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Seth Godin is saying that, Dan Pink is saying that, Malcolm Gladwell is saying that, Jurgen Appelo is saying that, I’m saying that:

Your success is entiery the function of your effort! It’s your choice to achive, your choice to win. You are your own and only obstacle to greatness.

For some reason, the message is not getting through yet.

The amount of effort, rigour, discipline that we sometimes get to see those who succeed commit (like the famous 10,000 hours) scares us away, stops us from trying, stops us from even starting. We comfortably hide behind the argument of insufficient talent, lack of resources, unsupporting circumstances or simply lack of luck. There is something else, perhaps even more powerful, that stops us – we’re simply affraid to fail. We don’t have the motivation to try and persevere.

There is a solution.

Make the choice. Start. Set yourself a goal. A small, achivable goal. Focus and work. Deliver. When the first goal is achieved, set the next one, slightly larger, perhaps more difficult. Repeat.

If you go over the first hurdle, if you work-through the first failures, the initial problems, interesting things may start to happen.

As you put effort in and achieve your goals you increase your mastery. Then you set new goals which guide you towards a purpose. Since, at the start, you’ve made your own choice and now follow your own decisions you start to feel autonomy. Autonomy. Mastery. Purpose. These are the three cornestones of intrinsic motivation, thus, as the three increase you motivation increases. As you get more motivated it’s easier to put the effort in and you achive more. A virtuous cycle fuelling your success. And all you needed to do, is make that first choice.

Good luck! You will succeed.


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No, the title doesn’t seem right.

I don’t feel like working at Energized Work or even with Energized Work. This would imply, that it’s something already created that I come to, that it exists externally, that is’s someone else’s where I simply come to work. It would feel like shopping at a supermarket – the shop is not mine, the relationship is not equal, the roles are predefined.

Energized Work work feels more balanced, more symmetrical, respectful and understanding. Where we all come together to create a whole “larger then the sum of individuals”.

No, I don’t work at Energized Work – I work as a member of the Energized Work crew. That reflects what I feel much better.

Three factors contributed significantly to my ending up with these guys, just like the drivetime “Top Tenuous”: volcanoes, Bletchley Park and twitter, and one person – Paul Dolman-Darrall. It started with the “Land of the free” presentation by Simon and Gus…and the rest is history 😉

I work as a member of the Energized Work crew because…

  • I had absolutely no experience of Grails and only limited of Java when I came for the interview and it didn’t matter – tools and frameworks don’t matter, years of experience don’t matter – it’s the mindset, the personality and learning that matters.
  • The interview, wasn’t an interview at all – it was “an audition” – or simply a day pairing with people in the lab. Working alone doesn’t work – working together, in pairs when needed, works.
  • Agile, Lean, Kanban, Systems Thinking are not just concepts or ideas, they shape how we work everyday, and we experiment, and try, and fail, and succeed – always to deliver better software more effectively to delight our customers
  • work is fun and fun is work; or have you seen our Nerf armoury?
  • we run a book club and have a community to discuss our thoughts and learning from the reading
  • Energized Work raison d’être is not to write software, it is to delight our customers and create an environment where we can all become better

I work as a member of the Energized Work crew because working here motivates me to continuously discover, examine and understand what I do and why I work here (and to have written this blog post).

Thank you guys!