Stuart Scott: Lessons of Leadership

I was watching ESPN while running on the treadmill at the gym today and a segment came on remembering former ESPN anchor Stuart Scott.

In 2014 the ESPN Anchor was awarded the Jimmy V Perseverance ESPY Award named after the legendary college basketball coach, Jim Valvano, who died of cancer in 1993. Stuart’s emotional and highly courageous acceptance speech brought the ESPY audience to its feet by speaking with eloquent candor about his life struggle with battling cancer.

As I watched the video again today, it struck me that many lessons about leadership can be drawn from his speech.

Leadership: Lessons from a Third Grade Dropout

I can’t say that I remember much, if anything, from the speeches given to my graduating classes in high school or college. I’ve attended dozens of other graduation ceremonies for my friends and relatives — and I still can’t say that I remember anything particularly interesting about the speakers or what they said.

A friend of mine recently shared a video that instantly made a tremendous impact on me — a speech given by Rick Rigsby to California State University in 2017.

Using MobX with React

I recently volunteered to speak about MobX at the Chicago React Meetup, and I decided to write this post to help organize my own thoughts as well as promote its content to a greater React/JavaScript audience.

MobX has been an incredible cornerstone for several of my team’s applications, and I would highly recommend everyone give it spin. For us it has made managing application state a breeze, and our code is incredibly clean and concise.

A Fond Farewell to Sencha

A few days ago, Sencha announced it had been purchased by IDERA Inc. There are tens of thousands of Sencha developers that have written millions of lines of code that are probably sad to have read this — and for me personally, it’s a bittersweet ending that stirs a lot of emotions.

When you’re a part of a company and a community (dare I say a “family”) for long enough, you eventually see some warts. You eventually disagree with decisions. But you’ll never forget the people who made it fun going to work every morning.

I wish a fond and final farewell to Sencha and Ext JS — I am genuinely sad to see an old friend go. You played a significant role in shaping my past, and I look forward to a brighter future with the people who made it all special.

Cybersecurity for the Average Joe

Cybersecurity is one of those words that most people probably feel like they understand generally, but they wouldn’t feel comfortable discussing specifics around the topic.

The negative impact of poor cybersecurity affects billions of people every single day, and yet most people have resigned themselves to thinking that “cybersecurity” is either too hard to understand or that some technology (or the government) should be doing this for us.

But what if I told you that cybersecurity is actually your problem to solve? And that the solution was pretty easy?

Why I Resurrected my Email Newsletter

After more than four years, I recently decided to relaunch my semi-monthly email newsletter and to expand my social media presence.

One of the biggest mistakes I’ve made in my freelance business was not continuing to send my email newsletter and expand my network — and I’d like to share some key lessons with you that I’ve learned. You may decide that creating a newsletter to communicate with your customers is right for your business too.

Thoughts on Chicago, Trump and the H1B

It’s been a few weeks since President Trump signed his executive order banning travel from several predominantly Muslim counties — and beyond the political/moral right-fighting involved specifically in that order, I also have been following closely the discussion that Trump plans to overhaul the H1B visa program. To start, I’m neither an expert in politics…