Posts Tagged:Austin web design

rfp-robotRFP ROBOT: Website Request for Proposal Generator

The time has come for a new website (or website redesign), which means you need to write a website request for proposal or web RFP. A Google search produces a few examples, but they vary wildly and don’t seem to speak really to your goals for developing or redesigning a new website. You need to write a website RFP that will clearly articulate your needs and generate responses from the best website designers and developers out there. But how?

Have no fear, RFP Robot is here. He will walk you through a step-by-step process to help you work through the details of your project and create a PDF formatted website design RFP that will provide the information vendors need to write an accurate bid. RFP Robot will tell you what info you should include, point out pitfalls, and give examples.


Disarmed by the Doing

Inspiration is for amateurs. Everyone else shows up to work. A professional has professional habits, which necessarily include showing up to work, especially when you don’t feel like it. There will always be resistance, expect it. Don’t be so easily distracted, get it done. There’s no point in waiting for the muse. The professional doesn’t think about working out; they go and exercise. This is how all of the folks that I admire operate. This is how all of the highest performers work. The work is their glory. It is a painful joy, something that they look forward to with admiration, respect, and even a sense of fear. The doer is disarmed by the doing but always leaves more full, more equipped. There is no other way. The post Disarmed by the Doing appeared first on John Saddington. Source: https://john.do/

Taking the First Step

Relationships are hard and our egos make building, maintaining them, and growing them very difficult. In fact, most of the time we have all that we need to have very healthy and successful relationships but we self-sabotage our chances because of our pride, our ego, and even our own anxiety. The greatest gift that we can give others, though, is to humble ourselves and to take the first step. This is often the case in acts and decisions around reconciliation but this is also true of pretty much every other type of relationship exercise. The point is that someone has to go first. Someone has to remove their ego and pride just long enough to engage with the other and tell them that there’s something unresolved that they hope can be resolved through dialogue and discussion. It takes resolve and courage and more humility than is easily summoned, but, the potential for…

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Fill the Gaps

I’ve been spending a little bit more of my time working with my brother recently around his YouTube Channel and his new community site and what we’re looking at doing now is filling in the gaps of what we now understand as definitive needs within the community. Boot it up. In other words, as the community grows we become intimately aware of their growing needs and we’re able to service those needs directly. Obviously, this behooves both us as creators and builders and those who are (and will be) users and customers since validation happens on both sides of coin and can, without vicissitude, become swivels unto themselves. Filling the gaps is a good way to build product… is all I’m saying. The post Fill the Gaps appeared first on John Saddington. Source: https://john.do/

Surprising Places

I’ve shared previously my history with alcohol and, more specifically, my really bad relationship with booze and I’m happy to say that I’ve continued to stay strong and haven’t had a drink since I quit cold-turkey late last year. I’m very, very excited to celebrate the one year anniversary of one of the most significant decisions of my life and I know that I’m going to make it. But that doesn’t mean that I don’t struggle with it. In fact, I dream of drinking alcohol and find myself often thinking about the “great times” that I’ve had while under the influence as I moved towards blacking out. These, of course, are lies, fabricated tales of only the positive effects that alcohol temporarily brought me and my mind intentionally forgets to include all the damage and sadness that it has brought me over the decade of abuse. But, I quit and I’m glad…

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Mental Illness is No Black Mark

Was having a brief but impactful conversation with a colleague about mental illness and he mentioned something that forced me to quickly (and hopefully kindly) interrupt: Having social anxiety, I think, may have a negative consequence on my career. Immediately I told him that that couldn’t possibly be true and how any form of mental illness is not a liability in the slightest. In fact, it can be an incredible asset! There isn’t a single person on the planet who isn’t fundamentally “broken” in some way, shape, or form, and along those same lines there are only two types of people… those who know it and are aware of it and are seeking to do something about it and then those who are in denial. Those who are in denial do serious and grave damage to themselves and to others while those who are seeking out help and support have…

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Internet is a Strange Place

The internet is so entertaining… it allows you to encounter all sorts of people from every corner of the planet (or almost…). Unfortunately, a lot of that engagement is more frustrating than fun which is why I’ve turned off a lot of my social media and even made one of the best decisions in my digital life to turn off comments on my blog. YouTube comments, for dayz. I got this one above recently and it made me laugh… and then made me angry. The fact that I had any emotion in the slightest just goes to show that despite the many, many years of experience as a digital native I still can get riled up over the smallest of things. But, the thing is that this person is right in a lot of different ways. Creating content online is so much easier now than it was when I first started (uploading…

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Ghosts and Machines

There is a phenomena that all software programmers are aware of and have experienced which is the unexplainable behavior of software. In other words, a ghost in the machine is something that we will say when we simply can’t explain a malfunction (or even something working properly!) related to something that we’ve created or something that someone else has written. It’s frustrating because it happens more often than I’d like to admit. When I first started programming I thought the craft of software engineering was nothing short of magical… this idea that you could, with just a combination of words, create fantastic worlds, was mind-boggling. The sense of awe and wonder and the magical properties of software still hold me strongly today. I think that what we get to do is so cool and I’ve been so blessed to be able to do it for so long. But that darn ghost is everywhere…

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Growing, The Hard Way

I’m just inside what I feel like is the final lap for my 365-day YouTube challenge, which I started (and rebooted) back in November of last year. In 2 months I’ll be there and I know, at this point in time, that I’m going to make it. But, man… it’s been one helluva grind. Last night, I crossed 1,300 subscribers (and 13 is my favorite number so I had to grab a screenshot of it). This number isn’t that significant in and of itself, but, it is fascinating to note that it took me just over 6 months to do it from 1,000. The first 1,000 took 8 years, by the way. So, I am, essentially, accelerating my growth pretty strongly. But, it doesn’t feel that way. Cool. And that’s kind of the point: Growth almost never feels fast. Whether this is personal growth or professional growth we are constantly reminded about how…

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They Leave Before They Stay

When you start a new and exciting project you can, fairly easily, find other folks to join you in that quest early on. You don’t have to look (or go) too far to find interested folks who share your passion for X, Y, and Z project. But those folks are, and will always be, the easiest to acquire. On the flip-side, they are the hardest to retain. You see, there are an incredible amount of people out there who love to try new things, who have (suffer from?) the shiny-new-coin syndrome; when they see something new they join up and try it out. Often we call these folks early adopters and that’s great as they can help begin to validate your initial concept and help you gain a little bit of steam. The downside is that they are also, usually, the first to bail and leave. The principle is this: Most folks…

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Over-Engineering Is Easy

One of the strangest challenges that a startup or a new project has is over-engineering everything. You would think that a young team would find this issue easy to avoid but it’s actually not. I think this is made even more difficult if you’re an experienced business-builder. Part of this is because you simply know too much about what is required and so you’re constantly trying to optimize today’s work with what you know will be tomorrow’s work. In other words, my experience of building organizations and software products can be a serious issue and enemy to velocity, especially in the early stages. This is partly why I think younger, first-time founders have an intrinsic advantage in that their ignorance and lack of experience is actually a powerful tool that they are leveraging whether they know it or not. Instead of spending tons of time creating the perfect roadmap or a…

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1 Percent. Every Day.

I really enjoyed this talk by James Clear. It provides a real game-plan for nearly everything in life. You can easily apply this thinking liberally in both your personal and professional spheres: Having the big, far-off goal(s) can sometimes be way too hard to comprehend, appreciate, and especially act on. It’s far easier to just start, begin building, learn while you do it, and then after a (long) time you’ll find that you’re already there. This is a story I’ve heard many times over, by the way, from folks whom I deeply respect and who, for all intents and purposes, have essentially “made it”. But they did it 1% at a time. The post 1 Percent. Every Day. appeared first on John Saddington. Source: https://john.do/

Entitlement is One Helluva Drug

We all know what it’s like when we encounter someone who is, for whatever reason, entitled. They believe, through their actions, thoughts, and certainly their speech that they inherently deserve special privileges or treatment because of title or birthright or something that they were given but did not actually help in creating or producing. Acting like a total brat is irrespective and independent of age, social and economic status, race, gender, ethnicity, and every other mix and match person that has walked the earth. Being a millennial doesn’t automatically make you an entitled human just as being an old, rich, and cisgender white male doesn’t automagically brand you as an entitled human either. I, like you, have encountered the disease of entitlement in every way, shape, and form. It’s an equal-opportunity maleficence showing zero partiality to who you are and where you come from. And we all see entitlement in its raw and…

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Selling Pickaxes During the Cryptocurrency Gold Rush

This post was written over 6 years ago but it’s more applicable than ever, especially during the bitcoin and cryptocurrency craze that’s sweeping around the world. But my brother has gone in the opposite direction and instead of focusing entirely on the more sexy things like working on an ICO (which essentially is peak-crypto) he’s building digital pickaxes that’ll form the very foundation of a long-standing business that’ll be impervious to market movements. As Chris mentioned in the post, it was far better to sell pickaxes to the droves of folks who came west in their quest to mine for (real) gold instead of spending all that time trying to mine directly: This is of course an allusion to the California Gold Rush where some of the most successful business people such as Levi Strauss and Samuel Brannan didn’t mine for gold themselves but instead sold supplies to miners – wheelbarrows, tents, jeans, pickaxes etc.…

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T-Shirts and The Environment

This is super-fascinating… I had no idea how it all got put together! Love the break-down. The post T-Shirts and The Environment appeared first on John Saddington. Source: https://john.do/

There Must Be a Business

Something that I’ve been meditating on deeply this year is how businesses really get put together and survive. You see, there are about 10,000+ blog posts out there that will tell you, definitely, that if you only have these particular ingredients then it’ll all work out just fine. Most of those are just plain wrong. This gets particularly bad when you have people who have the audacity to posit wisdom about how to start a startup or new venture should operate and run but who have never actually done it themselves. It’s like a coach telling other people how to play basketball when they have never, themselves, played the game. Sure, you can tell them to face the right direction and make sure to throw the ball into the hole at the top of a pole, but, that’s not exactly helpful insight or advice. It’s akin to lying, to be honest. I was…

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Win Some, Lose Some

I have a few email newsletters that I manage and run, the main one being my personal newsletter that I try to deliver at least once a month. It’s not “professional” insofar as I don’t have a schedule or something that I’m married to but I do enjoy it because it feels more personal, more close-to-the-chest, and a place where I can share updates to folks who seem to really care about what I’m working on. That’s kind of neat. And I get updates every week about signups and folks that chose to unsubscribe. The vast majority of updates see a positive uptick on subscribers and a lower figure for unsubs. But, on occasion, I get an update where there are more unsubs than new subscribers, like this: Blargh. Sure, it’s not really that big of a deal, statistically-speaking, but, I’ll be honest that whenever this happens it feels like a…

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When It’s Not Enough

You know pretty clearly when something is not working, like when you car suddenly stops moving forward because you’ve run out of gas. What’s nice about this particularly example is that a solution is just as obvious. Unfortunately, most of life is not this clear and not this obvious. This is particularly important in the realm of business and especially startups. When you start putting together a new project the only thing that you have going for you is velocity, grit, and a lot of hard work. These are your tools and your true competitive advantage. Powered by an underlying vision for a future that’s better than the present, you and your team work together with speed to put together an airplane mid-flight with hopes that things do not come wildly apart. And there is absolutely zero room and zero tolerance for anyone who isn’t working optimally. Remember, it’s either the…

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On Achieving Sustainable Income

I’m experimenting with Patreon (and it’s pronounced “patron” for those that didn’t know…) for my brother’s growing cryptocurrency community and I find their model (and their tooling) to be very good. I also particularly like their mission which is simple, digestible, and easy to understand (but also really exciting and measurable): Help every creator in the world achieve sustainable income. This is exactly what we’re trying to do and it’s exactly why we decided to investigate the platform and system to see if what they had created was worth the time and investment to put together. The world is changing and the opportunity for independent creators to live sustainably is bigger and more possible than it has ever been. Technology like Patreon appears to be leading the way and I’m excited to dive into the system and put it to good use (also their API as well…). There’s something inside all of…

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