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November 4, 2011

Guidelines for success

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[…] Most people don’t do things that are difficult to do – Jason Cohen
‎[…] We have a strategic plan; it’s called doing things – Herb Kelleher
  1. Creativity –  Implementation can be outsourced. Brilliant design can not.
  2. Honesty – Keep your next marketing message honest
  3. Test and tweak – Create and use a feedback loop to keep improving
  4. Just do it – Convert book smarts to street smarts. If you have been waiting for a sign – this is it!
  5. Do not sell out your dream – Never give up on your dreams. To be happy you need to invest in your own ideas!
  6. Ask for sale. Listen to their needs to solve their problems.

See also:

October 6, 2011

Good Bye, Steve

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[…] You have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future

[…] There is no reason not to follow your heart!

[…] The biggest difference between time and space is that you can’t reuse time. — Merrick Furst

See also:

[…] unique and valuable—this is where you make margin, money, and history

September 21, 2011

Visioning Process – What do I want to create?

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[…] Not all who wander are lost. – J. R. R. Tolkien

  1. Know where you are – what makes you remarkable?’
  2. Design your focused vision of your future you really want
  3. Do it
  4. Keep your vision alive during ongoing environmental changes – “What do I want to create?

Keys to success:

  1. Leverage your existing resources in new ways
  2. Setting your intentions into motion in intangible ways
  3. Your business is your clarity manifest
[…] “Some men see things as they are and say why. I dream things that never were and say why not.” – Senator Robert F. Kennedy

[…] It doesn’t  matter what you make and it doesn’t matter why the importants is that you are making something!

See also:

July 28, 2011

Hard to copy, easy to pay

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  • Hard to copy
    • Authenticity
    • Findability
    • Embodiment
    • Interpretation
    • Attention
  • Easy to pay
    • Immediacy
    • Personalization
    • Understanding how it works
[…] It’s fun to do impossible projects because then you don’t have to worry about what happens if you succeed – Seth
[…] “To get something you never had, you have to do something you’ve never done.”
[…] Things are only impossible until they’re not.
See also:

July 26, 2011


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[…] Some places are like people: some shine and some don’t. – Dick

Some references from a book SHINE I read recently:‎
  1. Hard work can sabotage success by leading you to try to overpower a problem rather than figure it out.
  2. You get better at what you practice, but you get worse at what you neglect.
  3. The only thing that really matters in life are your relationships with other people.
  4. Play: Interact with the issue and learn from your own mistakes
See also:

July 16, 2011

Business model brain food

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[…] We need to use tools that help us generate different alternatives and only then we should go for to the right solution. – Alex

See also: Business of Software Blog

July 11, 2011

Public Speaking

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[…] The audience is sitting there because they want to learn, get inspired or be entertained. – Scott
[…] Its passion that people come to hear. – Doug
[…] What are we each doing in our presentations that is unique, interesting, funny or worthy of going viral? Take risks when you present, and your audience will be more entertained, pay better attention, and you may actually enjoy it! – Robert
  1. Prepare your speech
  2. Show your passion
  3. Tell stories
  4. Get their attention
  5. Start a speech by a powerful statement
  6. Have an enemy  to visualize ‘the problem’ you’re solving.
  7. Finish by highlighting your points and make a call to action
  8. Be distinct and understandable
  9. Put your contact info up twice: at the beginning and at the end.
  1. Use images to clarify ideas
  2. Interact with images to create engagement
  3. Augment memory with persistent & evolving views
Passion – Even if no one else in the world wanted it, would you keep at it, just for yourself. – Beau adkins

See also:

July 3, 2011

Beaware of your internet bubble

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[…] There is an epic battle between our future aspirational selves and our more impulsive present selves.

[…] A slip reveals a hidden want, wish, or thought.

[…] The conscious mind is the active thinking part of the mind. The part that has decided to read this article and the part of the mind that is thinking about it.

[…] If you can hold a goal in your mind firmly for days and keep a positive attitude when thinking about it, slowly the thought will take root in the subconscious.

A while ago I mentioned the Biker Mice From Mars which also explores in episode “So Life Like” the evil version of the themselves (aka Evil Twin).

See also:

July 1, 2011

Write a proposal – What’s your sales message?

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cohesive: strong, unyielding

New business will be won only to the extent that the client believes that
the professional is interested, cares, and is trying to help.

So you have received a request for proposal? Do you know how to write a proposal? Do you know how to present your sales message?

The project proposal is a tool — not a goal. It should be followed as closely as possible, and deviations should occur only when necessary.

A Request for Proposal (RFP) is a formal statement of requirements and technical specifications that constitute a company’s needs for the evaluation, recommendation and bid proposal of systems, services or products from vendors.

[…] If you have the tools you still need wood to build anything.

‎[…] A hammer does not build a house for a carpenter.

In order to ask for comments provide a section by section overview to indicate where you are most uncertain.

  • The proposal as a cohesive document
  • The proposal as a persuasive document
[…] Persuasion – A successful intentional effort at influencing another’s mental state through communication in a circumstance in which the reader has some measure of freedom. – Daniel J. Okeefe
Why would we persuade?
  • To narrate
  • To inform
  • To convince
  • To explore
  • To make decisions
  • To define
  • To establish credibility

All proposals share in common the following basic parts:

  1. The metaphor of a body
  2. The idea of narration
  3. The idea of persuasion, we really are arguing for our idea
  4. The idea of audience
The checklist for effective persuasion:
  • Have the aims of persuasion been identified and addressed?
  • Is the central persuasive statement controlled?
  • Have logical fallacies been avoided?
  • Have the audience’s knowledge, beliefs, and attitudes been considered?
  • Has a formal persuasive system been followed?
[…] Anything only has a value depending on what we compare it to – Rory Sutherland
[…] The first rule of Persuasion Design is that every design is persuasive in some ways. There is no neutral way of designing something. – Arjan Haring 2010
  • In your sales video, talk about the value you will be providing
  • Send customers to buy
  • Invite them –  “See you on the other side”
[…] Don’t tell me about your grass seed, tell me about my lawn

See also:

June 24, 2011

Everything is a remix

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Today I found a nice series on creativity – Everything Is A Remix – via Scott.

Creativity requires influence

Ideas are made of other ideas

Multiple discovery. Copying is creativity. Ideas are combined

[…] copying is one of the best ways of learning, growing, evaluating, and exploring

See also:

June 20, 2011

Marketing management is now tribal leadership

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[…] Software that’s boring will never turn into a movement

  • Who can I reach?
  • Will they talk about it with their peers?
  • Can I earn and maintain permission to continue the conversation

[…] Grinding out code is not on top of the  hierarchy of value. Creating and inventing interesting solutions is on the top of the hierarchy of value.

  • Once they learn about the utility offered will they pay for it

[..] Free is the most powerful marketing tool ever. If it is free then trial is more likely. If tiral leads to someone  becoming connected to a group  they do not want to become disconnected from they will start paying because that value has been proven.

[…] Implementation can be outsourced. Brilliant design can not.

[…] Be the change you wish to see in the world. – Gandhi
  • Be relational!
  • Be a storyteller!
  • Be a little bit crazy!

See also:

June 10, 2011

Milk, Milk, Milk – Not Milk! Ideas that spread, Win!

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remarkable: extraordinary, unusual

Cows are invisible. Nobody sees them.

If the cow was purple, you would notice it for a while.

Core rules – Figure out what people want and give it to them!

  • Design is free if you get to scale
  • The riskiest thing to do now is to be safe
  • Figure out who does care

Is your product remarkable?

See also:

June 9, 2011


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It is the dim haze of mystery that adds enchantment to pursuit. – Antoine Rivarol
Thanks to Angela I learned today about the book “Enchantment “  which explains when and why enchantment is necessary.
[…] Always return every electronic communication…the same day you receive it
  1. Always be likable
  2. Always be trustworthy
  3. Be Deep, Intelligent, Complete, Empowering and Elegant
  4. Always be answering
  5. Always be linking
  6. Always be monitoring
  7. Always be photographing
  8. Always be commeting
  9. Always be thanking
  10. Always be disclosing
  11. Always be repeating
  12. Always be restraining
  13. Always have consistent fresh content
  14. Always be charming and irresistible
See also:

May 28, 2011

Leadership lessons

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[…] “He says the secret is that you should look at abstract patterns like clouds in the sky or smoke emitted from fire,” Gelb said. “Let your mind go free and you will see in these an infinity of things — divine landscapes that you may then reduce to their complete and proper forms. He’s saying generate first, use the right hemisphere, get way out of the box, then step back and think about how it fits together and how it really applies to your practical situation.” by Michael

May 25, 2011

Hurry up and wait

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“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” – Steve Jobs

Have you ever dropped someone off just to wait them to return?
… did you atleast have something to read?

Have you ever launched a long running task on your computer?
… did you atleast made yourself a sandwich?

Such are the times you know when it’s time to start looking at other tasks during the wait.

Sometimes you have to wait. It’s how you spend that time that makes the difference.

Craig has put together extensive list of things to work on while waiting.

  1. Plan for the Wait
  2. Always have materials on hand
  3. Tasks suited to the Wait
  4. Review your calendar and Todo list
  5. The power of 10 minutes not watching TV
  6. Return calls
  7. Your computer in your pocket
  8. Reading
  9. Rest – let your mind relax
See also:

May 24, 2011

be irresistible

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irresistable: charmingenchantingfascinatinginvinciblelovableoverwhelmingpowerfulseductivestunningtemptingunavoidable.

Don’t give up on a single one of your dreams or goals, if they are true dreams and true goals.

Christopher has prepared a list of how to be irresistable:

  1. Learn from nature – patience, trees
  2. Be still – “not doing” can actually increase our creativity
  3. Be persistent – unconquerable spirit never grows old
  4. Value little moments as much as big ones – celebrate the joy and spontaneity of life
  5. Love balance –  only the strong can be gentle
  6. Be interested in other people – If you can find out what makes someone excited or happy – their eyes will glow and friendship will flow.
  7. Be kind 
“It is absurd to divide people into good and bad. People are either charming or tedious.” – Oscar Wilde
Wikihow knows how to be charming:
  1. Improve your posture
  2. Smile with your eyes – if you look at someone and then smile, it instantly charms them.
  3. Remember people’s names –  The more you say a person’s name, the more that person will feel that you like them and the greater the chance they’ll warm up to you.
  4. Be genuinely interested in people
  5. Take into account topics that interest those around you
  6. Praise others – mention something you like about that person
  7. Issue compliments to raise others self esteem – find a creative way to say it and say it immediately
  8. Accept compliments –  enjoin this with “I’m glad you like it” or “It is so kind of you to have noticed.”
  9. Control your tone and voice
  10. Listen
  11. Assume rapport
  12. Use kindness with respect
  13. When you greet someone, make them feel like they are the most important person to you.
[…] Being a leader gives you the charisma – Seth
See also:

May 13, 2011

Building Aggressively Compatible Android Games

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  1. Check your assumptions!
  2. Follow the rules!
  3. Manage your spec!
See also: Game Mechanics
See also: Android development lecture
See also: Interview with Terry

April 13, 2011

How to motivate yourself

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[…] Whenever I meet a successful CEO, I ask them how they did it. Mediocre CEOs point to their brilliant strategic moves or their intuitive business sense or a variety of other self-congratulatory explanations. The great CEOs tend to be remarkably consistent in their answers.

They all say: “I didn’t quit.

by Ben

[…] The biggest reason founders stop working on their startups is that they get demoralized. Some people seem to have unlimited self-generated morale. These almost always succeed. – Paul Graham

via Erik

[…] Success seems to be largely a matter of hanging on after others have let go. – William Feather

Marelisa has put together an awesome list on how to stay motivated:

  1. Create a bulletin board and hang it up where you can see it often.
  2. Think about the reasons why you want to achieve a particular goal.
  3. Create a list of all the regrets you’ll experience if you don’t follow through on your goal.
  4. Make a list of movies, videos and music that motivate you and start collecting them.
  5. Start collecting motivational quotes that inspire and motivate you.
  6. Find a phrase that makes you feel motivated, which you can repeat to yourself over and over again whenever you feel your motivation waning.
    Not dead, can’t quit.
  7. Do it with a buddy.
  8. Stay away from naysayers.
    […] When they say they YOU cannot DO it. It only means THEY who cannot DO it themselves. You CAN.
  9. Give yourself constant rewards.
  10. Keep track of your progress.

    See: Progress is motivation by Pete
  11. Accept that overcoming obstacles is part of the process to reaching your goals.
    […] Our biggest obstacle may be our selves. (by Terrence)
  12. Remind yourself of everything that you have accomplished so far.
  13. Come up with your own list of ways to stay motivated.
  14. Take steps to increase your self-confidence.

    See also: Develop self-confidence by public speaking via Dale
  15. Create checklists.
  16. Start early.
  17. Take a piece of paper and draw a thermometer on it to measure success.
  18. Too many goals at once will wreck havoc on your motivation
  19. Whenever you have a few moments between meetings, or when you’re stuck in traffic, take out the card and look at your goal.
  20. Allow yourself to take breaks and do stuff that’s not productive, but that you enjoy doing.
[…] Most things aren’t impossible, most people just give up too soon.

Intrinsic motivation is when I am motivated by internal factors, as opposed to the external drivers of extrinsic motivation. Intrinsic motivation drives me to do things just for the fun of it, or because I believe it is a good or right thing to do.

There is a paradox of intrinsic and extrinsic motivation. Intrinsic motivation is far stronger a motivator than extrinsic motivation, yet external motivation can easily act to displace intrinsic motivation. –

See also:

April 8, 2011

F*ck You. Pay Me.

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[…] You will have to want to have a written contract with your clients!
  • Negotiate contract properly
  • Renegotiate contracts when you should
  • Keep lights on
  • Pay people
  • Meet payroll
  • Get clients

Don’t back down on:

  1. Intellectual Property transfers on full payment
  2. Termination or kill fee
  3. Liability

Lawyers talk to lawyers: If they show you theirs you have to show them yours!

Find your niche:

  • What you love to do, with…
  • What people are having a problem solving or accomplishing, with…
  • What people are willing to invest in to fix or improve

See also:

March 16, 2011

Money grows in a field. Its made of cotton.

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“A job is a short term solution to a long-term problem.” – Robert Kiyosaki

The #1 difference between rich people and the middle class, is that while the middle class works for money, the rich make money work for them.

There are three types of income:

  1. Earned income – Your Salary (50% taxes)
  2. Portfolio income – Dividends from your assets (20% taxes)
  3. Passive income – Commisions and revenue (0% taxes)

Listen to: Types of Passive Income Generated Online Part 2  by Pat (Part 1) (Part 3)

[…] Often times while pipeline builders is building their pipeline they are getting laughed at because they aren’t making any money.

[…]  if you are going to work hard, why not work hard to earn “Passive Income“.

See also:

March 10, 2011

Ideas must be presented

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Most ideas fail, not because they are bad ideas, but because they are badly presented.

Most new ideas look crazy at first. Most old ideas look crazy at last. – Onliners

[…] Your first 30 seconds will make a huge difference to the rest of the presentation. Mention an experience they can relate to, make them laugh or just surprise the audience, and you are likely to have their attention for a fair number of minutes. They are expecting additional surprises and therefore are likely to listen carefully to every word you say, not to miss your next joke/surprise.

See also:

March 1, 2011

Raph Koster Social Mechanics for Social Games

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Cory has directed me to a new awesome presentation from Raph Koster.

A few highlights:

  • Players compete to get stuff, and whatever I get, you can’t have.
  • I can take your stuff, you can take my stuff
  • A game where players have secret roles
  • Transitions of state (birth, marriage, death, levelling up)

See also:

February 25, 2011

Take a picture

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Carrying your camera with you and taking photos of whatever catches your eye, automatically turns any outing into an artist’s date. You give yourself permission to be creative: to be a person who creates

Today I found a thought by Prashanth I wanted to share about how to make a better use of your camera.

  • Take a picture of your white board after a brain storming session
  • Take a picture of a flower in a garden and send it to your significant other
  • If you visit another town and like the view take a picture to show what your friends are missing for not being with you.
  • Take a picture of what your customer draws
  • If you are in a restaurant you like take a picture of their business card and share it with out friends
  • Take a picture of your customers office and use it in the next presentation
  • While doing user research take a picture of their desk so the rest of your team not part of the visit could get a better sense later
  • Take a picture of your receipts
  • Take a picture of the visiting cards you receive and books.

See also:

February 1, 2011

Conduct a job interview

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You want to hire the best applicant.

You want this applicant to choose your company.

When you are hiring, how does one conduct a job interview?

  1. Set a friendly tone – two minutes.
  2. Establish control of the meeting – two minutes.
  3. Ask questions– ten minutes.
    • What accomplishment in your present job are you most proud of? What was your best idea (regardless of implementation)?
    • What are your hobbies and interests? Are they useful to your career or in balancing the rest of your life?
    • Which do you enjoy the most: working alone with information or working with other people?
      An excellent candidate might say the different perspectives within a group produce more innovative ideas than one person working alone can, but without information, a team can’t get very far.
    • What sort of work environment do you prefer? What brings out your best performance?
      Probe for specifics. You want to find out whether this person is going to fit into your company.
  4. Sell the opportunity- three minutes.
  5. Answers questions and close— three minutes.
    1. Who will be my superior and what are his or her strengths and weaknesses?
    2. Indicate the conclusion of the interview with body language (e.g., glance at your watch or calendar) and by summarizing your remarks.

Reasons not to get job offer:

  • Dressing inappropriately – 69%
  • Appearing disinterested – 69%
  • Appearing arrogant – 66%
  • Speaking negatively about a current or previous employer – 63%
  • Chewing gum – 59%
  • Not providing specific answers – 35%
  • Not asking good questions – 32%

  • Handshake
  • Keep eyes focused
  • Active listening
  • Handle Interruptions

See also: Playlist – How to Hire a New Employee

See also: Playlist – How to Conduct a job Interview

See also:

January 27, 2011

When Employee Leaves

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[…] If bad employees are leaving, it is good.

If good employees are replacing the bad employees who left, it is good. – Marc

What do you do when that person leaves?

  • Keep your head (and the bridge)
  • Humbly acknowledge the loss
  • Re-highlight a social culture
  • Have someone waiting to step up
  • Give the new person their own space
  • Move on
  • Invite them back when appropriate

Some favorite actions to create engagement by Frank:

  • Acknowledge them.
  • Remember their birthday.
  • Trust them.
  • Create a tradition with them and keep it.
  • Daydream with them.
  • Praise more; criticize less.
  • Give them your undivided attention.
  • Marvel at what they can do.
  • Introduce them to people of excellence.
  • Keep the promises you make.

[…] The first thing to do is to control your emotions. A surprise resignation often inspires feelings of betrayal, anger and fear, and none of those emotions are necessary or productive. – David

[…] When an employee quits, it costs your company: downtime, customer satisfaction, hiring and training someone new. Know how much? Experts say it’s up to a whopping 250% of annual compensation. – Michael

[…] An employee has just resigned. The norm is that the employee tells you verbally that he or she is resigning from your company. Immediately ask the resigning employee for a resignation letter in writing with their final date of employment stated. – Susan

[…] it is time to start building a reputation as a great company to work for – Tabitha

Why do employees leave?

Reason #1 The Job or Workplace Was Not as Expected

Reason #2 The Mismatch Between Job and Person

Reason #3 Too Little Coaching or Feedback

Reason #4 Too Few Growth and Advancement Opportunities

Reason #5 Feeling Devalued and Unrecognized

Reason #6 Stress from Overwork and Work-Life Imbalance

Reason #7 Loss of Trust or Confidence in Senior Leaders

See also: 10 ways to keep the best employees.

[…] Smart employers will make it known that employees are welcome to work out their notice periods, since that ensures that employees will continue to give them that notice. – Alison

See also: What makes employees happy – More fulfilling

[…] Managers have powerful influence over events that facilitate or undermine progress. They can provide meaningful goals, resources, and encouragement, and they can protect their people from irrelevant demands. Or they can fail to do so. – HBR

[…] The ability to build this network using both current and former employees is what sets the great CIOs apart from everyone else

See also:


Loyalty. An employee can ask for a salary payment, performance based pay, having already signed a contract with the client company.

January 23, 2011

Slower is faster

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Money is not the primary asset in life… time is.

If one works too hard for too long, one may start making too many mistakes. At that point one ought to slow down and enjoy simpler things in the short life of ours.

You can always earn more money. You can NEVER get your TIME back!

Hear it from a computer

Consider the eight sides that Mitch has just outlined about a stop sign (even if just a parody, still applicable 🙂 ):

Only stop signs are allowed to have an octagonal shape. The more sides on a sign, the greater the danger if disregarded.

  1. Slow down
  2. Pay attention
  3. Look around
  4. Pause
  5. Look within
  6. Breathe deeply
  7. Appreciate
  8. Move consciously

Brain freeze:

  • Went to a lunch break. Bought a bag of food from the shop. Drove home. Locked the car. At the apartment realized the food was missing. It was still in the car.

See also:

January 14, 2011

Taking the shortcut without cutting corners

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So there I am in need to apply accelerated learning tactics on a subject I need to absorb and make use of sooner than later. In order to do that I did some rapid research on the internet and this is the outline and take-away points I felt like being useful. Do follow the links to read more.

[…] If someone granted you one wish, what do you imagine you would want out of life that you haven’t gotten yet? – 77 Ways To Learn Faster

8. Take a hike. Changing your perspective often relieves tension, thus freeing your creative mind. Taking a short walk around the neighborhood may help.

14. Take a bath or shower. Both activities loosen you up, making your mind more receptive to recognizing brilliant ideas.

18. Every picture tells a story. Draw or sketch whatever it is you are trying to achieve. Having a concrete goal in mind helps you progress towards that goal.

35. Motivate yourself. Why do you want to learn something? What do want to achieve through learning? If you don’t know why you want to learn, then distractions will be far more enticing.

43. Read as much as you can. How much more obvious can it get? Use Spreeder (#33) if you have to. Get a breadth of topics as well as depth.

67. Do unto others: teach something. The best way to learn something better is to teach it to someone else. It forces you to learn, if you are motivated enough to share your knowledge.

[…] “In order for things to change, you must change. When you change, everything will change for you. Don’t wish for less problems, wish for more skills. Success is what you attract by the person become.” – Jim Rohn

Learning by connections

The process of creating connections between ideas;õ

  1. Confusion
  2. First insights
  3. Expand on insights
  4. Trim back connections
  5. Repeat


You are searching for a pattern.

First insights

You acquire first seeds of understanding. To do that one has to be expose to as many explanations as possible.

Expand on Insights

One will start to find analogies and metaphors.

Trim back connections

Play devil’s advocate with your ideas. Reject idea connections which are flawed.

[…] If Neo could never be sure that he wasn’t in the Matrix, how can you and I be sure that we’re not in the Matrix? – by Moreland


Previous steps need to be repeated to learn ideas deeper and make the core concept of the idea more obvious.

The above steps were about “a process of figuring out what you do when you learn well”.

Broader Rules and Tactics

Rule #1: Spend time practicing skills. Concepts are to be learned by connections.

Rule #2: Concepts before facts.

Rule #3: Cramming is unproductive. Unconscious mind needs time to build new connections.

Rule #4: Make use of concept checklists.

Tactic #1: Simplify ideas and retell them as the listener was 5 year old.

Tactic #2: Which metaphor does and idea remind you?

Tactic #3: Use combination of visualizations and demonstrations.

Tactic #4: Deeper research on an idea will let to discover more connections.

Learn more here from Scott’s article.

See also:

January 5, 2011

Creative bursts

Filed under: life — Tags: , , , , — zproxy @ 9:44 pm

Happiness is not in the mere possession of money; it lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort.—Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Inauguration Day, 1933 See also: Getting down to the Business of Creativity

[…] figure out how to get in the zone and do it as often as possible. – Trent

How does one deal with distractions? So how does one get into the zone? Here is one way to do it:

  1. Door shut
  2. People out
  3. Phone off
  4. Email/skype off
  5. Coffe/tea on

[…] When I get back, I’m going to delete all the email in my box, so if it’s important, please re-send it next week. – Seth

Patterns that could be sabotaging your idea.

  • Being a failure avoider
  • Ego based achievement
  • Ambivalence

Some tips from Nicolai about Sketching Strategies:

  • Browse your sketchbooks
  • Date your sketches
  • Avoid erasing notes or removing pages
  • Have tour sketchbook with you

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December 2, 2010

Involuntary distractions at the office

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[…] Work happens in phases just like sleep does.

[…] What if they are doing something important?

  1. No talk thrursday – pure silence
  2. Communication via email. Only urgent stuff for face to face.
  3. Just to cancel the next meeting.


  1. Time boundaries. Start on time. End on time.
  2. Relate on personal level.
  3. Nobody should stay quiet or talk for too long.
  4. Take blame to increase credibility and receive responsibility.
  5. Share credit. Grow your ability to share credit.
  6. Making people feel stupid isn’t productive.
  7. Make and stick to an agenda.
  8. Make sure you know why you are attending a meeting.
  9. Regular meetings shall be structured and short.
  10. Do not undermine.
  11. Long meetings require scheduled breaks.
  12. Stay focused on agenda and topic
  13. Action items. Who’s is agreeing to do what and by when?

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November 16, 2010

Management 3.0

Filed under: life — Tags: , , , — zproxy @ 10:36 am

This is a summary of a great presentation by Jurgen AppeloAgile Management: Leading Teams with a Complex Mind.

View #1: Energize People

People are the most important parts of an organization and managers must do all they can to keep people active, creative and motivated.

View #2: Empower Teams

Teams can self-organize and this requires empowerment, authorization and trust from management.

View #3: Align Constraints

Self-organization can lead to anything and it’s therefore necessary to protect people and shared resources and to give people a clear purpose and defined goals.

Conway’s Game Of Life

Settlers of Catan

Settlers of Catan

View #4: Develop Competence

Teams cannot achieve these goals if team members aren’t capable enough and managers must therefore contribute to the development of competence.

View #5: Grow Structure

Many teams operate within the context of a complex organization and thus it is important to consider structures that enhance communication.

View #6: Improve Everything

People, teams and organizations need to improve continuously to defer failure for as long as possible.

  • Adaption
  • Exploration
  • Anticipation

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