My Tips for using Twitter

Twitter has been a priceless tool for helping me to discover lots of thoughts and ideas that have made a profound impact on my life. It has also helped me to network and get noticed by people who are playing in the different spaces that I do or intend to. Below are a few tips that have refined my use of Twitter for fun, growth,…

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Serving WordPress over HTTPS with Caddy and DigitalOcean Spaces

The other day, I thought to update this blog, and in turn, the service stack that I use to host it so that I could solve some general problems I had been experiencing with maintenance. Specifically, I was trying to solve 4 problems – Having to jump in my server every 90 days or so to renew my free LetsEncrypt SSL certificate Reduce the amount…

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On the role of a leader

I learned from Tim Brown and IDEO that a leader’s role is not to always have the answer, but to create the conditions for things to happen. Organizations like IDEO, Pixar, and Airbnb aren’t assuming a work style just because other systems work that way. They find their own style, grow a culture, and leadership helps that culture to thrive. IDEO teaches how to instill…

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Bigger and better

Growing up, I had very present and instructive parents. My little brother and I got a lot of “this is how you behave when insert situation here” types of advice from them. It was interesting in public scenarios, and frequent as well. It was all in good intention, and in the grand scheme of things, it has made me a better person. It has also shaped my thought…

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Opportunities in Africa – the cart before the horse

TL;DR: The cart before the horse refers to solving African problems in the wrong order. For example, Problem – Internet Access: Sponsoring free internet so that Africans have access to Facebook and/or Twitter as a means to communicate. But yes, they are consuming. For how long if they can’t afford to power those mobile devices anymore? Let’s figure out solid and constant electricity first. Innovation that enables…

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On character (secundus)

Character. We can’t give what we don’t have. We’ve got to work within because we can’t give without. There is always a role for catalysts, but even catalysts have to stand for or ‘be’ something worthwhile to incite a reaction. Let’s go go go, but let’s also be be be. Character and an ‘I’ is underrated enough that we only relate with people with whom…

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On success

Success does not come from having one’s work recognized by others. It is the fruit of the seed that you lovingly planted. When harvest time arrives, you can say to yourself: ‘I succeeded.’ You succeeded in gaining respect for your work because you did not work only to survive, but to demonstrate your love for others. You managed to finish what you began, even though…

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