This week we'll learn about avoiding the promotion trap, how a CEO manages his time and how curators are the tastemakers in today's trickle-up economy.
P.S. In case you missed it last week, check out the BrainPint job board! I've personally curated the best jobs in the creator economy x no-code space in companies that I love.
Curators All The Way Down Culture is more decentralized than it’s ever been in the world of Web 3.0. "Consumers are only getting smarter, and we want something better...and when curation is at the forefront of every purchasing decision, trust is currency." Here for the curators - the tastemakers of today.
Looking Good vs Getting Good Don't fall for the promotion trap in your career. "To get promoted, you need to show a track record of “wins” leading up to the decision. This incentivizes more focus on “looking good” than “getting good”. There’s rarely a prize for doing things the hard way. Why work on gnarly problems when you can score a series of layups?
The shame is not in playing the game. The shame is being so focused on constant validation that you lose the courage to try new things." It's never too late to change your approach. Remember that everyone is playing different games, and the best one to play your own.
APIs for the REST of us "Understanding what APIs are, let alone actually using and getting value out of them, is usually a topic reserved for engineers or otherwise technical people. But that doesn’t need to be true! This guide will walk through everything you need to get started, from a technical foundation down to debugging common errors."
How To Stop Procrastinating Learn about the psychology of irrational delay, and pick up tips on how to stop procrastinating. My favorites:
Identify what you’re avoiding - Use your journal to focus on when you feel bad exactly, and identify patterns to hone in on what you're avoiding
Confront your avoidance - spend at least a few minutes chipping away at the task you're trying to avoid
Make a task more pleasurable - Once you get started, it can be helpful to manage your emotional discomfort by making a task more pleasurable, reminding yourself of its ultimate purpose and making it less arduous.
How Products Are Made Amazing site that teaches you anything you want to know about manufacturing process of a wide variety of products, from daily household items to complicated electronic equipment and heavy machinery. This site seriously needs a design uplift, but who cares?
New World Same Humans - New World Same Humans is a newsletter on trends, technology, and our shared future. I enjoy reading David Mattin's work (and adore how expertly he curates stuff). I learn so much! Before founding this newsletter, he used to advise executives inside leading brands, from Google to Disney, on changing tech and human behaviour. Loved this recent piece on Our Collective Genius.
Resources & Tools
Markup.io - This free tool enables you to share & receive feedback directly on your website, PDFs and images. Super useful for collaboration! A great alternative is Bubbles.
Design Junction - A one-stop resource library for Designers and Creatives with curated list of best resources handpicked from around the web.
Alias - Create alerts for your favorite people. Want to know when they post essays, appear on podcasts, or appear in interviews? This site has you covered.
Build In Public - #buildinpublic is a movement of makers publicly sharing as they work on their projects. This website lists all the #buildinpublic tweets so you can learn what others are up to!