The Answer Is Simple

Searching for the QuestionThe answer is simple.

It’s the question that is tough.

Sometimes life is a lot like Jeopardy: the answer is staring you in the face, but you need to come up with the question. Sort of, though it’s more like needing to pick the right question that leads to the answer and dig/shovel/build your way to the answer. You will make mistakes along the way.

For example

I’m a pretty pretty crazy busy dude most of the time, especially when we have a foster kid in the house. Days are filled with interruptions no matter whether the office door is closed and I’ve got music jamming in my headphones. I usually feel the brush of air come over my arm before I’m visually aware of anyone.

My answer is simple: I’ve decided (committed) to continue to earn the same or more money while being a better (more available) foster dad and structure my workday around my most productive times.

The questions were from this selection:

  • When should I start my day?
  • Should I go for a walk every day like I know I should?
  • Should I do a quick lunch and snack or a long, big lunch?
  • Will I be more productive if I drink a Mt. Dew after lunch or take a nap and then work?
  • Should I stop at 5pm and decompress or work until 6pm to work longer?

I’m working on building my way to the answer by writing these articles, compiling an ebook, writing a plugin, curating content for my followers on Twitter and Google+, and building real relationships with my fellow developers, clients, and potential clients.

Everyone is a potential friend. Everyone is a potential client. When you’re lucky, you get both in the same package, like with my friend, Phil Gerbyshak (@philgerb). Do right by yourself and introduce yourself to him. He’ll give you plenty of questions if you ask him nicely.

Look at your answer and figure out how you’re going to get there. Don’t be a stranger – fill us in on your answers, questions, and paths.

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  1. says

    Good food for thought. I keep thinking about that saying “You can’t do the same things you always have and expect different results.”

    I look forward to keeping up with your journey. Maybe it’ll help keep me on track. :)

    • says

      Accountability is huge, for sure.

      I have a comic from Dilbert from years ago taped in my work area that’s something like this: Pointy-haired Boss is rapidly clicking his mouse and getting frustrated. Dilbert tells him you can’t repeat the same action and expect something else to happen. As he reaches the hall, the speech bubble coming out of the office says, “Aha! It worked!” to which Dilbert says something like “a bad precedence has just occurred.”

  2. Jamie Mitchell says

    Hey Jesse, reading the previous comment I just had to share my all time favorite Einstein quote.

    “Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results”

    Happens to me all the time, just can’t seem to break free of it.