This episode kicks off a brief series of interviews with independent web designers. First up, we talk with Frank Chimero about his responsive design practice and the latest iteration of frankchimero.com.
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Stacking the Bricks Podcast
EP15 - Why "Lambo Goals" never keep you motivated
Friday, January 29, 2016
In this episode…
Hey brick stackers, Amy here.
Last time we talked about resolutions (which are easy). Now let’s talk about motivation (which is hard).
Realtalk: How many times have you started a project with a burst of motivation and dream and then it just… fizzled out? Not with a bang, but with a whimper?
(Or dreamt about it and planned it, but never started it?)
Believe me, I’m not wielding the Scepter of Snooty Judgment here. I used to be a total creative flake. My Someday Maybe file was so thick it could have served as furniture. I started everything and finished nothing.
I sure felt motivated… but it didn’t last.
I dreamt about riches and acclaim… but they weren’t enough to get me off my ass. Much less keep me there.
My life was littered with undone projects and frankly, it felt like shit.
Obviously in 2008, this all changed — I designed, co-developed and shipped my first app (after literally years of telling myself "I should build a SaaS"). Then followed a technical book. Then workshops. Then conf calls. Then this class. Then conferences. And another book.
What made the difference? The right motivation.
The right motivation is a fire under your ass, not a Happy Place you retreat to in your mind when things are hard.
The right motivation is enduring, meaningful, and personal — and often times, painful.
Here’s what the right motivation is not:
fantasies of acclaim
fantasies of riches and luxury
fantasies of retiring early to a Mojito Island
They’re fun, but actually destructive to your ability to keep going.
Why? Why can’t these shiny Lamborghini Goals keep you going?
Listen to the latest episode of Stacking the Bricks to find out!
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EP26 - Don’t wait 18 months
EP25 - Features, or marketing? (Part 3 of a series)
EP24 - Teamwork is harder than you think (Part 2 of a series)
EP23 - "Everything will get easier if…" (Part 1 of a series)
EP22 - How to make an offer they can’t refuse (Outreach Masterclass with Kai Davis)
EP21 - The most dangerous room in the house
EP20 - Swift Kick in the Ass (Accountability)
EP19 - A Swift Kick in the Ass (The Game of Business)
EP18 - Our Profitable Mess (and how we’re cleaning it up)
EP17 - Kids Incorporated
EP16 - How do you design products people love?
EP15 - Why "Lambo Goals" never keep you motivated
EP14 - What are your New Years Pants?
EP13 - Justin Weiss’s shift from side projects to successful product launches
EP12 - "I’m shipping ebombs, now what?" - From Pain to Product with Nick Piegari
EP11 - "I just need someone to hold me accountable."
EP10 - Why do people worship the struggle of entrepreneurship? And how to avoid it.
EP9 - How to clear a path for product success
EP8 - From pain to product Masterclass with Amanda Thomas
EP7 - Part two of "The Life-changing Magic of Shipping"
EP6 - "The Life-changing Magic of Shipping"
EP5 - The evil voicemail effect
EP4 - Shipping is a skill
EP3 - We didn’t hit our 2014 goals. But…
EP2 - Scott Hurff’s first product launch was "wrong", but $50k later he knows it didn’t matter.
EP1 - How Pat Maddox went from 0 subscribers to over $3k MRR in 10 days
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transcoded from youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NdSD07U5uBs
One of my all time favorite talks of Alan Kay’s, given in 2015.
Not my own video, though it hasn’t been on YouTube before. Original location here: http://global.sap.com/campaign/na/usa/CRM-XU15-INT-STILP/index.html
Audio extracted from this video at https://youtu.be/vXjpA9gFX5c
This video is about Alan Kay @ SAP in Palo Alto. Alan Kay is a computer pioneer, he was part of the the Xerox PARC team of about 30 researchers who developed many of the key concepts of the PC and notebook. Here he talks about the lack of forward thinking in technology design and innovation. He advocates system thinking rather than discrete products such as apps and hardware, the goal is integration and collaboration among our technologies because that’s what is important for humans: more collaboration. He also mentions that Steve Jobs missed a lot when he visited Xerox PARC and replicated the graphical user interface and mouse — he didn’t see the computers were all connected, used Ethernet, and connected to the nascent Internet then called ARPAnet. Steve Jobs missed half of it and didn’t see that the computers were all connected "because he’s a visual guy."
The blasphemous part of this interview comes when David Heinemeier Hansson blasts many of the ideas that entrepreneurs hold sacred. Suffering isn’t the heroic way to work. It’s a sign you might be working on the wrong thing. Charging and profiting don’t make you evil or short-sighted. They ensure you can grow. It’s inspiring, and it’s why I invited David of 37signals to do this interview. For the revelation, listen to…
David Heinemeier Hansson, creator of Ruby on Rails & founder & CTO at Basecamp on improving your odds at success in your business on Being Boss Podcast.
We interview David Heinemeier Hansson: creator of Ruby on Rails, Founder of Basecamp, author of 3 books and accomplished Le Mans Driver.
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