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I Have No Talent
                 An Organized Rant




                 Great Lakes Ruby Bash, Lansing MI   John Nunemake...
Saturday, April 17, 2010
Background
                 The Rant That Struck A Nerve




Saturday, April 17, 2010
Saturday, April 17, 2010
First Nerve

                 The Gods



Saturday, April 17, 2010
Second Nerve

                 The Mortals



Saturday, April 17, 2010
The Path
                 We are all on it (at different points).




Saturday, April 17, 2010
1. You Must Measure
                 Yourself against you in the past




Saturday, April 17, 2010
Saturday, April 17, 2010
2003
                 html, css, flash, photoshop, ftp
                 oakprairiefarms.com, johnnunemaker.com




Saturday...
2004
                 college grad, php, mysql, js, standards
                 a lot of php/mysql admin areas




Saturday...
2005
                 ajax, coldfusion, oracle, prototype,
                 scriptaculous
                 addictedtonew.c...
2006
                 rails, ruby, terminal, http requests,
                 parsing xml/json, version control,
          ...
2007
                 deployment, delegation, actionscript
                 conductor, nd.edu, snitch, lorem, scrobbler, m...
2008
                 jquery, merb, git(hub), pythong
                 googlebase, googlreader, statwhore, httparty,
     ...
2009
                 oauth, mongodb, single page apps,
                 include/extend, inheritance, tdd
                ...
2010
                 proxies, identity map, composition,
                 design patterns, refactoring, sinatra
         ...
I Learned From

                 Generic to Specific



Saturday, April 17, 2010
I Transitioned From

                 Learning to Doing



Saturday, April 17, 2010
“           What we have to learn to
                 do, we learn by doing.


                                    Aristot...
2003-2010




Saturday, April 17, 2010
2003-2010
                           40+ oss projects




Saturday, April 17, 2010
2003-2010
                           40+ oss projects
                           100+ websites/applications




Saturday, ...
2003-2010
                           40+ oss projects
                           100+ websites/applications
              ...
2003-2010
                           40+ oss projects
                           100+ websites/applications
              ...
2. You Must Choose
                 To work hard and practice deliberately




Saturday, April 17, 2010
You Must

                 Choose



Saturday, April 17, 2010
Choose

                           You Must



Saturday, April 17, 2010
“           Greatness is not a function of
                 circumstances. Greatness, it turns
                 out, is la...
“      We sometimes think of being good
            at mathematics as an innate ability.
            You either have "it" ...
You Must

                 Work Hard



Saturday, April 17, 2010
“       Children who associate success with hard
             work tend to have a “mastery-oriented
             response”...
“           The Japanese [teachers] want their
                 kids to struggle. [...] American
                 teachers...
“         Great companies did not
               focus on what to do, but
               rather what not to do and
       ...
You Must

                 Practice Deliberately



Saturday, April 17, 2010
“           The best people in any field are
                 those who devote the most
                 hours to what the ...
“           For example: Simply hitting a bucket of balls
                 is not deliberate practice, which is why most
 ...
“           Understand that talent doesn’t
                 mean intelligence, motivation
                 or personality ...
“           Maybe we can't expect most people
                 to achieve greatness. It's just too
                 demand...
Thank you!
                 john@orderedlist.com
                 @jnunemaker



                 Great Lakes Ruby Bash, L...
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  1. 1. I Have No Talent An Organized Rant Great Lakes Ruby Bash, Lansing MI John Nunemaker April 17, 2010 Ordered List Saturday, April 17, 2010
  2. 2. Saturday, April 17, 2010
  3. 3. Background The Rant That Struck A Nerve Saturday, April 17, 2010
  4. 4. Saturday, April 17, 2010
  5. 5. First Nerve The Gods Saturday, April 17, 2010
  6. 6. Second Nerve The Mortals Saturday, April 17, 2010
  7. 7. The Path We are all on it (at different points). Saturday, April 17, 2010
  8. 8. 1. You Must Measure Yourself against you in the past Saturday, April 17, 2010
  9. 9. Saturday, April 17, 2010
  10. 10. 2003 html, css, flash, photoshop, ftp oakprairiefarms.com, johnnunemaker.com Saturday, April 17, 2010
  11. 11. 2004 college grad, php, mysql, js, standards a lot of php/mysql admin areas Saturday, April 17, 2010
  12. 12. 2005 ajax, coldfusion, oracle, prototype, scriptaculous addictedtonew.com, mysql table wrapper, addicted to feedburner and flickr libs Saturday, April 17, 2010
  13. 13. 2006 rails, ruby, terminal, http requests, parsing xml/json, version control, class/instance variables, testing first rails site, railstips.org, nd forum Saturday, April 17, 2010
  14. 14. 2007 deployment, delegation, actionscript conductor, nd.edu, snitch, lorem, scrobbler, mirrored Saturday, April 17, 2010
  15. 15. 2008 jquery, merb, git(hub), pythong googlebase, googlreader, statwhore, httparty, user_stamp, happymapper Saturday, April 17, 2010
  16. 16. 2009 oauth, mongodb, single page apps, include/extend, inheritance, tdd columbus, google-weather, crack, mongomapper, harmony Saturday, April 17, 2010
  17. 17. 2010 proxies, identity map, composition, design patterns, refactoring, sinatra mongotips.com, wand, canable, joint, gemwhois Saturday, April 17, 2010
  18. 18. I Learned From Generic to Specific Saturday, April 17, 2010
  19. 19. I Transitioned From Learning to Doing Saturday, April 17, 2010
  20. 20. “ What we have to learn to do, we learn by doing. Aristotle Saturday, April 17, 2010
  21. 21. 2003-2010 Saturday, April 17, 2010
  22. 22. 2003-2010 40+ oss projects Saturday, April 17, 2010
  23. 23. 2003-2010 40+ oss projects 100+ websites/applications Saturday, April 17, 2010
  24. 24. 2003-2010 40+ oss projects 100+ websites/applications 470+ blog posts Saturday, April 17, 2010
  25. 25. 2003-2010 40+ oss projects 100+ websites/applications 470+ blog posts a lot of code Saturday, April 17, 2010
  26. 26. 2. You Must Choose To work hard and practice deliberately Saturday, April 17, 2010
  27. 27. You Must Choose Saturday, April 17, 2010
  28. 28. Choose You Must Saturday, April 17, 2010
  29. 29. “ Greatness is not a function of circumstances. Greatness, it turns out, is largely a matter of conscious choice. You must maintain an unwavering faith that you can, and will prevail in the end. Jim Collins Good To Great Saturday, April 17, 2010
  30. 30. “ We sometimes think of being good at mathematics as an innate ability. You either have "it" or you don't. [...] it's not so much ability as attitude. You master mathematics if you are willing to try. Malcolm Gladwell Outliers Saturday, April 17, 2010
  31. 31. You Must Work Hard Saturday, April 17, 2010
  32. 32. “ Children who associate success with hard work tend to have a “mastery-oriented response” to challenging situations, while children who see themselves as just plain “smart” or “dumb,” or “good” or “bad” at something, have a “learned helplessness orientation.” Josh Waitzkin The Art of Learning Saturday, April 17, 2010
  33. 33. “ The Japanese [teachers] want their kids to struggle. [...] American teachers, though, worked like waiters. Whenever there was a struggle, they wanted to move past it, make sure the class kept gliding along. But you don't learn by gliding. Jim Stigler, UCLA Prof The Teaching Gap Saturday, April 17, 2010
  34. 34. “ Great companies did not focus on what to do, but rather what not to do and what to stop doing. Jim Collins Good To Great Saturday, April 17, 2010
  35. 35. You Must Practice Deliberately Saturday, April 17, 2010
  36. 36. “ The best people in any field are those who devote the most hours to what the researchers call “deliberate practice”. Geoffrey Colvin What It Takes To Be Great Saturday, April 17, 2010
  37. 37. “ For example: Simply hitting a bucket of balls is not deliberate practice, which is why most golfers don't get better. Hitting an eight-iron 300 times with a goal of leaving the ball within 20 feet of the pin 80 percent of the time, continually observing results and making appropriate adjustments, and doing that for hours every day - that's deliberate practice. Geoffrey Colvin What It Takes To Be Great Saturday, April 17, 2010
  38. 38. “ Understand that talent doesn’t mean intelligence, motivation or personality traits. It’s an innate ability to do some specific activity especially well. Geoffrey Colvin What It Takes To Be Great Saturday, April 17, 2010
  39. 39. “ Maybe we can't expect most people to achieve greatness. It's just too demanding. But the striking, liberating news is that greatness isn't reserved for a preordained few. It is available to you and to everyone. Geoffrey Colvin What It Takes To Be Great Saturday, April 17, 2010
  40. 40. Thank you! john@orderedlist.com @jnunemaker Great Lakes Ruby Bash, Lansing MI John Nunemaker April 17, 2010 Ordered List Saturday, April 17, 2010
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