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There is a very common myth that attending a meeting is work. It’s not, it’s clicking an invite, listening to people talk and interjecting when you might have an opinion. Now, if you were to run the meeting, well this is different – because then you are having to think about who needs to be there, who will contribute, what do you need to prepare, what should the focus be, where do you want people…

Your code. Your team. How you lead. What project you are working on. What you are learning. Everything, it all breaks at some point. Good. That’s the point, if it doesn’t break, you’re not learning, you’re going through tutorials and motions where everything is isolated and perfect. It’s messy, all of it, it’s supposed to be messy, that’s the point. Break it, make a mess, fix it and grow.

Team gets problem. Team starts working on problem. Problem becomes much bigger than initially thought. Team is confused on where to start and begins implementing process upon process to fix problem. In the middle of fixing problem, team realizes they are stuck and are not sure where to go from here. As they start to demonstrate the problem being solved, the customer starts to ask for other things to be done “at the same time”.…

I was reading this article about how the Norwegians get through winter and one line, in particular, blew me away. This is easy enough to change; simply refuse to participate in the Misery Olympics.  It’s not going to be an easy start to the year, it’s not going to be the same January 1st as it has been for so many years of your life. But you have a choice on what you want to…

If you want to play hockey, go get a hockey stick and puck and go play. If you want to build a house, go read the building code and build a house. If you want design websites, download Paint.NET and start painting. If you want to write for a newspaper, start writing articles and submitting them to as many newspapers as you can (or start your own blog). If you want to draw comics, get…