Everything posted here is worth thinking about. On the other hand, the ideas and opinions put forth may not be right.
Curated and annotated by Timoni West.
I don’t care for Steve Jobs. His leadership style was competitive and linear to the point of irrationality. Even now, his mythos perpetrates the idea that being an asshole is the best way to execute your vision.
For that reason, I hesitate to quote him. But I appreciate that he touched on the joy of contributing to the greater human experience in this interview.
Stop telling people you’re learning to code unless they’re technical and you want them to help you.
When you’re starting out, your goal should be to find a technical mentor or two, not impress your other non-coding friends with the fact that you’ve taken the first step.
I’m a firm believer that if you talk about what you want to do, you never actually do it. So unless you’re talking to someone you hope will be a mentor, close your mouth, put your head down, and keep building.
The studies have suggested that the phenomenology of enjoyment has eight major components. When people reflect on how it feels when their experience is most positive, they mention at least one, and often all, of the following:
1. We confront tasks we have a chance of completing;
2. We must be able to concentrate on what we are doing;
3. The task has clear goals;
4. The task provides immediate feedback;
5. One acts with deep, but effortless involvement, that
removes from awareness the worries and frustrations
of everyday life;
6. One exercises a sense of control over their actions;
7. Concern for the self disappears, yet, paradoxically
the sense of self emerges stronger after the flow
experience is over; and
8. The sense of duration of time is altered.
The combination of all these elements causes a sense of deep enjoyment that is so rewarding people feel that expending a great deal of energy is worthwhile simply to be able to feel it.
I’ve said some of these things in the past, so I understand the knee-jerk impulse that lead to these sorts of reactions.
However, something’s usually missing from these assessments of the situation: The actual customer’s motivation. How motivated is the customer to solve their problem? What are they here for?
Excellent post, though I’m a bit disconcerted that Fried just realized designers have to factor in the viewer’s motivation when assessing dropoff rates.
It’s called persistent starting. Anytime I give someone motivational advice this is the most important thing. It’s super easy and works like a charm, as you now know.
Pick something you want to do but keep putting off. It can be anything. Tell yourself you’ll spend five minutes doing it and then quit after five minutes *if* you still don’t want to do it. After five minutes if you still want to quit then quit. No tricks or mind games. You won’t want to quit. What happens is the part of our brain that plans and carries out our day to day actions takes over our bodies and we just keep doing what we’re doing. Planing the next step, executing the current one. Autopilot in a way.
It’s from a book called The Now Habit that came out in the eighties. Pretty good advice overall but this part is the best.