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Gina Trapani on Choices

GinaTrapaniGina Trapani is a web developer and writer, and one of the most influential people in technology — she was recently named as among the 100 most awesome women in the open source community. I’m revisiting this interview with Gina as part of our 300th-episode celebration because I think there is a lot we can glean from it about choice, determination and resilience.

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In the interview, Gina and I discuss:

  • Why Gina left Lifehacker, even though she loved her title, her staff and her paycheque (and how she decided when was the right time to leave).
  • Why it’s a good thing when a new job makes you uncomfortable and maybe even makes you cry.
  • How doing work for free can lead to work that pays.
  • Being a distracted email-overloaded fool, and how to trick yourself into being productive and get peace of mind.

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Interview Highlights

0:07    Michael introduces Gina Trapani
1:08    Gina’s book The Complete Guide to Google Wave
3:31    Why Gina left Lifehacker, even though she loved her title, her staff, and her paycheck (and how she decided when was the right time to leave)
5:12    Why it’s a good thing when a new job makes you uncomfortable and maybe even makes you cry
10:36   How doing work for free can lead to work that pays
16:22   Being a distracted email-overloaded fool, and how to trick yourself into being productive and get peace of mind
20:27   How Gina stays focused on the work that makes the difference
23:53   How to find out more about Gina Trapani
24:45   Michael closes the interview with Gina Trapani

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