Diversify Your Dreams – Daniel Gulati – Harvard Business Review

Saw this little blog entry today. It’s good advice for the young generation, which I suppose I’m still a part of. I am grateful to have learned what is said here, otherwise I would have been driven insane by now.

If I could add one thing to this pithy title, it would be this:

Flourish where you’re planted, diversify your dreams.


Diversify Your Dreams – Daniel Gulati – Harvard Business Review.


Who I was / Who I am becoming

I wrote these words down on a piece of paper to make a list today. Two of them, actually.  I know who I was, and I miss him.  But I wanted to see who I was becoming and determine if I liked who he is. Continue reading

Saving Groupon, LivingSocial, and other daily deals sites

This post is a response to a couple of articles I recently read predicting how daily deals sites cannot sustain themselves with their current business model.

As a daily deals user, I can attest that repeat business is not something I have provided yet. At best, the deals that I get have served as an opportunity to do something new for date night with my girlfriend. However, I believe there are ways to turn opportunists such as myself into repeat customers and create a loyal fanbase. Here are three ideas to make this happen: Continue reading

Restructuring, Repurposing

I’ve been playing around with tumblr, wordpress and xangafor quite some time now.  It’s been difficult trying to pick just one to work with, but blogger seems like the best bet moving forward since I have more content here than tumblr and wordpress. Also it’s more accessible than xanga.

If I choose to move forward with this I will need to repurpose this blog. It may not be the best place for developing thoughts anymore (thus the name, distillery).  In that case, I will need to go through and privatize some items.  We’ll see.  Stay tuned for now.
//Edit 2011-10-24// I just found out how to import all my entries, with comments, from blogger. So wordpress may be the way to go now. We shall see. More changes to come.

Free Advice

Last night, I may have written my favoritest cover letter for a job posting. They asked that in lieu of writing a cover letter, I take a look at their website and tell them a few things that I would change.

First of all, this is brilliant. They get to see me in action and “at work” so to speak. They also end up getting some free consulting advice.

Secondly, this is fun. I love being able to play around on their site and explore. I love that they would invite me to do so. This speaks volumes about the culture at this company. I am wholeheartedly intrigued.

Thirdly, they are getting a preview of what it would be like to work together. They not only get to see my observations and ideas, they also get to see how I communicate them. I think this is really just an extension of point number one.  My excitement has overtaken me.

Anyways, here is a copy of the letter that I sent. I figure if I’m giving free consulting advice, I might as well post it on the internet. =)

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