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So, the long and the short of it is, you too can become a designer. I suggest you try it using these three steps:

#1 – Pick one among the challenges you face daily. It can be as simple as refining the best way to commute to work, or as complex as designing your own methods to put your baby to sleep with minimum crying and maximum speed. Just pick one.

#2 – Develop an awareness for the process you follow to tackle that challenge. In particular, notice some of the changes you’ve made recently to improve your outcomes. Be mindful about what works and what doesn’t, and how you iterate your solutions to make continuous improvements.

#3 – Now comes the hardest part. Say this to yourself: I am a designer.

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As I wrote in my post Insulate Yourself  I want to explain a little bit more some of the items in the Invent More post, quoting Seth Godin.

Today we talk about feedback. Yes feedback.

Someone once told me

“communication is what the listener does”

meaning that when you communicate, it’s not THEM that are not able to understand you. Sorry: it’s you that are not able to communicate properly in that context with that person. Or at least the only thing that you can do to have a better communication is changing how YOU communicate and not the brain of the receiver 🙂

The same concept can be applied to what you do, your task, your activity.

The two senteces that I’ve selceted from Seth’s post are:

Ship & Fail often

Today we talk about feedback. Yes feedback .. the only stuff that’s able to tell you if  what you do, think, act is … what you do, think, act. Because I’ve to tell you that the real reality is what others (+ you) see on your behaviors, is what they do with what you ship, is what they get.

Shipping and looking at the result (usually failures) is the only way you can get feedback. This is useful with yourself because you can see and feel progress (so stimulating feedback for you). This is useful for your ‘job’ because you can learn from what you have done (feedback = learning).

The “often” is also very important: failing often means you ship often. Ship often  means that you ship continuously a small set of stuff.  Small set = possibility to continuously check your path … as you do with the steering wheel while driving: continuous small correction (failures) to get a great final result 🙂 And small set = small possibility of making big mistakes.

I’d love to get your feedback about this topic!


p.s. This is true for your personal day-by-day activities … we are not (only) talking about software or work 🙂

Lately I’ve been listeing to the Stanford Entrepreneurship Corner podcasts while running. Yes distracting my brain helps a lot in making me running (that’s something I normally hate 🙂 ).

I love the podcasts: there are usually well known and successful entrepreneurs talking about their experience. After listening to the experiences and to the answers of around 20 of them, I’ve extrapolated two classes of entrepreneurs: the “I’m an official startup maker” and the “I don’t know how, but I did it”.

The “I’m an official startup maker” entrepreneur is the one who studied to be an entrepreneur: he’ has often a degree in economics or similar, who studied the technicalities of making a company. They know about raising capitals, about marketing and organizations, .. They often don’t know much about the business domain but they are passionate. They fail a lot and sometimes they are successful.

The “I don’t know how but I did it” entrepreneur is the one who decided it was better “to try” and they just did it … often at the first attempt (especially the ones who are called to talk as successful ones). Their answers to the audience’s questions are often “I don’t know, I just did it” or “you have to believe in yourself” or “you have to fail and try again”. And this is pretty simplistic to me especially when they ‘made it’ at the first attempt.

In this second case it seems a lot that successful startups are lucky breaks, doesn’t it?




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