4. Back To WorkThings I Do At Work When Nobody's Watching (home office version)
September 16, 2013

Wake up in Portland. Wake up to grey September, the airborne ocean. Like the Coast, only 90 miles inland. No bike to ride. Zipcar to the café, to the marché. Rental car to Port Orchard via Olympia, Tacoma, Narrows Bridge. Port Orchard in late summer. Idyllic breeze on the back lawn. Boil an octopus Gallician-style, […]

June 13, 2012

When I was 20 I was given an opportunity to break into the business world. My first job was to answer the phones. How’d I do? Looking back, I’d say pretty poorly. Why? Limited talent. I’m not good on the phone. I’ve always disliked the phone. I’ve tried learning tricks and techniques. (Some of them […]

January 5, 2012

In my humble experience… B work is usually being done by the hardest working student in the class. B work is noble. It’s the result of hard work and dedication. There’s also usually nowhere else to go for the B student. Outliers aside, in general it takes more effort to make B work into A […]

September 12, 2011

In my humble experience… The best work is usually being done by someone with talent, who’s working hard, and who understands that the best idea is not the first idea you have, but usually is the result of sifting through many many ideas, chucking the ones that suck, and zeroing in on the good ones […]

July 28, 2011

Some kids just get it. Not me. I was 18 and I didn’t give a fuck about nuthin cept going out at night and having fun. Afternoons I occupied space in various classrooms at my local community college. Mornings I made the minimum + tips serving lattes along with a crew of five at a […]

August 16, 2008

How to do well at any job, short version: Find out what your boss wants. Help him/her get it. Repeat. – Jon Oropeza