The Daily MBA is about being a better entrepreneur, one day at a time. My main focus is on innovation, entrepreneurship and technical management. Through relevant original posts, links to great articles and several educational series, The Daily MBA strives to be part of making entrepreneurs better.
It seems fitting that before you spend the time to read this blog that you get a sense of who writes it.
I am an Engineer: Specifically, an Integrated Circuit (IC) design engineer. I have spent my whole career around chips. From massive parallel processors to speech recognition micro-controllers to 2.4 GHz wireless radios to single chip RTLS tags. All these projects have taught me the joy and heartache of building innovative products. Every major IC project I have ever worked on has had some screw-up or major heartburn. You just can’t push the edge without screwing up a little.
I went to the Dark Side: It’s true. No shame in it. I am a card carrying member of management. Most of my day is spent managing intelligent, highly motivated people who build incredible products. I try and stay out of their way as much as I can. Sometimes, it’s hard to hold back the inner geek. This usually ends quickly because my guys are way smarter than me when it comes to engineering. Checkout Lab Sensor Solutions for what I am up to now.
I am an Endurance Athlete: Which means I spend a inordinate amount of time working out. This frustrates my wife to no end since she can’t figure out why I am not rail thin. The truth is, I eat like crap. I’m working on fixing that but it’s hard as hell since that is one of the benefits of working out so much. Being an endurance athlete is great training for managing innovation and technical people. Somethings its taught me so far are:
- Sometimes, it’s just not your day: There are days that seem to drag on and go nowhere. Your heart is just not into it and you want to stop. This struggle makes you stronger if you don’t let it kill you.
- Attitude is everything: I have competed with blind people, one arm people, one legged people and even people in wheelchairs. All had a great attitude. They took what life gave them and ran with it. No excuses. No complaints.
- We are all in this together: The best part about competitions are the complete strangers that cheer you on and your fellow athletes. For some reason, it always happens when I want to give up or stop. Encouraging people allows us to prop each other up. It’s infectious. Their success is our success.
I used to volunteer with SCORE: SCORE is a volunteer organization that helps entrepreneurs with business issues. It’s a great way to help people achieve their business dreams. You will see a lot of posts about common questions I get from my past SCORE clients. Don’t worry, I don’t name names or anything like that. All of the situations I talk about are made up as well as any names.
That’s about it. My hope is that this brief introduction gives you a sense of where I am coming from. Through SCORE and other volunteering activities, I have realized that putting yourself out there, getting involved and helping out where you can, is incredibly rewarding. Happy reading. If you want to send me a note, you can send it to jarie dot bolander @ gmail dot com
Interested in Guest Posting?
If you want to guest post on The Daily MBA feel free to drop me a note. The criteria is pretty simple:
- Topics can be anything that helps people with business, startups, entrepreneurship or innovation
- Include your byline (name, title (if you use one), affiliation (with link))
- At the end of the post, include a blurb (with links) about your business or you. Keep this a max of 100 words
- Keep in mind you’re talking informally, kind of like a friend giving advice.
- Send your post as a .docx or Google Doc.
- If you have images, please either link to them in your post or include them with your file. One to two usually work the best.
Places I have Guest Posted
- DIY MFA: Five Steps to Craft Your Creative Narrative
- DreamGrow: Why Messenger Bots are the Next Big Thing in Content Marketing
- The Story Engine: 5 Commandments of Storytelling
- SEAL Grinder PT: Jarie Bolander’s Kokoro Experience
- Lateral Action: 6 Steps to Building Your Creative Endurance
- Feel Gooder: Self Promotion Tips for Nice People
- Advanced Riskology: Field Report: The Working man’s Guide to Ironman Training
- Idolbuster: Four Ways to Achieve Wellbeing by Leading From Within
- 47hats: The Innovator’s Secret Weapon
- Main Street Chamber: Nothing Focuses the Mind Like A Deadline
- Nerve Rush: 8 Leadership Skills I Applied to Finishing My First Ironman
- Idolbuster: Six Ways to Turn Panic Into Urgency
- Lateral Action: Motivation Lessons from the Man Who Ran for 5 Days (with No Sleep)