I recently came across the blog The Art of Manliness.
I am a bit embarrassed to admit it, I first thought the site was either some sort of homosexaul, greco roman wrestling site or an attention seeking spam site.
I was wrong on both occasions!
I was really surprised at how its not gratuitous or rude. It is literally a time warp back to the 1950’s!
Go have a read!
I don’t want to get all Yoda on you, either you have an open mind or you don’t. I was skeptical, but have an open mind. If you feel that that isn’t you then perhaps you should stop reading.
I know it’s a little ironic, but I can’t remember for the life of me who recommend I read it. If it was you, thank you!
Over the past week or so, Justine at Tribal Writer has written a great series called “Tyler Durden’s Rules for Writing in the Zone”. In her latest post, she quotes a few sources, but made an interesting point:
“Deliberate practice” is the stuff of champions, more important than innate natural talent, and entirely within your control.
And then finishes with:
Focus on the task, not the outcome. Intrinsic motivation is the best and most powerful kind (and also what leads to external rewards).
Very clever indeed!
Her writing is very much focused on becoming a better writer, but I love how you can apply this to many other areas of your life…
What does it take to become a great violinist? A great basketball player? A great parent?
To summarise, Seth suggests that regardless of what you do (crystal clear instructions, ALL CAPS) 2% of people will still stuff it up!
He finishes with:
Technologists hate this choice, but it’s true. We have to plan for human failure and part of our job is to have the resources and back up to allow these people to remain in our tribe even though they’re unable to follow a simple instruction.
To me, you can read this one of two ways. Put your Microsoft hat on. Windows Vista has 15 different ways to turn off the machine.
Now put your Apple Mac, iPhone or Facebook hat on. What is the 2% there?
How do they plan for failure? What does “failure” mean for a Twitter user?
The difference here is that the “barrier” for use is so low (open a web browser, make a phone call, update your Facebook status). 2% for a Facebook user seems very very high…
Seth Godin has a great post about Ignaz Semmelweis.
Who was he? He was the dude who figure out that you will save lives by washing your hands before assisting mothers giving birth.
What basic fact have you ignored today?
Great video from Steve Linder