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I get paid regardless so I just do what I am told

“I get paid regardless, so I just do what I am told.”
That was an answer I got the other day from a co-worker when we were talking about a
project he was working on and which seemed kinda duplicating existing work and not
going very well. Earlier that day he was telling me that he wanted to make the
presentation flow like already existing material and herein seemed to lie some of the
struggles he had with creating the presentation material. I told him to make it flow
like he thinks it should, not other people. Only then could it become his work and
become good work. If we try to make great work and in the process try to copy others,
it usually fails. The work you produce can only be as good as you are. If you try to
copy somebody who does better work, how can you all over sudden be better than you were
5 minutes ago? The same works in the other direction. If you try to copy work that’s
below your level you basically lower your own standards. Either way, it doesn’t work.
It’s as simple as that.
What struck me even more was the above statement. “I get paid regardless, so I just do
what I am told.” If that is the case, why do you think you should do the work in the
first place? What makes you so different from other people who could do exactly the same,
but maybe at a lower rate? Maybe even faster? Wouldn’t it make much more sense to take a
different approach? Yes, it may make some people feel uncomfortable if you’d question
exactly what you’ve been told but in the long run will probably serve you and your manager
better. After all if you don’t question it, and maybe come up with either a better way to
do things, or do something else more important instead, wouldn’t be a huge waste of time,
energy and also money?
I realize that in certain industries it does make sense. If you’re working in a factory
and are supposed to sort the red from the green boxes, then there probably is not much room
for different thinking. And also nobody really would expect you to do something else. But
in that case, you’d already be working in a position where people are simply replaceable.
So the next time you say to someone else or even to yourself that you’re just doing what
you’re told to do without thinking about it, really think about if that really is the thing
you should do and what you could do instead to achieve the end goal in a better way which
would make you more happy about the work and also show your manager that you’re not just a
machine doing a specific task. That’s where the real value lies.

I have PSD

I can definitely relate to that :).

I have PSD: “

ΓÇÿPhotoshop dexterity (PSD) is a skillset acquired by proficient users of Adobe Photoshop, the worldΓÇÖs most ubiquitous digital tool for creating visual ideas. Qualities of PSD include supernatural powers of imagination and an overwhelming desire to constantly make the world more beautiful. PSD affects people from different walks of life. In fact, there is a high probability that you have PSD.ΓÇÖ

[vimeo 15888399 w=400 h=225]

I Have PSD from Hyperakt on Vimeo.

Have you seen World Without Photoshop?

(I admit it, Photoshop has been taking over my life. I do Control-Z in my head whenever I drop or spill something, I pull up the saturation panel when I feel like my surroundings could use some more ΓÇÿumpfΓÇÖ, and yes, I have toyed with the idea of photoshopping my freckles. And IΓÇÖll now always think of the Layer Lock when locking my apartment door.)

(Via swissmiss.)

The Desk

The Desk: “

Imaginary Forces talked to Alice Twemlow, Eric Abrahamson, Massimo Vignelli, David Miller, Kurt Andersen, Søren Kjær, Alfred Stadler, Jennifer Lai, and Ben Bajorek about the relationship between the worker and the desk and how this reflects on personality and habits. The Desk.

Lines consists of mini-documentaries, running 5 to 7 minutes in length, highlighting the beauty and importance of the architecture in everyday objects, and details how the design and structure of these objects affect and reflect our lifestyles. These objects range from parking structures to high heel shoes.

(thank you sonia)

(Via swissmiss.)

Stop Wasting PeopleΓÇÖs Time

Great talk by Eric Ries about the Lean Startup. ItΓÇÖs not a new idea, and he has been talking about it for a while now, but itΓÇÖs still interesting and he clears up some myths about what a lean startup is.



Getting started is just the beginning

A lot has been said about getting started. The idea of just get going and do something and, everything will fall into place. But making something happen seems to be easier for some than for others. Some people just go. They donΓÇÖt ask any ifΓÇÖs and buts’. They just go. And it works. Sometimes. Sure, a great idea is good, but a great idea with a good understanding of how to implement it is even better, and probably more likely to be successful. Yet, there is more to success than just getting started. ItΓÇÖs the beginning. It requires passion and dedication. It requires commitment. If youΓÇÖre not dedicated about whatever it is you want to start or achieve, if youΓÇÖre not passionate about it, then just forget it. It doesnΓÇÖt make sense to waste any time, effort or let alone money on something you donΓÇÖt really, truly and deeply care about.

IΓÇÖm about to start something new. Something that IΓÇÖm excited about and have been thinking about for a long time. Do I have all the answers to make it happen? Do I know already how to make it a success? Definitely not. Am I passionate about it and dedicated to make it a successful endeavor? You bet. Stay tuned, IΓÇÖll share my thoughts about it right here as time flies by.