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200 Episodes!

Welcome to the 200th episode!!! I started this in April 2008 which means it’s been a labor of love for 4 years, 4 months, 200 podcasts and 200 blog posts.

Thank you for being along for the ride, whether you’ve been there since Episode 1, picked up halfway when I wrote 10 Lessons Learned from 100 Episodes (and threw a big party), or just subscribed on iTunes yesterday. Welcome one and all and thank you.

Today we’re going to do a little retrospective, but instead of a long-winded, deep-dive look at everything I’ve learned, I’m going to try and keep it to 200 words, and try something a little fun. They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but you have to move fast in business so we’re going to try it with 200. Here we go:

200 Words

Build a strong foundation… this house is where my family raised me and where my parents still live, thank loved ones often.

Why a dapper suit a not Levi’s cords? I don’t know, but it’s ok to overdress a little in life and add a bit of style to your brand.

My lunchbox was my toolbox. Yes, it kept me fed, but one should carry around a collection of valuable skills to use throughout your career.

While at school I learned skills to succeed in life… but once outside the classroom, don’t ever stop learning new things… there are just new ways to be taught.

I’ll play sports that day in the gym, keeping me healthy, active, strong, and developing teamwork… learn how to celebrate victories and lose gracefully.

Some peers will become lifelong friends, others will make you a better person, a few will bully you, and a special crush will cause your stomach to feel funny… learn how to be a good friend, collaborate with others, cultivate a network, learn from adversity, and although your heart (or dreams) may be crushed, over time it makes you stronger.

Lastly, be sure to document the important days of your life.

Notes about the photo

The year is 1977, and I am 8 years old. It’s a bright, sunny Fall New England morning in the suburbs, minutes before I board the big yellow school bus. I love that the photo has that rich, warm, Kodachrome look, 35 years before there was an iPhone app filter to replicate that look. I am clutching a red lunchbox under my arm. It’s tough to make out who is on it, but if memory serves it’s from a 70s TV series called “Emergency” (Wikipedia | IMDB) about a team of paramedics that go around and rescue people. Think “ER” for 8 year olds. They appear to be worth upwards of $100 on eBay.

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