For every way you can use the internet to make progress, there are 1000 ways you can use the internet to keep you from making progress.
Put customer development before writing code.
Take your time. Developing expertise doesn’t happen overnight and the world will wait. Give yourself a solid foundation and grow it step by step.
Michael Alexis on the blog Expert Enough
You’re life has fewer rules then you think. There is room for creativity in everything you do. There is room for your own unique approach.
It’s never too late to start heading in the right direction.
We’re limited by being human. We want results fast and discount the future.
Nobelprize winner Saul Perlmutter
The three things that motivate us are Autonomy (being self-directed), Mastery (getting better at something) and Purpose (xhy you’re doing something).
Unless you decide to do something with your passion, how can you expect it to go anywhere.
The most important thing is to find a balance between your own happiness and your effect on the world (others people’s happiness).
Don’t ask yourself what the world needs; ask yourself what makes you come alive. And then go and do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.
If you really want to live passionately, you’ll need to consider leaving nearly everything you’re not passionate about.
Smile, breath and go slowly.
Thich Naht Hanh, Vietnamese Zen Buddhist monk
Better Than Free:
When copies are free, you need to sell things that can not be copied.
8 generatives better than free :
- 1 Immediacy
- 2 Personalization : You can’t copy the personalization that a relationship represents. Marketers call that “stickiness” because it means both sides of the relationship are stuck (invested) in this generative asset, and will be reluctant to switch and start over.
- 3 Interpretation : a couple of high proile companies, like red hat, apache, and others make their living doing exactly that. They provide paid support for free software. The copy of code, being mere bits, is free-and becomes valuable to you only through the support and guidance.
- 4 Authenticity
- 5 Accessibility : ownership often sucks. you have to keep your things tidy, up-to-date, and in the case of digital material, backed up
- 6 Embodiment : at its core the digital copy is without a body. and nothing gets embodied as much as music in a live performance, with real bodies. The music is free-the bodily performance expensive.
- 7 Patronage : Audiences WANT to pay creators. But they will only pay if it is very easy to do, a reasonable amount, and they feel certain the money will directly benefit the creators.
- 8 Findability : A zero price does not help direct attention to a work, and in fact may sometimes hinder it. But no matter what its price, a work has no value unless it is seen; unfound masterpieces are worthless. When there are millions of books, millions of songs, millions of ilms, millions of applications, millions of everything requesting our attention—and most of it free—being found is valuable.
In short, the money in this networked economy does not follow the path of the copies. Rather it follows the path of attention, and attention has its own circuits.
I think ads are only one of the paths that attention takes, and in the long-run, they will only be part of the new ways money is made selling the free.
If you don’t love it you’ll never work hard enough to be great.