@Shane Brown

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The topic has been wearing on me a bit as I’ve heard so much talk about issues of race and racial diversity in tech, people insisting that we need more people of color in tech—but Asians are so conveniently left out. There are plenty of Asians in tech, and we are people of color. Somehow in the tech context, though, we don’t count. It’s only Blacks or Latin@s. That’s such a strange oversight to me. Sure, Asians are overrepresented in tech, and yes, we complicate the conversation. But that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be a part of the conversation.
I grew up in the Bay Area. Both my parents were computer science PhDs and software engineers. As a kid I practically grew up in my parents’ office, surrounded by computers. It might seem like I was always destined to be in Silicon Valley and to be a software engineer.
I started thinking I might want to do linguistics.
We love our Amazon Echo. Among other tasks, my four year old finds the knock knock jokes hilarious, the weather captivating, the ability to summon songs comparable to magic and Echo to be the best speller in the house. But I fear it’s also turning our daughter into a raging asshole. Because Alexa tolerates poor manners.
Our daughter’s fascination with the Echo isn’t an anomaly — I hear from lots of friends that their kids are the most enthusiastic users.
Let’s walk through how to add custom fonts to your iOS application and I’ll highlight the common mistakes as we go.
1. First, accept that in order to become more mindful, we must recognize that we are solely responsible for the thoughts our minds produce.
While we can’t stop our minds completely, we can take control over them and create moments of peace for ourselves.
Often, we don’t bother taking the time to analyze [our emotions] beyond our in-the-moment reactions,
It’s hard not to associate the company’s success or failures with my own feelings of self-worth
Embracing vulnerability in the workplace is reportedly key to employee and organizational success, but what steps can you take to create a work environment where people actually feel safe disclosing their worries and fears to managers and leaders?
Reflecting on the triggers that cause breakdowns to happen, as a group, helped us have safe and non-stigmatized discussions about mental wellness
Supporting the whole person at work
Perhaps most importantly, recognizing that every employee’s motivations and inspirations are different, team members are encouraged to work with their managers and teams to make use of personal days, even if that means approving a team member’s request for a 6 week “workcation.”
Being able to integrate his work responsibilities while pursuing his personal goals helped Thacker find renewed vigor towards his work, something he especially needed after two years on the job.
“It speaks to our worldview as a company, which is something we see as separate from culture,” he says. “The distinction I see is that while culture defines your values, it can still be quite insular, whereas your worldview speaks to the impact that you want to have externally. It’s a set of ideals that define our attitude about behaviors that we admire and ones we don’t.”
"If invention is a pebble tossed in the pond, innovation is the rippling effect that pebble causes. Someone has to toss the pebble. That's the inventor. Someone has to recognize the ripple will eventually become a wave” Tom Gratsy, current startup co-founder and former Development Executive at DreamWorks, smartly notes.
This is partly because, in our culture, we tend to dress up "fear" in the more socially acceptable clothes of "stress." And stress … well, hell, stress is practically a badge of success in our culture!
When you're afraid (of criticism, failure and rejection), you'll kill yourself trying to be perfect. Of course, the mask of perfection also separates you from what you most want: real intimacy, to be known, loved, and accepted for your true self.
When you're afraid to take risks and go for what you really want, you convince yourself that your less-than-juicy life — your relationships, your job, the dismal state of Mother Gaia — is as good as it gets. When fear runs the show, you forget how to dream. You compromise in the name of being "realistic." But settling isn't realism; it's a devastating symptom of the fear that what you hope is possible really isn't.
When you're afraid to disappoint people or get rejected if you don't say yes, you'll fall into fear-based, people-pleasing, self-sacrificing behaviors that lead to resentment. But when fear is no longer running the show, you say no when it feels self-loving. As they say, "No" is a complete sentence. This doesn't mean you won't devote yourself to generosity and service. It means the service stems from a genuine love-based (rather than a fear-based) motivation.
Fear causes inner pain, a soul sickness that can show up as depression, anxiety, restlessness, helplessness, hopelessness, frustration, sadness, loneliness and fatigue.
7. You get paralyzed.
When you're afraid of putting yourself in the arena because of fear of failure, success, uncertainty, judgment, criticism, or rejection, you'll tend to stand on the sidelines where you feel safer. When you face fear head on, motivation replaces procrastination. You're not "going for it" based on a fear-based need to "make it happen." Instead, the natural inclination toward love and service generates inspired action that pushes you toward that which wants to be born through you.
When fear is operating you, you'll avoid speaking up. You won't stand up for what you believe. You won't let your voice be heard when your integrity is being threatened. You won't tell people when they hurt your feelings. You'll be too afraid to ask for what you really want
When you let love lead, you start respecting and appreciating the divine voice that flows through you, and you invite it to be heard. As a result, you'll attract those who resonate with your truth. You'll find your soul community.
Love can transmute fear almost instantly when you open your heart and allow yourself to feel gratitude.
Imagination is a tool to be used, but how many people misuse it to torment themselves? Imagination and emotionality are closely linked and what we imagine can feel very real to us (even when it isn't at all).
As the author Katherine Paterson once said: "To fear is one thing. To let fear grab you by the tail and swing you around is another."
Imagine seeing yourself in the situation you were dreading, but see yourself being calm, composed, cool, and comfortable and things going well. Doing this starts to recondition your mind to feel calmer and more upbeat about upcoming events or regular situations which were causing anxiety.
Your work is a curation of your experiences — the moments that touched you, the colors you’re drawn to, the way things make you feel.
There are good distractions and bad distractions. Good distractions are epic swells or pow days. Bad distractions are too many meetings, noisy offices, and being forced into a strict 9–5.
Taking these opportunities to give yourself space will change how you think and increase performance due to pure stoke on being able to live life. Hence, better end results.
First off, counting hours is the most archaic thing any creative can do. Not only does it waste time, but 50% of the time you are lying to yourself or to your client.
My philosophy is simple. I believe in charging a projects worth out front or a flat weekly fee. No hidden costs. Everyone knows exactly what they are getting into and both parties come to the table strong. Some might say there are too many unknowns with that philosophy, if that’s the case, it’s because the projects are being managed improperly.
Live a life you can enjoy and be stoked.
Remember this: Relationships + Experiences > Money.

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