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The Passionate Developer

11. March 2009 03:46 by Scott in   //  Tags: , , ,   //   Comments (0)

If you figure out what your passion is, you know what to start on next.

Here I am trying to figure out what to build next.  I find my self almost completely done with DrinkingFor. Not wanting to continue building on it due to the amount of sites out there about drinking games.  Lets call it an experiment for the good coder who wants to get better and leave it at that.

I find my self getting a little bored with coding.  Not truly bored, but tired of doing it for nothing.  I haven't really created anything special yet, and have a ton of ideas, but I haven't started one.  I have sifted through all of them trying to figure out which to run with next.  One of my ideas which I wrote down on paper just got launched a few days ago by someone else.  I am truly proud to see it doing so well, but it makes me think I wish I had executed it instead of drinkingfor.  It seems to be getting a lot more folks on it than what drinkingfor is doing.  I thought about building a competitor to it and just build faster than them, but they seem to be doing a good job and would rather let them have the fun.


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I decided to sift through my ideas again and find something I was passionate about instead of finding something I would make money from.  I needed to find something I enjoyed instead of something that would just bring in the dough.  I settled on an idea that I think would be a bit challenging and fun all at the same time.

The point of this post is not much, but should make you think about what you build next.  Find something you love and develop something from it.

Im going to try and not get bored from this project.

Thanks for listening.

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The Rules of an Entrepreneur

25. February 2009 03:48 by Scott in   //  Tags: , ,   //   Comments (18)

You know, I have always wondered like every other entrepreneur what makes some people just so successful and others not successful.  I wrote a blog post a while back on one of my other blogs, I thought I would move over to this one because well it was just so damn popular.  In working with my startup or just one of my start up ideas at DrinkingFor I have to live by the rules stated in that post in which I also found them at GoDaddy in which Bob Parsons is the original author.  I am not trying to take his stage, but rather spread the ideas. Make them known to more people in more places in more types of crowds.  He wrote some 16 rules to live by and I just wanted to express them to the technical crowd that reads this blog.

A vast many of these can be used in an entrepreneur type environment and I feel thats where I am moving more and more every day. So to be as powerful and rich as Parsons, I will start by living by what he says are rules to live by.

1. Get and stay out of your comfort zone.
I believe that not much happens of any significance when we're in our comfort zone. I hear people say, "But I'm concerned about security." My response to that is simple: "Security is for cadavers."

2. Never give up.
Almost nothing works the first time it's attempted. Just because what you're doing does not seem to be working, doesn't mean it won't work. It just means that it might not work the way you're doing it. If it was easy, everyone would be doing it, and you wouldn't have an opportunity.

3. When you’re ready to quit, you’re closer than you think.
There's an old Chinese saying that I just love, and I believe it is so true. It goes like this: "The temptation to quit will be greatest just before you are about to succeed."

4. With regard to whatever worries you, not only accept the worst thing that could happen, but make it a point to quantify what the worst thing could be.
Very seldom will the worst consequence be anywhere near as bad as a cloud of "undefined consequences." My father would tell me early on, when I was struggling and losing my shirt trying to get Parsons Technology going, "Well, Robert, if it doesn't work, they can't eat you."

5. Focus on what you want to have happen.
Remember that old saying, "As you think, so shall you be."

6. Take things a day at a time.
No matter how difficult your situation is, you can get through it if you don't look too far into the future, and focus on the present moment. You can get through anything one day at a time.

7. Always be moving forward.
Never stop investing. Never stop improving. Never stop doing something new. The moment you stop improving your organization, it starts to die. Make it your goal to be better each and every day, in some small way. Remember the Japanese concept of Kaizen. Small daily improvements eventually result in huge advantages.


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8. Be quick to decide.
Remember what General George S. Patton said: "A good plan violently executed today is far and away better than a perfect plan tomorrow."

9. Measure everything of significance.
I swear this is true. Anything that is measured and watched, improves.

10. Anything that is not managed will deteriorate.
If you want to uncover problems you don't know about, take a few moments and look closely at the areas you haven't examined for a while. I guarantee you problems will be there.

11. Pay attention to your competitors, but pay more attention to what you’re doing.
When you look at your competitors, remember that everything looks perfect at a distance. Even the planet Earth, if you get far enough into space, looks like a peaceful place.

12. Never let anybody push you around.
In our society, with our laws and even playing field, you have just as much right to what you're doing as anyone else, provided that what you're doing is legal.  If the law is unfair to you and others, you should do everything in your power to see that doesn't happen anymore going along with not allowing anyone to push you around. Imagine if Rosa Parks would have obeyed the laws! [Thanks Katrina]

13. Never expect life to be fair.
Life isn't fair. You make your own breaks. You'll be doing good if the only meaning fair has to you, is something that you pay when you get on a bus (i.e., fare).

14. Solve your own problems.
You'll find that by coming up with your own solutions, you'll develop a competitive edge. Masura Ibuka, the co-founder of SONY, said it best: "You never succeed in technology, business, or anything by following the others." There's also an old Asian saying that I remind myself of frequently. It goes like this: "A wise man keeps his own counsel."

15. Don’t take yourself too seriously.
Lighten up. Often, at least half of what we accomplish is due to luck. None of us are in control as much as we like to think we are.

16. There’s always a reason to smile.
Find it. After all, you're really lucky just to be alive. Life is short. More and more, I agree with my little brother. He always reminds me: “We’re not here for a long time, we’re here for a good time!”

 

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Why Write to a Blog?

23. February 2009 03:43 by Scott in   //  Tags: , , ,   //   Comments (28)

Why read Blogs?  Whats really the point of them.  I know my RSS reader has hundreds of blogs on it and I have a morning ritual of going through the reader every day.  I love blogs by why really use them, write to them or read them?  I read a quote the other day that summed it all up.  I forget where I got it, but it was one of those quotes that sticks to you deep.  Its almost like that S.G. Tallentyre Quote (thought to be Voltaire, but not compeltely there.  If you don't know what Voltaire I am talking about, I am talking about the Quote

"I may not agree with what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it". - S.G. Tallentyre

 


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I think blogs are almost like that.  They allow for freedom of speech.  They allow for a person to change anothers mind on things.  If it wasn't for blogs, you wouldn't have a strong Iranian Resistance.  If it wasn't for blogs, many people would still be in their homes in china instead of jails for which China has sent them.  Well the quote I found was almost just as powerful.

 I read your blog every day, I hugely disagree with loads that you write and think you are overly kind to Microsoft.

But....

I'm not going to intimidate, threaten or otherwise cajole you to stop because sometimes you change my mind about stuff And thats the point of reading a blog.

 

I thought that summed up a lot of why I read blogs.  I want to learn, I want to experience, I want my mind changed.  I am open to the world.


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TED: Whats in a Name and Slogan?

25. November 2008 16:30 by Scott in   //  Tags: , , , , , , , ,   //   Comments (16)

While working on bringing a new TED down here to the South East, I was able to get in contact with TED HQs in New York.  I had a good conversation with them about what I wanted to do and they gave me the requirements that were needed to be met when I hosted a TED down here in the South East. The problem with these requirements, I cannot explain as of yet, but there were two big problems I had with them.  TED will be coming out with a innovative way to spread TED around the world, but in doing so they want to protect the name of course. They will be unveiling this new idea in January or February of 2009, but as of now I will not use TED as the name because of the requirements.  Maybe later down the road when things get ironed out, we could move the name around TED.  I don't wish to speak about it more than that, until they make their final decisions on how they are going to go about it.  With these two problems taken into account, I will have to create my own TED like event down here in Central Florida with a different name.

So where do I start, as stated last I was pursuing a name that would work best.  I want to do an acronym with some words I have drawn up that could best express the goal in mind.

  • Relevant
  • Innovative
  • High Quality
  • Design
  • Technology
  • Entertainment

I found a decent and pretty intelligent acronym creator at http://ac.epfl.ch/cgi-bin/ac.cgi. Any help on creating an acronym out of two or all those words would be amazing.  Have fun at it.  I will definitely be back next time with a name.

Now, TED does have an amazing slogan/mission statement.  Its one of those statements that cannot be topped at least I think.  The Statement is "Ideas Worth Spreading".  I also thought of another statement that was inspired by one of the people that left a comment on my blog. The statement is "Ideas Worth Spreading is an Ideal that must Grow"  These two phrases, I think brings everything together.  The fact is I think this slogan can be used over and over since it isn't copyrighted.  I personally think that TED and the idea of TED is worth spreading, so why can't another partner of TED also use the same slogan?  I will most likely be using this slogan and making the final decision on it by the time I blog next about TED.  

Again, any help on the name would be amazing! Also, if anyone wants to give their opinion about the mission statement, I would appreciate it.

The video below is a decently long one, but I think it could have the most impact on the Human Race in the next century or two. It is pretty drawn out and only after a few minutes do you realize what he is talking about.

Craig Venter on creating Synthetic life.

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