Sean Johnson

Build an Intentional Life.

You’re Not Working As Hard as You Can

11 ways to bring your A-Game to work (and life).

The One Metric That Matters In Life

What number are you using to define your life? And what number should you be using instead?

The Day You Stop Being Curious Is The Day Your Career Dies

The importance of creating and maintaining a creative habit.

5 Product Lessons from Building a Startup Factory

Over the last three years we’ve helped one third of our clients go from zero to funding. Here’s what I’ve learned during that process.

Why I asked to be removed from the Techweek 100

The difference between who you are and who you want to be.

How to Become a Mentor

You have something valuable to offer people. Here’s how to do it.

The Power of Framework Thinking

How to leverage the tools of million-dollar consultants to skyrocket your career (with 7 sample frameworks you can use today.)

The Career Ladder Isn’t In The Office

A dirty secret about getting ahead: half of it is about what you do when you’re not at the office.

How to be irreplaceable: replace yourself

Why you don’t want to be the only person in the company who does what you do.

Microvation and the radical transformation of your job

Why small innovations well executed can change your life

Presentation: The Ultimate Guide to Funnel Optimization

Discover how smart startups are optimizing each step of the customer development funnel.

Don’t get an internship. Start a business.

The three essential skills you learn from entrepreneurship that you can’t learn from a traditional internship.

Why people shouldn’t love you for who you are.

Four reasons why you should want people to expect more of you.

Why you should burn your resume

A resume should be the least important tool in your career arsenal. Here’s what you need instead.

The 100 Words That Will Get You Hired Anywhere

Why you should show, not tell

Why you need more margin in your life

Why lack of margin is hurting you, and how to fix it.

Why you can’t be anything you want to be

Why what you were told about work and life was probably a lie, and what you should do instead.

Why you should work for free

Why not getting paid is a great way to get paid.

How to become a deep person

Deep people aren’t the most clever or the most eloquent. They’re the most rooted.

Always hire the best candidate

How to build a simple, effective candidate filtering system in 7 minutes for less than $100.

Life is a race

“The desperate need today is not for a greater number of intelligent people, or gifted people, but for deep people.”
~ Richard Foster

Why candor works

Why being open and honest, even about your faults, is a surprisingly good strategy in business and in life.

A Bright Red Package is now free to read online

Learn how any college student can position themselves to find a great job after college. The entire book is now free.

Entitlement and the rule of economic well-being

When life hands you lemons, remember that life didn’t owe you anything else. And then make the best damn lemonade you can.

5 lessons on pitching to venture capitalists

What I’ve learned in the last six months interacting with VCs.

The one-step servant leadership test

Many people talk a good game about servant leadership, but far fewer actually embody it. The one question to ask to find out.

Leaders, Followers, and Admirers

People often lament that there aren’t enough leaders in the world. But I wonder if the problem is really that there aren’t enough followers.

Recession-proof yourself, part two: care more

“If you want to achieve excellence, you can get there today. As of this second, quit doing less-than-excellent work.” ~ Tom Watson

Eight Life Hacks

Simple things I do to “cheat the system”

Recession-proof yourself, Part 1: Work Harder

Part one in a series of posts on transforming your career to survive and thrive in good times and bad.