How much work?

Book publishing first steps
Flashback to making the commitment to publish my first book. PS. Didn’t use the software above, but it was one of the ones i considered.


How much work are you willing to do to get there?

Be specific about the tradeoffs.


You know how people say you should never quit your day job? i worked over six years at two-plus hours a day, everyday, without missing a day – on top of my full-time Disney Institute career traveling nearly every week.




On April Fool’s Day 2009, jeff noel began writing five daily, differently-themed blogs (on five different sites). It was to be a 100-day self-imposed “writer’s bootcamp”, in preparation for writing his first book. He hasn’t missed a single day since.

This website is about our career health. To leave this site to read today’s post on my home health website, click here.


Driven by tradition or creating tradition?

Disney Keynote Speaker jeff noel
Changing business focus on the fly meant needing to come up with the logo above.


Presidents Day (Washington’s Birthday) is a catalyst for a nice three day weekend. It’s funny how much we rely on tradition to manage our celebratory days.

An alluring aspect of becoming an entrepreneur is the notion of calling your own shots. You get to decide when you work and when you don’t.

Looks good on paper.

And when you love what you do, it doesn’t feel like work. So all weekend there was plenty of work love going on. First independent, paying gig is in 72 hours. And it happened unbelievably fast, without an infrastructure in place.

Do what you have to do, so you can do what you want to do.

Editor’s note (November 9, 2015): The above logo is not being used anywhere at In fact, the logo features “.lead .differently”as the tag line.

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How often are we oblivious of these three things?

Teddy bear in Chicago airport gift shop
Home for two days and yes, on the road again today


Driven. As opposed to spectator. Sound like us?

How often are we oblivious of these three things?

  1. The clock
  2. Mediocrity
  3. Antagonizing others without trying

Two out of three is decent.

Believing in something all the way is not meant to piss others off, even though odds are high.

We don’t need permission to be amazing today.


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How to tell if you are prone to excellence in your job

examining life
what is it that we are afraid of discovering about ourselves?

The unexamined life is not worth living. – Socrates

I know this sounds harsh. It is, really. Socrates said it as he was being sentenced to death – he was on trial for heresy, for encouraging his students to challenge accepted beliefs.

The really harsh part? Actually, well, the harsh part is that it was true then and is still today. The question then is, “What are we going to do about it”

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Leadership Books

The Last Lecture
The Last Lecture

I get it. There is only so much a person can read. We can’t do it all. Right there with you. And, many of us received new books as gifts recently.

What books changed your life last year?

There were a few for me.  Two had significant impact.

Up first, The Last Lecture, by Randy Pausch.  Randy was a Carnegie Mellon computer science professor, in his mid-40’s.  He had a wife and three children under the age of six.

Then he got pancreatic cancer.

To paraphrase what I heard Randy say:

This isn’t a book about dying. It’s a book about living.

It isn’t a book for you and me. It is a book for Randy Pausch’s children.

How did this book change my life?

It is in living in the moment that makes us great leaders. Doing things – things that matter – with a heightened sense of urgency has changed my life.  I’ll tell you why tomorrow.