Entries by mdfarragher

The Curse Of The Corncob

Let’s say you’re in a leadership role in your organization. You and your team are tasked to build a cool product and everybody is excited and can’t wait to get started. You organize a quick meeting to make sure everybody is on board with the architecture. The meeting is going great with lots of positive […]

How Death By Planning Will Kill Your Project

Here’s a thought experiment – let’s say you’re in a leadership position in your organization, and you are responsible for a big project. The project manager has been working hard on the project plan, and everybody is waiting patiently for the plan to be ready so they can get started. If you hear me say […]

How To Deal With Fear Of Success, A Leadership Anti-Pattern

Here’s a thought experiment for you – let’s imagine you’re in a leadership position in your organization. You’ve taken on a large project and after months of development, the product delivery is finally within reach. Everybody is excited, the customers and stakeholders can’t wait to get started, and the dev team is working hard dotting the […]

How To Survive In The 21st Century

If you are my age (47-ish), you will have been raised with the idea of a lifelong job. Your parents probably had stable and well-paying jobs, held onto them for as long as they could and retired comfortably at 65. And I bet every month they set aside a little money and saved diligently until they […]

Can You Modify String Constants In C#?

Here’s an interesting question I’d like you to think about: Is it possible to modify a string constant in C#? So, imagine if I declare a constant string somewhere in my code, something like this:

The question is, can I add code to the
Main method that will modify the contents of
Sentence? Will the […]

Four Easy Steps To Find Your Passion In Life

Would you like to find your passion in life? It took me over forty years to find my very own passion. All the clues were there, right from the start of my early childhood. But I never put the pieces together, and it took the wisdom of four decades of life to finally figure everything out. Like […]

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I am a Multipotentialite. What does that mean? It means my skills span more than one field or area, rather than me being strong in just a single area. For example, I’m a pretty darn good C# developer. But I’ve also been a CTO, CEO, raw food pastry chef, dividend growth investor, classroom teacher, online […]

Travel Hacking: The Trick To Traveling In Style

I’ve done a lot of traveling in my life, and every time I booked a flight I would take an economy class seat. I’ve had amazing experiences and fascinating conversations, but I’ve also experienced the colicky baby, the cramped seat, the overweight neighbor with BO, and the mushy airline food. I’m vaguely aware that there […]

Don’t Hire Employees Until You Make 300k

I am a serial entrepreneur. I hooked up with my business partner in 2000 as we launched our startup Designstate in the Netherlands. We bootstrapped the company from zero, with no seed funding whatsoever, and in 3 years we grew the company to 12 employees and half a million USD in yearly revenue. Five years […]

How my first startup went bankrupt overnight

My story starts 21 years ago when I graduated with a Physics diploma in my pocket. After scouring the job market for 6 months, I finally landed a job as a junior developer at a software company in The Netherlands. For the next 4 years, I honed my skills and became quite proficient in Microsoft technologies. I […]