Uncomfortable

There is a growing tension that I have become more aware of that I’m not entirely sure what to do with. It’s like that itch in the back of your throat that you can’t quite seem to reach but you viscerally feel and is annoying as hell.

After spending the weekend with my lovely parents in a last-minute travel changeup I found myself chatting with my parents over BBQ about the changes that have happened over the years and a variety of perspectives that have dramatically shifted (for the better).

When I left I encapsultated the tension I felt in this idea:

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Markdown and WordPress

I have a love/hate relationship with Markdown and it’s entirely based on utility.

First, I love the fact that I can write with Markdown and never have to have my hands leave the keyboard since I’m doing all my formatting right into the text editor.

You can see it being done just like so:

Yippee!

Yippee!

The problem is that in WordPress it isn’t a complete solution because I still have to use my touchpad for some elements, like the image that I added above.

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At What Cost?

I have a lot of anxiety around the work that I choose to do because it becomes a big part of who I am. Whether this perspective is right or wrong is not exactly up for grabs as I can do no other at this point in time (despite what my therapist(s) tell me).

And I’m fine with that – I’m given up on most of my attempts to separate the who with the what as being an autist makes that incredibly difficult to distinguish in the first place. But, if you’re even a little like me then you know what I am talking about already as we eat, sleep, and breathe our work as if it’s biological.

Consequently (or quite naturally) I put a lot of pressure on myself to do exceedingly well and I can’t help but want (i.e. need) to perform to my utmost. Anything less is abject failure which means that I, too, am a failure by definition.

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Obvious Yet Overlooked

a-rockAs organizations scale they can often times forget to be mindful of the things that can really harm the culture if not attended to well in their hunt for big growth. I have thought often of my previous ventures in the past as well as my experience in the enterprise and shudder at the thought of returning to some of those knowing the mistakes that were made and the opportunities lost.

It has all to do with people (as most of us well-know) and what happens is that the obvious things become overlooked and as a result people feel unappreciated and at the very least misunderstood. Even with talented and self-lead staff it’s important that we all take a break to see what’s happened and take a moment to acknowledge that it did, actually, happen.

I think back to when significant milestones were reached and overcome and not the faintest of sounds came from the leadership. It wasn’t that they didn’t know that we had met our goals (and sometimes far exceeded them) but rather that they did not have the emotional wherewithal to express it in a way that mattered.

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Hello Ruby!

I am in love with this Kickstarter project and I cannot wait to get this cute book into my hot little hands! Linda is the perfect blend of super-sweet and super-intelligent; and I can’t believe how natural she is on camera. She’s a powerhouse and a model for little girls like mine.

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Typeform: Finally a Decent Form Solution

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I am seriously crushing on Typeform, a simple and intuitive form management solution that I’ve been using recently. I’ve been digging on it because it makes form building actually enjoyable (which is hard to imagine, I know).

I think the most impressive thing is it’s fluidity of interaction between you, the creator, and the user who will interact with it. Both experiences make sense and both experiences are similar. I like that and I’m not easily impressed.

It’s got a very impressive suite of options and the cost is free while it’s in beta.

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Losing Your Top Pick

He was everyone's top pick but he could only play for one team at a time.

He was everyone’s top pick but he could only play for one team at a time.

I’ve been hiring like crazy for The Iron Yard as we’re expanding quickly into some exciting new geographic areas. Interviewing people and vision casting our future is a fun part of my job as well as making sure that we protect our very special culture amidst our need for scale.

(And you should read the stories of some of what we’re doing to see how neat it really is!)

But on occasion you experience a letdown where you’ve been gunning for a particular candidate and person hoping to woo them into a role that you feel is perfect for them and that’ll fit them like a glove (as well as leave plenty of room for personal and professional growth) and they end up declining the offer.

It sucks but it’s not something that you can easily avoid; when you’re trying to hire the best they always have a near-unlimited number of options to choose from. It’s not their fault at all and I respect them even more for their decisions but it still stings to lose your top pick.

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