The Hour

In the Malcolm Gladwell MasterClass he likes to ask, "how do I want to end this writing?" I don’t know, I haven’t thought about it enough yet. He also says to write like an eighth grader but with deeper research and insights.

I've been struggling with writing because I've been working through what I want to do next. One thing I decided to commit to is learning how to code beyond HTML, CSS and JavaScript. I've decided to take up Python first for 6-8 months and then maybe something more difficult afterwards like Java? However, I don't feel like my learning will be effective unless I have a mentor and/or a live project to work on. Question is, how do I find live project work as a developer in training? I don't know but I need to find out.

At the same time, I've been planning for a new podcast once I graduate in May. I want to start producing hour-long episodes focused on one topic and interview multiple people's stories or perspectives related to that topic. I could call it "Berkeley Hour," which would be a monthly podcast interviewing Cal students and alumni who are experts in their field. Another idea is to open the podcast to a broader audience beyond Berkeley guests and call it "The Hour." However, the trade off is that having a broader podcast would require more self promotion versus leveraging the Berkeley connection.

Topics could be:
• The future of work
• The new paradigm against retirement
• The importance of design thinking
• Why everyone should learn a computer language
• Lack of e-commerce in emerging markets

Changing subjects to The Art of Distraction... I’m a master of distraction. One MasterClass instructor said that distraction is the main deterrence from writing. I don’t want to agree because I feel like distractions can foster creativity but I also can’t help but agree because I haven't published much. Distraction is probably the biggest reason why my writing, not just words but also music, is a collection of fragmented thoughts and compositions.