Stars are aligned


I often tell young members of my team that only a few times, maybe only once, are the "stars aligned" in your professional life, so appreciate the moment if it happens. A crowd lined up for four blocks for the first San Francisco Examiner Home Buyers Fair; 15,000 sign-ups in a day for HomeGain’s home valuation tool; and 30,000 iPhone downloads of the Sherlock Holmes Vook in less than a week. These are results — moments of euphoria that suggest that you are onto something — better than any drug.

But what I really mean by "stars aligned" are those times when the right team is working together with enthusiasm on a new product with new customers. Nothing for me is more inspiring about business, the sense of purpose with fun folks who charge ahead without abandon.