Monthly Archives: November 2014

Work is Where We Can Break Ourselves

via David Whyte in his well-known work, Crossing the Unknown Sea:

Work is difficulty and drama, a high-stakes game in which our identity, our self-esteem and our ability to provide are mixed inside us in volatile, sometimes explosive ways…

Work is where we can make ourselves; work is where we can break ourselves.

If you’ve never read Whyte’s book it’s something that I would highly consider picking up – you’ll find a lot to love and a lot to think about as he explores the relationship between who we are as people and the work that we do that can/may/will define us, give us purpose, and create identity.

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Desk Dev Docs – Ep. 008: One Month!

I apologize as this particular episode is pretty-much all over the place, but after reviewing it myself I suppose this is most simply a retrospective on the first month since launching the product publicly on the Mac App Store.

If you’re curious (and a first time visitor) I try to do a weekly vlog of my journey – you can find the previous ones via this “Community” category or view the Playlist on Youtube.

In Episode #8 I cover some of the following topics:

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10 Days to a Better Blog in 2015

I’ve been blogging for a long time and I’ve learned a thing or two along the way. More often than not I’ve learned things the hard way by totally messing something up or by simply making a wrong decision about my blog(s) as I’ve worked on them.

But things have continued to hum along and I’ve been writing every single day for the last 14 years. And, what is perhaps somewhat miraculous, I love it even more than I did when I first started!

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Thankful

Today is Thanksgiving and I love this holiday. Why? Because one simply cannot escape the opportunity to consider all that one has and one is forced to encounter the stark truth that we are blessed beyond measure.

This day of celebration, typically with others, forces us to do a little bit of soul-searching, a bit of introspection, and begs us to encounter our own reality and admit that we are far better off than we could possibly imagine.

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10 Thousand Foolish Ideas

via Isaac Asimov:

It is only afterward that a new idea seems reasonable. To begin with, it usually seems unreasonable. It seems the height of unreason to suppose the earth was round instead of flat, or that it moved instead of the sun, or that objects required a force to stop them when in motion, instead of a force to keep them moving, and so on.

A person willing to fly in the face of reason, authority, and common sense must be a person of considerable self-assurance. Since he occurs only rarely, he must seem eccentric (in at least that respect) to the rest of us. A person eccentric in one respect is often eccentric in others.

The presence of others can only inhibit [the creative] process, since creation is embarrassing. For every new good idea you have, there are a hundred, ten thousand foolish ones, which you naturally do not care to display.

Probably more inhibiting than anything else is a feeling of responsibility. The great ideas of the ages have come from people who weren’t paid to have great ideas, but were paid to be teachers or patent clerks or petty officials, or were not paid at all.

There’s almost too much that can be said regarding the above… and it’s worth reading the full article as there’s a lot of other great thoughts there as well.

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Managing Those Pesky “Unexpected” Problems

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The neat thing about running your own small startup and app is that you can determine the timeline for rollout for new features – there isn’t anyone that’s telling you to do anything that you want to do.

At the very same time, though, it can be a complete  stress ball as things that should be fairly objective and easily considered and calculated are now fraught with a massive mix of emotion and psychological warfare.

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