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I Made a Huge Mistake

I Made a Huge Mistake

This is a little talk I gave for Full Sail University (my alma mater) and the Web Design & Development program's Guest Speaker Series on October 29th, 2015.

Video of the talk is available here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xnqvGoOqtYM


Olivier Lacan

October 29, 2015


  1. None
  2. It’s been a while.

  3. 1,610 days.

  4. None
  5. 2010

  6. This guy made a huge mistake

  7. (this guy is me)

  8. I failed my intro to programming class.

  9. Twice

  10. BTW (I was at Full Sail to learn programming)

  11. So, clearly, you should 
 take advice from me.

  12. I made some decisions with bad consequences.

  13. And yet.

  14. None
  15. Story Time

  16. Miami, Florida February 2010

  17. Intro to Programming final exam 2 days later.

  18. What better time to go to a conference?

  19. None
  20. Steve Huffman Alex Payne John Resig Brian Lam Mark Dunkley

  21. Who?

  22. Reddit Twitter jQuery Gizmodo Shopify Steve Huffman Alex Payne John

    Resig Brian Lam Mark Dunkley
  23. I was using his software but I had no idea

    who John Resig was.
  24. None
  25. Can you tell which one is John Resig?

  26. Nope.

  27. Learn about the people who make software.

  28. Read from the people who make software.

  29. Talk to the people who make software.

  30. (please don’t ask them for an autograph)

  31. It’s not about the big names.

  32. None
  33. “Hi, I believe you’re my nemesis on Gowalla.”

  34. None
  35. Gregg Pollack

  36. Some decisions don’t make sense in the short term.

  37. The initial payoff might seem small.

  38. 2011

  39. December 24th 12:26 AM

  40. Subject: FYI

  41. None
  42. None
  43. It wasn’t that easy.

  44. Let’s talk about the tough parts.

  45. Worked way too much.

  46. Almost lost friends.

  47. Neglected my health and personal life.

  48. I didn’t need to risk that to get to where

    I am.
  49. I could have done less, but better.

  50. I could have asked for help.

  51. Thankfully help found me.

  52. Don’t keep to yourself.

  53. Extrovert Introvert

  54. Introvert & extrovert

  55. None
  56. Find your third place.

  57. Firehouse

  58. Downtown Credo.

  59. Vespr

  60. Meeting people is hard.

  61. Let people to bump into you.

  62. Find your dream space.

  63. (It’s not inside your head.)

  64. Reach out.

  65. None
  66. Alicia, Tyler & Anthony

  67. “The best team money can’t buy.”

  68. Find your mentors.

  69. Several of mine are in this room.

  70. Stay in touch with them.

  71. 2011

  72. June 3rd

  73. Entering the Real World™

  74. Feels like this…

  75. (crickets)

  76. So much Silence


  78. I learned more in 2 years than in the previous

  79. hard rhythm That’s a to sustain.

  80. Software doesn’t sell itself.

  81. You don’t either.

  82. You’re interviewing them, too.

  83. A job is not a favor.

  84. Always ask for more than what’s comfortable.

  85. (that’s especially true for women and minorities)

  86. Everything is so slow.

  87. Please let me work.

  88. Now

  89. None
  90. None
  91. Learn by Doing

  92. I’ve been there for 4 years.

  93. I work remotely.

  94. From France. From a train. From a plane.

  95. As long you get stuff done.

  96. I love it.

  97. It’s possible.

  98. Merci :-)

  99. @olivierlacan

  100. Ask Me Anything