You’re Doing it Wrong

I can’t stand when people use this phrase. The fact is, we’re ALL doing it wrong. You can’t always be successful and do things the “right way”.

When I got into WordPress and the web I was total hack. Several years later, I still feel like a hack. Doing it wrong is how I learned to do things right.

When you say someone (or company) is doing it wrong, you’re saying you’re doing it right or that you at least know better. That’s pretty arrogant. I’m all about being confident and making bold statements, but to assume you know the right way about anything is just another way of making yourself look like an asshole.

As I grow as a developer I try and keep in the back of my mind the feelings I had when I started. As I teach web development, I’m well aware of the insecurities felt because honestly, I feel them too.

In the end, we’re all just trying to learn and grow. It would happen faster if we supported each other and encouraged one another to succeed rather than making people feel small.

Life’s Decisions

Throughout my 20′s I always had this lingering feeling that I had to go to college and earn my degree. It was something that was important to me but I was never sure what I wanted to do with my life.

A firing at the job I was at and the subsequent shit-storm of doubling up on work convinced me it was time to jump back into the world of education. I ended up at the Art Institute of California, San Diego in the web design major. For once I knew what I wanted to do with my life. Or so I though.

The last four years at Fifty & Fifty have been awesome. I’m not leaving any time soon, but the feeling that there is something more to do in my life is back. I’m not sure what it is, really.

Here’s what’s going on right now in my world.

Fifty and Fifty

Fifty & Fifty is great. I’ve built some internal tools that have sped up my process. I can safely admit that I’m an expert in WordPress. I’ve built themes, plugins and several integrations that really kick ass. I manage a team of developers and we’re working on some great project.

Eastlake High School Swim & Dive

I’ve stepped down as head coach. It’s still weird to say I’m not the head coach. I’m still involved with the team but at a very reduced amount. I miss leading the team, but it’s a tough job dealing with pools, lack of funds, difficult parents and all the paperwork. I miss the kids. I don’t know if I’ll be back full-time again. We’ll see.

Triathlons

I’m not competing much, unfortunately. I am starting to coach. I’m starting from scratch with this. Looking at the numbers, I would need a minimum of 20 athletes paying $200/mo to earn near what I’m making now. It’s going to take a while to get to that point and I have to be careful it doesn’t interfere with the day job.

School

I’ve thought seriously, recently, about going back to school. I’d like to get a Masters degree. This would enable to possibilities in my life. The first, an opportunity to teach college. I would love to teach web development. I think the resources out there in the college world are pretty bad. The second, is coaching swimming in college but considering the state of college athletics, there won’t be many swim programs in the near future. There is a possibility of coaching triathletes as it’s a women’s college sport, now.

Life

I live in Pacific Beach. My dog is precious to me and spending time with her is great. Even more precious is my girlfriend Sandy. There is no one I’d rather spend all my time with than her. My family is going through a little rough spot with my dad. His heart is weak and he’s in the process of testing and preparing for inevitable surgery. I’d love to buy a house. I’d like to travel more. I need to pay off my school loan.

There are so many things going on right now and the important thing for me is to stay focused and in the moment. Worrying about tomorrow too much is a waste of energy. I can’t control it. It’s just been on my mind a lot lately and I’ve needed to vent.

When it rains it pours.

When launching sites, there can be some serious droughts. One of the reasons for this is that the scope expands and the target moves throughout the development process. This tends to cause due dates to push out as well. When due dates push out they somehow always congregate around the same time too. It’s annoying.

Fortunately, this year it hasn’t bit us too bad. Since the end of December we’ve launch Acres of Love, The Floating Hospital, Global Moms Challenge, a World Vision photo app and personally, I’ve relaunched this site, my sister’s training site, my other sister’s music site and today I’ve launched Project 25.

That’s a lot of sites in 2 months! We’ve got a few more coming around the corner, too!