Monday’s Inspirational Moment (ok, hour)

May 9, 2011


Podcasts are my favorite way of staying on top of topics I love. For the past 5 years Marketing has been one of those topics. I’ll assume that most developers are not regular listeners of marketing podcasts, I want to share this one with you.

Mitch Joel hosts a podcast titled “Six Pixels of Seperation”. I had the privilege of meeting Mitch at the very first PodCamp Nashville and find him to be an engaging speaker and very smart when it comes to marketing. Recently, Mitch published an interview with Steven Pressfield. Steven is a noted author of fiction and non-fiction. One of his best known books was the basis for the movie “The Legend of Bagger Vance”. (Great movie!)

The interview with Steven was Episode #251 of Six Pixels, “How to Get Serious About Your Creativity”. I really enjoyed the episode and since creativity is a big part of software development, I think you will too. Here’s the obligatory pullquote from the blog post about the episode.

Here’s a confession: I’m a procrastinator. My favorite saying used to be: “if it weren’t for the last minute, nothing would get done.” But that all changed back in 2003 when I read Steven Pressfield’s book, The War Of Art. I had known Pressfield as a fiction writer (his best-known work, The Legend Of Bagger Vance, was also a huge Hollywood hit), but as the buzz began surrounding The War Of Art, I not only found myself devouring that book, but being able to look at how I create content in a very different light.

Ok, so that was almost half of the blog post. Six Pixels is a long-form podcast with each episode approximately 45-60 minutes in length. This episodes comes in at 46 minutes. It is well worth the investment of one or two of your commute though. The content is inspiring to anyone who considers what they do creative.

Give Mitch a listen. If you like what you hear, make sure and leave a comment saying so.

About Cal Evans

Many moons ago, at the tender age of 14, Cal touched his first computer. (We're using the term "computer" loosely here, it was a TRS-80 Model 1) Since then his life has never been the same. He graduated from TRS-80s to Commodores and eventually to IBM PC's. For the past 10 years Cal has worked with PHP and MySQL on Linux OSX, and when necessary, Windows. He has built on a variety of projects ranging in size from simple web pages to multi-million dollar web applications. When not banging his head on his monitor, attempting a blood sacrifice to get a particular piece of code working, he enjoys building and managing development teams using his widely imitated but never patented management style of "management by wandering around". Cal is currently based in Nashville, TN and is gainfully unemployed as the Chief Marketing Officer of Blue Parabola, LLC. Cal is happily married to wife 1.28, the lovely and talented Kathy. Together they have 2 kids who were both bright enough not to pursue a career in IT. Cal blogs at and is the founder and host of Day Camp 4 Developers

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