Author Archives: David Spinks

Stop Asking “Am I Happy?”, That’s Not How it Works

I’ve always had this vague idea in my head that happiness is this point in life that I can reach. If I work hard enough, make lots of friends, make money, travel, check off all the boxes…then I’ll be a “happy person”. Other people seem to think the same way because I’ve been asked many…

How I Got Fired from a Hot Startup

I wrote this article over three months ago. It’s taken a while to hit publish. I’ve wanted to share my story and be truly transparent but getting fired is a hard thing to talk about. Not just because it’s a bit embarrassing and might hurt my reputation, but because it involves other people. I don’t…

Make People Happy by Understanding What Freedom Means to Them

I had a really interesting discussion with Hiten Shah and Nadia Eghbal the other day about freedom and what it really meant for each of us. Freedom is something many of us strive for. It can affect where we choose to work, who we date, who we live with, where we live and probably a lot of…

Just Hit Publish

I’ve struggled to keep up with my writing lately. I started writing a post every day for over 100 days. I accomplished that goal and things were humming along. Then all of a sudden, I started to falter. What happens when you write that much is a lot of awesome stuff: – I started being…

Learned from Failure – Why You Should Never Send Negative Emails

I’ve learned a lot about what makes for good communication in business. I’ve also learned about what makes for really poor communication that results in anger, drama and failure. There’s one philosophy that has consistently proven true for me, in multiple jobs, over multiple years with many different kinds of people. Negative emails make for…