Credit Where Credit is (not yet) Due

When I have a new idea I fight the urge to talk about it until there is actually something to show for it. I do this because I get very frustrated when others do it. And by “it” I mean seek congratulations, press attention, and sometimes investment, before the actual thing is complete.

I only have this frustration with others because I see the same thing in myself. I despise credit before it’s due because I hate my own tendency toward it. In the past I’ve sought positive feedback (read: ego stroking) for work that was not much more than a good idea. I’ve had plenty of good ideas. But good ideas aren’t worth congratulations or accolade on their own. Good ideas are only worth a damn once they’ve come to fruition.

In my experience, this entrepreneurial jumping-of-the-gun happens in the form of landing pages, tweets, and in some cases full fledged video announcements.

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Competitions are Damaging to Startups

New business competitions are incredibly tempting. I’ve participated in half a dozen or so in only a couple of years of entrepreneurship. I won once, came in second another time, and completely lost the rest of the times. In my experience the potential return (prize money) isn’t worth the lost productivity and wastes intra-startup networking possibilities.

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Huntington’s Christ Centeredness

This post revolves around Huntington University’s theme for the 2007–08 academic year. For information regarding it see: their theme website, coverage on a United Brethren news site (hideous site by the way), and, for more discussion, the Assistant Director of Campus Ministries’ blog. For those on Facebook and/or at Huntington, this post was duplicated for a group here.

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Chapels Limit my Spiritual Formation

According to the HU website, chapels exist for the purpose of “spiritual formation.” Unfortunately, in practice, this doesn’t seem to be their true purpose. The true purpose of chapels is to coerce students to certain events which they wouldn’t otherwise be interested in going to.

Consider some of the events you receive chapel credit for. Now hold that thought for a moment.
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Design Contests: Opportunity or Manipulation?

A recent happening at Smashing Magazine has sparked my interest in the issue of running a design contest in order to solicit designs to use as commercial identity. Smashing posted a request not too long ago asking for submissions in a logo design contest to create the identity of their magazine. It has since ended, and although there were over a hundred submissions, there was also those who disagreed with the process. The discussion in the comments of the first post is indication enough that there is divide among the artistic community as to the proper response when presented with this sort of opportunity.
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What are you giving up for Lent?

This was originally published in Issue 6 of The Huntingtonian on March 8, 2007.

It is that season again: the season where all good Christian girls and boys sit around the table and talk about who is doing what for Lent. Popular choices include things like ice cream, fatty foods, and television. Not surprisingly, many of the things we give up are good for us to rid ourselves of anyway – bad habits, unhealthy diets, etc. Kind of makes the “giving up” process a little easier, does it not?
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