Each day this week I’ll write a post about a fear that I used to have (some I still have) and how I have dealt with it in order illuminate some of the strange things we allow to get in between us and living a full and productive life. The Phone I used to hate talking […]Continue reading
Finding purpose in your work can be hard. It can get confusing to know where your motivations are coming from if you aren’t sure about what you want. You can be making decisions out of fear:
What will happen if I screw this up? What does this mean for my reputation? Do I even have a reputation? Will this help me or hurt me in my goals?
Real fears. All are pretty much worthless for helping you to do great work.Continue reading
I am at an interesting point in my career. In the past 5 years, I’ve moved from an individual design consultant, to individual contributor at a corporation, to manager at a corporation and back to an individual design consultant (within a corporation). It’s been a wild ride. During that time, I’ve had to learn a lot about […]Continue reading
I love technology. I love gadgets. The fact that we can create products and services that enhance our productivity, reduce our cognitive stress and bring a little more delight into our daily lives…well, it makes me happy that I live in the time that I live. There is a problem though. A lot of these creations […]Continue reading
The first in a series of digital reproductions of my hand drawings, the Tribals Print Series (1) is a set of three prints which straddle the line between old world iconography and new world of digital precision. This is the first of many pieces that I will start selling on this site, so I am very excited to share them with you.Continue reading
Change is inevitable. It sometimes seems like the more you want something to stay the same, the less likely that actually happens. Austin has been in a constant state of change ever since I moved here in 1996. Even back then, long time residents were bemoaning the evolution of their beloved city. That seems like nothing compared to what is happening now.Continue reading
If you have to compete. Compete with yourself. Compete with the expectations that you set for yourself. Even if you fall a little short, you’ve moved the ball forward. More so than if you accept your personal status quo.
It is when we compete with others—when we give in to the urge to compete with others—that we lose ground. Competing with others changes your personal energy. It changes your mindset from the joy, pleasure and pain of creation to the fear of competition. The fear of limited resources that you think everyone is vying for. Competing for money. Competing for ideas. Competing for attention. Competing for time. Time—especially time—is often viewed as a limited resource. Fear of the ticking clock.Continue reading
SXSW Interactive can be overwhelming. The hype, the parties, the crowds. It is sometimes difficult to separate the noise from the real insights and connections you are there to make. (Well, some of you are there to make. A lot of you are just there to party and get noticed. That’s OK too.) Every year is different. What you get out of it is different.Continue reading