This is a very important lesson. You must never confuse faith that you will prevail in the end—which you can never afford to lose—with the discipline to confront the most brutal facts of your current reality, whatever they might be.
Jim Stockdale, 8-year Vietnam Prisoner of War
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I had a great time Saturday at the SoCal UX Camp. I really enjoyed the sessions had a great time presenting my UX Leadership talk. Thanks very much to David Nguyen and the team for organizing. It was an impressively well-run event. If you couldn’t make it, you can check out my slides below.
The Hard Way: UX Leadership Lessons – Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires
Most people go through their entire lives without anyone, ever, speaking honest, loving, direct words to the most damaging issues in their lives. Pause for a moment, and count the times this has been done for you. Better, pause and count the times you have offered this to someone you love.
– John Eldredge, Beautiful Outlaw
This is how most of us approach our entire lives—we hide what we can, work on what we feel is redeemable, and despise the rest.
There is a better way.
—John Eldredge, Free to Live
The mountain peak is so seductive, so sexy — it’s where you want to end up, so you focus on what it will take to scale the verticals. But as it turns out, it’s the long walk to the base of the mountain that’s the hardest part. It’s about perseverance more than strength.
Diego Rodriguez, Climbing Mountains and Wells
Research shows that whatever the outcome, whether we succeed or we fail, people with high expectations tend to feel better. At the end of the day, how we feel when we get dumped or win an award depends mostly on how we interpret the event.
Tali Sharot, The Science of Optimism: Why We’re Hard-Wired for Hope
Here’s a quick thought experiment to try out at your next design studio: Design a product made to bore, aggravate or offend your customers.
Now compare these anti-designs to your actual offering. How similar are they to each other?