All posts tagged: to-do list

My Productivity Secret: Embrace the Path of Least Resistance

The desire to pursue the path of least resistance is a fundamental law of our universe. Successful leaders are hailed for their seemingly inhuman ability to ignore the path of least resistance and instead always take steps toward success, but what I think really happens is that they engineer a path of least resistance that leads to success. [pullshow] [pullthis]The fact that electrons follow the path of least resistance allows electrical engineers to create computers, TVs, and smartphones that perform predictably. When I press the letter “A” on my keyboard, the carefully engineered system in my laptop creates a path of least resistance for electrical signals that display the letter “A” on my screen. [/pullthis]Hardware engineers have never tried to motivate electrons with stock options or given them performance reviews in the hope that they pursue a more noble path. Rather, they put the electrons in a system that is designed to operate properly because they follow the path of least resistance. Similarly, if you design a workflow and environment where the path of least …

Making the Leap: A Founder’s To-Do List

There are countless pieces of advice available to new entrepreneurs. Guidance on how to efficiently manage time, how to network, how to find investors, and how to build and test a product that people want to buy. Frankly, it’s a lot to sift through. For a comprehensive guide to what every founder needs to do, look no further than our very own Leah Busque. In her latest Huffington Post column, “Making the Leap: A Founder’s To-Do List,” Leah compiled her twenty top nuggets of hard-earned wisdom for new (and veteran) founders. Whether you’re thinking of making the leap into starting your own company or you’re already half-way to the other side, this one’s worth a read. Making the leap into starting your own business is a brave and bold move, and everyone’s path is different. There are plenty of things I wish I’d known when I decided to quit my position at IBM and work on the idea that later became TaskRabbit. Maybe that’s why one of the things I cherish most about being a founder …