Perfection

Perfection seems like a ridiculous pursuit. It cannot be caught. But it makes for a wonderful target. Some people would see the pursuit of perfection as futile. I don’t I see it as futile but rather as the only thing we should ever strive for. We should try harder and harder to get as close […]

Confused

In life it is easy to focus on the wrong thing. With school, we often focus on what we get for a grade not what we actually learned. With family, we might focus on what they do and not what they love. In work, we might think that being busy is important instead of what […]

People, Products, Profit

I think the secret of life can be boiled down to priorities. When we do things in the proper order, they tend to work out. Of course, this is an engineer’s perspective so my artist friends may have a different opinion! But I think I could get them to agree that in business if we […]

Grace

Pursuing success is actually pretty easy. Putting success in the proper place in your life and relationships is far more difficult. We often have a goal in mind or our eye on the prize and forget about the people around us. But when we begin with kindness and love true success can be found. It […]

Impossible

I love this quote from JP Morgan. He was a fascinating man and was crucial in staving off the Financial Panic of 1907. I doubt Morgan’s quote about someone attempting the impossible was about F. Augustus Heinze’s attempt to corner the copper market. The Montana tie here is that Heinze made his fortune in copper […]

Mistakes

We all hope to not make mistakes. But often the only way to success is through a pathway of mistakes. There are dozens of analogies here:  a great baseball player only reaches base 30% of the time, Thomas Edison failed time and time again before developing a viable light bulb, or a child falls hundreds […]

Vices

My Jewish friend, Marty, will often tell me “Don’t let the truth get in the way of a good story”. There is a story of Abraham Lincoln overhearing that his Civil War General, U.S. Grant drank too much. Supposedly Lincoln responded by saying “find out what brand of whiskey Grant drinks and send a barrel […]

Trust

Trust is such an interesting thing. It takes so long to build up and can vanish in a second. As a leader, building trust with your team is paramount. It is far more important than being loved by your team. Being honest and open with employees and co-workers is the basis for building trust. At […]

Accomplishments

What we accomplish doesn’t happen by chance. It is the result of intentionally working on it. Just saying we want something significant to happen isn’t going to bring it about. No, only hard work and dedication will do this. Jerry Rice is often considered the greatest receiver in NFL history. He scored more touchdowns than […]

What I Want

I have somehow developed this weird thing. I am comfortable being uncomfortable. I put myself in so many situations and experiences that are just terrible, but I just keep doing it. I am naturally a very shy person. So, I forced myself to do public speaking until it was something I was comfortable with. I […]