BizCraft Episode 30: I deflect negative energy, find a coach + remote working

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This is BizCraft, the podcast about the business side of web design, recorded live almost every two weeks. Your hosts are Carl Smith (@carlsmith) of nGen Works and Gene Crawford (@genecrawford) of UnmatchedStyle.

Episode Overview

In this episode of BizCraft we discuss how you must deflect negative energy to stay sane, how finding a mentor or a personal coach is a good thing and quickly cover 37signals new book about remote working.

We talked about:

I deflect negative energy – Dave Kovar (Link)

…several years ago when I was teaching self-defense clinic to a group of women. Everything was going great and after the seminar was over I received tons of great feedback. Then one lady pulled me aside and directed what seemed like a lifetime of anger in my direction because she felt that, as a male, I was unqualified to teach women’s self-defense. Needless to stay on the drive home and for the next several hours after, I let her steal my joy. Rather than focus on the great feedback I had received from the majority of the participants, I concentrated on some comments from one particular person–and, mind you, a person with issues.

37Signals New Book: Remote

Finding a mentor or coach. Do it?!?!
Carl: Reaching out to 5 people a day you haven’t talked to in a long while and talk.

Beers from the end of the show

Gene: Warsteiner Premium Verum
Carl: Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin Ale

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Gene Crawford

With over a decade of experience in the industry he has overseen the design and architecture of hundreds of web sites and applications. An active member in the design community, he's the editor & producer of, the ConvergeSE, ConvergeFL, ConvergeRVA and the Breaking Development conference series.

  • Darby

    I loved this. I’ve picked up on the neg. energy effect, in my own environment, over the past few months. It’s really supportive to hear this discussion and how you guys are countering, and redirecting it. Recently, I’ve put more effort towards accomplishing smaller, personal goals, be it through trying something new, or just doing an extra set of push-ups that morning. Anything to build a little extra drive and confidence. I’ve noticed it’s translated into producing better work, and I’m more excited about the opportunity of a blank canvas. I’m doing better work now than I ever have and i feel like my team is too. They’re trying new things, and I feel like it will pay off. I’m not gonna be a cheerleader, i don’t wanna be that guy, but I’m definitely going to keep focusing on the positive.

    • UnmatchedStyle

      Yeah Darby, you can’t directly engage it, you have to find ways to deflect it. The more you engage with it the more you internalize it. Bad Mojo man. 🙂

  • markphd

    Starting up is really hard and by the time you gain knowledge to build and design website, you must have a very good portfolio to get a client willing to pay you. Otherwise you work for free or they go to Wix!