Made By Few 2014

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Slides from my talk at Made By Few. An honest story and a framework for validating happiness at work.

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Made By Few 2014

  1. 1. Jeffrey Kalmikoff Author Development at Blurb @jeffrey
  2. 2. Legos.
  3. 3. Legos.
  4. 4. Architecture Camp University of Illinois 1994
  5. 5. Nothing like college.
  6. 6. I didn’t have what it takes to become an architect.
  7. 7. That’s a lie. I knew I’d never make it through school.
  8. 8. I don’t have what it takes to work at an ad agency.
  9. 9. That’s a lie. I needed to contribute more than my ability to use Photoshop.
  10. 10. 6 years later…
  11. 11. I don’t have what it takes to endure an early start-up.
  12. 12. That’s a lie. I actually didn’t know why.
  13. 13. Happiness Factors Factor 1 Factor 2 Factor 3 Factor 4 Factor 5 Digg • • SimpleGeo • • • Betable • • • •
  14. 14. Freedom to be curious. Make something real. Work with friends. Connect with artists. Participate in a community.
  15. 15. Freedom to be curious. Make something real. Work with friends. Connect with artists. Participate in a community. These are my 5 ideals.
  16. 16. The hardest person to be honest with is yourself.
  17. 17. Happiness Factors Factor 1 Factor 2 Factor 3 Factor 4 Factor 5 Digg • • SimpleGeo • • • Betable • • • • Blurb • • • • •
  18. 18. Are you lying to yourself?
  19. 19. Tell the truth. Here’s how…
  20. 20. Be honest with yourself. REALLY FUCKING HONEST. Really, really honest. 1.
  21. 21. Alex Eylar
  22. 22. Make a list of your ideals and keep it with you AT ALL FUCKING TIMES. 2.
  23. 23. Alex Eylar
  24. 24. Prioritize happiness EVERY FUCKING DAY. 3.
  25. 25. Alex Eylar
  26. 26. 4. Never, ever stop asking, “WHY THE FUCK AM I HERE?”
  27. 27. Alex Eylar
  28. 28. Tune out the the hype— especially your own. 5.
  29. 29. Alex Eylar
  30. 30. Legos.
  31. 31. THANKS! @jeffrey jeffrey.kalmikoff@gmail.com

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