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STRIKE! Magazine – On the Phenomenon of Bullshit Jobs
For instance: in our society, there seems a general rule that, the more obviously one's work benefits other people, the less one is likely to be paid for it. Again, an objective measure is hard to find, but one easy way to get a sense is to ask: what would happen were this entire class of people to simply disappear? Say what you like about nurses, garbage collectors, or mechanics, it's obvious that were they to vanish in a puff of smoke, the results would be immediate and catastrophic. A world without teachers or dock-workers would soon be in trouble, and even one without science fiction writers or ska musicians would clearly be a lesser place. It's not entirely clear how humanity would suffer were all private equity CEOs, lobbyists, PR researchers, actuaries, telemarketers, bailiffs or legal consultants to similarly vanish. (Many suspect it might markedly improve.) Yet apart from a handful of well-touted exceptions (doctors), the rule holds surprisingly well.
work  job  meaning 
february 2018 by sspela
New research finds that kids aged 4-6 perform better during boring tasks when dressed as Batman | World Economic Forum
Donning a cape and mask, the kids from the recent study were better at what psychologists call ‘self-distancing’. One reason the kids engaged in imaginary play had better focus might be that pretending to be another person allowed the greatest separation from the temptation. A second potential explanation is that the kids in costume identified with the powerful character traits of the superhero and wanted to imitate them. Whatever the cause, the superheroes showed more grit.

http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/cdev.12695/abstract
psychology  children  batman  superheroes  work  focus  concentration  pretending 
february 2018 by sspela
The surprising thing Google learned about its employees — and what it means for today’s students - The Washington Post
Project Aristotle shows that the best teams at Google exhibit a range of soft skills: equality, generosity, curiosity toward the ideas of your teammates, empathy, and emotional intelligence. And topping the list: emotional safety. No bullying. To succeed, each and every team member must feel confident speaking up and making mistakes. They must know they are being heard.
google  work  teams  education  stem  humanities 
december 2017 by sspela
Dežela prvega poskusa
Po desetih poskusih so bili mentorji končno zadovoljni. A so morali tudi udeleženci priznati, da so bili njihovi zadnji izdelki veliko boljši od prvih. [...] Brez strogih voditeljev delavnice bi večina ostala pri prvem poskusu; brez prave možnosti, da bi njihovo idejo opazili producenti ali festivalske žirije, saj napovedniki niso bili dovolj prepričljivi.
work  trying  mistakes 
september 2016 by sspela
Jeanette Winterson meets Marlon James: ‘You can’t keep upgrading people like you do with your phone’ | Books | The Guardian
Writing is the greatest fun I’ve ever had. And I know this with painters, I know this with dancers: if it’s the hardest friggin’ work you’ve ever done, and the most fun you’ve ever had, and you can never resolve that, that’s it. That’s where you should be.
writing  work  hardwork  fun 
november 2015 by sspela
Where Open Laptops Mean a Buzz of (Quiet) Activity - The New York Times
Nothing could stir these people. They were not in New York; they were citizens of Laptopistan.
work  laptops  cafe  laptopistan  davidsax 
october 2015 by sspela
Seth's Blog: After you've done your best work
After you've written the best memo/blog post/novel/screenplay you can possibly imagine writing, after you've contributed your pithiest insight or gone on your best blind date...

and it still hasn't worked...

You really have no choice but to do it again. To do your best work again, as impossible and unfair as that seems.

It compounds over time. Best work followed by best work followed by more best work is far more useful and generous than merely doing your best work once and insisting we understand you.
sethgodin  work  bestwork  goodwork 
august 2015 by sspela
On getting criticism » Raph's Website
Everyone who dislikes your work is right. The criticism that is useful is that which helps you do it better. Nothing’s perfect. You often have to choose between your ideals and your message. You have to dig to get the gold. Good feedback is detailed. People who tell you you’re awesome are useless. No, dangerous. Someone asked for feedback will always find something wrong. Good work may not have an audience. Any feedback that comes with suggestions for improvement is awesome. If you agree with the criticism, say “thank you.” If you disagree, say “fair enough,” and “thank you.” You are not your work.
criticism  feedback  work 
january 2014 by sspela
Matt Swanson - Do things, write about it
you need to do only two things to put yourself in a position to encounter interesting work: make something cool and then tell people about it.
work  mattswanson  doingstuff 
august 2013 by sspela
What Marshmallows Tell Us About Silicon Valley
"As time has shown, however, this is not an innate inevitability but a reflection of economic realities. All these “lazy” people were perfectly willing to work hard, study long hours, and plan for the future, but only when opportunities existed and they trusted that hard work would pay off. This lesson, that people work hard when they are confident that it will pay off, is simple. But it is one that is often eclipsed behind perceptions of culture, innate ability, or other explanations." "The marshmallow test became an important part of psychology canon. But a study in 2012 suggests that the children in the experiment did not necessarily differ in their ability to resist temptation. Instead, it was their trust in the researcher to return with the promised marshmallow that differed. "
work  time  trust  waiting  experiment  children  marshmallows 
july 2013 by sspela
Creative People Say No — Thoughts on creativity — Medium
Saying “no” has more creative power than ideas, insights and talent combined. No guards time, the thread from which we weave our creations. “‘It is only half an hour’ — ‘It is only an afternoon’ — ‘It is only an evening,’ people say to me over and over again; but they don’t know that it is impossible to command one’s self sometimes to any stipulated and set disposal of five minutes — or that the mere consciousness of an engagement will sometime worry a whole day … Who ever is devoted to an art must be content to deliver himself wholly up to it, and to find his recompense in it. I am grieved if you suspect me of not wanting to see you, but I can’t help it; I must go in my way whether or no.”
work  time  no  levinashton  creativity 
june 2013 by sspela
Izpovedi in temne vizije: O problematiki učinkovitosti državne uprave
Drug tak delček so uradniki sami. Tisti "nepolitični," ki bi radi samo opravljali svoje delo. Namreč, politični fajti imajo to negativno posledico, da delajo kolateralno škodo. Najebejo ga ravno fizikalci. Najprej zato, ker do njih prihajajo konfliktne informacije, kaj je treba narediti. Zaradi tega delajo napake. Jebi ga, ko radi, taj i greši. Ko pa drek zadene ventilator, je treba najti krivca. in vsa gnojnica se potem zlije po ubogemu revežu. Zato se vsak uradnik zelo hitro nauči zlatega pravila birokracije. Rito imej pokrito. Ne glede na to, kaj se dogaja na ministrstvu, če pride do sranja, imej alibi. Ali pa si ga najebal. In do sranja prihaja vsak dan. Fizikalec nima za sabo Stranke, ki bi mu krila hrbet, zato si mora zaslombo najti drugje. V zakonodaji ("Nisem kriv, zakon/odločba Evropske komisije mi to nalaga"), v korespondenci ("Ta in ta mi je dal tako navodilo, tukaj so maili, vloge, dopisi, vse imam zabeleženo.") oziroma v popolnem zanikanju odgovornosti ("Za to sploh n...
work  državnauprava  bureaucracy  drek 
june 2013 by sspela
Lined & Unlined
"When you’re in the middle of something complex and lengthy like a thesis project, you often know a lot more than you think. My students thought they were struggling; yet their ideas proved tremendously resonant —not just to the design community, but to the culture at large. They were doing a lot better than they thought, they just needed to change their process — to get out of a standard educational process that puts one thing after another and get into a looser, more associative process that let them to use what they already knew in order to ask new questions."
work  bigthings  ideas  phd  robgiampietro  struggle  questions  stuck  thesis 
may 2013 by sspela
Bill Watterson's Speech - Kenyon College, 1990
"You may be surprised to find how quickly daily routine and the demands of "just getting by: absorb your waking hours. You may be surprised matters of habit rather than thought and inquiry. You may be surprised to find how quickly you start to see your life in terms of other people's expectations rather than issues. You may be surprised to find out how quickly reading a good book sounds like a luxury." "Anyway, after a few months at this job, I was starved for some life of the mind that, during my lunch break, I used to read those poli sci books that I'd somehow never quite finished when I was here. Some of those books were actually kind of interesting. It was a rude shock to see just how empty and robotic life can be when you don't care about what you're doing, and the only reason you're there is to pay the bills."
work  speech  life  billwatterson  job  routine  creativity 
april 2013 by sspela
Helsinki Bus Station Theory - fotocommunity.com
"Shocked, you realize that what you have been doing for three years others have already done.
So you hop off the bus, grab a cab (because life is short) and head straight back to the bus station looking for another platform.
You spend three years at it and three grand and produce a series of works that illicit the same comment: haven’t you seen the work of [some person]? So once again, you get off the bus, grab the cab, race back and find a new platform. This goes on all your creative life, always showing new work, always being compared to others. What to do? It’s simple. Stay on the bus. Stay on the f*cking bus. Why, because if you do, in time you will begin to see a difference.
stayonthebus  work  bus  goodwork  persistence  helsinki  arnominkinnen  creativity  photography  comparison 
january 2013 by sspela
Five Things I Know At 27 | Thought Catalog
"When I was in elementary school, I was pretty sure that eighth grade meant adulthood. The eighth graders were the oldest kids in the school, and their classroom was down a long hallway. I pictured the hallway as a golden path to the future. I was sure the eighth graders had it all figured out."
work  friends  children  grownups  growingup  notknowing  life  future  janaeleanor 
november 2012 by sspela
People will often cite hard work and a high degree... - more than 95 theses
People will often cite hard work and a high degree of motivation as the secret to success in these areas. And while I certainly won’t disagree with that, I think this Zen-like comfort with knowing a little, with being a beginner, with kinda sucking, is the deciding factor in the end. They’re often persistent, and hard working, and all that, but mostly they’re okay with a process that makes them always feel a bit dumb. Such people seldom read manuals, in part, because they’re not bothered by not having Total Information Awareness before they begin. Such people imagine that they will botch the job before the bike is eventually fixed, and they’re okay with that. Every good chess player has suffered through years of humiliating slaughter at the chess board, and had a good time doing it.

http://lenz.unl.edu/2012/06/10/learning-to-program.html
stephenramsay  success  information  stupidity  work  learning  notknowing  beginners  manuals 
july 2012 by sspela
The 'Busy' Trap - NYTimes.com
"Idleness is not just a vacation, an indulgence or a vice; it is as indispensable to the brain as vitamin D is to the body, and deprived of it we suffer a mental affliction as disfiguring as rickets. The space and quiet that idleness provides is a necessary condition for standing back from life and seeing it whole, for making unexpected connections and waiting for the wild summer lightning strikes of inspiration — it is, paradoxically, necessary to getting any work done."
silence  laziness  work  inspiration  quiet  brain  relaxing  idleness  busy  timkreider  life 
july 2012 by sspela
The Pokayoke Guide to Developing Software
"Once you have a basic idea, you don’t need to go into a ton of detail about it. But since you’re the kind of creative person that likes coming up with ideas, you will anyway. You’ll constantly come up with all sorts of cool features or add-ons or uses and whatnot. These are not important, which means that they’ll distract you unless you do something with them. So put them all in a Lenin Document. A Lenin Document is just a description of what the maximalist version of your idea will look like, starting from the core features (it will be able to make phone calls) and working out toward the more obscure (it’ll have an app that will let you control your toaster from bed!)."
failure  pokayoke  mistakes  chaosmonkey  smart  teams  details  doingstuff  projects  work  ideas  aaronswartz 
june 2012 by sspela
Seth's Blog: Where does trust come from?
Hint: it never comes from the good times and from the easy projects.

We trust people because they showed up when it wasn't convenient, because they told the truth when it was easier to lie and because they kept a promise when they could have gotten away with breaking it.

Every tough time and every pressured project is another opportunity to earn the trust of someone you care about.
hardwork  yourpeople  work  truth  trust  sethgodin 
june 2012 by sspela
Seth's Blog: An endless series of difficult but achievable hills
"Repeating easy tasks again and again gets you not very far. Attacking only steep cliffs where no progress is made isn’t particularly effective either. No, the best path is an endless series of difficult (but achievable) hills. [...] The craft of your career comes in picking the right hills. Hills just challenging enough that you can barely make it over. A series of hills becomes a mountain, and a series of mountains is a career."
comfortzone  progress  achievements  hardwork  career  work  mountains  hills  sethgodin 
june 2012 by sspela
Do What You Love | Valve
"Perhaps the most useful way to figure out what you really want to do is to observe what you actually choose to do" [...]
"In general, try things that seem worthwhile, set goals and work hard to achieve them, and see where that leads and how you respond. It’ll be clear when something becomes compelling, because it’ll be where you choose to spend your time and attention. It may not be what you expected or wanted it to be – but by definition you’ll find it fascinating and satisfying. And when you think about what you could do with your studies/career/life, really, what more could you want?"
michaelabrash  work  life  attention  time 
june 2012 by sspela
The Chumbawamba Principle: A Commencement Address : Krulwich Wonders... : NPR
"For the next year or two, whatever you do, you should be sorting your experiences into two piles: [...] one pile for all the experiences that thrilled you a little. And the other pile for all the things that didn't quite work. So a year or so from now, you'll have a more and more defined notion of where your pleasures are ... and aren't."
[...]
"There are "Yes But" people everywhere you go, everywhere. They never tire. The smallest changes will be resisted. And you have to fight back, all the time."
[...]
"You'll be sitting in a room, saying "How about this idea?" and across the table you will catch just a glint, a little warmth coming your way, maybe just a passing smile. It will be familiar. It will remind you of some of the people you met here, and you'll know ... without knowing how you know, that, "Yeah, she's going to help me."

This is very important, crucially important, to notice potential allies — and to recruit them, keep them close and to keep doing that all your life."
changes  help  experiences  doingstuff  work  ideas  mistakes  life  yourpeople  speech  robertkrulwich 
june 2012 by sspela
The Pixar Touch - history of Pixar - Blog - Pixar story rules (one version)
#17: No work is ever wasted. If it’s not working, let go and move on - it’ll come back around to be useful later.
work  emmacoats  pixar  storytelling 
june 2012 by sspela
Signs that you're a good programmer - Software Engineering Tips
"If you're not encountering problems that are difficult for you to solve then you need a change of job or hobby or scenery or something. Look for opportunities to work with something new at your job or school, try hacking your Roomba, pick a bug in an open-source project that nobody has touched for months and fix it, try answering tumbleweed questions on StackOverflow that force you to look up something you didn't know."
work  hardwork  problemsolving  problems  programming  chriswenham 
june 2012 by sspela
Why programmers are not paid in proportion to their productivity — The Endeavour
"Programmers are most effective when they avoid writing code. They may realize the problem they’re being asked to solve doesn’t need to be solved, that the client doesn’t actually want what they’re asking for. They may know where to find reusable or re-editable code that solves their problem. They may cheat. But just when they are being their most productive, nobody says “Wow! You were just 100x more productive than if you’d done this the hard way. You deserve a raise.” At best they say “Good idea!” and go on.  It may take a while to realize that someone routinely comes up with such time-saving insights. Or to put it negatively, it may take a long time to realize that others are programming with sound and fury but producing nothing."
timesaving  problemsolving  goodwork  ideas  work  programming 
may 2012 by sspela
The Surprising Benefits of Robot Cleaners - WSJ.com
"And these robots work more slowly than you or I would. A human wielding a broom and dustpan can be shockingly efficient. I've clocked it: In my modestly sized rooms, the time it takes to prepare, deploy and clean the robots isn't much less than what it takes to vacuum or sweep.
[...]
Efficiency, I've come to realize, is beside the point. There's a joy from watching something undertake a task that's challenging for it but easy for you.
[...]
And that's why when your robot finally finds its way to a dust bunny and swallows it whole, you stand up and cheer."
technology  michaelhsu  cleaning  work  machines  robots 
april 2012 by sspela
The Top of My Todo List
I would like to avoid making these mistakes. But how do you avoid mistakes you make by default? Ideally you transform your life so it has other defaults. But it may not be possible to do that completely. As long as these mistakes happen by default, you probably have to be reminded not to make them. So I inverted the 5 regrets, yielding a list of 5 commands

Don't ignore your dreams; don't work too much; say what you think; cultivate friendships; be happy.

which I then put at the top of the file I use as a todo list.
commands  reminders  default  decisions  mistakes  happiness  work  dreams  todo  paulgraham 
april 2012 by sspela
Making shit work is everyone's job - (37signals)
"Don’t let your company culture become one where certain people are too good to do the jobs that need doing. Making shit work is everyone’s job."
responsibilities  job  davidandersen  shitwork  shit  work 
april 2012 by sspela
FUBAR, SNAFU, Fast Company, and Good Bosses - Bob Sutton
"One CEO I know, also the son of a World War II veteran, uses the distinction between [snafu and fubar] to help decide whether a "mess" requires intervention, or it is best to leave people alone for awhile to let them work through it.

He asks his team, or the group muddling through mess: "Is it a snafu or fubar situation? " He finds this to be a useful diagnostic question because, if it is just usual normal level confusion, error, and angst that is endemic to uncertain and creative work, then it is best to leave people alone and let hem muddle forward. But if it is fubar, so fucked-up that real incompetence is doing real damage, the group is completely frozen by fear, good people are leaving or suffering deeply, customers are fleeing, or enduring damage is being done to a company or brand -- then it is time to intervene".
bobsutton  chaos  confusion  management  bosses  work  fubar  snafu 
april 2012 by sspela
Valve: How I Got Here, What It’s Like, and What I’m Doing | Valve
My observation is that it takes new hires about six months before they fully accept that no one is going to tell them what to do, that no manager is going to give them a review, that there is no such thing as a promotion or a job title or even a fixed role [...]. That it is their responsibility, and theirs alone, to allocate the most valuable resource in the company – their time – by figuring out what it is that they can do that is most valuable for the company, and then to go do it. That if they decide that they should be doing something different, there’s no manager to convince to let them go; they just move their desk to the new group (the desks are on wheels, with computers attached) and start in on the new thing. [...]. That any part of the company can change direction instantly at any time, because there are no managers to cling to their people and their territory, no reorgs to plan, no budgets to work around.
michaelabrash  intiative  management  work 
april 2012 by sspela
There are exactly two ways: one, and many | Notional Slurry
"There is some­thing inter­est­ing in every­thing; if not in the act or the thing itself, then in what it implies, in teas­ing out the hid­den sys­tem that gave birth to it, in propos­ing the process that could fix it, in build­ing the tools that the one task of Draw­ing the Cir­cle demands. Go out and squat in your gravel dri­ve­way and pick up a chunk and see the fos­sils or the crys­tals in it. Go to the library and find the book that has remained on the shelf the longest, and read it, and explain it to some­body. Go to your neigh­bors, and see what they’re doing, and try to help them with their work. Learn to run a let­ter­press; learn to build a house; learn to sell old books; teach a machine to think; build infra­struc­ture for tsunami vic­tims; explain the ori­gin of life."
work  interesting  specialization  learning  life  generalist 
april 2012 by sspela
You're crap and paid too much for the little work you actually do • The Register
The first thing you get wrong is spending too much time on things no one sees. No one really cares if you’ve made the backup process run 50 per cent faster unless it’s stopping work, so don't waste your time on this until some politically powerful person or business unit asks. That’s a tactic: the full methodology you should adopt for all your work is Continuous Visible Productivity (CVP).
productivity  money  visibility  work 
march 2012 by sspela
Coding Horror: Working with the Chaos Monkey
When you work with the Chaos Monkey, you quickly learn that everything happens for a reason. Except for those things which happen completely randomly. And that's why, even though it sounds crazy, the best way to avoid failure is to fail constantly.
chaosmonkey  chaos  software  work  failure 
march 2012 by sspela
Do Hard Things | Sealed Abstract
Do Something Hard. Do something so that you will look back a year from now and say “I was here, I did this, I made a difference.”
doingstuff  work  hardwork  drewcrafword 
january 2012 by sspela
The American Scholar: Solitude and Leadership - William Deresiewicz
"Why is it so often that the best people are stuck in the middle and the people who are running things—the leaders—are the mediocrities? Because excellence isn’t usually what gets you up the greasy pole. What gets you up is a talent for maneuvering. Kissing up to the people above you, kicking down to the people below you. Pleasing your teachers, pleasing your superiors, picking a powerful mentor and riding his coattails until it’s time to stab him in the back. Jumping through hoops. Getting along by going along." [...]

"[O]ne of the best ways of talking to yourself is by talking to another person. One other person you can trust, one other person to whom you can unfold your soul. One other person you feel safe enough with to allow you to acknowledge things—to acknowledge things to yourself—that you otherwise can’t. Doubts you aren’t supposed to have, questions you aren’t supposed to ask."
essays  trust  questions  work  thinking  excellence  bureaucracy  friendship  williamderesiewicz  leadership  solitude 
december 2011 by sspela
The Overjustification Effect « You Are Not So Smart
"Extrinsic motivations are easy to quantify, and can be demonstrated in bar graphs or tallied on a calculator. [...] [Y]ou do [some things] just because they fulfill you, or they make you feel like you are becoming better at a task, or that you are a master of your destiny, or that you play a role in the grand scheme of things, or that you are helping society in some way. Intrinsic rewards demonstrate to yourself and others the value of being you. They are blurry and difficult to quantify. [...] If you pay people to complete puzzles instead of paying them for being smart, they lose interest in the game. If you pay children to draw, fun becomes work."
davodmcraney  psychology  motivation  happiness  money  rewards  work  essays 
december 2011 by sspela
Lessons according to salt - Bobulate
"You see, something so mundane as salt could easily be overlooked. But in fact if you look closely, stop long enough, you realize salt has magical properties — not just in its remarkable history, but in its propensity to give comfort in change, to create versioning, to allow for work, to give strength, to create experiences, to transform." [...]

"Salting is great because when it’s done right, it’s not really noticeable. [...] We only notice the deficit or the excess, because when it’s just right, it disappears. It literally dissolves. Maybe that’s how change should work." [...]

"What that simple [salt] box taught us growing up was that there were always going to be guidelines. So do what feels right. What tastes right. At the current time. In the current conditions. For the current audience. Add more salt."
salt  change  guidelines  lizdanzico  careers  magic  invisibility  work  change 
december 2011 by sspela
The Sketchbook of Susan Kare, the Artist Who Gave Computing a Human Face | NeuroTribes
"To creative innovators in the ’80s who didn’t see themselves as computer geeks, Kare’s icons said: Stop stressing out about technology. Go ahead, dive in!"

”You can set out to make a painting, but you can’t set out to make a great painting,” she told me. “If you look at that blank canvas and say, ‘Now I’m going to create a masterpiece’ — that’s just foolhardy. You just have to make the best painting you can, and if you’re lucky, people will get the message.”
notebook  design  icons  susankare  apple  mac  sketches  technology  computers  gui  sketchbook  greatwork  masterpiece  work 
november 2011 by sspela
Iztok Mlakar: Komedija je tragedija, gledana v rit
"Ljudje verjetno mislijo, da vse »stresemo iz rokava«, pa ni res. Drek! Da zgleda, kot da je streseno iz rokava, se je treba prekleto namučiti."
[...]
"Jezik in melodija kraja, kjer človek odraste, ga določi. Idrsko je trdo, ostro, žilavi ljudje so tam, vipavsko je mehko in okroglo. Tudi ko je Cerkljan prijazen, zveni ostro, delati mora, ni časa za besede. Tudi če se bo hecal iz vas, na primer, se bo hecal zato, ker mu je nerodno. Da relativizira, da ne bi bilo življenje preveč kičasto..."
[...]
"Pomembno je, da se z nastopov vrnem zadovoljen, da sem prišel do ljudi. Honorar v vsakem primeru dobim, če ne drugega, kolut sira in flašo šnopsa. Doma imam polno omaro žganja, enkrat se bo ta reč vžgala."
iztokmlakar  work  hardwork  drek  dialects  interview  money  languages 
november 2011 by sspela
Do things the long, hard, stupid way - Do Lectures
"Warning: This talk contains optimism. And it’s contagious. Frank Chimero’s inspirational talk on the long, hard, stupid way. And why we all should pursue it."
hardwork  video  frankchimero  talk  doingstuff  work  gifts 
november 2011 by sspela
What Looks Like Productivity - Do Your Job Better - The Chronicle of Higher Education
"[S]ome of my friends, when they have books due, become master gardeners. Or knit complicated sweaters. I have been the recipient of many extravagant meals because someone didn't want to work on an article. There have been houses built in place of manuscript pages."
writing  procrastination  productivity  laziness  work  racheltoor 
october 2011 by sspela
Everything has been done. Give up now.
"If you want to stay valuable, you cannot stay where machines can replace you. The experience you provide has to be uniquely human."
work  value  technology  machines  experience  juliensmith 
october 2011 by sspela
Feynman's Nobel Ambition
"It was effortless. It was easy to play with these things. It was like uncorking a bottle: Everything flowed out effortlessly. I almost tried to resist it! There was no importance to what I was doing, but ultimately there was. The diagrams and the whole business that I got the Nobel Prize for came from that piddling around with the wobbling plate."
physics  richardfeynman  play  work 
october 2011 by sspela
Figure Out Who’s On Your Team « John’s Blog
"One of the best pieces of advice I ever got, back when I was 23 and newly out of school, is this: look around and figure out who you want to be on your team. Figure out the people around you that you want to work with for the rest of your life. Figure out the people who are smart & awesome, who share your values, who get things done — and maybe most important, who you like to be with and who you want to help win. And treat them right, always. Look for ways to help, to work together, to learn. Because in 20 years you’ll all be in amazing places doing amazing things.

That’s turned out to be true for me. Knowing who’s on your team — or as Reid likes to say, who’s in your “tribe” — has been critically important for me, even though I don’t see them all as much as I’d like."
advice  work  friends  tribes  teams  yourpeople  doingstuff 
september 2011 by sspela
Developing Your Creative Practice: Tips from Brian Eno :: Tips :: The 99 Percent
"The reason to keep working is almost to build a certain mental tone, like people talk about body tone. You have to move quickly when the time comes, and the time might come very infrequently – once or twice a year, or even less."
creativity  brianeno  ideas  working  work  opportunity 
september 2011 by sspela
Who Are You and What Are You Doing Here? :: Oxford American - The Southern Magazine of Good Writing
"Education is about finding out what form of work for you is close to being play—work you do so easily that it restores you as you go."
education  play  work  life  college  markedmundson 
september 2011 by sspela
Rubber Ducking
Place a rubber duck on your monitor and describe your problems to it. There's something magical about stating your problems aloud that makes the solution more clear.
work  learning  problems  problemsolving  rubberduck  duck  solutions  magic 
july 2011 by sspela
Stockholm syndrome is kicking in - job career stress | Ask MetaFilter
"I have an extensive collection of idiotic T-shirts. I wear one every day under my dress shirt. In the parking lot at the end of the day, I take off the dress shirt and toss it in the trunk. My work day is over. I am no longer Work Person. I am now Inappropriate T-shirt Person."
metafilter  work  life  divide  t-shirts  stress  job 
july 2011 by sspela
Rands In Repose: Bored People Quit
The business day is full of previously undiscovered “things to do”, and your knee-jerk response when you find this new, urgent piece of work is to saddle it on the guy who is working on… something. You don’t know what it is because he can barely describe it himself, so please handle this urgent task. I swear when you’re done you can get back to… whatever it is you’re doing.
work  interruptions  quitting  randsinrepose  boredom  time 
july 2011 by sspela
Working With Your Heroes: Welcome Keita Takahashi | Glitch Blog
Everybody has heroes. Some are fortunate enough to have a chance to meet their heroes face-to-face. And some have the exceptional fortune to work directly with one of their heroes on a shared goal.
[...]
It was like talking to an old friend and it did not take long before we decided that we had to work together.
heroes  work  friends  katamari  keitatakahashi  yourpeople 
july 2011 by sspela
Shareable: Unprepared: From Elite College to The Job Market
Everything we wanted, everything we really valued, was offset by the reality of “normal,” traditional work. We had no idea how to navigate this world, but our education didn’t fail us—it instilled in us a dissatisfaction for this kind of life.
graduates  dissatisfaction  work  job  college  university  education  life 
june 2011 by sspela
I'm not disinterested, I just can't think of anything to ask! - interview question job | Ask MetaFilter
- what would a very successful employee do in this position?
- what are your expectations and how could an employee exceed them?
- what are the specific day to day responsibilities of this job?
- what are your key challenges (and see if you can solve them)?- who was/is your best employee and why?
- what is your management style?
- what is the most annoying thing an employee can do? (most people have pet peeves, good to know what they are)
- how do you handle making a mistake? (can your boss admit that he/she makes mistakes? what do they do in response?)
- do you think providing feedback is important in managing employees? (you may also be able to find out what kind of feedback your boss values - constructive, critical, positive)
- what is your favorite part of the job?
- what motivates you? (assume that what motivates your boss is what your boss will think motivates you - unless your boss is very empathetic)
metafilter  questions  job  work  interview 
june 2011 by sspela
OK Do | See, think, do pt. 5 – Skill
"As the division between work and leisure is blurred, we face a dilemma, as there is no more clear equation. We are what we do. Our identity is shaped by a passion for our work, and in the things we produce, not only the things we consume. Money is a means, not an end. It is what we do with a budget that matters, as big money can not ensure high-quality results; only skill and passion can.

Skill of living is the new wealth. This is wealth produced and consumed through both labour and leisure. It is skill demonstrated in the choices we make, the ideas we believe in, the works we create and the lives we live."
work  leisure  doingstuff  skills 
may 2011 by sspela
Rands In Repose: Gaming the System
“Points for what?”
“Points for points. We’re geeks.”
“And everyone has their own color?”
“Yeah, so we know who has the most points. Give me a blue pen, I’ve already got root cause on bug #3.”
“Blue?”
“Yeah, I’m always blue.”
games  randsinrepose  work 
april 2011 by sspela
Secrets shared « Keri Smith
9. Focus on ideas instead of tools (technology). Anyone can learn to use the tools, but it is the thinkers who really impact the culture in important ways. In the end the tools don’t offer anything interesting.
creativity  kerismith  work  ideas  tools 
april 2011 by sspela
What if you earned badges at work instead of job titles? - Quora
"In a sense you make your own badges: accomplishments.
Then you list them on your resume."
badges  gamification  work  resume 
april 2011 by sspela
Caterina.net» Blog Archive » Lawrence Pearsall Jacks on Work
A master in the art of living draws no sharp distinction between his work and his play; his labor and his leisure; his mind and his body; his education and his recreation. He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision of excellence through whatever he is doing, and leaves others to determine whether he is working or playing. To himself, he always appears to be doing both. - Lawrence Pearsall Jacks
work  play  quote 
march 2011 by sspela
The Scientist - Why Some Retrieval Systems Are Used And Others Are Not
Having information is painful and troublesome. We all have experienced this. If you have information, you must first read it, which is not always easy. You must then try to understand it. To do this, you may have to think about it. The information may require you to make decisions about it or other information. The decisions may require action in the way of a troublesome program of work, or trips or painful interviews. Understanding the information may show that your work was wrong, or that your boss was wrong, or may show that your work was needless. Having information, you must be careful not to lose it. If nothing information piles up on your desk-unread. It is a nuisance to have it come to you. It is uncomfortable to have to do anything about it. Finally, if you do try to use the information properly, you may be accused of puttering instead of working. Then in the end, the incorporation of the information into the work you do may often not be noticed or appreciated.
information  mooers  law  work  recognition  understanding  thinking  decisions 
march 2011 by sspela
The Power of the Marginal
The word "try" is an especially valuable component. I disagree here with Yoda, who said there is no try. There is try. It implies there's no punishment if you fail. You're driven by curiosity instead of duty. That means the wind of procrastination will be in your favor: instead of avoiding this work, this will be what you do as a way of avoiding other work. And when you do it, you'll be in a better mood.
paulgraham  essays  doingstuff  procrastination  work  trying 
january 2011 by sspela
Ben Casnocha: The Blog: The 30 Steps to Mastery
1. Start
2. Keep going.
3. You think you're starting to get the hang of it.
4. You see someone else's work and feel undeniable misery.
5. Keep going.
6. Keep going.
7. You feel like maybe, possibly, you kinda got it now.
8. You don't.
9. Keep going.
10. You ask for someone else's opinion--their response is standoffish, though polite.
11. Depression.
12. Keep going.
[...]
24. Keep going though you can't possibly imagine why.
25. Become restless.
26. Receive some measure of praise from a trustworthy opinion.
27. They're still fucking wrong (Right?)
28. Keep going just because there's nothing else to do.
29. Mastery arrives, you mistake it for a gust of wind.
30. Keep. Fucking. Going.
work  mastery  doingstuff 
december 2010 by sspela
What we talk about when we talk about Making Future Magic Dentsu London What we talk about when we talk about Making Future Magic
1. Create work for yourself; don’t wait for work to be assigned to you.
2. Take an active role in all your endeavours, not a passive one.
3. Seek out large and complex jobs. Trivial tasks debase you.
4. Welcome difficult assignments. Choose them. Progress lies in accomplishing difficult work.
5. Once you begin a task, complete it. Never give up.
6. Lead your fellow workers. Be an example for them to follow.
7. Set goals for yourself to ensure a constant sense of purpose. This will give you perseverance and hope for the future.
8. Move with confidence. Confidence gives your work force, focus and substance.
9. Find new solutions. This is the way we ensure satisfactory service.
10. When conflict is necessary don’t shy away from it or be afraid. Conflict is the mother of progress and the source of aggressive enterprise. If you fear conflict, you will become timid and servile.
rules  life  work 
november 2010 by sspela
Catch-22 - Wikiquote
"Well, don't let that trouble you," General Peckem continued with a careless flick of his wrist. "Just pass on the work I assign you to somebody else and trust to luck. We call that delegation and responsibility. Somewhere down near the lowest level of this coordinated organization I run are people who get the work done when it reaches them, and everything manages to run along smoothly without too much effort on my part. I suppose that's because I am a good executive. Nothing we do in this large department of ours is really very important, and there's never any rush. On the other hand, it is important that we let people know we do a great deal of it. Let me know if you find yourself shorthanded. I've already put in a requisition for two majors, four captains and sixteen lieutenants to give you a hand. While none of the work we do is very important, it is important that we do a great deal of it. Don't you agree?"
catch-22  work  delegation  responsibility  quote  josephheller 
november 2010 by sspela
A Sandwich, A Wallet, and Elizabeth Taylor's Cousin
The Sandwich Guy can’t do much for you until you’re hungry enough to really want a sandwich.
work  merlinmann  sandwich 
november 2010 by sspela
Hire Art: Five Artists on What It Means to Work Today - Design - GOOD
Let’s make better mistakes tomorrow. Let’s scratch our heads and give up and wake up and try it again. Let’s fail at digging the well the first three times to get it right the fourth. Let’s build faster horses, and then strap rocket ships onto them. Let’s start a company, let’s watch it fail, and then let’s start another one.

Let’s be the boss. Let’s take the boss down. Let’s order too much of something just to see where our limits are. Let’s take a chance precisely because it might fail. Let’s take the hard way out. Let’s go to the moon. Fuck it; let’s go to the moon again. [...]
work  essays  mistakes 
october 2010 by sspela
Mule Design Studio’s Blog: The Chokehold of Calendars
"All calendars suck. And they all suck in the same way. Calendars are a record of interruptions. And quite often they’re a battlefield over who owns whose time. In my experience, most people don’t schedule their work. They schedule the interruptions that prevent their work from happening."
calendars  time  work  interruptions 
october 2010 by sspela
The Back Side of Your Gullet is Decadent and Depraved, Part 3
"Paul could stand to be nicer to some, but if you listened to him, and worked hard, you were one of his kids and on the fast track. If something sucked, he told you, but he also told you how to make it sing. A student just had to suppress their ego long enough to hear that last bit. Most students focused on the wrong half of his sentences and presumed that his approval was some unreachable goal, and that Paul could breathe fire at will. They made the mistake that his approval was based on how few gaffes a student made, and not how significant that student’s effort was."
frankchimero  design  work  teachers  doingstuff 
august 2010 by sspela
Holiday
"[...] you will question if you want to do this any more. You will get beat up and overworked, you will produce a giant pile of work that you are not proud of. You will be lucky if you get out of the first year with a feeling of pride in or ownership of anything you make. You will look back after the first year and not remember most of what kept you busy. You will make work that you question the use of, and you will do things that make you feel like a cog in some sort of awful, wasteful machine. There will be times that you will be just merely a tool for someone else. You will question what all this work is for and you will need to re-convince yourself at some point as to whether or not you love this practice."
design  work  life  noidea  frankchimero 
july 2010 by sspela
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