Last week I published a poll, calling out to people to tell me, anonymously, what is my biggest flaw.
My reasons for doing this were that I wanted to get to know myself better, and try and improve. Allowing people the space to speak out honestly, and only asking about my flaws, gave them a safe space to speak their mind.
- You tend to act before you think things through
- Very naive
- Take yourself rather seriously
I would like to say thank you to the three individuals who agreed to give me feedback. I appreciate it a lot.
Even though I had asked for this feedback … hearing criticism is rather difficult. My natural instinct is to try and defend myself in my head, and “explain to these people why they’re wrong”. It’s amazing how much we humans need to be loved and appreciated by others, which is why hearing anything negative about ourselves is so difficult to hear. Still I believe truth is the only way to grow.
I can’t leave this post without a retort to each of these individuals. I’m trying not to be defensive here, but rather just speak my mind:
- True. I do act before I think. Thank you for pointing this out. As you said, it is also an upside, but I can try and maintain the positive influence of this trait while minimizing the downsides… try to adjust my “action parameters” and recognize when something is sensitive and deserves more thought and not straight out action.
- True, I am very naive. I like it this way! I prefer to be naive than cynical. I might get screwed or make blunders because of it once in a while … but for me, the upside in being naive is too great to pass up.
- And finally yes, I tend to take myself too seriously sometimes. Don’t we all? Luckily I complement this with not taking myself seriously at all at other times
Now I’ll finish with a call to the reader – what do you think of this experiment? Would you be interested in doing such an experiment on yourself, and get some honest to God feedback from your friends?
Always be growing,
Do you want a quick fix of startup juice? Want to read a bunch of books on entrepreneurship, but just don’t have the time?
Then this is for you:
I recently came across a short “paper” I wrote in 2006 titled Quantifying Love.
It’s a pseudo-mathematical non-serious attempt to quantify what love is.
I learned a lot in the last 8 years. The paper reflects what I thought 8 years ago, not necessarily my current way of thinking. Read it with a grain of salt, if you will.
I am looking for an equal partner to join and help maintain the project.
This partner would fix a few ongoing issues, and can develop new features if they want. This partner would receive 50% of the ownership of the project.
The project is currently completely non-profit, it costs zero to run and makes zero revenue. However if it would make any revenue in the future, that would be split 50-50 with the new developer.
Profit aside, this could be a great opportunity for someone to get some production experience and engage with users. Be in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re interested.
As some of you know, I finished my role in the Mastercoin Foundation last August. Since then, I spent the last few months resting, catching up on my Starcraft, and just generally taking a long break from emails and unwinding. It’s been awesome!
Last week, I caught the bug again. I have officially started to bootstrap a new startup called ReverseFunder. There are more details here, and I recommend you follow our blog and social channels for updates. If you have any feedback or questions, you can reach me at email@example.com.
Potential co-founders and contributors are welcome to drop me a line.
This is a memo to my future self – when you want to scan documents, use Not Another PDF Scanner 2.
Until this moment using my scanner was always a nightmare. I’ve mostly used the native Windows scanner software … which can only output images, not PDFs. When I finally decided that I want a proper scanning solution, I tried another software and found that it forced me to manually initiate the scan of every page and didn’t properly support scanning a multiple page document, and after this annoying process it produced a 30mb file from an 8 page scan on the default settings. Ugh.
Luckily I found NAPS2, which just works. It has very simple scanning profiles, produces light documents, doesn’t annoy and is open source to boot.
Regardless, I also decided to spring for a new printer-scanner that has wifi and email support and doesn’t need to be connected to a computer to work. The beauty is that you just email to the printer to print, and can get it to email you when you scan (which you can send directly to your Evernote email).
I picked HP LaserJet Pro 200 MFP, but I’m sure there are a ton of good printers/scanners these days.