Man, I love Dilbert.
As much as we try to automate the business’ that we run there will still be a need for human intervention. Sometimes this is an important part of the process, like recovering a down server and sometimes (unfortunately) the intervention can be anything but good.
I’m going to be participating in a local Youth Code Jam in San Antonio this coming September and they are looking to raise a few funds for the event.
The event, September 20th, is a entirely free for ages 7 – 17 and is going to be chock full of learning, exploring technology, and introducing software and coding to a bunch of folk. I can’t wait to help out and obviously I want to see this succeed!
I enjoyed this little snippet of an interview with Malcolm Gladwell regarding underdogs - the full script is via the link.
A long article but worth the read if this you’re remotely interested in this type of thing. Naturally, I’m curious about anything like this because of my own mental challenges.
A few choice quotes that stood out to me:
I stumbled upon some old pencil and sketch concept ideas around an old brand that I had retired over a year ago – it seems like forever since I began working on those brand identities and it all started out as some fun caricature art in 2010.
It’s taken about 8 or so days to really get in the swing of things and mentally vacate my own head to a point where I wasn’t completely stressed or anxious about not being on top of things, especially my email.
It sort of sucks to think that it takes me that long to just adjust to a new emotional state to the point where I’m not entirely fretting over the things that I’m missing.
But if I’m honest with myself I know that there will never be a vacation long enough for me to completely vacate; it’s somewhat outside of my own power.
I’ve heard it preached a thousand times over that short-term thinking is evil and that real visioncasters always think long-term. This is especially prevalent in the startup community where this type of perspective is typically lauded and anyone who’s more “business” is vilified.
The reality is that long-term thinking is incredibly difficult to do explicitly and intentionally and as far as I can tell you’re either born with this talent and natural tendency or you’re not.
And, my friends, I’ll be honest – I was not born with this gift. I struggle with thinking about the long game with the best of them.