Fifty Pieces of Gold: An Engineer's Musings on Business and Life
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Fifty Pieces of Gold: An Engineer's Musings on Business and Life

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This book collect a year's worth of thoughts, actions, successes, failures, and everything in between. The content is available on my blog for free ( as independent articles. I aim to provide thoughtful and unique perspectives on many topics: business, investing, relationships, time management, and life in general. Given our unrelenting busy schedules, I'm also narrating these blogs for your listening enjoyment. Use your daily commute or after-work chores time productively!

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Nicholas Russo
Nicholas Russo

Nicholas (Nick) Russo is a long-time network engineer and writer, although his interests are not limited to technology. This audiobook is proof of the author's willingness to hypothesize and experiment. Nick holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Computer Science, and a minor in International Relations, from the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). Nick lives in Maryland, USA with his wife, Carla, and daughter, Olivia.


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Reader Testimonials

Malcolm Booden
Malcolm Booden

Network & Security Consultant, MNB Networks

This book was thought provoking and something very different than anything I've read previously. Nick addresses discussion points and airs his opinions that may be popular with some and unpopular with many, but they are all truthful accounts based on his own experiences which have shaped his continued success. The fact Nick is sharing personal experiences relating to success and failure, which many shy away from should be commended. Excellent content!

Josh VanDeraa
Josh VanDeraa

Network Automation Engineer, 20 years network exp.

The content here, simply put, DELIVERS. The topics are diverse, with short, to-the-point examples that tie back to Nick's experiences, many in the IT world (but not all). After the first few topics came out, I always looked forward to seeing what new insight or habit that I could learn from would come out next. From controversy to his personal habits that have helped Nick be successful in the 21st century, you will get some new information and possible new points of view.

Fernando Herrera
Fernando Herrera

IT Network Technologist

Nick's blog is one of my favorite blogs I've come across. What makes it really interesting to me compared to other blogs is that he posts blog posts not just about technical topics, but non-technical topics as well. That you could gain some knowledge even if you are aren't in the IT field. I would definitely recommend it and the fact that he is a 2xCCIE/CCDE should speak for itself that he knows what he's talking about.

Table of Contents

  • Prologue
  • 1 Business Management
    • 1 Dec - Hypothesis
    • 5 Apr - Single Point of Failure
    • 16 Feb - Good, Cheap, Fast; Pick 3
    • 12 Oct - Modern Retailing
    • 7 Sep - Meeting Capital
    • 9 Feb - Mind Your Own Business
    • 15 Jun - Monopolies Are Bad
    • 16 Nov - Competition
    • 17 Aug - One Year in Business
  • 2 Money and Investing
    • 27 Jan - Time Value of Money
    • 23 Feb - Net Income vs. Cash Flow
    • 8 Jun - How Not to Write a Book
    • 3 Aug - Hidden Costs
    • 30 Nov - Young Money
    • 20 Jul - American Colleges
    • 13 Jul - Good Debt
    • 5 Oct - Product Cost
    • 30 Mar - Win Together
  • 3 Sales and Marketing
    • 10 Aug - The Ansoff Matrix
    • 29 May - Sales Ethics
    • 19 Oct - Innovation
    • 6 Jul - Ideas are Commodity
    • 26 Oct - Sales Psychology
    • 27 Jul - Forecasts
    • 22 Jun - Conferences
    • 18 May - Consulting “Rates”
  • 4 Time Management
    • 27 Apr - What is Your Time Worth?
    • 2 Feb - Busy is the New Lazy
    • 1 Jun - Procrastination
    • 16 Mar - Kanban vs. Scrum
    • 13 Apr - The Real Power of Kanban
    • 9 Mar - How to Read More
    • 23 Oct - Advanced Tactics
    • 26 Jan - Cleaning with Lean
    • 11 May - Quality is Free
  • 5 Failures
    • 20 Apr - It’s Too Complex
    • 14 Sep - Why?
    • 31 Aug - Rejection
    • 21 Sep - Trolls vs. Contrarians
    • 2 Nov - Watch Officer
    • 6 Apr - Well, Technically …
    • 23 Nov - Underestimation
  • 6 Code of Conduct
    • 4 May - Comfort Zone
    • 23 Mar - The Soul of a Slave
    • 29 Jun - Loser DNA
    • 2 Mar - My Secret To Success
    • 25 May - Perception
    • 28 Sep - Knowledge
    • 23 Aug - No Questions Asked
    • 9 Nov - Power Supply
  • Epilogue

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