Ever catch yourself telling yourself that you’d rather do X than Y? Or perhaps in a private conversation you’ve told a colleague or friend or trusted confidante that you’d rather be doing something else with your time than what you were currently spending it on?
Perhaps it’s phrased a bit differently, like:
- I wish I was doing…
- I hope I get to…
- I’d rather be doing…
- Wouldn’t it be nice if…
I know that even for myself I have experienced these moments where I have wished for something different for my life and for the work that I was currently engaged in. And it would only take a few months for me to find something more appealing and more exciting to spend my time pursuing.
Jezebel Magazine sent me a copy of their Modern Luxury May 2014 issue (read the article here) and it’s becoming more “odd” for me to see printed material – I’m not sure when this mental shift occurred in my brain but it’s almost becoming novel and I do not believe I’m comfortable with it becoming novel, unusual, or unconventional.
Printed work is powerful and it’s ability to engage the tactile senses and even olfactory is important (remember the sweet, sweet smell of a new book?).
Culture is a thousand things, a thousand times. It’s living the core values when you hire; when you write an email; when you are working on a project; when you are walking in the hall. We have the power, by living the values, to build the culture. We also have the power, by breaking the values, to fuck up the culture. Each one of us has this opportunity, this burden.
Read the entire post by Brian Chesky, the CEO and co-founder of Airbnb, for more context on why he shared this important internal memo.
And…? Have any?
I’ve been putting thoughts into my notebook about what I think I’d love to concentrate on a serious v2.1 release. I’d love your thoughts if you have any!
Things like adding images for watermarks (instead of just text) and stuff like that. Hit me.
I’ll be presenting another round of blogging for developers next week. Here’s a loose description of what I put together for the talk:
A candid chat and conversation about how blogging has helped me build not just a personal brand but businesses… and why every developer should consider blogging to make them even more competitive.
This is not altogether different than a talk I’ve done at a number of meetups – it’s just that I’ve never done it at ATL RUG!
I gave the above response via Twitter off-the-cuff and as I continued to think about what I shared it caused me to pause a moment and evaluate if I believed those remarks to be true.
We are all inventors, did you know that? You may not have invented something that someone is using today, you may not have been the inventor of some great appliance or application or some movement or some dizzying new thought but you are still an inventor, nonetheless.
You and I are inventors of excuses. Why? Because we are afraid. We are afraid to look ridiculous, we are afraid to try and especially fail, we are afraid of pursuing our passion.