Some of my staff once noted that the easiest way to motivate me to do something was to imply either it was impossible or I was incapable of doing it.

Super manipulative, but they were right. Was the impetus behind my first marathon, solving some technical problems in code, and even going straight to an MBA after undergrad.

I've learned to not be so easily manipulated since then. Or at least I'm trying to learn that lesson.

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I've discovered the easiest way to get projects turned around these days is, apparently, for a vendor or provider to piss me off.

Typical turnaround time is measured in weeks. If I'm mad at a vendor, it's measured in hours.

I need to grow a thicker skin it seems.

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