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Preparing to Be Badass Next Year


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Chris Raymond

Easily one of the best articles I’ve read this year. FWIW: The first time I heard of the consciousness/competence matrix was from Petrula Vrontikis. Thanks for sharing a great food-for-thought piece!

Hank Lambert

Meri, this article is awesome. My wife and I are creating our own business, and I have felt overwhelmed lately trying to learn all of the things I need to know. This has been a bit chaotic and created stress and fears that I might not be able to do this.

However, there are a few things that I am already good at, or at least OK. Reading your article made me realize that me being overwhelmed was because I was trying to learn it all at the same time. So I have stopped trying to “learn it all” at the same time, and I created a learning plan. At the top of the plan are the areas I am already OK or good at. I am focused on those areas because our business can launch with me knowing those areas, and expand my knowledge and our business as I go along.

Yesterday I created the learning plan and begun working it. This morning as I continued learning, my stress level is gone, and I feel much more focused on what I am learning. Thank you for such a great article!


I think I liked this more than any other article I’ve read recently – it’s been hectic years for everyone in web design & development and it’s great to get a bit of encouragement! Reminded me of the sound advice here:


Also, be honest with yourself about what is required to achieve your goals. If your goal is relevant and desirable, but simply won’t be accommodated by your employer, be prepared to find the time outside work.

It’s great if your employer is willing to help, and its frustrating if they won’t, but sometimes it’s just not in their power/budget. Being prepared for that, and having a backup plan, avoids the unproductive results of having a grudge.

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