Q: Tell me the secret to success.
A: Work hard every day.
Q: No, really. Tell me the secret.
I understand the desire to find a shortcut. Hard work is,
well, hard, and we would like to avoid it if possible.
Nevertheless, I’m fascinated by this unquenchable desire even
though the answer is in plain sight. The dialog from the top
is the summary of all Q&A sessions, interviews, and self-help
books I’ve heard or read over the years. Hard work is often
not sufficient for success, but is a necessary component.
Why am I not fearful of people who buy a nice camera and
suddenly fancy themselves photographers? Because this shit
I’m talking about doesn’t come in the box. The camera will
never see. The camera has no vision. It’s a f*cking hammer
that can’t build a house. It’s a stove that can’t cook. It’s
a stupid, stupid, stupid piece of plastic with some metal
bits. It’s useless as it sits there in a box. It knows
nothing. It does nothing. It sees nothing. The camera is a
piece of shit.
His words resonated with me despite the strong tone. I have
seen people buy $1500 laptops to learn programming or top of
the line archery equipment after shooting only a few arrows.
You don’t need fancy equipment to be good at something,
especially if you’re just starting out. You can surpass any
advantage equipment provides by learning and practicing more.
When your skill reaches soaring levels and starts to plateau,
then the equipment could make a difference. Olympic athletes,
polar explorers, and world-class artisans and professionals
need it. Are you there yet?
To drive the point home even further, just look at this guy
paint using popsicles.
I am also aware of the emotional side of this dilemma.
Sometimes more expensive things look nicer or send a certain
message. It’s the looks, right? I get that. Buy the fancy
stuff if you can and want to. I am just saying that you don’t
It had been a year and a half since my last public appearance
due to personal and professional turn of events. The WebCamp
team from Zagreb offered me an opportunity to hold a Git
workshop, the one I’ve been successfully doing and improving
for the last five years.
Only when I was discussing technical intricacies of Git with
twenty participants and seeing how they grasp the inner
workings in such a short time, did I remember how much I love
If you looked at online portfolios or “inspirational” websites
lately, you have probably noticed isometric or skewed
mock-ups. It seems they’re the hottest thing at the moment.
I have been interviewing job candidates in the last year, and
observed isometric mock-ups slowly creep into design
portfolios. After giving it enough thought, I can think of
only one benefit for presenting your work this way and many
The amount of time a person has in a day is finite. Although
such an obvious statement is seldom worth repeating, it became
my daily reminder since my son’s birth a couple of months ago.
I’ve lived through time-constrained situations before, but
they were never so clear-cut as the current one. For example,
if I had 20 things I wanted to do in a month—like exercising,
reading, going out, or watching movies—and enough time to do
only half of them, I was still able to do a lot. That created
an impression that I was on top of things. I could shuffle
various activities around and always remove one to make more
time for another. I embraced the flexibility and in turn
sacrificed some focus.
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