Fun Friday Links: Counterintuitive Things Successful People Do, the Man Behind Flickr + Office Space

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March 22, 2013

Welcome to Conspire’s Super Happy Fun Friday Link Time, a weekly collection of cool discoveries from around the Web. Most times the goal is to get you thinking differently about communication, collaboration, culture, and life in general. Other times, LOLCAT ATTACK! Submissions are welcome, and you can send them to for consideration.

17 Counterintuitive Things Successful People Do

If you haven’t quit something because you think doing so would be against the road to success, you may want to think again. In this article, Jason Nazar offers a collection of counterintuitive lessons he’s learned from the most successful people he’s ever met. In addition to quitting, the list includes:

  • Self-sabotage
  • Repeat mistakes
  • Seek out rejection
  • Expect nothing

Source: Forbes

The Man Behind Flickr

The hubbub around Flickr’s comeback has settled, leaving Yahoo to diligently work on living up to newfound expectations. Markus Spiering, the photographer who took over as head of product in 2011, recently answered some questions for The Verge. The interview is an interesting look at how Flickr has evolved in the last two years and where it’s headed now that it’s proved to be a viable alternative to popular apps like Instagram.

“The end goal for the platform is to provide users with the possibility that, as long as they have their photos on Flickr, their photos are everywhere. In the end it’s a big ecosystem. You have multiple devices, you have multiple screens, you have different software. Regardless, if you for example got a new Windows 8 machine and Flickr is built in, or you use a Mac and Flickr is built in… it’s something that, you have Flickr, and you always have this functionality with you.”

Source: The Verge

Rebuilding Office Walls

While open office plans are great for cross-pollination between departments and that whole social thing, they can also stifle productivity–especially when your job requires quiet time in order to concentrate. Or what about the times we’re simply not in the mood to be social? What then?

John Tierney discusses how, when given no choice, employees are doing whatever they can to rebuild these walls:

“The walls have come tumbling down in offices everywhere, but the cubicle dwellers keep putting up new ones. They barricade themselves behind file cabinets. They fortify their partitions with towers of books and papers. Or they follow an ‘evolving law of technology etiquette,’ as articulated by Raj Udeshi at the open office he shares with fellow software entrepreneurs in downtown Manhattan.

“Headphones are the new wall,” he said, pointing to the covered ears of his neighbors.

Source: NY Times