...the farther the occasional fall is.
This is good, though it rarely seems it at the time.
The higher you stand, the stronger your voice, the keener your skill, the more people who join with you -- the more your potential to do great good things.
Or to do immense damage.
It's through the setback and reversal that you can understand defeat, nourish it, understand what your adversaries go through as you succeed. You can grow empathy, not weakness nor destruction, but true empathy. And perhaps, humility.
"That was the lowest moment I had yet encountered in my life. The phones in my office were even quiet, which had never happened before. In fact, I suddenly had a lot of quiet time to think, and I reviewed the situation objectively… I had lost my perspective and started to believe the news stories about me having "the Midas touch" when it came to business. I had become complacent. My momentum wasn't where it should have been… It's odd, but in retrospect, I think having a near wipeout made me a better businessman and certainly a better entrepreneur. I really had to think in out-of-the-box ways to keep from being buried alive." - Donald Trump
First thought: Sebastian Marshall using Donald Trump as an example of humility isn't as totally ridiculous as it sounds when you know more about both those guys.
The problem with hitting above 50% is that a miss lowers your average more than a hit moves you up. The superficial stuff, like Trump preferring the luxurious, is nothing compared to stuff like this.
Keep up the good work, Sebastian.
Noah Gibbs is an author, speaker, lead developer at OnLive, paid Rails expert for Carnegie Mellon, and author of lots of Ruby on Rails software. To promote his GiveGetWin deal, Noah sat down with me to share some incredible insights about working with deep knowledge, how empathy and understanding the user/customer is the path to success in business, and covering many other important insights. If you're a programmer, you'll love Noah's perspective and insights. If you're not a programmer, this might be one of the more insightful interviews you read about why people do programming, and about thriving in a technical skill and business in general.
Building Ruby Castles In The Clouds by Noah Gibbs, as told to Sebastian Marshall
I grew up in the middle of nowhere in East Texas, with nothing there but a state penitentiary. So I had a lot of time with a computer. No internet. Just my Apple II computer, and long stretches of time. They say you need long stretches of uninterrupted time to program.
I had that.
I program because… programming is building castles in the cloud. Concepts on top of concepts. Except that the computer is there to check you -- it's all mental and conceptual, until you find out whether it works or not.
I've lived in my RV for 10 days now. I have only gone back to the condo to get clothes, and to sleep one night (basically I picked a loud parking spot that was 10 feet from the condo and it was 5am so I just went inside instead of driving to a quiet spot). A lot of things have panned out as expected, but there have also been some big surprises.
I could go on and on, but you probably get the idea. I totally love living in this RV. It's a great feeling to drive over to my mom's house and have her say "Oh, you didn't happen to bring those tickets, did you?" and to just be able to walk into my house and get them.
My parents are really into the RV thing, which is funny. They're always a bit skeptical about my schemes. My dad helped me take out the CRT TV and the Microwave which I replaced with a flat panel and a flash bake oven. My mom made me nice curtains. I'm trying hard to resist the urge to totally trick out the RV. The carpet smells a bit musty so I might put in granite tile or bamboo floors. I think that would be neat.