September 24, 2012

Show Confidence in a Job Interview

Nigel Morris: “Would you bet the interview on it?”

Screwing up a big job interview taught me how important it is to show confidence.

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April 16, 2012

Create Your Own Reality

I just left a good, respectable, well-paying job.

And I don’t know exactly what I’m going to do next (although I do know I will stay in Vietnam to start my business).

I’ve been brainstorming ideas.  Especially attractive are online business models.  I’ve discussed a few of those ideas with several people.

For each of my ideas at least one person told me “That will never work.”

It reminded me of something I read somewhere.

“No matter what your idea is there will be people telling you it won’t work.  Ignore them.  Create your own reality.”

Pretty good advice.

April 14, 2012

The Other Side of the Table

This looks just like the table I sat at in July 1998.

I just left my job as CEO of VietnamWorks.

After six years making VietnamWorks into the largest, most successful and most profitable jobs website in Vietnam I decided it was time for something new.

Why?  Because of an epiphany I had in 1998.

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February 5, 2012

Jeff Bezos Taught Me When to Quit

I never actually met Jeff Bezos. But he taught me an important career management lesson.

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Jeff Bezos taught me when to quit.

It was fall 1999, the height of the Internet bubble.  A few months earlier I had graduated from business school.  In the months leading up to graduation I had done my best to land a job with a dot-com.  I was convinced then that the Internet would change the business world.  I wanted to be a part of that.

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