August 29, 2008

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Editors for blogging

Penelope Trunk’s editor helps her improve her blogging and her tweeting:

In case you didn’t know, I have an editor for my blog. This comes from being a columnist for so long. My editors were incredible—one was from Vanity Fair, one went on to the Harvard Business Review, and they definitely made me a better writer. So I have an editor for my blog, and if you think that’s over the top, consider this: he also edits my Twitters. I mean, you can’t write about sex and investors in the same 140-character phrase and still get funding unless you have an editor to save you from yourself.

What I’ve been doing while I’ve not been posting » Brazen Careerist by Penelope Trunk

Of course, she’s a professional writer and she probably has a gazillion readers. =) But maybe small(er) fry like me might gain a lot from asking an editor what he or she would do to make this blog even awesomer… =) Someday!

On Changing the World

Like Daniel at Young and Frugal, I am going to change the world.

I’m changing it already, and as I grow, I’ll do better and better. I won’t always succeed, but I’ll always learn. I’ll get better and better at finding better and better fits between what I’m passionate about, what I’m good at, and what the world needs.

It’s not because I can be anything I want to be, but because I’m becoming more of who I am. Let’s face it: I’m unlikely to become an Olympic swimming champion or the CEO of a wildly successful social networking platform. But there’s so much I can do right now, and there’s so much I want to grow into in the future.

There are amazing people around me who encourage me to keep following my passion, keep exploring new areas. They know you can’t train people to do what I do, and that I create a lot of value you can’t put into a job description. If people around me weren’t this supportive, I’d just look for a different environment. I would keep following my passions, because I can’t imagine living any other way.

I have what-am-I-doing moments. I have do-I-really-have-to-do-this moments. I have just-get-me-through-this-day moments. But I also have I-totally-rock moments and I-helped-someone-else-totally-rock moments, and I’m going to have more of those.

When people tell me I’m special, I tell them that I’m just like they are, and I ask them what it would take for them to live like I do. What would it take for people to live with passion and joy?

I’m Sacha Chua, and this is not just about Generation Y. =)

Celebrating the little things you learn

Photo (c) 2007 Sean Dreilinger, Creative Commons Attribution Noncommercial Copyleft

I love learning. I love being able to do something I’d never done before or to do something even better than before.

This week, I learned how to write a good set of low-level documentation using the doxygen tool, influence project decisions, test a website for accessibility, set up a digitizing tablet under Linux, sketch and edit my sketches, mindmap using a tablet, lay out a photobook, and answer some of J’s old homework in French. I’m looking forward to learning even more over this long weekend!

Every time I learn or improve a skill, I like celebrating. I often write about what I learn on my blog, as it’s a great way to not only share what I’m learning but also that sense of accomplishment in learning something new. Sometimes I take a moment to pat my own head, which alwas makes W- smile when he sees this. “Celebrating the little things?” he says. You bet!

Why shouldn’t we celebrate these little victories? A baby’s first smile, first word, and first step are all monumental milestones people celebrate. Growing up, we celebrate the first time we tie our shoes by ourselves, the first degree, the first paycheck. What if we never grew out of celebrating these milestones? What if we celebrated more?

Celebrating the little things keeps learning fun. What have you learned lately?