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Apr 21, 2019 03:00:02

NOW Solutions

by @brianball PATRON | 259 words | 391💌

Brian Ball

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I met with three other guys online this weekend to meet and work. Weird to work on a Saturday, but we're all working on projects we think we want to be working on.

I noticed, I couldn't get into the flow of my work with them talking, so I thought I'd download some music and create a playlist.

There's a site that sells a collection of 18 songs "designed" to code by. Music to Code By is the name of the site.

I didn't want to spend the money.

The creator has 4-minute samples on his site.

I wrote a quick program to download the .mp3 files. Then, I wrote another program to start them from the command line -- but then realized I could just drag the lot of them onto the player and create a playlist.

Instead of paying $40 for 25 minutes x 18 tracks, I created my own $0 playlist in short order.

What I realized, however, is that people probably enjoying paying to solve problems now. Most people don't line up at the coffee shop to get a coffee for later - they're solving the BrainWake that needs to happen NOW.

When people buy AppZapper, I feel like they're trying to solve a problem right now. Or.. they've solved the problem with the trials -- and now want to own the solution for later use.

I buy books like that. I don't order books to read in the future. I buy a book because I'm noticing I want something for my brain right now.

How about you? When do you buy stuff?

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    My natural inclination is to only solve Now Problems, but I think I'm at my best -- the version of myself I admire the most -- when I actually strive for LongTerm Solutions.
    So I try fighting my natural inclinations.

    Also I prefer trading money for solutions always when affordable over trading time for solutions. In your case, I would've either paid for the coding music or not done the programming aggregation at all -- this is assuming that I had something longterm I was working towards on a Saturday to begin with.. .because if I'm working on something on a Saturday it's implied that I care about it a lot, and if I care about it that much I'm not willing to spend time on something to save money... unless that thing that I'm deviating from to work on is intersting enough to deviate me from the longterm goal.. .but then it makes me rethink my longterm goal since if I was willing to deviate from it, was it important to me at all?


    Abe avatar Abe | Apr 21, 2019 14:56:58
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      @abrahamKim - no disagreement with this logic.

      What caused me to go ahead and program it myself was:
      1. Practice -- it'd been a while since I programmed some command-line scripts.
      2. Connection to problem. If I have a problem, a barrier, a motivating force -- other people do. I wanted to get down into the work to be part of the solution -- realizing what it takes to build out the solution that gives me sufficient satisfaction.

      Brian Ball avatar Brian Ball | Apr 21, 2019 11:28:46
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      Those are good reasons. Pulled by interest rather than pushed by fear.

      Abe avatar Abe | Apr 26, 2019 14:08:13
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