Ben Casnocha: The Blog: The 30 Steps to Mastery

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The 30 Steps to Mastery

The commenter Onjibonrenat, on my post How to Draw an Owl, adds a few more steps to the process of achieving mastery:

1. Start
2. Keep going.
3. You think you’re starting to get the hang of it.
4. You see someone else’s work and feel undeniable misery.
5. Keep going.
6. Keep going.
7. You feel like maybe, possibly, you kinda got it now.
8. You don’t.
9. Keep going.
10. You ask for someone else’s opinion–their response is standoffish, though polite.
11. Depression.
12. Keep going.
13. Keep going.
14. You ask someone else’s opinion–their response is favorable.
15. They have no idea what they’re talking about.
16. Keep going.
17. You feel semi-kinda favorable and maybe even a little proud of what you can do now.
18. Self-loathing chastisement.
19. Depression
20. Keep going.
21. You ask someone else’s opinion–they respond quite favorably.
22. They’re still wrong.
23. Depression.
24. Keep going though you can’t possibly imagine why.
25. Become restless.
26. Receive some measure of praise from a trustworthy opinion.
27. They’re still fucking wrong (Right?)
28. Keep going just because there’s nothing else to do.
29. Mastery arrives, you mistake it for a gust of wind.
30. Keep. Fucking. Going.

Posted on: November 29, 2010 08:50 PM | View / Add Comments (3) | Posted in Random

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Can said…

haha, very impressive. Just do not quit. This always works.. Action is not always fun, but there is no fun without action.

The big question is, what keeps you going, in the face of all these hardships?
Mine was “because I can’t imagine doing anything else that I would continue to work so hard at while being so completely incompetent”. If you’re OK with being the “world’s worst” at whatever you do, and continue to do it regardless, you’re on the road to mastery.

Re #26, I knew I was on the right track when my grumpy Ph.D supervisor told me a year into my work that “I hadn’t been a total disaster so far”. I told my labmates. “Wow, he said that to you? He never told *me* that!”

Woody said…

The 4 steps of sales:

1) you know nothing
2) you make a sale and think you know everything
3) something blows up and you think you know nothing
4) you sell a little more and know you know something. Something about yourself and something about people

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This does a good job of capturing the what-seems-like-a-never-ending process of mastery.

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Proper techniques for mold cleanup

What You Need To Consider About Mold Cleanup

by Stuart N. Concannon

These days there is a lot of talk about mold and mold remediation. If it has left you with a lot of questions, you will find the answers to some of your questions right here, just keep reading.

Water is the biggest reason that you are likely to find mold in your house. It might be that you have a leak or it could be a case of excessive humidity. Some areas are more susceptible to the development of mold. Especially areas such as bathrooms that do not have proper ventilation, basements, crawl spaces, attics and wall interiors.

It is not always necessary to call professionals in to clean up mold. Often the homeowner can do it themselves. The Environmental Protection Agency suggests that if the area is small than 10 square feet, the owner of the house can safely clean up the mold. The EPA has also stated that most mold is not toxic and so there is no need to test each time mold is found.

Contrary to popular belief, bleach does not necessarily kill mold, it may, but is not guaranteed. While it can be used to clean it up, it is not an EPA approved method of killing mold. To kill mold, you should use an EPA approved biocide to do the job.

Most of the recommended mold cleaners can be found at hardware stores and home centers. For your safety, you should always wear protective gear, such as a breathing mask and rubber gloves when cleaning up any mold. This will help ensure that you do not inhale any mold spores and will protect your skin.

Before you begin mold cleanup, you will want to find the source of the problem and put a stop to it. This could be a leaking pipe or a window that needs to have new caulk put around it to keep the elements out. It may even mean purchasing a dehumidifier to keep the humidity in the room under control. If you are not able to locate the source of the problem, you may want to contact a mold inspector to help you find the problem and remedy it.

If you find mold, do not panic. It is probably not toxic, and it is likely that you can handle the mold remediation yourself for a fraction of what you will pay if you call in professionals. Using the proper tools and the right protection will ensure a safe cleanup and a mold free home.

Find the details you need when you are searching for mold testing Virginia professionals. When you are seeking fast mold remediation Virginia, you will find experienced professionals available to serve you.

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This Wikileaks thing has got to stop.

I’m reading about the steps that the government can take to shut Wikileaks down…it will be interesting to see if this administration decides to take those steps.

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Mold can start with a teeny tiny water leak

That drip-drip-drip of the faucet is more than an annoyance; it’s the harbinger of issues to come. Nasty issues.  What starts out as a tiny, almost imperceptible leak offers the ideal atmosphere for mold to thrive. After all, what’s more attractive to mold spores than moist drywall or soggy carpets?

The problem with little leaks is that they go undetected for so long that mold has plenty of time to take hold. In fact, you might not even be conscious of the leak until a musty odor creeps in and fills your home. Depending on where the leak originates, you may not know for months. For example, imagine a tiny leak within the basement. The moisture and dark atmosphere make for the perfect mold breeding ground. But, how often do you find yourself down inspecting your basement or crawlspace? Weeks? Months? Years? Whenever you do descend into the depths of one’s house, that telltale smell announces the presence of mold and it all started with a tiny small leak.

What’s the big deal about just a little leak along with a lot of mold? At its worst, mold could be toxic. Individuals with allergies and weakened immune systems are especially vulnerable to well being problems associated to mold exposure. Respiratory ailments, allergies, headaches, and other symptoms adversely affect those living within the mold-infested home.

At this point, if you live in the Commonwealth of Virginia, you really should call the professionals at Mold Remediation Virginia.

Additionally towards the well being effects, mold is unsightly and unpleasant. It is also destructive. For instance, as a living organism, mold requires a food supply and guess what it consumes? Mold consumes and damages drywall, wallpaper, carpet fibers, upholstery, paint, ceiling tiles, building supplies, and any other materials that it grows upon.

This leads to unsightly discoloration and actual harm. When mold growth is severe sufficient, these supplies must be removed and replaced, frequently at fantastic expense. Imagine the hassles involved in removing all of the drywall, flooring, baseboards, and wallpaper in a single bathroom. Additionally towards the removal and repairs involved extensive cleaning, deodorizing, and mold inhibitor therapy applications usually take place.

Mold is gross, unhealthy, structurally damaging, and difficult to deal with. While insurance businesses might pay for repairs, it’s not a given. Actually, mold might be specifically excluded from your policy. Clearly, stopping mold is preferable to dealing with its aftermath. Since mold can start from the tiniest leaks, the initial order of company would be to detect all leaks and plug them, regardless of how small.

Go from room to room on a mission. Your mission: thoroughly inspect for leaks. On the initial run through your home, your only tool should be a pencil and pad.  This way, you won’t become distracted with repairs and postpone inspecting the rest of the home. In every room, check the plumbing as well as areas exactly where water typically collects such as:

– Beneath sinks

– About appliances (dishwashers, washing machines, water heaters, air conditioners)

– Water lines (don’t forget the refrigerator’s ice maker line)

– around windows and doors

– Toilets

– Showers and tubs

– Basement: windows, utility sinks, exposed pipes, walls (check for seepage)

– Foundations (appear for cracks and seepage)

– Roof (appear for indicators of leaks, loose tiles, cluttered gutters)

As you’re inspecting the house, use your nose. If a room smells musty, this is a signal that a water leak is present. As soon as you’ve noted all leaks, no matter how small, formulate a strategy for repairing them. If you’re the do-it-yourself kind, a quick trip towards the hardware store is in order followed by repairs. If you’re not, call a handyman or plumber and give them the list. For those that want the ultimate assurance, hire a leak detection business to find hidden water leaks, such as those within the walls or beneath slab foundations.

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I deployed a conversion button from Performable today.  You can find them by Googling ‘performable buttons’…they give you the button code to include on your web site and claim that the buttons drive higher conversions, sometime much higher…we’ll see!

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Well, here we are on Thanksgiving 2010.  Many of my friends on Facebook are posting their good wishes and feelings of thanks.

I don’t feel it this year.  Perhaps next year will be better, but it doesn’t feel like it today.

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RealClearPolitics – President Barack Obama: Job Killer

President Barack Obama walked into the Oval Office in January 2009 during a severe economic downturn led by a meltdown in housing prices — and promptly made things worse.

By bailing out banks, insurance companies and auto firms — done to a lesser extent by the previous administration — Obama rewarded poor performers and punished their better-managed competitors. Prevented from pouncing on wounded rivals and thus increasing market share or buying the assets of the wounded at fire sale prices, Ford, for example, watched GM and Chrysler get a cash infusion from taxpayers. Despite GM’s recent “successful” public offering, taxpayers lost billions of dollars.

Obama and the Democratic congressional supermajorities passed a nearly trillion-dollar economic “stimulus” package and then proceeded to award fiscally irresponsible states with “stimulus” funds, helping postpone the day of reckoning when states must meet their budgets by reducing spending and cutting the size of government. Stimulus supposedly “saved or created” 3.5 million jobs, but it merely succeeded in transferring money from the pockets of producer taxpayers into the pockets of others.

Obama spends billions to “invest” in mythical “green jobs of the future.” Investing is the job of the private sector, which uses private funds to produce a product that addresses a need or desire. Success is determined by the willingness of the consumer to pay good money for said product. A bad bet means somebody loses his own money — a possibility that the private investor weighed before he chose to risk his capital.

But government “investments” are driven by politics, with decisions made by bureaucrats operating under rosy scenarios with romantic wish lists. When taxpayer money goes down a rathole — as is far more likely than with privately invested money — nobody gets fired, but the country is impoverished a little bit more.

ObamaCare puts 30 million Americans on the rolls of the medically insured. Since its passage, insurance companies — citing the cost of ObamaCare mandates, rules and regulations — jacked up their premiums and cut coverage. Over 100 waivers have been granted to companies and organizations that, but for these waivers, would have had to drop coverage, increase copays or reduce medical benefits. Nice to have friends in high places.

The AARP, a staunch proponent of ObamaCare, announced a reduction in benefits for its own employees, lest the tax kick in for so-called “Cadillac plans.” To “bend the cost curve,” ObamaCare promised cuts in Medicare reimbursement. So doctors are dropping their Medicare patients.

The administration signed into law new banking and financial regulations that keep intact the very government agencies that helped precipitate the housing meltdown — Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae. Under policies aimed at allowing everyone with a pulse and a dream to buy a home, these “government-sponsored entities” allowed the players in the housing market — banks, borrowers, investment banks and buyers of “exotic securities” — to play with taxpayer money.

The Obama administration’s various government efforts to “keep homeowners in their homes” are floundering, serving only to postpone the necessary market re-pricing of homes that are now worth less than they once were. Cash for Clunkers induced people who were going to buy cars anyway into making their purchases earlier. When the program ended, car buying slumped. The result was more taxpayer dollars removed from the hands of producers and put into the hands of recipients.

The administration, with some Republican support, increased the minimum wage and several times extended unemployment compensation — both well-intended policies, but job killers nonetheless.

Obama promised to raise taxes on the rich, who, under Bush, got tax cuts they “didn’t need” and “didn’t ask for.” So the rich sit on their money, not knowing whether they will be allowed to spend or save or invest it — or whether Washington has other ideas. Most Bush-era tax cuts expire at the end of the year, and if not extended, rates will go up on income, capital gains, dividends and estates.

The recent Republican takeover of the House and loss of the Senate’s Democratic supermajority likely mean that the rates will be extended for all — including the dastardly, job-creating rich. But businesspeople cannot plan — and are thus reluctant to hire — until they know whether their taxes are going to increase.

Candidate Obama demagogued against trade agreements that “shipped jobs overseas,” and promised to tweak the Bush administration-negotiated treaty with South Korea. According to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the pact would create 250,000 jobs in America and it would open up exports to a NAFTA-sized market. But during his recent trip to Asia, Obama failed to get the South Koreans to go along with his changes aimed at benefiting the American auto and beef industries. The South Koreans said no, insisting that they had a deal and that if the U.S. won’t do business with them, other countries will.

For two years, Obama has practiced Obamalism: Spread the wealth; redistribute income; punish success; reward ineptitude; and encourage the victicrat-entitlement mentality by making the lack of health insurance the responsibility of others.

Happy Thanksgiving.

Interesting piece on the economy…maybe we’re making matters worse?

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