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Please Let Me Know How You Can Support Me

I got a request this morning from a founder asking me to let them know how I can support them.

I have no idea what their plan is, where they are on it, or what obstacles they are trying to overcome.

I can best support you by helping you to ask better questions.

At first I thought there could only one answer, “I can best support you by helping you to ask better questions.”

But then I looked back in my notes. Six weeks ago, I had told him that there was one particular issue in his business plan that gave me pause. Sufficient pause that until it was resolved, I couldn’t make any introductions, or encourage him to put any additional time, attention or other resources into his project. I hadn’t heard from him since then.

So in fact I can do better. I can best support him by reminding him of that. Perhaps by resending the recording of our zoom session where we spent the entire hour talking about this one issue.

Or perhaps I can send him a copy of How to Be a High School Superstar by Cal Newport. It has patient instructions on this targeted at typical 16 year olds.

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Written by Russell Brand

Russell has started three successful companies, one of which helped agencies of the federal government become very early adopters of open source software, long before that term was coined. His first project saved The American taxpayer 250 million dollars. In his work within federal agency, he was often called, “the arbiter of truth,” facilitating historically hostile groups and factions to effectively work together towards common goals

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