Rolling With The Punches


Nirvana Blogs

I’m writing this blog at Peace on Earth Coffee Shop — where I write most of my blogs. Except I’ve only got a half hour to crack this one out because I’ve got a train to catch in less than an hour. Actually I was supposed to catch that train twenty minutes ago, but they left me. Can you believe that?!

Has this every happened to you? The train was still stationed and I was walking down the platform with still a minute to catch. Granted I was cutting it close, but I wasn’t the only passenger rushing to hop on. I saw another passenger at the opposite end of the train running to hop on. He made it, and I was only fifteen seconds after him to hit that button which opens the door. Except the door didn’t open. Why wouldn’t the door open?! I was on time. The…

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On Building Automattic

automattic , matt mullenweg , p2 , slack

Launching the Distributed podcast has given me space to reflect on the last 14 years at Automattic. In 2019, distributed work has spread throughout the Bay Area and beyond, but when we were getting started, having no corporate headquarters was seen as quirky. Our distributed status has come to define our company, but we didn’t set out to be distributed. It was common in open source projects and our initial team was spread around the world. But over time it became who we are.

I’m originally from Houston, Texas. In 2003, web developer Mike Little and I, along with a few other online friends, developed a web publishing tool called WordPress. It quickly became popular, but we had no inkling that it could ever be a revenue-generating project. We just wanted to make better publishing tools so that non-engineers could express themselves online with their own blogs. For me, it…

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Building a Culture of Safety

leadership, thoughts

Shedding Light

When I think back over the many communities I’ve been part of over the years — whether at work, as a volunteer, or in a church — those that were most vibrant had many things in common. They had leadership that was engaging, they had regular gatherings, and they were clear about who they served. As I’ve grown into my own concepts of leadership, I have come to recognize that one of the largest (and most hidden) things they had in common was a dedication to cultural safety. Letting people come as they are, and honoring that, was foundational to how they operated.

Safety can mean different things to different people, though, so here’s a quick overview of how I see it.

Types of Safety

  • Physical Safety – The ability to remain free from bodily harm. For my current work in the WordPress project, this mostly comes up in relation…

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Make commitment a habit



Commitment is like faith. It requires obedience, practice and you have to learn to live by it for commitment to actually become a habit and a tool for success. The magnitude of your goal doesn’t necessarily mean that it will be easy for you to commit to achieving it but on the other hand, greater commitment can determine if we achieve results and the greatness of those results.

Like faith, commitment isn’t easy. We make plans and fail to execute them, pledge and fail to fulfill sometimes not because we lacked the resources but we just couldn’t commit and all we can say is something came up. I used to believe I had commitment issues and I know some people out there might also believe they do but is commitment embedded in anyone’s DNA? Is it a special skill or talent that you’re born with? I don’t think so.


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