Taking my shot at describing, capturing for future, further access, what I learned this week—whether I really understood it, or not.
week 43, 2012
scaffolding city shot
 reverse-engineering what matters
When sorting out the value of something, think in terms of when it's over. The activity, the relationship, the company — when this chapter ends (if it ends) will it have been worth it? If it's quantifiable, how much is it worth? Quantifiable, or not: how will you value it?
 explain it to me like I'm a five year old
At most, six. Keep it that simple. Take the time it takes. I'm thinking of the six year old who's got the floor and is not sugar-highed and hyper on stage, I mean the slow-talking, suprisingly lyrical kid getting down to basics, not yet in a perennial rush to get on to the next thing. Explain it to me like that.
 there is no such thing as off the books
I know I take things very literally and not everyone does. And, that maybe that's something to reconsider. Still, I can't be moved here. Gray is fine. I like gray. I won't say that anything is necessarily black and white. It's still not off the books.
You have to identify and account for all of it. One way or another.