How I Tricked Myself into Being
In 2007, we learned the secret of productivity Jerry Seinfeld. Since then, more than a few we have used the Seinfeld trick to be more productive, and we are not alone. This is how the developer Chris Strom used the secret of Seinfeld’s productivity to delude himself “to be impressive.”
Like most developers, I’m an introvert, so it’s hard to say this:
I am amazing.
FUUUUUU … I can not stay here. I watch a lot of amazing people in the community programming that are really amazing and I feel I did not do anything. But again, looking back over 366 days last year, what I was doing was fine … incredible.
I wrote three books on very different technologies did not know.
I wrote the book SPDY, which is the only book in SPDY. Three months later co-wrote recipes Backbone (js) with Nick Gauthier. Three months later, I wrote the first book on Dart, Dart for Hipsters.
Each of these technologies has two things in common:
They are changing the game (or at least maybe)
I knew nothing about them before I started writing them.
It does not matter if you know anything about these issues; The real question is: What companies will have to write books on subjects of which he knew nothing? Well, let me say this: I did it, so why should not I (or anyone else)?
How did I do that?
Blogged every day. For a full year. 366 days. Every day. It does not matter that.
Honestly I do not know why I started doing it. One night I had a brilliant idea and before you stopped and thought about how stupid I was, I publicly pledged to do it.
And it worked. Every night I ask a question to which I do not know the answer and try to answer it.
Every time I do that, I learn. The daily deadline forced me to learn. Blogging about it defies my assumptions and makes me learn even more.
And then doing it again the next day strengthens learning. Like writing the book. And the second edition.
I am proud that I did not leave this position on what is important. However, I was taking a family vacation – it drove to the beach and Disney World. Anniversary, birthday, illness, was there for everything.
And in the end, what did I learn? Well apart from a ton of cool technology, I learned that …
I cheated to be awesome
I heard a story about a lady named Radiolab Zelda. He deceived leave swearing he would donate $ 5000 to the KKK if ever smoked a cigarette. And she never did. Had he donated the money if he had given it? Maybe not, but it was enough to convince her that it would happen.
And finally, does the same. We spent the whole world if I lost a day? Of course not. Very little, if people would have noticed. But I noticed that I promised to do it. And after 366 days, I have more than smoking to show for it. I have three books, the last of which is published by Les Pragmatic Programmers.