Five Lessons from Scaling Pinterest
I must have read this article at least four times already but I can't bring myself to archive it. LOTS of takeaways, my favorite being:
you don’t want to irritate your best users, but you need to keep that next 100m users in mind who can’t tell you what they want.
I've been called a "weak ass vegetarian" because I still allow myself to have cheat days but I don't really mind! I'm making a difference with my diet, no matter how small.
Not the prettiest pitch deck I've seen BUT admittedly really different from most. Learned two things: if you tell your prospect that they have a problem, they get defensive; and you gotta remind them that you are only the Gandalf to their Frodo (meaning: they still have to do the legwork!)
Good design is SO DIFFICULT to pull off though 😩 maybe that's why only a handful of companies can turn it into a 200+% lead vs others
But Steven Universe, which takes on a role in viewers' lives that is frequently as therapeutic as it is aesthetic, is especially likely to inspire this kind of devotion.
Mama, it's amazing what baking can do 🎶
Timely reminder for the disengaged Deirdre 😔
While everyone should be trying to develop and grow, focusing too much on your career or your paycheck can lead to bad behaviors such as bullying and selfishness, or simply trying to exert too much control over others.
And plastic. Let's not forget plastic.
Insightful read. Gotta work on my manners! I am honestly so bad with a lot of stuff on the list soooo maybe that's why I prefer not going out to meet people...
I keep just one song on loop when I'm in "flow" but I didn't realize that my focus was this bad when I put Spotify on shuffle.
"Music has been shown to be especially harmful to focus and productivity for introverts who are generally more anxious than average."
Riddled with problems but still, exciting times ahead!
What better way to start a day promoting STORM than by reading an article about psychological safety and team productivity 😌 forever grateful for the freedom and security to always be myself! #STORMLife
What Project Aristotle has taught people within Google is that no one wants to put on a ‘‘work face’’ when they get to the office. No one wants to leave part of their personality and inner life at home. But to be fully present at work, to feel ‘‘psychologically safe,’’ we must know that we can be free enough, sometimes, to share the things that scare us without fear of recriminations.
Well-researched piece on the individual internal pace
One study showed that exposing people to “the ultimate symbols of impatience culture”—fast-food symbols like McDonald’s golden arches—increases their reading speed and preference for time-saving products, and makes them more likely to opt for small rewards now over larger ones later.
In most cases, writing is most useful as a tool for thinking, expression, and creativity; cabin-dwelling novelists be damned.
One thing I appreciated from my last job was they had me go on a "forced leave" because I personally didn't believe in taking breaks when I'm on a roll. Now I'm in a company that gives unlimited leaves and I still don't take any. Someone needs to remind me to slow down.
there is a tendency for people to be pulled toward always being a live node at work, an “always-on, anywhere, anytime, any place behavior” that results in suboptimal and dissatisfying state of “continuous partial attention.” Give people buffer time to recharge and refocus.
Friendly reminder to keep hustlin'
I’ve always approached my life and my work thinking, ‘How much can I get away with doing before I go?’”
"Why rise from the ashes without asking why you had to burn?"
It’s not just the strength to stay the course but to question it and propose others, not just to survive but to thrive.
Often so, works produced during these storms of passion turn out, well, quite crappy.
Aim for mild happiness as you work, not storms of passion.
Friendly reminder to ship like an amateur :)
Inspiring read for anyone thinking about startup entrepreneurship in the country 💡
When the hype dies down, when it is no longer cool to be a startup founder, when investor interest in #StartupPH goes through its cyclical dry period — all these superpowers will remain with the community, and the magic will continue to happen.
As a kid, I did exercises like this for fun. How great it is to live in a world where data points for analyses like this are freely accessible!
Sharing this as a reminder that self-care isn't about treating yourself to life's little pleasures. Self-care is dirty work (like going to the dentist and paying the bills), but it must be done.
Self-care involves asking for help; it involves vulnerability; it involves being painfully honest with yourself and your loved ones about what you need.
a.k.a. The (New) Product Manager Mantra
Good product managers create compelling products. They build products that customers love and share with others. They create emotional experiences that are essential to people. They build painkillers, not vitamins.
There's a 3-hour chunk blocked in my calendar every week so I can be alone for work or general life planning. Thank you for the validation, random Medium article.
Nice to know that my champagne method is backed by evidence 🍾
I love how this just gently reminds me to not force cheerfulness and positivity on myself. Grumpy can be good.
People. Planet. Profit.
Social entrepreneurs have a triple bottom line to consider: people, planet, and profit.
Note to self: read more, then write more than what was read.
That takeaway though.
Our obligation isn’t to minimize our carbon footprint at the expense of all other considerations; it’s to try to be prudent, taking those considerations into account.
This made me reflect on the quality of sleep and the content of my dreams for the past six years.
This just changed my mind about corn. And maybe even corn-fed meat. 😳
Recently realized that spending (poorly planned) quality time with friends can do much more for my mental health than forcing solitude at times that I've had enough.
I can finally answer a bit more confidently when someone asks if I know what I'm doing.
It starts with setting a vision for the product, which requires you to research, research, and then research some more your market, your customer and the problem they have that you’re trying to solve.
Note to self: buy more corked wine.
Without a doubt, I am guilty of this. And all of its implications. Must check self.
The phrase cripples our range of expression and flattens the complex role that emotions do play in our reasoning.
Salad, although vegan-friendly, is not exempted from being unsustainable.
the American Dream isn't just about getting rich, but rather getting there by being different, by being yourself. It's a get-weird-quick scheme, and it's beautiful more often than it's bountiful.
"When we throw away food, it sits in a landfill and just rots. This rot produces methane gas. Methane gas is a greenhouse gas that is classified as having 21 times more global warming potential than carbon dioxide."
Because gender equality isn't only for women and the LGBT community. Men need it too.
Going meatless helps alleviate more than one global problem. It's not just about carbon emissions anymore. It's also about conserving water.
Meat consumption, which requires significantly more water than a vegetarian or low-meat diet, is spiking as a growing middle class in countries such as China and India can afford to eat more pork, chicken and beef.
At some point within the last six months, I made a decision to go out more. It was because for two years, I settled down; and it was such a comfortable experience that I lost my ability to hustle.
My heroine and queen 👑
The greatest thing we can do is to give each other a safe space to truly, truly be ourselves in the world."
Best piece I've read so far tackling fish farming and its environmental effects. Now thinking about how to do this in the Philippines 🤔
A different take on depression as an allergic reaction to sugar (among other things)
Something to think about the next time we call something "empowering".
This version of empowerment can be actively disempowering: It’s a series of objects and experiences you can purchase while the conditions determining who can access and accumulate power stay the same.
Well-written piece on what people consider beautiful and attractive.
Might attempt to emulate this hairstyle in real life. For the sole reason of feeling like I'm in a TV show as well 😂