Most Sunday mornings I spend a few minutes updating a list of phrases and beliefs. This is that list. The habit formed slowly over the years. Adding and subtracting. Some are original. Most are copied. Many are cheesy. I'm okay with that. Ready? ... Here we go:
We've come this far, let's not ruin it by thinking.
Assume positive intent.
First, acknowledge without judgement.
I just want to make things people love.
You can do it. It will work.
Treat others as they wish to be treated.
Have a bias towards action.
Trust but verify.
Switch mediums if you're stuck.
Half, not half assed.
Hope over fear.
Design is how it works.
Constant and never ending improvement.
Focus. Indigestion is worse than starvation.
Don't let analysis lead to paralysis.
How might we? Why?
Finish the important things.
It's okay to not know.
It's okay to say no.
Make work visible. Do good things, tell people about them.
Ask what problem we're trying to solve.
Write a list of problems. Write a list of solutions.
Grateful but frustrated.
New ideas don't have to solve problems.
If you don't ask, you don't get.
Strengths not weaknesses.
Self control, zeal, persistence, and the ability to motivate oneself.
Only you get to control how you feel.
What if instead of mindlessly scrolling we paused to be grateful for something.
People are the most important thing.
Ignore your crippling sense of mortality.
For now, that's the whole list!
Now, what else about me.
You're on my website afterall, aren't you?
Okay. You're probably wondering if I know what a paragraph is and why you haven't seen one for a while.
You're still reading though, aren't you? So who cares.
I wanted this to feel like one of those soap bottles densely covered in text.
So. Back to me.
I was born on December 18th, 1986 in Reno, NV.
I'm told the power went out.
Today I live in New York City.
More precisely, I live on Spring Street above two (2!) crêpe places and one pizza place. I email at david [at] nextbigsound.com. And twitter: @dodeca and instagram: @dodeca too.
Consider making a program for people, not a program for a computer. I don’t want a new app to help me do work; I want different ways to think about work so I can get more done. It’s a nuanced difference, but I think it is an important one.Frank Chimero – No New Tools