PAC Man Movie!

Because stuff like this really, really matters.

Amazing! It would be so cool to see some Tron-like action and a killer story to boot.

Remove the Ego: Start From the Ground Floor

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I’ve been asked more than a handful of times where and how I teach myself a new coding language most recently being Obj-C and related pairing technologies and IDE of XCODE.

Time and time again I have disappointed my audience by telling them that I started with the very basics and that I did not do much more than just spend time diving deep into the existing material provided by Apple. Specifically I start with the Developer Documentation and went from there.

Why, then, is the answer that I give such a gross disappointment? Why do people look at me sideways and continue to ask as if my answer is not good and decent enough? They ask me for websites or online tutorials or paid curricula and I return their blank stare with my own. It’s as if they expected that being a seasoned software engineer excused me from having to learn the basics!

I encountered this question once more today and it was just another moment to reflect on this strange exchange and I have discovered the tragic truth that underscores their disappointment.

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More or Less

Found this randomly (I honestly can’t remember how) and realized I had never shared it. It’s a brief little chat about the concepts behind Jeff Shinabarger’s recent book, More or Less. Here’s what it’s about:

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Health and Pressgram….Perfect

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The other day I was asked by a close friend why am I writing about health on the Discover Pressgram Blog? Now to be honest I knew a question like this was due anytime now and I really thought I had the answer. When it came to answer I stumbled a little since I felt on the defensive but then out of the blue my voice and confidence came back  and I answered.

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To me Pressgram and health go hand in hand if you are into photography and looking at health through photos. Think about the word health and all that is defines. Health isn’t just about looking good. Health is about feeling good both on the inside and the outside. The thing is how do people express their healthy feelings. As a health blogger I see it in their faces, their movements when they walk, their exercising and their enjoying meals.

Not that every person is healthy. They are the unhealthy ones also. The thing is through Pressgram and all of its great features you can take those expressions on other faces and document a healthy photo journal and even describe what you see to others. Or even ask the person being photographed while the healthy look? I did that the other day and the answer was perfect. The woman I asked said because she woke up and went outside stood in the sun and felt totally alive and rejuvenated. Best answer I swear.

The thing is when you are out there walking around I am sure you see so many people looking and acting healthy and those are the pictures that make up a perfect photo journal for Pressgram. Whether they are healthy or unhealthy share the photos and describe what you see.

The Quality of Life series is a post away and we will be talking about Business and the Quality of Life.

Enjoy your week!

Mark

Request for Artwork…?

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Wow. All I’ll say is that it’s possible that Pressgram could get some Featured love in the App Store!

I’ll just leave it at that… for now… My heart is beating a million miles per hour…

Start, Stop, Continue

Start, Stop, Continue is a very well known feedback strategy that many businesses and individuals use to gauge workplace and relational effectiveness. You simply ask, in the context of business (or anything for that matter):

  • What can I start doing that will make you and the team more effective?
  • What can I stop doing that’s making you less effective?
  • What can I continue to do that’s providing value to you and the team?

I’ve used this in previous companies and I am thinking about starting to use it @ The Iron Yard as we begin to scale our staff.

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Normal Business Hours

The freedom to come and go as you please has been a love-hate relationship with me over the years as there have been times where I was “stuck” in certain roles that required me to keep somewhat “normal” business hours and times where I could do whatever I want.

And yet, at the very same time, “normal” business hours is oftentimes the thing that I need the most as my life can swing dangerously to the edge of overcommitment and burnout. As many of us know far too intimately I really like the idea of some normality when it’s unavailable to me and really dislike it when I have things under control (or relatively so).

As of this very moment I can safely and securely call the shots but that doesn’t mean that I’m twiddling my thumbs looking for things to do – my responsibilities are growing and the time required to ensure success is begging me to commit more than I have. It’s emotional to say the least.

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