Topics in ‘Psychology’

The Wasp, the Caterpillar, and Cannibalizing Your Own Product from the Inside

This December, Freckle Time Tracking turns 6 years old. OMG! And 30×500 turns 5 years old… after a fashion. You see, the original 30×500 is dead. And the one before that. And the one before that. And the one before that, too. We killed them. Slowly. And we’re still killing them, even as I write… Read more

The Wasp, the Caterpillar, and Cannibalizing Your Own Product from the Inside

This December, Freckle Time Tracking turns 6 years old. OMG! And 30×500 turns 5 years old… after a fashion. You see, the original 30×500 is dead. And the one before that. And the one before that. And the one before that, too. We killed them. Slowly. And we’re still killing them, even as I write… Read more

How Your “Fuck This!” Moment Changes Everything

“I’m going to write a book.” “I’m going to build a SaaS app.” “I’m going to quit my job and travel the world.” Sound familiar? How often are these statements followed by action — real action? We all know That Guy. We all know people who spend all their time talking about what they want,… Read more »

The #1 reason user feedback can ruin your app

The user is using your app. The user requests a feature. You think: OK, they know what they want and they want this, so I’ll do it. But it’s not that simple. Replace “user” with “player.” The player is playing your game. The player requests a rule change. Well, here we have a conflict, and… Read more »

Curing the Lie of the Big Win (and the Big Fail)

We’re surrounded by the stories — the mytharc, if you will — of The Big Win. (Also the Big Fail.) “Twitter succeeded because…” “I failed because…” I’m here to tell you: That’s largely a load of crap. If you want to know why — and if you want to know how I succeed at so […]

Perspective.

Seems like most of my best writing goes to the 30×500 Alumni mailing list these days. Including this little bit below. One of my brilliant (and particularly sesquipedalian) students was talking about the way that pedestrian thinking tends to exert inexorable drag on humanity: Wordy Student: Just a zooming out sub specie aeternitatis observation: certain […]

Parenting Yourself: You Suck At It?

Context for the quote below: the “both situations” are a parent who tells a child “You must do your homework,” and a parent who sits down and takes on an equal role as the child. In both situations parents are using control, in the first case behavioral (sit down, do your math) and in the […]

Why Blacksmiths are Better at Startups than You

Translations: русский язык There’s a great show called Mastercrafts, a mini-series documentary from the BBC. I recommend you go out and find a way to watch it, right now. Mastercrafts is all about — surprise! — master crafts: blacksmithing stonemasonry thatching hand weaving stained glass green wood furniture-making Trades we barely even think about today; […]

Do You Deserve the Money You Earn?

You’re in a job. You’re a freelancer. You’re a consultant. Maybe you’re stuck right now, maybe you’re not stuck — you’re excited to take the next step, you just don’t know which next step that is. Well, you’re in luck, because you’re here! This is your next step: Practice thinking like an entrepreneur. That means […]

Dealing with the Emotional Turbulence of your Launch

The voices in my head have reached a fever pitch. It must be launch time. Launching is an emotional game. It’s so easy to construct elaborate stories about how this or that detail will lead to terrible failure or runaway success. It’s constant. Fully detailed worlds erected by nothing but imagination. I’m in the midst […]

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