Author: raffybanks

Total Recall by Arnold Schwarzenegger, Part I

Notes from the first half of Total Recall: My Unbelievably True Life Story by Arnold Schwarzenegger #TotalRecall Discipline. Don’t give in to short lived wants. Take advantage of the system is subversive ways. Break the rules, they weren’t made for you. They’re there to keep others inline. Be inspired. Find a mentor. Find a leader to

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Notes from Decisive by Chip Heath

Decisive: How to Make Better Choices in Life and Work by Chip Heath. Voting is not a choice. It’s yes or no. It ignores options. Biases influences our research efforts more than we realize. We look for ways to make the decision we want or evidence that supports a belief. The goal should be to

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Notes from To Sell Is Human by Daniel H. Pink

My personal notes taken while reading To Sell Is Human: The Surprising Truth About Moving Others by Daniel H. Pink. – We all sell- sellers and buyers have access to roughly the same info. Buyers are not as informed in and idealized what experts think, but the balance has shifted. – anyone can master the

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Notes from Originals, by Adam Grant

Just a collection of notes I took while reading Originals, by Adam Grant – Originals. Bad/inaccurate title? Profiled ideas aren’t original, but founders had guts. Not new ideas, but original implementations. – It’s best when you hedge your bets- Employees who accept the default call in sick and perform lower than those who set their

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24 Game Solver

I’ve become obsessed with 24 Game recently, a fun little game with a simple objective: Given four numbers, use basic arithmetic to make 24. Here’s an example with a solution, given the numbers 8, 12, 9, 3: 9 – 3 = 6 8 – 6 = 2 2 * 12 = 24 It’s simple and

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Where’s the article?

Opened an article on Quartz and this is what I was greeted with: I spent a good 3 seconds looking for a skip-this-ad link until I realized that the article was below the ad. Disrupting users and giving up valuable real estate seems foolish. But at least I now know about Jaguar.

Steps For Pleasing Upset Customers

So you can ensure you never feel aggregated again. Listen. Understand the issue or problem Verbally relate to their pain, apologize, and own it Tell the customer how you’re going to solve their problem and make things right Follow up at regular intervals with status updates Inform the customer how the issue was solved and

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_blank

_blank: Load the response into a new unnamed HTML4 window or HTML5 browsing context. – https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/docs/Web/HTML/Element/a _blank is bad because it: Takes control away from the user Clutters the user’s workspace Tricks users into “staying” on your site Is unexpected 99.99% of the time And therefore annoys people, leaving them with a bad taste in

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Feature X

Customers will give you any number of reasons why they won’t buy, whether they’re true or not. Maybe they’re shy or don’t want to hurt your feelings, as so often it’s “your product is missing feature X.” Nonsense. They just don’t want to buy. They may not even know the reason why. They just know

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Urgency

It’s easy to get caught up with a sense of urgency, giving in to the demand and pressure around you to get things done. But it is rare that these things actually are urgent. You can either do lots of shallow things as fast as possible. Or you can focus on deep problems, knowing that

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Helping Strangers

While at Powells, I heard a young boy asking his grandfather where the computer book section was. The grandfather did not know, nor could he offer any advice on book recommendations. A middle aged man stepped in, overhearing, and directed the couple, as well as offering  two book recommendations. The man didn’t have to step

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Judging a Book by Its Title

I’ve found myself judging books by their title. Determining if I want to spend my time learning the one thing a book has to offer. As if a title can reduce a book’s value Ono a few words. Or if that’s all it offers. Now I jump and skim books before I buy and if

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No Coding Skills Required

While this sales phrase may eventually fade, the need and growth for solutions that require coding skills will not. This means more and more coding opportunities for coders, but also a less of a need need to learn to code (because coders will make more and more things that no longer require one to know

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Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

This is a bad question. When asked, you invariably look backwards, wondering whether you’ve done enough of worth the previous five years. Better to think and worry about today, the here an now. Dismissing expectations from mind is the easiest way to extend your life.

Proximity to customers

If you’re creating something for others to use, you need access to at least a small sample of those people. If you do not have direct and immediate access, you will never understand their needs. Understanding their problems is the easiest way to create good solutions. A good way to do this is to be

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Is finding meaning important?

In life. Is it important to have an understanding of our own purpose, to have purpose, or make sense of the things around us? Or should we live in the now? Ignore the bigger picture. Move forward. Ignore context. Try new things. Focus on the granular. Take a step forwards. Often times, meaning entails looking

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Defining yourself loosely is the greatest way to live

In the modern world we define ourselves based on an idea that was created during the industrial revolution. The idea of a highly specialized workforce. Everyone has an area of focus, and you master it to get ahead. While this is still true, and easy to benefit from, it will not last for much longer.

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Technological advantages only matter if we have more choices

Does knowing how to send an email give you an advantage? No. Does knowing how craft a convincing and persuasive letter give you an advantage? Yes. Does knowing how to use Yelp find a restaurant give you an advantage? No. Does knowing how to write an advanced recommendation AI engine give you an advantage? Yes.

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Having good ideas when you’re young

When you’re young, your ideas often times look strange. Especially to those around you. They’re dismissed as being naive, innocent, or ill informed. The unfortunate side affect is the sense that you’re wrong or your ideas will not spread. Then you either give up or adjust your idea to match how others perceive the world.

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How Balsamiq Makes Application Loading Enjoyable

I love this little UX gem. Every time you open a new Balsamiq project, instead of a boring loading screen, you are welcomed with a new UI/UX quote: If there is no way around something that’s annoying, may as well find a way to make it enjoyable. Better yet, turn it into something people anticipate

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Uncomfortable travel

Why is travel so enjoyable? Is it the desire to experience something new, or the need to leave something behind? If we’re always on the go, could it mean we are always on the run? Maybe we just want to experience more. More environments, more languages, more food, and more people. Maybe we want to

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