Advice For The Young At Heart

A young friend of mine was complaining about how older freelance web designers seem to talk down to younger freelance web designers because of their age and relative inexperience. I gave him this advice:

My advice to you is to believe in yourself, and be brutally honest with yourself about your abilities and your limitations.

Don’t ever let anyone tell you that you can’t do something, because only you can be the judge of that.

If you ever happen to hit a wall because of your relative inexperience, learn from it, and don’t make the same mistake in the future. Marc Andreessen was 17 when Netscape became a multi-million dollar company. Filo and Wang were in college when Yahoo! made it big.

Listen to everyone’s advice, young, old or middle-aged; everyone’s got some truth to share or experience to pass on. Use your own internal BS filter to separate the useful nuggets from the useless crap.

Be humble. No one likes an arrogant smart ass, no matter what age he or she is.

Here endeth the lecture. (Steps off soap box)


Transformers VS. Webkinz, Interrupts Anna Nicole Smith Coverage on TMZ

The following is an experiment based on this idea. Also, if you like MadLibs then you’ll probably get a kick out of it.

I was walking, talking on my iPhone, when I suddenly saw a Transformer getting hot and heavy with a Webkinz. I immediately took a picture of the scene with my iPhone and posted it to my MySpace and Facebook pages. I wasn’t alone; TMZ had apparently taken a break from its all-Anna Nicole Smith, all-the-time coverage to cover the event for the Club Penguin opening gala. After about a minute, I tuned out and flipped my iPhone over to YouTube to catch the latest Heroes spoilers.