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Aftermath: The Motivation Hacker

It's been almost six months since I published The Motivation Hacker, my book on how to get yourself to want to do what you always wanted to want to do. Here's what surprised me.

Sales (update: First Year Book sales)

I use a site called PredictionBook to compare my private guesses to reality for things like this. It helps me be less overconfident. I took a brutal calibration beating on my predictions for how many copies I'd sell in the first six months:

Here's how many I actually sold:

The Importance of Showing Off

On Gorilla Tactics

Showing off is super important. I don’t mean that in the hot-rod, flashy, “Look at my car and my super awesome muscles” way… though if I have to say so, my muscles ARE super awesome. What I mean is, it is very important to show your work to people. And not just show them, but PLAN to show them, and tell them about those plans so they can hold you accountable if you don’t.  

This point was driven home to me a few weeks ago when I showed off King Randall’s Party at the Made in Mass Developers Party, which occurs every year before PAX East. Hosted by some friendly faces at Microsoft, people treat it mostly as a party; great beer and food is served, and we are surrounded by our fellow developers. At the same time there are tons of tables where developers from MA can show off their games and provide entertainment for the party goes. It’s a real win-win type of event.  

In the months leading up to the party before it was confirmed that I would have a table, I had been working hard on KRP, or so I thought. After I got confirmation that I would have a table at the event, my development speed jumped tremendously. Just the thought that I would have hundreds of people looking at my game really drove me to produce higher quality work, faster. I've noticed this effect also occurs whenever I tell someone – a friend, family member, or someone else whose opinion I highly regard, that I’ll show them XYZ on such and such date.

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