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.
Why are some of these blacked out.
Seriously. Why is this blacked out?
And now for some tumblr posts:
The top 100 predicted potential breakouts did even better with 16 hits, a success rate of 16%, over 500 times better than random chance, and 16 times better than using most YouTube views to select artists.
Certainly this man, such as I have described him, this loner who is gifted with an active imagination, traversing forever the vast desert of men, has a loftier aim than that of a simple idler, an aim more general than the passing pleasure of circumstance. He is looking for what one might be allowed to call modernity; for no better word presents itself to express the idea in question. What concerns him is to release the poetry of fashion from its historical trappings, to draw the eternal out of the transient.Baudelaire
creative geniuses, from artists like Mozart to scientists like Darwin, are quite prolific when it comes to failure—they just don’t let that stop them. His research has found that creative people simply do more experiments. Their ultimate “strokes of genius” don’t come about because they succeed more often than other people—they just do more, period. They take more shots at the goal. That is the surprising, compelling mathematics of innovation: if you want more success, you have to be prepared to shrug off more failure.Designers Must Learn to Embrace Failure | TIME.com (via ninakix)
A feeling I got from working at Google was that technology could solve any problem. Yes it’s fantastic, but what I realized later was there’s technology and there’s people. Google had its list ordered: Technology. People. And I think the right order is: People. Technology. You have to think about people first and technology second. Hopefully technology gets out of the way.Biz (via bijan)
Yesterday, in a conversation with some of our corporate folks, one of them suggested they “leverage” me. It was meant to be complimentary, as in lets use this unique asset to our collective benefit. But still.Wet Doorknobs