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Faking It as a Productivity Tip -
"Faking it is a crucial way to get anything accomplished. Many abstracts for conferences or proposals for books or sabbaticals or anything else are written before the project described therein is finished, or sometimes even started. You build a constituency for a new course in part by positing its existence, and then trusting that a successful iteration of it will lead to even more interested students. Al Filreis gave an excellent example of this on Twitter the other day: “In the late 90s univ’s had big plans for ‘distance learning’ but it all fell through (not enough $). Now it simply happens.” It happens through getting out there and doing the work–even if, or perhaps especially when, you’re not 100% sure of what you’re doing."

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october 2009 by robertogreco
Fake Rocks, Salami Commanders, and Just Enough to Start | 43 Folders
"*Fear of Apathy. “I can’t start this until I’m positive the work will never become dull or difficult.” *Fear of Ambiguity. “I can’t start this until I know exactly how it will turn out (as well as the precise method by which I’ll do it).” *Fear of Disconnection. “I can’t start this until I’m totally up-to-date and current on everything.” *Fear of Imperfection. “I can’t start this until I know the end product will be flawless.” *Fear of Incompletion. “I can’t start this until I’m already done with it.” *Fear of Isolation. “I can’t start this until I know making it will never be lonely.” *Fear of Sucking. “I can’t start this until I’m already awesome at it (and know that even horrible people whom I dislike will hail me as a genius).” *Fear of Fear itself. “I can’t start this until I’m guaranteed that making it will never be scary.”"
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august 2009 by robertogreco
Douglas Rushkoff » President Obama
"new narrative is not story of how we are led by some new person. It’s story of how we lead ourselves. It’s about how we accept the cue to act. Everyone I know in my own circles is obsessed with creating next big Internet phenomenon or organization to marshall all this energy & help people do their own bottom-up activities. I’ve been invited to a few dozen meetings already for such projects & I’m happy to see everyone so enthused. But if everyone wants to do the “meta” job of creating a brand or utility through which activism happens, then there will be no one left to do the actual organizing. No, the opportunity is not to create the next great website for modeling bottom-up community activity, but to go and actually do the stuff. It is to participate the public school, work towards alternative energy possibilities, design and install bicycle lanes, argue at work for equal pay for women, assist local agriculture projects, develop complementary currencies and non-profit credit unions."
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november 2008 by robertogreco
The Believer - Interview with David Simon
"fuck the average reader...He knows nothing & he needs everything explained to him right away, so that exposition becomes incredible, story-killing burden. Fuck him. Fuck him to hell." "2 ways of traveling...w/ tour guide, who takes you to crap everyone sees...take snapshot, move on, experiencing nothing beyond crude visual & retention of few facts....other way...requires more time...stay in one place...put up your bag & go down to the local pub or the fool a bit & make some friends & open yourself up to a new place...time...people, soon you have a sense of another world entirely. We’re after this: Making television into that kind of travel, intellectually. Bringing those pieces of America that are obscured, ignored, otherwise segregated from ordinary & effectively arguing their relevance & existence to ordinary Americans. Saying...This is part of the country you have made. This too is who we are & what we have built."
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august 2007 by robertogreco

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