Our CTO's Maxims for Success

We recently asked our CTO to share his principles for success.  It was interesting enough to share, so we thought we’d capture it here in his words…

So, it’s funny because I have a set of maxims—about a dozen or so that I try to abide by in all that I do.  I recently ran across a similar list by an actor-comedian who I’ve always admired — Bill Murray — and I was struck by how aligned they were with my own.  So, I credit Murray with improving upon mine.  Here they are:

  • Believe in yourself—always.
  • Trust your gut.
  • Get over yourself—regularly.
  • Work out of your habits. 
  • Learn to accept criticism.
  • Know when to speak up and know when to listen.
  • Collaborate.
  • Don’t procrastinate.
  • Keep learning—forever.
  • Question everything.
  • Consider all possibilities—especially the ones you don’t like.
  • Have an original concept.
  • Ask for help—before you need it.
  • Form follows function.
  • Find inspiration where you normally wouldn’t look.
  • Make it sustainable.
  • Use spell check.
  • Do your research.
  • Sketch ideas.
  • The problem nearly always contains the solution.
  • Care.

Maybe these will work for you too.


Gregory Miller, CTO

Greg has been in the tech sector as a software architect and engineer, product manager, marketing and biz dev exec., and even IP and privacy lawyer for 3 decades. He is currently on the Board of a non-profit tech foundation reinventing America's election technology, is a venture adviser in the Silicon Valley, and serves as the CTO for C[IQ] Strategies, Inc.