sucker born every minute. Except that he never said that, apparently. Barnum did […]

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Target Allocation Percentages

By Christopher Johnson | January 21, 2018

In the book Profit First, Mike Michalowicz puts out a concept called “Target Allocation Percentages.” The gist of his system is simple: you have an income account where you collect your cash, and then it’s allocated based on a real-revenue based scheme.  These go into separate accounts.  Seven of them. He defines real revenue as revenue less contractor and […]

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Why Launch Energy Is Wasted Energy

By Christopher Johnson | January 19, 2018

I like starting things. And I like finishing them. But, to me, there’s nothing more tedious than the early stages of building a platform. The “plumbing” I’ve done it about 5 times, and then I’ve “redone” existing platforms another 15 or so times. Each time I do it I’m better at it, but not faster. […]

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Writing And Publishing

By Christopher Johnson | January 15, 2018

I have written a lot over the last year. More than the prior 3 years combined. But I haven’t published much. I can’t get into the speculative reasons as to why that would be, only to say that I’ve been sort of reconsidering my schtick. Who do I even want to be? It makes no sense to go faster when […]

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