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Learn to Debug

“Debugging is the cornerstone of being a programmer. The first meaning of the verb to debug is to remove errors, but the meaning that really matters is to see into the execution of a program by examining it. A programmer that cannot debug effectively is blind.” — Robert L. Read – How to be a Programmer If you have any interest in being a programmer, go read this free book...


Fear is an interesting thing. It can be used to keep us safe. It can be used to manipulate people. It can be used to pass laws. It can be used to influence others. It can also hold you back. Fear of failure is something I deal with everyday. And I see others fighting their fears everyday. The fear of disappointing a loved one. The fear of being found a fraud. The fear of not meeting expectations...

Go Outside

I need to be better about getting outside and exercising. Staying healthy is an important focus of mine for 2016. Eat better and spend time doing something outside.
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Slow Focus

I’m learning to move slow. As part of being a startup founder, I’ve tended to move quickly and break things. Which usually is fine in a small startup team, but doesn’t always work in a more traditional team. Now that I am away from my company for the next year, I am trying to be intentional about embracing slow focus as a life focus. Now, I don’t mean slow in terms of work...

Talent and Dreams

Last night my wife and I went and saw The Book of Mormon with her family. My wife I and I have always enjoyed going to musicals. My wife, as a musician herself, enjoys all the music. Me, I am blown away by the sheer talent of everyone it takes to pull off a show. From the lighting technicians, to the set designers, the directors, and the actors themselves. These are people who have spent...

On Being Sick

I’ve been sick for the last few days. I haven’t shopped for medicine in the US for a couple of years. It’s overwhelming to see all the brands fighting for our attention. The medicine all does the same basic things, but they all have to sit on the same shelf and compete with each other. This is why I love doing business online. We get to connect and have a conversation with our...

Early Mornings

I’m not a morning person. For years it has been hard for me to get up early and get my day started. Over the last few years I’ve discovered that being an early riser helps increase productivity. While getting up early is always a challenge, the productivity benefits are amazing. As I write this, I am on the second day of my 8th anniversary trip with my wife. It’s 5:30 in the...

Jesse Orndorff

The founder of Glean, an agency for change. Formerly Innovation Program Manager at DAI. He's now focused on building technology and startups that work on challenging issues and doing social good.

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