In a time when so much of what we know is subject to revision or obsolescence, the comfortable expert must go back to being a restless learner.
I plucked that line from A More Beautiful Question, which was one of the best books I read in 2015. The book was centered around using questions as tools to solve problems, generate new ideas, and become better experimenters.
That last item – better experimenters – is a critical point. The author Warren Berger continued with some thoughts on a careers:
…we’ll be expected to quickly adapt to using new and unfamiliar tools, as we try to construct new businesses, new markets, new careers, new life plans – using ever-changing technology, without clear instructions, and with the clock ticking.
In the past, a career was a rigid thing written in ink and followed like a set map to a destination in the future. Now, it’s a fluid idea written in pencil with erase marks all over the page. Careers are no longer a fixed path to follow. They’re constantly evolving as Berger comments.
Continue reading “How I Think About My Career”
When I first started freelance writing, I received a lot of rejection emails in my inbox. I mean a lot. I was pitching anyone and everyone that had a submission box on their site. I would estimate that 70% were either rejected or ignored.
After a short time, I started to realize the objections started to look similar. Here are a few paraphrased.
“That topic doesn’t fit with our target audience.”
“We recently published a piece just like that.”
“We only work with experienced writers.”
Continue reading ““No, because…” – The Benefits of Rehearsing Objections”
Justin Jackson is quite possibly a mad man.
This week, I noticed he made a bold claim – he was going to launch 100 things in 2016.
Justin is no stranger to launching projects. He ran a podcast this year called Build and Launch, which detailed a new project he was working on and launching every week.
The best part about Justin’s new challenge – he invited everyone to join him in launching stuff in the new year. The result, the MegaMaker Challenge, already has over 120 participants.
I am one of those participants.
I’ll be doing a full recap of 2015 in a few days, but I would label it “The Year of Growth.” Specifically, I learned an immense amount about web development, leadership, and the nonprofit sector.
2016 will be my year to ship projects.
Continue reading “Help Me Ship in 2016”
That’s how I would describe my state of mind three to four months ago. I had some big audacious goals I wanted to achieve, but I felt paralyzed. I couldn’t figure out how to move closer to those goals or make any progress at all.
Sure, I would open my laptop every day and work. I wasn’t a total slug. At the same time though, I wasn’t working efficiently. I couldn’t tell you how the work I was doing would translate into the goals I wanted to achieve.
At the same time, I was overwhelmed. Having a lot to do but no clear plan to the finish line is a sure way to get me nervous.
I knew I had to turn something around.
Continue reading “How I Set Goals and Avoid Overwhelm”
I publish a monthly review of habits, work, etc. You’ll be able to find them all here.
November was a bit of a rollercoaster. There were days where I felt like I really had everything under control and others where I was scrambling to get things done. I felt like I really nailed down a routine towards the end of the month that I’ll be sharing more about soon.
Continue reading “Monthly Review: November 2015”
Here’s another fun code challenge from Coderbyte:
Continue reading “Code Challenge: Simple Mode”
Continue reading “Code Challenge: Greatest Common Factor”
Again, this week’s code challenge comes from my trusty favorite, Coderbyte:
Continue reading “Code Challenge: Triple Double”
I’m going to start publishing a monthly recap at the end of each month detailing my habits, projects, and tinkerings. I’ve done this before, but it’s never really stuck. Inspired by Belle Beth Cooper’s monthly reviews (I’m mimicking her format), I’m hoping this will stick. You’ll be able to find them all here.
This month was a bit of an oddball because I was traveling quite a bit. First, I went to Park City, Utah for the Automattic Grand Meetup. It was an absolute blast! From there, I traveled down to Austin, Texas for a wedding. Then, Charlotte and I stayed in Austin the entire next week for a vacation and explored the city.
Continue reading “Monthly Review: October 2015”
This week’s code challenge comes again from Coderbyte:
Continue reading “Code Challenge: Consecutive”