When not to supersize it


moving blogs
April 19, 2006, 2:14 pm
Filed under: Amateur

i will no longer be maintaining this blog. for reasons explained in my first post there, i have decided to move to blogspot and so far i am quite happy.

Please go here to read my current blog -> link

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On cluelessness, amateurs and passionate people…
February 21, 2006, 11:36 am
Filed under: Amateur

I am a big fan of both Kathy Sierra’s blog and Tara Hunts’s blog. Seeing a post linking the two is too good to ::resist:: . The topic here is something I have been struggling with for a few months now, our society seems to have gone the other extreme and shunned the “amateur” and I think, if anything I am very uniquely equipped to be an amateur. Not in the sense that, being an amateur gives me the freedom to shun all responsibilities but that it enables me to pursue my passion without being overly restricted by our “best practices” (save that for another day) 🙂

On a related note, are you a Michael Jordan or an Artis Gilmore

Artis Gilmore

  • FGA – 9,570
  • FGM – 5,732
  • FGP – .59

Michael Jordan

  • FGA – 24,537
  • FGM – 12,192
  • FGP – .497

Quick legend:

FGA – Field Goals Attempted, FGM – Field Goals Made, FGP – Field Goal Percentage.

Everybody knows who Michael Jordan is (I grew up in India in the 80’s, trust me everybody does!). But I had never heard of an Artis Gilmore. Now agreed that I am not your super avid basketball fan but take a look at the stats, Jordan does not even show up in the top 30 list of all time highest in terms of FGP. The numbers speak for themselves, Jordan tried a lot more shots and missed a lot more shots, that was his style. That was his “thing” so what does that mean about you?

What is your “thing”… is something stopping you from doing your thing .Why? Go for it!! Not all people who attempt that number of shots ended up like Jordan but you need to ask yourself what matters most to you–

  1. fear of being called a “newbie”/amateur or GASP! being wrong?
  2. regret that you lived your life in quiet panic always coming oh-so-close to figuring out your “thing” but stopping because of solid, good advice based on best practices……
    (sorry wordpress does not seem to be getting my lists right)