Learning from successful people

(Articles that I liked: Friday, January 17, 2014)
Nine Things Successful People Do Differently by Heidi Grant Halvorson on HBR was quite good. The post was from 2011, but it was linked recently from some blog post that I was reading. I should look at this list time to time.

  1. Get specific
  2. Seize the moment to act on your goals
  3. Know exactly how far you have left to go
  4. Be a realistic optimist
  5. Focus on getting better, rather than being good
  6. Have grit
  7. Built your willpower muscle
  8. Don’t tempt fate
  9. Focus on what you will do, not what you won’t do

NYTimes’s redesign thoughts (Behind the Scenes on the NYT Redesign) was also quite interesting. Liked this quote by Eitan Konigsburg:

[Rebuilding of the technical foundation] includes using Github instead of SVN for version control, Vagrant environments, Puppet deployment, using requireJS so five different versions of jQuery don’t get loaded, proper build/test frameworks, command-line tools for generating sprites, the use of LESS with a huge set of mixins, a custom grid framework, etc.

We are doing a lot of the same stuff. Good stuff.

They also sounds like they had a goal all along, specified. See the number one of that top list there?

  • Be faster.
  • Have a more flexible and adaptive presentation.
  • Have consistency across platforms.
  • Make the site easier to for the newsroom to produce and maintain.
  • Make it easier for our readers to read, navigation, share and explore.
  • Maintain and convert subscribers.
  • Create a high-quality advertising environment.

I’ve been posting links that I liked at Posterous (RIP) and then my tumblr blog. Here are the two weeks worth of links:

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