Steve Jobs on Creating

one of the ways that I believe people express their appreciation to the rest of humanity is to make something wonderful and put it out there
and you never you never meet the people
you never shake their hands
you never hear their story or tell yours
but somehow in the act of making something with a great deal of care and love > something’s transmitted there and it’s a way of expressing to the rest of our species our deep appreciation.

I love this so much. When I create things I take pride in it and put a great deal of care and love into it. That’s why I find the statement, “You are not your $creation” so offensive.

Sharing Your Work

Once you come up with an idea when do you start sharing it?

I’ve seen two types of people. Those that hold everything in secrecy and make one big announcement when it’s complete and ready. Then the other that shares​ or leak out little pieces as they are working on it.

The first style of doing in secrecy is nice in that if you lose interest or decide to switch gears, then no one knows. You don’t have to worry about letting people down, but it lacks the public accountability.

Sharing as you progress builds momentum and has the potential to pull in more interested people as you go. The downside is the opposite of the first style. If you fail to deliver, then you are left with apologizing and feeling like a failure in public. Usually though an apology is all that is required if you decide to pivot or lose interest.

I’ve been a part of both styles of launches, and I like sharing as I go. Talking about what I’m passionate about means more content and the ability to not only show my stuff but to hopefully help other people. If I come across one tip in the process and by sharing it helps just one person, I consider it a success.

That is all business really is. Helping people.

Keep A Praise File

I enjoy revisiting books that I’ve read in the past because each time you read it, you are in a different season of life. An example of this is the book Steal Like An Artist by Austin Kleon.

The first time I read it I remember he had two small pages on keeping a Praise File and I honestly thought it was a sort of, self-righteous I am the most remarkable human being in the world thing, to do. A few years later and now I get it 100%.

The more work you put out on the internet, the less praise you get. It takes its toll, and you have to stay on guard to not let people get you down. Having a folder full of lovely things is an excellent way of reminding yourself why you are doing what you are, and refocusing on the positive.

Just keep it private because you don’t want to come across as a narcissist on the social media.


Photo by Simon Maage on Unsplash

Using Day One as a Morgue File

As a developer, I have to constantly learn new things pay attention to the tech news, and just always reading and researching. In the past, I’ve never really collected this information. I would use read later services or maybe hit like on a social media post, but the chances of me going to back to find it has been slim to none. If I couldn’t find it again from a search engine then it was gone forever for me.

Over the past few months, I’ve made a change to my workflow and started using the Day One journaling app as a morgue file, which comes from the newspaper office meaning a collection of old clippings, photographs, and information. Things you come across as you are researching goes in here.

Since so much of my life is digital I can utilize the Safari share extensions to easily save websites, capture screenshots, and copy and paste little quotes I come across. If I’m reading a physical​ book I can take a quick photo and store it.

Where this system has really shined is it’s both simple to review and completely searchable. So now I can find things easier than before. Plus you can use tags, different journals, locations, etc. I personally don’t go that far, and instead, ​opt for quick entry and trusting the search system and my memory for finding it later.

If you are not keeping some type of morgue file I challenge​ you to try it even if you don’t use what I am. Eventually, ​you are going to come back to a problem you solved and need to remember why. This is brilliant for that.

Why Doors at Businesses Open Outward

I’d always thought business doors opened outward for customer convenience. The business assumes you are coming in to buy their​ products and come out with both your hands full, so opening the door inward would be difficult.

According to DumbLaws this is not correct:

All buildings erected in this state for theatrical, operatic, or other public entertainments of whatsoever kind shall be so constructed that the shutters to all entrances to said building shall open outwardly and be so arranged as to readily allow any person inside said building to escape therefrom in case of fire or other accident.

I like the actual law better than my preconceived notion and I think it’s fun to find out the truth versus just what you’ve always believed.

On Insults

While reading the Guide to the Good Life I came across this gem on dealing with insults:

Refusing to respond to an insult is, paradoxically, one of the most effective responses possible. For one thing, as Seneca points out, our nonresponse can be quite disconcerting to the insulter, who will wonder whether or not we understood his insult. Furthermore, we are robbing him of the pleasure of having upset us, and he is likely to be upset as a result.

Notice, too, that by not responding to an insulter, we are showing him and anyone who is watching that we simply don’t have time for the childish behavior of this person. If a humorous response to an insult shows that we don’t take the insulter seriously, a nonresponse to an insult makes it look as if we are indifferent to the existence of the insulter: Not only don’t we take him seriously, but we don’t take him at all! No one wants to be ignored, though, and the insulter is likely to feel humiliated by our failure to respond to him—not with a counter insult, not even with humor!