No real pessimist would ever want advice on how to change their habits from an optimist. Just take this for example, the first few lines with its peppy pep talk is guaranteed to piss off any pessimist. Thus, the only people who will get through this article are optimists just like the author… which renders this advice useless!
This happens so much with advice for introverts looking to become more outwardly facing: it’s all written by extroverts, so none of the tactics work. Though those tactics would be sound toward extroverts (extroverts looking to become even more extroverted?) they actually prove to be hard labor for the on-looking introvert. Introverts need advice from other introverts who have found means to express themselves in a largely extroverted world—not advice from extroverts.
This goes hand-in-hand with my previous thoughts. When looking to understand others, you need to throw away your initial assumptions, and figure out where they are coming from.
This question has been quite persistent for the past.. forever. As a “hybrid,” I often find myself bouncing between my core passions. The answer in utopia is, of course, a life calling which beautifully combines these interests. But, of course as well, easier said than done. Given the way the world works, specialists doing what they do best working with other specialists, it’s very hard to find a niche where not one of my passions is compromised for another.
Here are some lists.
Top 3 things I’m sure I don’t want to do right now,
Intensive coding - It makes sense for me to prototype, but beyond that, consider the toss-up of using that time to become a better designer or to become a somewhat okay programmer… This, I learned the hard way.
Get involved with a super early stage start-up - I can only see myself spiraling into a void of darkness. Plus, I don’t have enough experience to be of any use. And, it seems like people tend to make assumptions about my priorities which are horribly, horribly wrong. And, of course, I’ve learned the hard way that if I don’t make time to invest in well being, things become very, very bad.
Gallery artist - I like to paint, but, I would also like to be able to sustain myself. And my family. (At least I didn’t learn this one the hard way!)
3 places I’d love to be, but probably won’t ever be,
Studio Ghibli - Obvious. Made all my favorite animated movies. Inspires my childhood.
Nintendo - Love the games, love to pick the brains of these brilliant people.
Wacom - I’m vested in new tech toys and new ways to draw. New ways to draw new tech toys?
And, from that, top 3 things that are exciting and possible.
Forward thinking technologies - I’d love to be on the forefront of technological development, speaking a language foreign to so many people. Even if my entire background may not be directly applicable to everyday tasks, I think it is able to demonstrate my capacity as a creator.
People - Growing up, I was the odd-one-out, but then I discovered geeks. If I love the people I work with, then good things are to follow. This one will probably guide me to the “right” first full-time job.
Work =/= Life - Meaningful work is great, but it’s called meaningful work, and not meaningful life for a reason. I believe, at least for myself, that if I could somehow land in an environment on the forefront of technology, with the right people, who in return, appreciate pursuits beyond their product, possibilities like ‘gallery artist’ could arise from that free time spent doing things I enjoy, like painting.
That was some good thinking out loud. And, hopefully, it is somewhat interesting for anyone who bothered to read through it.
Linking to the hub of our indie games from here on out. Used the ‘Read More’ to fold up extra information, screenshots, and art from the front page. #cms_win
As much validity it brings to code all your own sites, it’s much easier to update something regularly if there is a CMS. I guess that was obvious for everyone but me as I always hand-coded my portfolio iterations… (Still do!)
Back from the past China: just a few thoughts in not possibly coherent form.
Having no reliable internet, it’s interesting to see what you start doing with your time.
For me, I sketched a lot. Surprisingly, consistently good stuff.
Lots of thinking time. I caught myself noting ‘market entry’ points for tech start-ups.
I (attempted to) teach family members some of my tacit skills.
Country life is frightening (5 inch mofo cockroach)!!
Even the country side now has blingy lights and skyscrapers.
Weird - the chaos and struggle of traditional ways and the desire to grow.
Technology there is about 10 years behind. Nokia flip phones with tons of dangly keychains!
Being swept away from the Valley and straight into this world multiplies the effect of being brought down back to earth.
For instance, NO ONE knew what I did for a living.
It was like, I popped out the laptop cover and money started to pour out of the screen. This is literally what my relatives thought.
Though NO ONE is a little bit of an exaggeration. An alum was on the same tour bus (identified via department t-shirt).
It was nice explaining the whole thing I do with someone who could get it.
Alum network power++
A very sweaty, tiring trip… Partly because of the weather, partly because of the nature of travel, but also, it became very obvious that I trying to bite off more than I can chew. (Lesson learned!)
But this kind of thing is great once in awhile…
Especially as a “User Experience Designer” .. It’s easy to forget that there’s layman’s terms. And then layman’s layman’s terms. And then that point where you just tell your folks, trust me, I know what I’m doing with this black box.