The Hyphen Blog
Hacks to improve your work and life.
Humans have a nasty tendency to see our unique traits as weaknesses. We wish we could be more like our professional idols and successful competitors, and we look at our own oddities with contempt.
The reality is, people today crave authenticity. People want to do business with real people.
It’s not about planning out the perfect course and then embarking on it. It’s about diving in, taking imperfect action, reflecting, then doing it again until you find what works. Plan, but don’t overthink. God knows how many brilliant businesses will never exist because they live in somebody’s brain who is afraid to take imperfect action.
But here’s the fun part—even if you don’t specifically serve European users, we all need to be in compliance because people living in the EU can access your site. Hypothetically you could be fined 20 million Euros or more for failing to comply. So even if this is the most boring blog post you read today, it could save you 20 million Euros.
“You can have everything in life you want if you will just help other people get what they want.” – Zig Ziglar
Google Chrome will start flagging regular HTTP sites as “Not Secure” starting in July 2018. Which mean HTTPS is now mandatory, regardless of whether you consider your data in need of encryption.
In this distracted world, the most focused person usually wins. So don’t fight distraction out of a sense of guilt or obligation. Instead, see it as low-hanging fruit: the easiest opportunity to improve your impact and get ahead.
Your non-profit doesn’t need a six-figure email list to be successful. Instead, you need a small but passionate following that donates monthly, attends all your events, shares your social media posts, and tells their friends about you.
Don’t be a liability to yourself and others—get a password manager like LastPass so you can start using secure, unique passwords for all of your important accounts.
I decided to learn web development, largely driven by the belief that getting a website built or fixed shouldn’t be a painful process.
If you aren’t specifically asking your visitors to take an action, don’t be disappointed when they don’t.