The Danger of “Not Good Enough”

During my current job search, two things have become very evident: 1. No one really knows what a perfect candidate is because they don't know what they want/need, and 2. there's an immense premium on finding someone that will do all the possible work for the cheapest price possible.

And that's why this Seth Godin blog post is too good not to share.

That’s how we choose who to work with.

We want someone who’s good at their job. And the ones we pass up are usually labeled as, “not good enough.” And we label ourselves as well. “I’d like to do that sort of work, but I’m not good enough.”

This is obviously a trap.

In almost every line of work, the truthful sentence is, “not good enough yet.”

Of course, at least once you wrote a great line of code or crafted a good headline. At least once you made a good diagnosis or calmed a patient. At least once you did something extraordinary. So it’s not that you can’t do it.

It might be that you don’t care enough to try.

“I’d like to hire that programmer, but he doesn’t care enough to get really good at his craft.” That’s certainly more true than, “He’s never going to be good at programming, because his DNA doesn’t match the DNA of a good coder.”

It’s true that you’re not good enough yet. None of us are. But if you commit to trying hard enough and long enough, you’ll get better.

 

 

Interviews

Every time I do an interview I feel like a complete idiot that has no idea what he’s talking about. I feel like an imposter that doesn’t know what he’s talking about and is making everything up. I had a phone interview today for a SEM/SEO manager position that I think would have been a good fit given it’s ability to be remote, it’s work i enjoy doing and i think the pay would be decent. And I felt like a deer in headlights. I don’t know why i have such an issue explaining myself. I know I’m not the most knowledgable, but i do think i know a bit of what I’m talking about. Maybe it’s intimidation or imposter syndrome? I don’t know.

The other part that bothers me is that, like a friend said to me, I seem to attract the weirdest jobs/job owners. A firm i interviewed with wants to set up a second interview, but they continue to try and reschedule semi-last minute, which bothers me. I know i prefer smaller businesses because they tend to give more freedom and the more abilities to try new things and experiment. But they also end up with the most frustrating owners. I get that money is tight when it comes to running a small business, but it’s frustrating when your time isn’t given the respect and courtesy you’re expected to give.

I want to attract the type of job that going to pay well, give me some freedom, and make me feel accomplished or satisfied.

Is that asking too much?

If I *Was* Using iOS 12

If I *was* using iOS 12, I *would* say it feels a lot more refined and less buggy than iOS 11 ever has.

If I *was* using iOS 12, I *would* say it certainly feels a lot faster than iOS 11.

If I *was* using iOS 12, I *would* say I have no idea why the Stocks app is all of sudden getting a ton of attention.

If I *was* using iOS 12, I *would* say it's nice to see Apple finally addressing notifications. Although, I *would* also say they still have a lot of work to do.

If I *was* using iOS 12, I *would* say Memoji is as fun as Animoji was, but it still won't be more than a novelty.

If I *had* used iOS 12, these *would be* a few of the first impressions I *would* have. 

Affirmations

Affirmations.

They're easy to create and recite. They can be unlimited and cover a variety of topics. The concept is easy and makes sense.

The hard part is actually believing them. 

Because no matter how many times or how long you say them, until you believe them, they can't help you.

Tax Day

 

Today is tax day here in the United States.

Ironically enough, the IRS is experiencing server issues making it difficut for people to electronically file their taxes.

I filed last night, so thankfully the Internal Revenue Service had no difficulty taking my payment.

Anyways, tax day.

It's a day I tend to loath. Mostly because I always end up owing the government money. In more than 10 years of paying my taxes, I have yet to receive a refund. It also forces me to take stock of my finances. Which is just about the worst thing you could make me do.

I've never really talked about my finances publicly. It's pretty embarassing. Mostly, because I don't practice what I preach. I know what to do. I know why I should it. I just don't. And it's all really been catching up to me recently.

Which sucks, because I've finally reached the point in my life where I would actually like to do things like start a family, buy a home, take vacations. You know, things that cost money.

Sleep Procrastination

I'm a chronic sleep procrastinator.

Dutch researcherers have defined sleep procrastination as "failing to go to bed at the intended time, while no external circmstances prevent a person from doing so."

Some people put off sleep because of work. Others sacrifice sleep because they want a little bit more time for themseleves in the day.

I sleep procrastinate because I feel like the earlier I go to sleep, the sooner I have to wake up and do it all over again. I've made no secret of how my daily routine has been stale and discouraging because of my work and commute. I follow the same schedule almost everday.

Wake up, commute for an hour, sit in front of a computer for 9 hours, commute back home for another hour, watch a few YouTube videos, go to sleep. Wake up and do it all over again.

As I continue to value time and how little of it we have, I despise having to wake up and do the same thing day after day. Instead of maximizing every day, going through the same routine seems like a waste. I'm not against work, I understand that for the majority of the world (including me), it's a necessary evil. It may even be possible to enjoy your work, but I don't at the moment.

Which is why I envy YouTube vloggers. The ability to control your days, what you do and how you do it is my ultimate dream. You can work as hard or as little as you want and your success ultimately depends on your productivity and output. And that's what I"m trying to get to.

I should probably sleep on it.

Facebook

It seems that my data was spared from the hands of Cambridge Analytica.

Still, it's quite likely that I will leave the platform almost entirely. I say that because I will still maintain a bare bones profile for work purposes (you know Digital Marketing stuff.)

This has been a long time coming, and I had already started to make the move before the Cambridge Analytica scandal even hit. However, the breach of privacy and data have finally pushed me over the top.

I'm not naive. I understand that I give up a fair amount (or maybe a lot) of privacy and data by using web services like Gmail, Twitter, and Facebook. It's a trade off I've agreed to make in order to use these services for free.

Unlike Gmail and Twitter however, Facebook lost it's utility for me long ago. For as long as I can remember, my Facebook Newsfeed has been an endless stream of advertisements, business pages, and sponsored posts. I can't remember the last time I saw a genuine post from one of my actual friends.

Mark Zuckerberg claims he built his company with the intent of connecting people across the world, but it increasingly looks like his real purpose is to establish an internet monopoly without regard for it's users or their private data. His empty apologies have rung hollow and it's time for Zuckerberg and his company to backup those apologies with actual action.

Maybe then, I'll return. Maybe.

 

Ichiro

I wanted to be a professional athlete my entire life and as I've gotten older I'm starting to realize more and more that it was because it would give me a singular focus to work on. 

No distractions, nothing to grab my attention. Just tunnel vision and working on being the best possible athlete I could be. 

But Ichiro, takes things to a whole other level:

The first time he went on the disabled list as a major leaguer was because of a bleeding stomach ulcer. That year, he’d led Japan to a victory in the 2009 World Baseball Classic, winning the final game with a base hit in extra innings. The stress ate a hole in his stomach. Weeks later, a Mariners team doctor told him he couldn’t play on Opening Day. Ichiro refused to listen, his teammate Sweeney says. Before the team ultimately forced him to sit, the doctor tried to explain that a bleeding ulcer was a serious condition that could actually kill him.

Ichiro listened, unmoved.

”I’ll take my chances,” he said.
— ESPN

Incredible.