The (Emotional) Journey is Inevitable

A few years back I posted about the emotional journey of creating anything great and the graphic has been picked up in University textbooks, workshops, and more.

Frequently, at least a few times a month, I’ll get asked for republication rights and I always give them. Today, Google’s Moonshot Project (called “X”) recreated the graphic in high-fidelity for a recent post:

Download full resolution image here.

These visual models help communicate hard-to-understand truths about our lives, about the work that we do, and how we feel and experience success and failure:

It might be surprising to you that an organization known for cutting edge technology cares so much about something as soft and abstract as language and how it makes people feel — and that’s exactly why we’re sharing these tips.

Everyone has the potential to be brave, audacious, and radically creative, but we often put ceilings on ourselves with mindsets or habits that trap us on conventional trails of thought. A powerful vocabulary can help us resist forces that limit our thinking without us even realizing it.

Language is already shaping your team’s culture, whether you realize it or not — it emerges spontaneously. Listen closely for the words and phrases that cause your teams to light up — or shut down. Ask yourself: is what you’re hearing encouraging or discouraging the behaviors that make your team successful?

via X

I should probably frame this graphic somewhere since it’s something that I need to remind myself constantly, despite my so-called “experience” walking this path a handful of times already!

The “this sucks, I have no idea what I’m doing” period is uniquely-painful and difficult to bear and the only way I’ve survived these periods is by and through community.

You know, real relationships with real humans where we share our honest and candid thoughts on what it’s like doing life, building stuff, relating to one another, and trying to make it through the day without losing our goddamn minds.

You know, that type of stuff.

[Originally published on Indie Hackers.]