nothing in here is true

  1. Saturday, July 14, 2018

    you can do this you can do this you can do this 

    any time i think that something might be too hard

    or that someone has set up a stumbling block for me to trip on

    or that because no one else has done it before, i cant

    i think about bob dylan who never wrote these words but epitomizes them perfectly

    you can do this you can do this you can do this

    fuckers known as the greatest lyricist and songwriter of all time

    yet if you went up to 100 people maybe one of them can sing you a song of his all the way through

    but it would probably take you 500 people to find that one.

    does that mean that his songs are any less special? no it means that they are complex and twisted and gnarled and break the rules of what pop music is “supposed” to be like.

    which should be the goal of creative people. and ps we are all creative people.

    you can do this

    dylan was booed when he omg dared to put down his acoustic guitar and plug in and play an electric.

    he was criticized — and is still maligned for not being a great singer

    when he recorded a number of “Christian” or “Born Again” records he was ridiculed and those magnificent pieces were considered unworthy for his canon.

    but did he pay any mind? did he pack up the plantation? did he give in to those who were a few steps behind him?

    no he kept moving. which is why you can do this you can do this you can do this.

    being a leader can be lonely, the bugs hit your windscreen more than those riding comfortably in your wake,

    you have to blaze the path by cutting down the weeds with your machete of love,

    you have to shake hands with the natives and build bridges and repair roadways

    the others can simply coast behind you and tell their friends how much progress They’ve made in half the time it took you

    but you know

    to lead means to make the map, to learn the language, to set up milestones and alliances

    to follow means to look out the window and take in the view.

    even in a road race of a thousand cyclists there’s only one leader

    and with each strenuous pedal he’s saying





    you can

    do this

    you can do this

    because yes you can.

  2. Wednesday, September 11, 2013
  3. Thursday, February 28, 2013

    a letter from the outgoing Groupon CEO to his peeps 


    People of Groupon,

    After four and a half intense and wonderful years as CEO of Groupon, I’ve decided that I’d like to spend more time with my family. Just kidding – I was fired today. If you’re wondering why… you haven’t been paying attention. From controversial metrics in our S1 to our material weakness to two quarters of missing our own expectations and a stock price that’s hovering around one quarter of our listing price, the events of the last year and a half speak for themselves. As CEO, I am accountable.

    You are doing amazing things at Groupon, and you deserve the outside world to give you a second chance. I’m getting in the way of that. A fresh CEO earns you that chance. The board is aligned behind the strategy we’ve shared over the last few months, and I’ve never seen you working together more effectively as a global company – it’s time to give Groupon a relief valve from the public noise.

    For those who are concerned about me, please don’t be – I love Groupon, and I’m terribly proud of what we’ve created. I’m OK with having failed at this part of the journey. If Groupon was Battletoads, it would be like I made it all the way to the Terra Tubes without dying on my first ever play through. I am so lucky to have had the opportunity to take the company this far with all of you. I’ll now take some time to decompress (FYI I’m looking for a good fat camp to lose my Groupon 40, if anyone has a suggestion), and then maybe I’ll figure out how to channel this experience into something productive.

    If there’s one piece of wisdom that this simple pilgrim would like to impart upon you: have the courage to start with the customer. My biggest regrets are the moments that I let a lack of data override my intuition on what’s best for our customers. This leadership change gives you some breathing room to break bad habits and deliver sustainable customer happiness – don’t waste the opportunity!

    I will miss you terribly.