My productivity project

First, a disclosure: This entry's going to get a little personal. For the last year, I've been frustrated by what I felt was a decrease in my productivity at work.  It wasn't from lack of effort.  I was still working about ten hours a day during the week.  I was busy all day.  I wasn't […]

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Good advice for teachers and counselors

From Steve Blank, an instructor at U.C. Berkeley's Haas School of Business, in his blog entry entitled, "Teach Like You're the Student”: Just pretend you’re teaching you. How would you do that? What would you want to know? What did you dislike when you were taught? What stories would you tell to make it understandable? […]

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Collegewise turns 11

It's our birthday today, as it was August 16, 1999 that I officially filed papers with the County Clerk of Orange County to start Collegewise.  At that time, the Backstreet Boys had the number one CD.  Neither the Ipod nor Facebook had been invented yet.  Google was still privately owned and (founders Larry Page and […]

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How doing less can help you get into college

"More" has somehow become the mantra for getting into college.  More AP classes.  More activities.  More work, more hours, and more accomplishments.  But the sad truth is that you are never going to do "more" of anything than all the other students applying to college will do.  So here's a radical concept–do less. Doing less […]

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