The Importance Of Small Things

Perhaps not Small, but more often Forgotten.

1. Honesty

2. Fearlessness

3. Passion

4. Diligence

5. Humility

Can you see where I’m going with those headings? Sometimes I hear the vision in my head, but right now, I’m not sure it will come together.

Work is going ahead fervently with Rasp, and more .. building a foundational bulk of software that will help run the business. Not just building either, acquiring is in there too.

Currently I’m putting in User Groups, Security Profiles, Folders .. and the logic that binds them all together. It’s actually more difficult than I first thought. Well, not that I _thought_ about it. Rather, it’s difficult. Period.

I thought, for a change, that I’d look over some external entities. Sometimes this blog can be a little internalised. That’s not necc. a bad thing, but a healthy perspective/character means you poke your head up from time to time.

There seems to be a proliferation of small Web 2.0 apps churning through the mill. This has been the case for some time now, most certainly, but now .. it seems the sueet (spl) is rising to the top. I think this year we’ll see a lot of great ideas being badly executed. Not just what we’ve known last year, but far more. More. MORE! Heh heh.

I also think this year that good development will forge ahead. Software is easier than ever to promote. I mean hey, that’s what all these social networks are for! Isn’t it? Ha. But seriously, if you take a minds-eye look, there are already existing networks, huge, complex, and established. It’s just a matter of figuring out how to _work_ them. I’m in the middle of this right now.

There’s a mercenary component here. For sure. But also, there is diligence in establishing relationships. I want to have bloggers talk about my software some day. Like they talk about Steve, about Vista, Photoshop. Maybe that’s some big dreaming, but seriously .. this is a great place to dream big. The web.

There’s a lot to do. But it’s step by step, little by little (somtimes big steps), every day.

Honesty, because people respect the truth. You don’t have to tell everything, blabbering. But when it counts, honesty is the bom.

Fearlessness, because most often you take a good look at what is before, and it’s scary. Unknown. Risks and turns and bends in the road.

Passion, because people will believe. Passion gives substance to your vision.

Diligence, because it will never be easy. And even when it is, around the corner is a big-ass rock waiting to crush your spirit. Whether it’s a piece of functionality that will just not unwind in your mind, or a business deal gone so terribly wrong.

Humility, because, in my opinion, we are come from nothing to begin with. You will always find someone faster, stronger, quicker. Someone with a better pedigree, a brain that solves logical problems just _that_ much faster. A business mind that grasps simple mechanics just _that_ much easier than you. Humility, because when we understand that, we can let go of the little-man issues, and strive to be the best. I know that sounds like a stupid assumption. But, in my short 30 years, it’s been born out in truth time and again.

And lastly, I forgot one.

Belief, because when you believe, and others believe (tied to passion), magic can hum through the air. Sure, Steve Jobs has this, but there’s a negative connotation that goes with it. I guess, belief has to be taken alongside these other attributes.

Then, lastly (2), this one is important too ..

Happiness/Joy, because without these two, then anything else is meaningless. I’d rather enjoy cotton-chipping in the stinking hot sun than hate a desk-job in the air-conditioning. However, I love my desk-job in the air-conditioning. I find _joy_ in it. And possibly sometimes I make joy in it. Not always. Sometimes the diligence has to kick in and over the laziness/depression .. but .. without happiness/joy, then life is meaningless. Development life. And otherwise.

You know I speak truth.

Or some version thereof.

Ha ha, my looking at other stuff didn’t last long did it. Oh noes.

Cheers,