A Little Inspiration

If you haven’t noticed, I normally start out each blog entry with a little anecdote. I try to let you know what made me write this. Its one of my favorite parts about writing these blog posts, because it can typically be outlined like:

  1. I run into a problem.
  2. I come up with an idea to solve the problem.
  3. I implement my idea and post the results.

Thats a lot of I’s… well, thats because it was me. Take a step back, remove those I’s, and there lies the framework, one of the true core of my motivational system. Find problems and solve them. This certainly isn’t something new for most people, but…

Sometime in the last year I “woke up.” I don’t know what I was doing before… I was certainly functioning just fine, but I wasn’t thinking like I am now. I’m much more “aware” now, and I feel like I have a lot of catching up to do. Mostly in philosophy, socially, and individually. So, when this happened I started following some sources and (partly because all of the technical blog posts that I want are too length to finish tonight) I’m going to start a new category “inspiration.” I’ll be posting links to material/media online that will hopefully inspire you to be more productive, be a better person, be more aware, and hopefully put a smile on your face.

I realize that for this to have any impact on you as an individual that you must have already “awoken” yourself. Congratulations, and keep up the great work.

– Joe P


My Favorite

Tony Robbin’s TED Talk, Why We Do What We Do – I’ll admit that even to this day I still haven’t completely grasped the significance of everything in this talk. But, this is clearly one of the most inspirational video’s I’ve ever seen.

And More

Randy Pausch Last Lecture: Achieving Your Childhood Dreams – This gained quite a bit of popularity. Its still something amazing to see.

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People Audiobook (Free) by Stephen Covey – I just started listening to this (January 2009) and its pretty great. My High School Vice Principal gave every graduate in my class this book on graduation… I was not motivated enough then, but I am now.

The Junior Developer – My Number One Hurdle: Fear – This is one of a number of articles that impressed me from “The Junior Developer.”

How I Turned Down $300,000 from Microsoft to go Full-Time on GitHub – Tom Preston-Werner – Quote: When I’m old and dying, I plan to look back on my life and say “wow, that was an adventure,” not “wow, I sure felt safe.”

Spend Less Time Reading Blogs and Do Active Learning – I fell a little too deep into this habit. Reading everything there is to know on the subject, and thinking that I knew what I was talking about without ever having done any real work on the subject. Active learning is the most fundamental principle that drives this blog and why I challenged myself with this new years resolution.

Control Your Attention – Quote: Control of attention is the ultimate individual power. People who can do that are not prisoners of the stimuli around them. They can choose from the patterns in the world and lengthen their time horizons. This individual power leads to others. It leads to self-control, the ability to formulate strategies in order to resist impulses.

2 Responses


Steve on January 25, 2009 at 2:09 am  #

I’m going to have to add this:



Paul on January 28, 2009 at 2:12 pm  #

Hey nice blog post :)

I also like the TED talks, however one thing that has always irritated me about them is that they’re not transcribed or closed caption so I can’t always follow along on them.

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