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Having Others Depend On You


This past week I welcomed a little one into my family. His name is Bartolomeu Taub and he is a 4 pound, 11 week old Havanese puppy.

Taking care of a puppy is not a small task and Bart is most definitely a handful. We are crate-training him, so the first few nights were no fun. Now he is sleeping most of the night but it’s still not perfect. At this age there isn’t much time he is allowed to be out of sight. He can’t go outside yet and he is very delicate.

This has reminded me about having others depend on you. Like Bart depending on me, companies, employees, partners all depend on people every day. I’ve been on both sides of the equation. There normally isn’t a life (human or puppy) at stake, but rather trust and business.

People want to work with dependable people. If you say you are going to do X, you do X. If you say you will be at a meeting at 3pm, you get there at 3pm (or 5-10 minutes before). The dependability list goes on and on.

I think having Bart will help me become even more dependable in all aspects of my life.

If you’d like to follow Bart and his adventures you can find him on Twitter.

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Depending On Others

Fred Wilson has a classic post called Easy Come Easy Go. It is a short piece, but the idea behind it is that you shouldn’t depend on others for your success.

Depending on people, companies, etc. is never a good idea. You’ll always be waiting on someone, something, and won’t be able to work on your own schedule.

I’ve been burned many times while depending on third party solutions, APIs, App Store approvals, etc. As a side note, It’s actually something really attractive about Dwolla, as we have built our own infrastructure and don’t depend on the existing CC rail (as with everything there are pros and cons of doing things and there are also downsides to not leveraging existing technologies- but in this case to really change something you need to go a different route. You need to think differently).

There are some things it is okay to depend on other people/companies/solutions for- but in the end you should try to move away from depending on others and focus on depending on yourself.

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