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Video: How to deal with failure

James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem on how he started his career after years of aimlessness. He took accountability for his lack of success and changed his course in life.

Since Murphy referenced the song Losing My Edge:

It is actually hilarious if you listen to the words.

I just heard this interview today with James Murphy trying to get this subway music project:

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Reddit CEO Ellen Pao Resigns

Photo: Christopher Michel, Flickr

Ellen Pao’s time as interim Reddit CEO has come to an end. Reddit board member Sam Altman formally announced Pao’s resignation yesterday via Reddit post:

Ellen Pao resigned from reddit today by mutual agreement. I’m delighted to announce that Steve Huffman, founder and the original reddit CEO, is returning as CEO.

We are thankful for Ellen’s many contributions to reddit and the technology industry generally. She brought focus to chaos, recruited a world-class team of executives, and drove growth. She brought a face to reddit that changed perceptions, and is a pioneer for women in the tech industry. She will remain as an advisor to the board through the end of 2015. I look forward to seeing the great things she does beyond that.

Pao’s resignation comes after last week’s massive user and moderator revolt. Moderators locked down reddit threads due to the termination of employee Victoria Taylor.

Taylor was a moderator and coordinator of Reddit’s popular “Ask Me Anything” (AMA) sub. The poorly communicated (and still unexplained termination) was seen as the final straw for some users who have been displeased with the direction of the site for several months.

With Pao’s resignation, Reddit hopes to get the community back on track by announcing one of Reddit’s founding-fathers Steve Huffman as new CEO.

As a daily reader (lurker) of reddit, I was on the site as the lock out went down. As the situation unfolded, it became clear that the company is incapable of managing the community or leveraging their own (well developed) communication channel.

I spent the next 24 hours thinking about my browsing habits and how I have become very attached to Reddit. I decided to dust off my RSS reader and update the news sources. I don’t plan on abandoning Reddit, but I feel that it is important to nurture other viable news and information sources and never (again) rely on once source too heavily.

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Jon Taffer – being next level

Jon Taffer – being next level

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12 Tips for Overcoming Your Fear of Change at Work

12 Tips for Overcoming Your Fear of Change at Work


Editorial: A note about confidence

( #Confidence, #Rant )

I was thinking about interactions I had over the last few weeks and a pattern I have been falling into: sitting in a circle and listening to friends or co-worker’s issues and offering advice. I get feedback from my social circle that I am “so confident.” This perceived confidence was all bullshit until recently and even now, it isn’t really confidence as a lack of confidence in everyone else.

I was never confident as a child – never trusted my own impulses. In fact, I spent several years of my life training myself not to follow my own instincts. One thing I always craved, produced, and excelled at was instituting order. I always needed to follow a plan or clear direction, it helped me to sleep at night. This served me well until I found myself repeatedly questioning the plans and methods of others. I noticed that other friends, teachers, co-workers, managers were just fucking winging it, and these ideas I silently kept to myself would have produced better outcomes. This my friends is not arrogance, it is the truth.

Having no confidence in yourself can produce several personalities traits, in my case I didn’t become sullen and quiet – I had enough self-hatred and well-bred Italian spite to force myself to learn. Learn what? Anything I needed to overcome that pit in my stomach because I didn’t know what to do. This involved reading, asking for advice (and learning what advice not to take), research, finding mentors, finding models to base examples from – and over the years, I have built up a decent database of experiences to draw from (either my own or through others). That internal spite and hatred was eventually unleashed at the people making my days longer and less productive. That doesn’t mean yelling and getting nuts, but I won’t lie to you – it definitely means letting people know in subtle ways that your time is being wasted.

So what does that have to do with confidence and what am I driving at? The only way to gain confidence is by action. That action might be reading a book (or building a bench), but it is a step in the direction you want to head in. Do you think the people setting direction and offering you advice are making efforts to better themselves and the decisions they make? How many people do you know at work are losing sleep over the bad, uninformed decisions they are making (unless they are about to lose their job)? The only way to avoid going down with the ship is to learn how to swim (and to know when to get off the damn boat).

PS – To keep with the swimming metaphor, learning to swim does not have anything to do with confidence, is it all about survival. There are way too many people drowning out there.

Sink or Swim.

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Otis Redding Motivational Poster

( #OtisRedding, #Motivation )

Credit: Jason Lazarus

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