For as long as I can remember, I've been in awe of people who make things. Whether it's with legos, chemistry sets, or technology. And for the same amount of time I've had this deep energy burning in my gut. I've spent much of my life trying to find an outlet for that and it's taken me on a remarkable journey (but that's a story for later in 2013). And now that I've found my fascination in the marriage between interactive technology and humanity's stories, I want to share a bit of that love with the rest of the world.
We're all made for something special. Something brilliant. But too often that soft, childlike voice gets snuffed out by adult problems of just trying to survive and make it to the next paycheck. It's hard to start over. Heck, sometimes it even feels impossible to start anything at all. But the reward from taking that tiny step forward every day can be remarkable. You can become filthy rich. Rich in the sense that you no longer need money or things to satisfy that hunger deep inside you. Because you've found your fascination.
If we can find a way to add some tinder, ignite a spark, and place some dry brush on the start of that tiny flame, what could we cook up? If the hardest part is just getting started, then the next hardest part is to keep going, and then finish what we start. The goal then, should be to start small. Infinitesimally small, in fact. And do something so minor every day that it almost seems laughable how easy it is. Then keep doing it for 30 days to make sure it sticks as a habit. Then look back at the end of that month in awe of what we accomplished.
My hope is that this infinitesimally small product, a weekly email with 4 of the best links, can be the tinder that helps that spark turn into a tiny flame. Then, with a massive tutorial showing how to create something like this on your own, can help grow that tiny flame into a small campfire. And then, with a bit of encouragement from the community and a Skype call with me, we can watch that campfire turn into a roaring blaze. A blaze so bright that even if people ignore you or laugh at you, about the only thing they can't do is stop you.
A weekly email with 4 links of the best "golden nugget" content from builders, by builders, for builders. Hand-curated from a never-ending stream of 600 daily blog posts from thought leaders in the software and technology industries covering design, engineering, marketing, and startups.
A Google spreadsheet containing every historical link, for as long as you subscribe. I've spent years curating the list of blogs I follow and developing enough taste to separate the golden nuggets from the coal. This resource of ever-growing knowledge is categorized into 4 major areas of expertise, covering topics for beginners and masters alike.
A massive tutorial with 15,000 words and nearly 200 screen shots describing how you can build this for yourself. Don't fret, I've figured out a way for you to duplicate all of what you see here with nearly zero coding and zero photoshopping (but include the details in case you want to). From setting up a web server, to automatic scripts running in the background, even my moms could do it.
A photoshop file with only a few layers and pre-written source code (HTML/CSS/JS) for everything you see on this page (and in the tutorial eBook). The benefits of not having much to learn means you begin with the secret shortcuts that industry professionals take years to learn. Then, start pumping out products in days instead of months.
Hey man, Thanks again for letting me test this out. I really did get some value out of this while I ate my breakfast in the morning:
"This product is like a magical genie that brings me a pile of gold, all the time, every time."
Boom. Its like a switch...Lincoln Hawk invented wearing hats backwards.
Haha ok...I really did enjoy waking up every morning with interesting articles waiting for me.
It felt like a part of my morning routine to get up and read the articles. Make a beauty-themed Become A Builder!
Ever since I have used "become a builder" I have increased my time doing and not saying.
I especially enjoy the design aspect of "become a builder", Having visual content available helps me create the best possible product.
The only thing I trust to get me to the less-is-more life. Save 50 hrs a week so I can be with real people? Thanks, Sean.
I enjoy cereal in the morning because it starts my metabolism with a bang. The same goes with this platform. It's like a box of Wheaties for my brain.
Building is like storytelling. Everyone can do it, but it takes practice to become good at it.
iPhone App     2011
An iPhone app that notifies you of the Hi/Low temps and chance of rain for that day. Set the time and multiple cities, then get alerted.
iPhone App     2011
An iPhone app of gorgeous desk clocks, from Dali to a classroom to a porthole, complete with real sound effects.
Web App     2011
A web app that lets you post anonymous thoughts of joy or pain, to hopefully help us understand each other better.
Web App     2011     Closed
A "weekly deal" web app that sold iPads and MacBook Airs at steep discounts. $30,000 in sales in 1 day of marketing.
After entering your email address and paying securely through Amazon Payments, you will get a confirmation email containing links to two items: the Link Database and the Tutorial with Photoshop and Source Code files.