Get comfortable with being uncomfortable is a saying that I hear a lot when I’m around tech people, and particularly non-technical people working in tech. I get the feeling when hearing this saying repeated aloud, that my understanding of this it is quite different to the understanding of the people I hear repeating it. In a team-based environment, it is important to voice discomfort at the earliest available opportunity. Whether that discomfort is a result of dynamics in the team, gaps in knowledge and understanding, unrealistic expectations, or any number of other things.
This year one of my goals is to improve my writing skills, and one of the ways I’m working towards that goal is to make sure I write something every day. January was not terribly successful, but February has been a lot better. Initially I was having a lot of trouble getting started, though that has been mitigated by my efforts to consistently write something every day, even if what I start remains incomplete.
At some point over the last two weeks I came across a subreddit about ‘non zero days’. As far as I can tell, the community on Reddit sprung up in response to a comment made by ryans01: Rule numero uno - There are no more zero days. What’s a zero day? A zero day is when you don’t do a single fucking thing towards whatever dream or goal or want or whatever that you got going on.
Working in the technology sector as a consultant means that I sometimes find myself working with public figures in the tech community. I can’t think of many points in my life where I have found myself working with people whose talks I have watched on YouTube or whose writings I have read in various publications on a regular basis. Naturally the process of following public figures primarily through the lens of the persona that they expose to the world results in expectations being formed which are rooted in the images that those people aim to project of themselves.