Scott Hanselman

My views on community, productivity, kindness, and mindfulness on the Hanselminutes Fresh Tech Podcast

January 22, 2020 Comment on this post [4] Posted in Musings | Podcast
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Scott HanselmanAt the start of a new decade and over 700 episodes of my tech podcast, I did something weird. I had myself on the show. Egotistical, perhaps, given the show literally has my name in it, but the way it happened was interesting.

This episode wasn't supposed to be an episode! I was invited by Jeff Fritz of Twitch fame to talk to his community team of Live Coders on Discord. They recorded it, and mentioned several times that it was useful content! I didn't go into the private meeting thinking I'd record a show. It was effectively a conference call with friends old and new. It's unedited and off the cuff.

So, why not try something new and make this an episode! Let me know on Twitter if you find my views on community, productivity, and life useful to you!

I talk about:

  • Longevity - Sticking to your goals
  • Relationships - Business plans/goals/life settings/culture
  • Living Life By Design rather than By Default
  • Setting the Tone
  • Positivity and how to maintain it
  • Scaling yourself and your community
  • Why Kindness Matters
  • Blogging - it's a marathon not a sprint
  • Feeding your spirit
  • Why do we do something and why do we procrastinate?
  • Removing Mental Clutter
  • Why do I blog/create? Why do you?
  • Conserving your keystrokes
  • Advice to my 20 year old self
  • Willpower and catching up
  • What can you talk about? What can you write about?
  • A question is a gift
  • Why would I allow someone who doesn't love me ruin my day?
  • Interviewing techniques and empathy
  • The importance of improv and "yes, and"
  • Charisma On Command
  • Dealing with Imposter Syndrome
  • Deliberate Practice
  • Mindfulness
  • Owning what you're good at
  • Freaking Out
  • Acceptance
  • Priorities - family and life
  • What's important?
  • Plan, execute on the plan, make a new plan

Please go listen to Episode 719 of the Hanselminutes Podcast, it's just 54 minutes long.

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It's called "Myself: It's not weird at all" and I'm actually kind of proud of it. Let me know what you think in the comments!

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About Scott

Scott Hanselman is a former professor, former Chief Architect in finance, now speaker, consultant, father, diabetic, and Microsoft employee. He is a failed stand-up comic, a cornrower, and a book author.

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February 03, 2020 2:28
Excellent episode. Probably one of my favorites.
February 04, 2020 5:24
I just wanted to take a quick minute to thank you, Scott, for having taken the time out of your vacation (aka "catch-up-on-games-I've-wanted-to-play" time) to spend it with Jeff and the Live Coders team.

There were some really wonderful bits of information and insight you provided that made me stop and really think about, or come to the realization of something which, in retrospect, maybe should have been obvious. A kind of "I knew *how* to turn on the light, but I needed someone to do it for me to see *where* I needed to do it" moment.

You mentioned deliberateness and mindfulness several times - being deliberate in thought, in your current circumstance, mindful of what you're doing or why you're doing it. There was one item you mentioned to Google (with Bing), that is, "Deliberate Practice", which I presume was leading to James Clear's writings on the subject. Are there other sources or materials which you've used to learn more on the "how" which you would recommend? Or was it more self-guided, where you were being mindful to be more mindful and deliberate?

Thanks again, and while we're already in February, I wish you continued success in professional and personal endeavours.
February 04, 2020 10:05
Good Job Scott. Keep It Up.
February 05, 2020 18:53
I was interested to hear your insights around blogging. I have also started keeping a backlog of blog post ideas to put out on my blog. I have to say that it has made me more focused. As you said, consistency is the key and that is something that I have been neglecting.

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