July 5, 2005

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T-Shirt-First Development

Kathy Sierra of Creating Passionate Users writes about T-Shirt First Development: how we just _love_ geek shirts.

AMEN! Excuse me while I gush. I have a Really Bad Thing for geek T-shirts. I WANT THEM.

I totally love my baby tee with the Linux penguin. (A baby tee! It's the first time I've found a conference shirt that actually FITS!)

I am also really fond of a sleeveless red shirt that reads "Street Code". I don't think it was meant to be a geeky shirt, considering I picked it up in a department store, but geek is in the eye of the beholder.

I have actually gone so far as to ask for someone's shirt. See, I was walking around Faura when I saw an O'Reilly logo walking around. I started following the guy wearing the faded shirt, scribbling the words down because it was a very nice quote about code. He turned around. I was, like, "Excuse me..." and then I looked up and saw the guy wearing the shirt was one of my best friends in high school. He gave me the shirt off his back during my birthday party. MWAHAHAHA.

I want more geek shirts. Cafe Press and ThinkGeek are expensive, but I've always played around with the idea of making my own shirts. I want one that says I use Emacs. I think it'd be a good idea to have my goals written on a shirt, too... Hmm. I wonder how well cloth markers would work...

コンピューターは我々から多くの時間と手間を省いてくれる。 Computers save us a lot of time and trouble.

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Doing Something Great

Keith over at To-Done wrote an interesting post about doing something great.

I want to do Something Great. I'm crazy about helping people be all they can be. I want to help people regain control over their to-do lists, finances, and the rest of their lives. I want to help people share their passion and knowledge through better teaching and presentation skills.

Many of my friends also have great passions. Ranulf Goss wants to launch the Philippine PC game development industry. He founded Slycesoft and regularly gives inspirational talks at universities to encourage students to get into game development. Maoi Arroyo wants to jumpstart the Philippine biotech industry. She founded Hybridigm Consulting and also teaches people about entrepreneurship. Gabriel Narciso wants to build the nation. He does free-lance productivity coaching and organizational development for non-profits.

Here are some of the I've learned from them and from many other people I admire:

  • Set audacious goals. In the book Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies, James Collins and Jerry Porras talk about Big, Hairy, Audacious Goals. Visionary companies are passionate about goals that may seem too daring or even impossible, but they achieve them because they're
  • Write down your goals and share them with as many people as you can. Constantly write down and review your goals. Talk about your goals with other people. As you share your goals, you'll not only learn more about yourself but also gain the insights of others.
  • Surround yourself with people doing great things. Their passion will inspire you to work on your own goals, and you'll be surprised at how helpful your network can be. Steve Pavlina said that one of the best things you can do is look for a mentor. You'll learn a lot from mentors not only in your field but also elsewhere!
  • Don't give up. You'll hear a lot of nos and you'll run into a lot of dead ends. Don't give up! Take criticism into consideration, but keep on going. You can do it!

そのコンピュータは最新式だ。 The computer is up to date.

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