so jumping into:
book links to amazon – published in 2010
Scott Belsky …an American entrepreneur and best-selling author, best known for co-creating the online portfolio platform for creative professionals to showcase and discover work, Behance, Inc.
Behance is an online portfolio platform for creative professionals across multiple industries, including photography, graphic design, illustration and fashion.
Scott Belsky believes that the greatest breakthroughs across all industries are a result of creative people and teams that are especially productive. As such, Scott has committed his professional life to help organize creative individuals, teams, and networks.
notes on book via kindle:
what if a major constraint is in giving in to pi-ness..
The more constraints one imposes, the more one frees oneself of the claims that shackle the spirit
already got me deep thinking about constraints – and the pi-ness constraint as a means to optimal aliveness
What this means is that, regardless of your industry, your professional life is becoming more nomadic, digital, and flexible.
fresh ideas have the potential to take us off course; they are seldom economical (at first) and introduce tremendous risk to a finely tuned system.
99U is a content based website, consulting service, and annual conference in New York City, that focus on best practices for pushing ideas forward. The name 99U comes from the Thomas Edison quote that “Genius is 1% inspiration, 99% perspiration.” In 2011, 99U won a Webby Award for “Best Cultural Blog.”
5 Forecasts For The (Less-Forseeable) Future medium.com/@scottbelsky/f…
(1) Social media will become a passive.
The concept of actively “posting” or “sharing” will be frowned upon and entirely replaced by a passive stream of your life’s experiences, whereabouts, and media consumption. Imagine a 24 hour channel of you that is authentic, aways live (or automatically programmed), and always accessible to your friends (or if you’re born in the age of transparency (post year 2000), accessible to anyone).
for security/safety et al.. begs.. everyone plays.. everyone has something else to do..
The objectivity of algorithms over the subjectivity of human tendencies may cause us to “trust” algorithms more.
or perhaps we are putting algo’s in their place.. ie: trusting algo for number crunching.. not trusting it for ethics..
(2) Our (augmented) reality will be a land grab, and always be under attack from brands.
(3) Interfaces will compete with the technology underneath.
The biggest implication of the emerging interface layer is ruthless competition to be the default. …To survive, the providers will focus more on optimizing the cost-efficiency of their services rather than spending money building their brand and relationships with customers.
(4) Autonomous vehicles in cities will become a public utility.
ok whatever.. our days will be completely diff .. and we’ll figure it out
(5) We will transcend “tragedy of the commons” with technology that aligns self-interests with community benefits
Through increased transparency, networks, and artificial intelligence, technology will enable us to collectively regulate and align our interests. Implications?
i’d say none of those you list.. if we simply go for.. gershenfeld something else to do law.. serious.. take a look.. take a serious look..
we need the world’s best merchandising minds to help reverse the 21st century’s tendency for fiction to spread more quickly than facts.
merchandising minds..? isn’t that what got us here..?
the cause of a problem tends to be part of the most likely solution, but hope there are others
i’m thinking.. disengaging from money (any measuring of transactions) as os
@real-time ai is certainly part of the solution
Scott Belsky (@scottbelsky) tweeted at 7:03 AM – 23 Aug 2018 :
the scrutinity that follows a success causes too many great imaginative minds to start playing it safe. this increased reputational risk is society’s immune system at work, extinguishing the most likely sources of the next disruptive spark. much respect for those who defy it. (http://twitter.com/scottbelsky/status/1032614371686588416?s=17)
Scott Belsky (@scottbelsky) tweeted at 6:06 AM – 14 Sep 2018 :
a decision straight from the heart – unfiltered intuition – can run circles around even the greatest strategic minds. (http://twitter.com/scottbelsky/status/1040572546867974144?s=17)
begs we listen to all the voices first thing .. everyday..
book out in oct – the messy middle
Broken into three sections with 100+ lessons, this no-nonsense book will help you:
• Endure the roller coaster of successes and failures by strengthening your resolve, embracing the long-game, and short-circuiting your reward system to get to the finish line.
• Optimize what’s working so you can improve the way you hire, better manage your team, and meet your customers’ needs.
• Finish strong and avoid the pitfalls many entrepreneurs make, so you can overcome resistance, exit gracefully, and continue onto you next creative endeavor with ease.
Warlock Rakaul (@WarlockRakaul) tweeted at 1:04 PM – 28 Sep 2018 :
Absolutely worth the listen. I’m on my third listen through; catching different things each time. https://t.co/5IzMGFTSdK(http://twitter.com/WarlockRakaul/status/1045751181425881088?s=17)
1 hour interview/convo w Gary V
5 min – i try to genuinely pursue fascinations – (rather stay focused on one thing.. say no to everything else)..t
imagine the energy from 7bn living their whimsy.. ie: cure ios city
6 min – improv.. always say yes.. never say no.. and go with it
7 min – g: a lot of my mistakes.. taught me how to say no in a world where i want to say yes
17 min – in the middle.. working in ambiguity.. which is a good thing..
g: being underestimated is a great gift.. when you’re in the messy middle.. not hearing other voices is a strength..t
18 min – on short term reward systems.. unplugging from that.. a lot of enduring the middle journey is hacking your reward system.. the best co’s launch w/o press
19 min – stops you from experimenting (when in spotlight)
20 min – g: i loved being underestimated.. i love when nobody knows who i am
21 min – g: on wanting his son to be proud of him.. then into.. i know how anyone can get $1000 a week
22 min – g: the long tail of the internet is grossly underestimated
we need to augmenting interconnectedness.. not get more money to people
23 min – everything everyone is doing is a venture or a replay.. if you’re doing a replay.. book probably not as relevant.. more for those that are volatile.. a lot in here about enduring the lows.. and the highs .. both make us not us
24 min – ironic that in the messy middle.. when things work we ignore them .. so much else going on.. but should be iterating on what works
25 min – why so many people give up in the final mile
28 min – g: i think there is a lot of nuances here (in the book) about parenting
29 min – someone told me other day.. could replace every business word w relationship
30 min – started questions
36 min – what am i most happy doing..? building products for creative people.. working w people i love.. and investing
37 min – now thinking about getting future of creative world.. as well as .. creative tools and how creatives can come together..t
49 min – g: people don’t understand that we have the advantage from day 1 of being a human and having our individual reality .. and everybody spends all their time trying to take this unique flavor and turn it into vanilla.. i’m watching everybody try to conform to what they think works.. w/o realizing that their nuances is what works..t
50 min – i think it’s wild that the more your intuition works for you the more people start to question the volume of your own intuition..t
self-talk as data – sans hoops jumping.. box checking/filling
51 min – g: when you have self-confidence.. true self-esteem.. you will produce unlimited amounts of content.. no longer crippled by the constant feed back loop of likes/comments
54 min – different people and diff advice.. that were opposites.. do i pick one side to be consistent.. opposing perspective is how people become great adventurers in the middle.. anyone that says there’s a best route.. any one can have advice
56 min – one question i have lately is around these micro brands .. just to us.. i’m wondering whether we love a brand.. the product or the community.. if community.. and personalization gets us toward isolation
57 min – g: we are deeply in need of each other
58 min – that’s the question.. where will the brands play out..
g: we need a reset (then goes on talking everything in making/losing money et al)..t
yeah.. but not reset the market/money/measure.. reset the humanity
mufleh humanity law: we have seen advances in every aspect of our lives except our humanity – Luma Mufleh
1:00 – the science of business is scaling.. the art of business is the things that don’t scale.. the question is.. how can you keep making that happen
Uncertainty is a chronic condition of creativity, and so much of success boils down to managing it.
Original Tweet: https://twitter.com/scottbelsky/status/1049381792069939200
uncertainty/entropy is a boost to creativity.. ‘managing it’ and our definitions of ‘success’ .. have been the chronic killers
the messy middle notes/quotes:
skimming much of it .. sorry
sometimes a reset is the only way forward..t
maybe this is why i’m skimming so much.. i believe we need a global reset/do-over.. which would make much of what you talk about irrelevant.. just one ie for now: if everyone was doing the thing they can’t not do.. instead of working on other people’s problems (p91) .. much of what you write wouldn’t even happen.. wouldn’t even occur to us..
curiosity is the fuel you need to play the long game..t
as you assemble your team..look for people w excitement about the idea..t
inexperienced yet smart people w initiative will almost always exceed your expectations..
when you become more accustomed to working w people far younger or older than you, come from diff places, speak w diff accents, your mind (and hiring practices – ugh) become more open to the possibilities..
shed the bad to keep the good.. firing people is extremely difficult
your challenge is to develop a healthy rhythm
listen to the rhythm.. a simple message
accommodate the free radicals.. who are the free radicals?
when you have the right people, there are no rules for structure..t
and no need for credit (p 146)
a mock up > any other method of sharing your vision
present your ideas, don’t promote them
don’t even present them (that’s promotion.. and distracting ie: others think they should follow your curiosity instead of theirs) .. just do/be them..
creative block is the consequence of avoiding the truth
value conviction over consensus
public consensus always oppresses someone(s)
break incrementalism by questioning core assumptions
hit the streets there is no better way
measure each feature by its own measure
rather.. don’t measure,..
mystery is the magic of engagement
again.. not what you’re saying.. but yeah.. ie: fromm spontaneous law.. it’s a sign of aliveness
don’t underestimate the criticality of timing
which you do when you plan (280) and focus (282).. the rhythm is the timing..
data is only as good as its source, and doesn’t replace intuition..t
spot on.. and why we need to bag all data (for now) except for self-talk as data.. in order to detox/restore ourselves .. our intuition..
what you agree to do .. do right
just agree to this: eudaimonia.. (only comes from listening to your heart/rhythm.. everyday.. first thing)
there is no better measure of your values than how you spend your time..
the danger of getting attention is that you stop paying attention
so to minimize distractions for everyone.. we need to go with gershenfeld something else law
aspire to finish on your own terms and.. (365) – never being finished
the it is me ness
scott belsky (@scottbelsky) tweeted at 5:23 AM – 19 Feb 2020 :
If you’re not paying for it with money, you’re paying for it with something that others will pay money for.
thinking: there remains an opportunity to help consumers understand the value/cost of what that something (typically their data) actually is. (http://twitter.com/scottbelsky/status/1230105717195055104?s=17)
and perhaps an opp to grok that their data is non legit
ie: like data from whales in sea world