I recently attended a meetup where quite a lot of people where new to web development and where interested in pursuing it as a career. Throughout the course of the event I realised that a lot of these people where causing themselves a lot of headaches and as anyone who’s been through the process of learning web development will know, the last thing you want to do is be giving yourself more obstacles and headaches than what’s necessary.
Achieving clarity of thought can be immensely difficult at times, it apparently seems the most difficult to achieve when we need it the most. If you are feeling overwhelmed by your thoughts right now it’s ok, take a few breaths, count to 10 and work through the following steps.
In their book Lean software development: An Agile Toolkit Mary and Tom Poppendieck discuss how 3M encourages all staff to develop new products, they also discuss the approval process for these products. At 3M there are three very small “hurdles” a team must surpass to progress their idea to the next level:
Often times when I’m thinking of writing a post, creating something or saying something to someone I don’t. Why? Because I start to think what I’m about to put out into the world will cause someone I hardly know (or even someone I know well) to think less of me/not like me. I think a lot of people who struggle with anxiety have experienced this and it can really prevent you from doing something good/positive/incredible. How can we get around this? Live like nobody likes you.
According to the mental health charity Mind, around 25% of people who took part in the Adult psychiatric morbidity survey 2016 had some form of mental disorder. With 5.9/100 having a Generalised Anxiety Disorder and 7.8/100 having mixed anxiety and depression it’s clear that mental health is a pretty big issue. So what can we do about it?
After using mrmadhat.com as a place for my private notes for quite some time I’ve decided to start publishing some content publicly. Here’s an introduction to the site and what sort of things I’ll be writing about.