What to do when things go wrong

This epside of the Getting to Work Podcast truly resonated with me. Chris Martin interviews Micah Godbolt, author of “Frontend Architecture for Design Systems, A Modern Blueprint for Scalable and Sustainable Websites” in this 30 minute podcast.

I can still remember the first time I met Micah Godbolt: We were at a coffee shop talking about the web and the struggles we were both going through at that time. Since then, Micah has consistently worked his way up from web newbie to writing a book about web development, Frontend Architecture for Design Systems.

In this special interview episode of Getting Work To Work, I spend some time with Micah talking about what to do when things go wrong. In Micah’s case, what he learned from getting fired from a job several years ago. We also talk about why you should have respect for the hard work that goes into something that may not be perfect, the importance of humility, and how to learn from your mistakes in a way that can springboard you into successful projects.

I look up to Micah in many ways and how he strives to move the development community forward is inspirational. I hope you enjoy this interview with Micah Godbolt.

 

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John Furniss: A Blind Woodworker

John is an amazing human being. He is kind, loves a good joke, and creates beautiful pieces of furniture. He is also happens to be blind. I first met John through his wife Anni Becker Furniss. She was featured in an earlier episode of Innovators of Vancouver and also a student in my video production class. She often talked about the work John created and that he loved to work with his hands. I knew one day making a video about how he did it was going to happen.

As John works on his wood lathe, he shares how he learned about exotic hardwoods, the visual blueprints that he turns into a reality, and how woodworking is his meditation. When he can, he volunteers at Habitat for Humanity repairing small engines and even builds things.

Thank you to John for welcoming me to his shop as he creates his next masterpiece for Innovators of Vancouver. — Chris Martin

 

Getting Work to Work: Coming Up with Ideas

How do you come up with ideas? Do you just sit down and they magically appear? Do you have a ritual you go through in order to properly summon the muse? Do you copy, transform, or combine things that you come across? Perhaps you steal old ideas? In this episode of Getting Work To Work, Chris Martin shares some insight into the creative process from Austin Kleon and Kirby Ferguson, as well as seven ways you can come up with ideas.

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Getting Work to Work: Results May Vary

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Not all advice you will receive throughout your life and career will be good for you. In this episode of Getting Work To Work, Chris Martin shares the importance of developing and fine-tuning your filter of advice so that you are able to discount what is not helpful, think about what is useful, and apply what is important.

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Create Your Own Resources

As a creative professional, creating your own resources and intellectual property is a great way of establishing yourself as an expert, learning to communicate what you do, and helping others. In this episode of the Getting Work To Work podcast, Chris Martin shares his journey of creating his own resources and the ways he has been building up his creative discipline. Finally, he talks about five questions to ask yourself as you begin to create your own resources.

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Dream Big, Act Bigger

Do you know what the dreams for your life and business are? Are you daily acting to turn those dreams into reality? In this episode of the Getting Work To Work podcast, Chris Martin shares the importance of writing down your dreams for your business, why you should daily act to make them happen, and five ways you can dream big and act bigger.

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Jealousy, Envy & Complacency

Being a creative professional is amazing, but there is a trio of deadly emotions that can cause you to doubt your abilities, spend more time obsessing over other people, and become lazy: jealousy, envy, and complacency. Chris Martin shares how he struggles with these emotions and five ways to fight them. The secret weapon? Gratitude.

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What is the Value of Your Work?

As a creative professional, it can be hard to determine the value of your work, especially if your sense of worth is skewed from reality. In this episode, Chris Martin talks about how worth (internal barrier) affects our value (external barrier), how society views the value of creative work, and how we can change the ways we think, talk about, and communicate our value.

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Getting Work To Work Podcast: Filling Your Journal

Chris Martin is a huge fan of notebooks and sketchbooks, both expensive and cheap. He loves the feeling of writing his thoughts down on paper. At any given point in time, he has at least 4-5 notebooks to write in. These are his journals. The map of his life. A friend recently asked him, “What do you put in your journal?”  In this episode, Chris shares what he puts into his journals, the fear of journals, and five ways you can begin filling your journal.

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What Were You Born To Do?

Every week Chris Martin starts his podcast with the same description: “…overcoming the barriers that prevent them from doing the work they were born to do.” In this episode Chris talks about the importance of finding the work you were born to do, the importance of doing work that impacts others, and six ways you can reveal the work you were born to do.

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