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On a client trip a few years ago, my business partner and I were having lunch with the CEO and Chief Data Scientist. We were discussing their recent hiring spree and how to find the best candidates.

We all took turns explaining our philosophies and sharing our favorite interview questions. Then the CEO presented theirs. The question sparked an interesting discussion and it stuck with me.

The CEO’s question was this:

“If you could have any job from any time period in history, what would it be?”

We all took a crack at answering it.

My answer was: “Race car…

For most of our history, we humans were food for lions, and tigers, and bears. Oh my. We were the hunted and all we had to defend ourselves were sticks, stones and millions of years of evolution creating a complex array of hormones alerting us to danger before we consciously knew it. Today we call it a gut feeling.

Your gut feeling is your body saying “careful, there may be a tiger around”.

Unless you’re living in a rural Indian village, your gut is most likely wrong and there is no tiger anywhere near you. …

Kids these days. Am I right? They have no idea how good they’ve got it. These young engineers just entering the workforce have easy compared to what us old guys had to work with.

Sitting in a coffee shop with their stickers covering their sleek, lightweight laptops have no idea what it’s like to have nearly their entire desk taken up by non-portable work machines like:

CRT monitors

Imagine having a bulbous box on your desk taking up about half the depth of your working area. Now slap a flat screen on the front of it, but in this case, it’s…

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Pick a framework, any framework. Implement it and boom, you’re already miles ahead of where we geezers started when this new breed of young developers was in diapers.

Hell, we didn’t even have libraries, let alone a fully fleshed out Javascript to rely on.

When we were their age, we stared at a blinking cursor on a gigantic green screen. We remember when color monitors, mice, and a Windows first came out. Oh, and we had to walk to our computers, uphill in the snow, both ways.

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From the time Kennedy proclaimed “We choose to go to the moon” until Neil Armstrong stepped foot on the moon and uttered the famous phrase “one giant leap for mankind”, a brilliant, dedicated group of pioneering men and women undertook the impossible: to do what no one on earth had ever done.

It was a giant leap.

Without question, this giant leap wasn’t a singular step of “let’s do it” to “done”. Rather, this monumental achievement was nothing more than a series of meticulously orchestrated steps, each of which relied on the step before it.

Before the capsule could land…

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Back in college, like most people, I had a couple of distinct friend groups. There was one, in particular, I hung out with more than the others. We listened to the same music, went to shows together, threw parties, and raised hell.

We were as thick as thieves.

One of the guys in this group just didn’t like me and I had no idea why. I knew his impression of me, but the feeling wasn’t mutual. I had no problem with him what-so-ever. Having a combination of cavalier attitude and simply being respectful, when we all hung out, he and…

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6:00 am.

My iPhone lights up and screams at me to wake up. Ugh.

Rubbing my eyes, it’s time to throw off the Parachute sheets, roll out of my Casper bed and pull the sheets back up to the pillows. That’s about as close as I get to making my bed. I mean, no one actually makes their bed, do they?

No one I want to be friends with at least.

Stumbling to the bathroom, I grab my Quip toothbrush to get rid of the sleepy taste in my mouth. Ah, much better.

Time to get active and get the…

When I was growing up, society didn’t glorify rock-star business leaders as we do now. We didn’t have Elon Musk or Jeff Bezos to look up to. Sergey Brin and Larry Page hadn’t built Google yet.

But I had my father.

To be completely fair, we’re not billionaires. We haven’t even come close to that level of success. We lived a relatively normal middle-class life.

But for as long as I can remember, I’ve watched my dad ride the entrepreneurial rollercoaster. …

When the iPhone came out, Apple was crowned the king of mobile.

Oh, how the mighty have fallen.

Back in the early 2000’s designers were having an experimental free-for-all trying to figure out how a website should look and function.

Then in 2007 the iPhone was released introducing the world to the concept of apps. They were brand new and designers and engineers were figuring out how apps should look and function, then how to distribute them to users.

By now we’ve generally figured out the main UX rules of the internet. …

Back in 2004 the football player Terrell Owens burst into the limelight. He was picked up by the eagles and helped bring the team to the Superbowl. He was a consistent scorer and an amazing player. One of the best wide receivers ever seen in the game.

Unfortunately his attitude overshadowed his greatness. He fought with players and management, disagreed with their decisions and brought a media shit storm.

His feud with quarterback Donovan McNabb was famous.

Ultimately the eagles let him go and he went to the cowboys. They had the same experience and let him go too. He…

Charles Forster

Co-founder at a 7-figure software development agency. I write about Entrepreneurship, UI & UX, software engineering and personal development.

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