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Dat: Distributed Versioned Data Sharing with Danielle Robinson and Joe Hand – Episode 16 – Data Engineering Podcast
137: The Overlap Technique: A Crash Course | Build and grow a sustainable business.
I want to help you make a living with your passion. This is why I started working on a book in early 2014 called The Overlap Technique: it’s a down-to-earth, practical guide to becoming an expert and making more money than your day job before you even quit.
I got about 20,000 words into it, and then had to put it on the back-burner. I continued teaching a lot of the principles in the podcast, but I put the writing on hold to work on my website and building the Community.
During the time that elapsed between starting the book and returning to it later in the year, I’d received hundreds of emails from people telling me their biggest struggles with pursuing their passions.
I decided to throw out the first 20,000 words and start from scratch.
The book will launch in 2015, but in the mean time, the tremendous feedback I’ve received has really shaped the book into being a direct answer to your most pressing questions. Giving the material some breathing room has really allowed me to refine the message.
It’s been more than 80 episodes since I’ve last dedicated an episode to talking about The Overlap Technique and making the difficult transition from soul-sucking day job to doing what you love and sustaining yourself. In this episode, I give you a crash course on the refined concepts and the four core pillars of being able to keep your passion and have it sustain you long term.
It’s the perfect episode for a first-time listener!
Long-time listeners: trust me, you’re going to get a WHOLE ton out of this too, but (finally!) you have a great first episode to point your friend to if they haven’t listened before.
Joining us in this edition of iMiXWHATiLiKE! for a discussion of myths and political pitfalls associated with concepts of “buying power,” banking, capitalism and more are:Mehrsa Baradaran is a member of the University of Georgia School of Law faculty and currently serves as a J. Alton Hosch Associate Professor teaching Contracts and Banking Law. She has previously published, How the Other Half Banks and is here with us now to discuss her new book, The Color of Money: Black Banks and the Racial Wealth Gap and Nathan D. B. Connolly, Herbert Baxter Adams Associate Professor of History at Johns Hopkins and is author of the forthcoming, Black Capitalism: The “Negro Problem” and the American Economy and A World More Concrete: Real Estate and the Remaking of Jim Crow South Florida.
HE BEGAN, “Hi, I’m Nicky Case, and I explain complex systems in a visual, tangible, and playful way.”
He did exactly that with 207 brilliant slides and clear terminology.
What system engineers call “negative feedback loops,” for example, Case calls “balancing loops.”
They maintain a value.
Likewise “positive feedback loops” he calls “reinforcing loops.”
They increase a value.
Using examples and stories such as the viciousness of the board game Monopoly and the miracle of self-organizing starlings, Case laid out the visual basics of finessing complex systems.
A reinforcing loop is like a ball on the top of a hill, ready to accelerate downhill when set in motion.
A balancing loop is like a ball in a valley, always returning to the bottom of the valley when perturbed.
Now consider how to deal with a situation where you have an “attractor” (a deep valley) that attracts a system toward failure:
The situation is precarious for the ball because it is near a hilltop that is a reinforcing loop.
If the ball is nudged over the top, it will plummet to the bottom of the balancing-loop valley and be stuck there.
It would take enormous effort raise the ball out of such an attractor—which might be financial collapse or civil war.
Case’s solution is not to try to move the ball, MOVE THE HILLS—identify the feedback loops in the system and weaken or strengthen them as needed to make the unsolvable situation solvable, so that the desired condition becomes the dominant attractor.
Now add two more characteristics of the real world—dense networks and chaos.
They make possible the phenomena of emergence (a whole that is different than the sum of its parts) and evolution.
Evolution is made of selection (managed by reinforcing and balancing loops) plus variation (unleashed by dense networks and chaos).
You cannot control evolution and should not try—that way lies totalitarianism.
Our ever popular over-emphasis on selection can lead to paralyzed systems—top-down autocratic governments and frozen businesses.
Case urges attention to variation, harnessing networks and chaos from the bottom up via connecting various people from various fields, experimenting with lots of solutions, and welcoming a certain amount of randomness and play.
“Design for evolution,” Case says, “and the system will surprise you with solutions you never thought of.”
To do that, “Make chaos your friend.”
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.
In the latest episode of JAMstack Radio, Brian invites Vincent Voyer and Emily Hayman to discuss Algolia, a hosted search as a service.
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!
All Stacking The Bricks Episodes
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
Daylight Saving Time is a blight on mankind. All the details in the Wikileaks dump of CIA hacking tools. How our data can be used against us. Nintendo Switch breaks launch records.…
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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."
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