Passion vs distraction Luke Pomorski


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Presentation by Luke Pomorski at PodCamp Cleveland, a bar camp conference in Cleveland, OH.

Luke discussed how sometimes it's difficult to figure out exactly what you are passionate about. What should your podcast or blog be about? The usual route to an answer is to do lots of searching online, read many articles, and watch online video. Perhaps there is another way. Being passionate is about sustained interest in something. He presented some ideas on staying focused and avoiding distractions to find out what your unique contribution can really be.

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Passion vs distraction Luke Pomorski

  1. 1. Passion vs. Distraction <ul><li>Luke Pomorski </li></ul><ul><li>twitter: lukesp </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul>
  2. 2. Frequent Concerns <ul><li>I don’t know what I am passionate about... </li></ul><ul><li>How do I discover my passion? </li></ul>
  3. 3. W. A. Mozart Isaac Newton The Past
  4. 4. W.A. Mozart <ul><ul><li>41 Symphonies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>27 Piano Concertos </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>16 Other Concertos </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>55 Solo Piano Works </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>18 Masses </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>23 Operas </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>100s of other works </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Isaac Newton <ul><li>Laws of Motion </li></ul><ul><li>Law of Universal Gravitation </li></ul><ul><li>Calculus </li></ul><ul><li>Reflecting Telescope </li></ul><ul><li>Theory of Light and Color </li></ul>
  6. 6. No Television No Movies No Radio No Internet The Past (for thousands of years...)
  7. 7. The Past No Electricity No Telephones No Cell Phones No Google Maps No File Sharing No Twitter No Facebook No RSS Feeds
  8. 8. The Past No YouTube No DVDs No CNN No Blogs No Video Games No Radio No CDs No Google Search No E-Mail
  9. 9. The Past (life was hard...) No Modern Medicine High Infant Mortality Low Life Expectancy Poverty No Electricity No Appliances No Supermarkets Lifelong Ailments
  10. 10. Technology is not needed for passion.
  11. 11. Distraction <ul><li>Confuses you. </li></ul><ul><li>Makes you lose focus on your main task. </li></ul><ul><li>Emotionally draining. Especially video. </li></ul><ul><li>Can’t hear your own thoughts and emotions. </li></ul><ul><li>Possibly makes you dumber. </li></ul>
  12. 12. Video <ul><li>Most distracting. </li></ul><ul><li>Emotional. </li></ul><ul><li>YouTube selects the juiciest videos. </li></ul><ul><li>Watch only if necessary. </li></ul>
  13. 13. Distraction and the Illusion of Knowledge
  14. 14. Prediction Blogging <ul><li>Present many possibilities for the Future . </li></ul><ul><li>Most possibilities never come about. </li></ul><ul><li>Many iPhones Were Predicted (photoshopped images) </li></ul><ul><li>US Election Coverage </li></ul>
  15. 15. How can you be all knowing?
  16. 16. Hindsight is 20/20 <ul><li>Wait a week. </li></ul><ul><li>Wait a month. </li></ul><ul><li>Wait 6 months. </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t worry about the predictions. </li></ul>
  17. 17. Website Size <ul><li>The larger the website the less often you need to see it. </li></ul><ul><li>Choose smaller websites that regularly offer content specific to you. </li></ul><ul><li>Visit, Google News, Techmeme etc. only once a week. </li></ul>
  18. 18. Large Websites <ul><li>Information is general with little value to you. </li></ul><ul><li>Focuses on large trends which actually move slowly. Lots of predictions. </li></ul><ul><li>As a visitor, you are one of 1000s. Your contribution is less valued. </li></ul><ul><li>Visit once a week or once a month. </li></ul><ul><li>Many updates but distracting! </li></ul>
  19. 19. Small Websites <ul><li>May have information pertaining specifically to you. </li></ul><ul><li>You may know the author personally. </li></ul><ul><li>Your contribution will be valued. </li></ul><ul><li>Keep track of it more often. </li></ul><ul><li>They have fewer updates anyways. Less distracting! </li></ul>
  20. 20. Other Ways To Avoid Distraction
  21. 21. Browsing Habits <ul><li>Avoid opening websites automatically </li></ul><ul><li>Digg, Techmeme, Reddit, Google News </li></ul>
  22. 22. Browsing Habits <ul><li>Wait a month for the dust to settle. </li></ul>
  23. 23. Browsing Habits <ul><li>Stick to smaller more personal websites that update less frequently. </li></ul><ul><li>Use an RSS reader. Great for smaller websites. </li></ul>
  24. 24. Browsing Habits <ul><li>Site Specific Browser </li></ul><ul><li>Fluid for Mac </li></ul><ul><li>Prism for Mac and Windows </li></ul>
  25. 25. Finding Passion
  26. 26. Passion is Sustained Interest
  27. 27. Passion is Sustained Interest <ul><li>Not just over a weekend. </li></ul><ul><li>Bears fruit over months. </li></ul>
  28. 28. Technology is Not The Focus
  29. 29. You Are The Focus <ul><li>Your ideas. </li></ul><ul><li>Your insights. </li></ul><ul><li>Your emotions. </li></ul><ul><li>Your connection with people. </li></ul>
  30. 30. Finding Passion The Usual Way <ul><li>Google Search </li></ul><ul><li>Large Websites </li></ul><ul><li>Many Blog Articles </li></ul><ul><li>Online Videos (Youtube has Millions) </li></ul>
  31. 31. Different Way <ul><li>Avoid Distractions </li></ul><ul><li>Introspection </li></ul><ul><li>Change in Perspective </li></ul><ul><li>Sustained Interest </li></ul><ul><li>Surprises </li></ul>
  32. 32. Focus <ul><li>What makes you special? </li></ul><ul><li>What interests you? </li></ul><ul><li>Who is important to you? </li></ul><ul><li>Experience your surroundings. </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t distract your audience either. </li></ul><ul><li>Build enough passion to Publish It! </li></ul>
  33. 33. Boredom is Good Makes you hungry for change.
  34. 34. About Me <ul><li>These days... </li></ul><ul><li>I don’t watch TV. </li></ul><ul><li>I watch very little online video. </li></ul><ul><li>I read very few distracting articles. </li></ul><ul><li>You can too! </li></ul>
  35. 35. Additional Benefits <ul><li>More time with family and friends. </li></ul><ul><li>Walks in the park. </li></ul><ul><li>Go out more often. </li></ul><ul><li>Keep better track of your life. </li></ul>
  36. 36. Assignment For 2 Months No TV Very little online video Very few random articles
  37. 37. Passion vs. Distraction <ul><li>Luke Pomorski </li></ul><ul><li>twitter: lukesp </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul>