From Buzzphrase “Impostor Syndrome” to Reality

If you go to any leadership forum, you hear the phrase “impostor syndrome” being tossed around as often as any other buzzword. It’s usually has a connotation that you are lacking self-esteem and think you are not worthy of X,Y, or Z. Worse, any advice you get on how to deal with it is often […]

The Self-esteem and Success Connection

Self-esteem and success are tied together more than we realise. In the last 5 years that I’ve been in business with Insanitek I’ve had the pleasure of helping and watching many people grow, learn, and strike out on their own or join another company. There are many things that each individual has in common (beyond […]

Exhaustion, health issues, give up

Tips for planning for health issues

If you are here, you’re likely the type of person that owns your life. Owning it doesn’t just end with the good stuff, but also means embracing all the other crap that slides your way. Including health issues. No one plans for health issues. When you’re an owner, you don’t wake up and think, “I […]

Katabasis

Katabasis as a catalyst for change

Sometimes it takes a lot to get us to see change in our lives. We need a catalyst, or a katabasis. Katabasis is a term that comes to us from Ancient Greek. It means a descent or retreat. It has been used to describe everything from a military retreat to a descent to the underworld […]

Having The Money Talk With Freelancers

It’s inevitable in business to make money decisions. You have a responsibility to stay in business so you can provide opportunities for others. This goes well beyond money, but money does help all this happen. That’s just the foundation of life itself. It is a constant battle for balance and fairness, but one that you […]

Bootstrapping secrets: 10 years in

In Insanitek’s 10 year history, we have been bootstrapping all of them. It hasn’t always been easy, or even serious building. But here’s our story and two secrets. The first incarnation of Insanitek was a truly atrocious forum type of site. My cofounder, Ali, was obsessed with them, and he created a PHP forum to […]

Money is their commitment

This past month in our office hour meeting we got to talking about asking for money. It’s an uncomfortable topic for many people. I’ll admit, it’s sometimes hard for me to ask for money from people if they are poor but needing help in science and math. I was in their shoes at one point, […]

Staying in the Black

I’ve been endlessly amused the last few years as Insanitek grows. It seems like many people have the desire to grow beyond their capacities and use money they don’t have to make it happen. It’s unsustainable. Most companies burn in the red constantly racing against time and stresses to grow. I’ve heard people advise me to borrow […]

Going Deep When Working on a Project

“Ms. G? Ms. G? I’ve been trying to get your attention for 5 minutes. The meeting’s starting.” ─ the unlucky student sent to get me before a group meeting regarding purchases. For someone with ADHD, I can focus pretty well when I need/want to. And thus, a lot of people have asked me for advice […]

Cash flow is considered the life blood of any business -- even non-profits

Important Business NOT to Overlook

It’s that time of year again when serious small business owners are looking forward with a mix of anticipation of spending on a big-ticket item and dread of what filing taxes will look like. There are lots of hopes as we plan for growth, but apprehension when it comes to adapting to market needs and […]