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Published on February 17, 2014

Author: murraygalbraith1



My keynote presentation for Pause Fest 2014, featuring 10 lessons from a digital tradie.
Originally presented at BMW Edge, Federation Square in Melbourne

Build stuff or die boring.

What do you want your life to look like?


Welcome to Mount Evelyn

Do you even build, bro?

Three key moments

1/ This changes everything

2/ 100% Pure New Zealand

3/ Breakfast with a champion

Let’s build stuff

Roadtrip Forever Pretty Rad For A Dad

Yep, great. So what?

FIXED GROWTH “This is what I am” “This is just the beginning” How do I not look stupid? How do I learn from this?

BREAKER BUILDER This is the best idea I’ll ever have Let’s just use this as the starting point

What do you want your life to look like?

What do you want your life to feel like?

LESSON 01/ Start with why WHY HOW WHAT

LESSON 02/ Volunteer for everything *Consider every crap or weird job an investment in your ability to deliver truly remarkable projects


LESSON 04/ Think like a pirate X

LESSON 05/ Act like a scientist. Document everything 1/ 2/ 3/ 4/ 5/ ! 6/ ! Ask a question about a natural phenomenon Make observations of the phenomenon Hypothesize an explanation for the phenomenon Predict a logical consequence of the hypothesis Test the hypothesis with an experiment, an observational study, or a field study Creating a conclusion with data gathered in the experiment, or forming a revised/new hypothesis and repeating the process

LESSON 06/ Have kids

LESSON 07/ Ideas < Execution *1% Inspiration 99% Perspiration

LESSON 08/ Welcome failure. Seek criticism *Learn to love being wrong

LESSON 09/ Create imaginary deadlines 1/ Choose a task or project right now 2/ Text your start and delivery dates to someone you trust ! ! ! PROTIP: Use a big stick instead of a carrot

LESSON 10/ Indifference is toxic *Curiosity didn’t kill the cat, it was apathy


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