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Be Good At Lots of Things

Lynn Fisher
October 11, 2015

Be Good At Lots of Things

A talk from Phoenix Design Week 2015.

Lynn Fisher

October 11, 2015
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  1. HELLO!
    Lynn Fisher @lynnandtonic

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  2. BE GOOD AT
    ONE THING

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  3. CREATE ART IN THE
    SPACE WHERE
    DISCIPLINES OVERLAP

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  4. BE GOOD AT
    LOTS OF THINGS

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  5. IS IT
    POSSIBLE?

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  6. SPECIALIZATION
    IS A GOOD THING

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  7. WHERE HAS OUR
    CURIOSITY GONE?

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  8. SPOILER ALERT

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  9. SPOILER OVER

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  10. “You’ll never be as good as someone
    who spends all their time on it.”

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  11. YOU DON’T
    KNOW ME

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  12. THAT’S OK.

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  13. “You don’t have to become a pro to get
    value from learning something.”
    PHILIP ROBERTS

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  14. WHAT DOES IT
    MEAN TO BE GOOD
    AT SOMETHING?

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  15. EVERY PROJECT IN EVERY
    INDUSTRY REQUIRES WORK
    OF VARYING DIFFICULTY

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  16. EVERY PROJECT IN EVERY
    INDUSTRY REQUIRES WORK
    OF VARYING DIFFICULTY

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  17. “If there’s anything worse than a web
    designer who doesn’t know how to code,
    it’s a web designer who codes poorly!”

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  18. “Developers need designers, not
    bug making machines.”

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  19. “I’m not a developer and I wouldn’t
    want my code in production.”

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  20. “Our culture doesn’t support
    beginners.”

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  21. “I’m a bad teacher.”

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  22. “Do you only hire senior developers?”

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  23. CODE DOESN’T CARE
    WHO WROTE IT

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  24. WHAT ARE YOU?

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  25. “A title has no business attempting to
    capture the seemingly infinite ways by
    which individuals evolve.”
    RANDS

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  26. BEYOND
    CATEGORY

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  27. YOU ARE NOT A PIE

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  28. “Don’t dilute someone’s skill set by
    trying to expand it, play to the
    strengths of your team”

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  29. THAT’S OK.

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  30. CREATE ART IN THE
    SPACE WHERE
    COMMUNITIES OVERLAP

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  31. LITERALLY
    EVERYTHING IS
    ABOUT PEOPLE

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  32. BRING YOUR WHOLE
    SELF TO WORK

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  33. BRING YOUR WHOLE
    SELF TO WORK

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  34. “Do or do not. There is no try.”
    YODA

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  35. TRYING IS VALID
    AND VALUABLE

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  36. IT REMINDS US WHAT
    IT FEELS LIKE TO BE A
    BEGINNER

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  37. “You’re not a real ______
    unless you ____________”
    SOME JERK, PROBABLY
    NOUN
    ARBITRARY CONDITION

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  38. WE DEFINE WHO WE
    ARE AND WHAT WE
    ARE GOOD AT

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  39. WE DECIDE
    WHAT MATTERS

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  40. “Use what talents you possess: the
    woods would be very silent if no birds
    sang there except those that sang best.”
    HENRY VAN DYKE

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  41. PEOPLE ARE CAPABLE
    OF SO MUCH

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  42. BE GOOD AT
    LOTS OF THINGS

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  43. THANK YOU
    Lynn Fisher @lynnandtonic

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