24 thoughts on “LIVE Shop Talk 42: Thoughts on Success

  • March 10, 2021 at 11:28 pm
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    This is really a great show sir..I would really love to see a series on how to start a company.

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  • March 10, 2021 at 11:28 pm
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    Paul, you could use on your compound in Africa a wood gasifier which is able to start the generator. With that generator you could have power to charge your devices. Just in the case that there is no power.

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  • March 10, 2021 at 11:28 pm
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    From my experience, very good advice, lucid presentation. So true that the folks who know the math and learn to communicate develop incredible organizational value and may have more fun.

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  • March 10, 2021 at 11:28 pm
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    never badmouth your company, not even to joke.. they got me back because the bartender knew a guy who had a high rank inthere…

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  • March 10, 2021 at 11:28 pm
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    Video’s on communication/soft skills would be absolutely awesome Paul! There are only few like you who’ve been there and done the stuff to back up their talking.

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  • March 10, 2021 at 11:28 pm
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    Hey Paul, I was wondering if you will be creating a tutorial on creating a space probe using Arduino? That has been keeping me excited for a while.

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  • March 10, 2021 at 11:28 pm
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    Hi Paul, what advice would you give to someone who is lacking motivation and drive ?

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  • March 10, 2021 at 11:28 pm
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    I love the video, but have a bit of a concern! When you ask about which you can actively strengthen, your intelligence or your work ethic, you make it seem as if we’re somehow stagnant and cannot expand our minds beyond a certain point. There’s a lot of attention being paid now to leaning with a “fixed mindset” vs a “growth mindset”. You may want to check it out!

    Thanks for the great video 🙂

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  • March 10, 2021 at 11:28 pm
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    “I’m rich in the things that matter”! That is a great quote Paul. What is the measure of success? I’ve considered myself successful because I’ve always been a hard worker. At 52 I needed to look for another job. In my interview I told my boss that you could find smarter people than me but you will not find a person more dedicated than me. I worked at that place until I retired. It was the best job I ever had. I really didn’t want to retire but health problems and pressure from my wife forced me into it. I thought my boss was gonna cry when I told him I was retiring. He immediately asked me if I would consider working part time which I did for a couple of years.

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  • March 10, 2021 at 11:28 pm
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    I wasn’t there for the stream but this was nice to watch on Sunday before Church.

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  • March 10, 2021 at 11:28 pm
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    MAIN TAKEAWAYS:
    1. Don't be stupid
    2. Whenever you come to your boss with a problem, make sure you also come with a solution.
    3. Check your ego. Regardless of how educated and smart you think you are, always be respectful of others.
    4. Whenever you are tasked with giving an overview of a project, make sure to give credit where credit is due. 
    5. When there is some constructive/negative feedback you want to give to a team member, do so privately.
    6. When you want to give positive feedback, do so publicly.
    7. Try to look at feedback as an opportunity for growth.
    8. Rather than sharpening your technical skills, work on some of those soft skills that engineers stereotypically lack (e.g. communication).
    9. Don't bad mouth your job/organization. Try to frame your job and workplace in an optimistic/positive light. If you really don't like your job, look for another one.

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  • March 10, 2021 at 11:28 pm
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    Thank you for the advices.
    I'm reading a book "How to win friends and influence people" by Dale Carnegie right now, and a lot of your advices are similar to ones in the book.

    One thing I don't quite understand is why do you think that electronics engineer is the best job right now, if you are not in a big company on a good position, salaries tend to be not big at all. At least in other countries, substantially lower than a programmer. And it's not certain that you are going to even get on the high position at all after years.

    I like electronics as a hobby but went for a computer science degree. The plan is to get the money with programming and then spend it on electronics hobby.
    And programming is close to electronics, so that combines well.

    What do you think, are there any problems with the plan?
    Would appreciate any advice on that.

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