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Internal Scorecard #10: Deeper Foundation, Taller Building


This is the tenth internal scorecard I've published. I started it as a bit of an experiment -- I thought it'd be interesting to share and show my thoughts on production and productivity, and it would be valuable for readers here to see ups and downs that come with building a nonprofit organization while maintaining a solo consulting practice, and then mixed with personal interests in creativity, health/fitness, etc.

So far, it's been pretty good and people seem to love these. This one covers 21 July to 27 July.


I remember reading a book as a young boy, maybe eight years old. One of the characters was described as square-jawed, confident, rough-and-tumble, and of bold nature. I thought to myself, "I want to be like that!"

The 10,000 Hour Business

On David Paul Krug

So I recently stumbled onto this site called the 10,000 Hour Calculator. If you've never read the book Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell than I'm assuming 10000 hours doesn't mean anything to you. Interesting enough the 10000 hour rule is probably a crock of shit. Yep I said it. Much of the 10000 hour rule nonsense is bullshit. That's really not the point.

Gladwell in his book hits on something pretty amazing however. And you can read the full excerpt on his website. He breaks down the richest people in the history of the world.

"Do you know what's interesting about that list? Of the 75 names, an astonishing 14 are Americans born within nine years of each other in the mid 19th century. Think about that for a moment. Historians start with Cleopatra and the Pharaohs and comb through every year in human history ever since, looking in every corner of the world for evidence of extraordinary wealth, and almost 20 percent of the names they end up with come from a single generation in a single country."

"What's going on here? The answer is obvious, if you think about it. In the 1860's and 1870's, the American economy went through perhaps the greatest transformation in its history. This was when the railways were built, and when Wall Street emerged. It was when industrial manufacturing started in earnest. It was when all the rules by which the traditional economy functioned were broken and remade. "

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