Pete Michaud Techzing Interview

Pete Michaud Techzing Interview

I had a great interview with Jason and Justin at TechZing.

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We covered quite a bit of ground in the interview:

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A couple things I want to correct for the record—they are just details, but I don’t want them to bite me later:

  1. I actually didn’t major in statistics, even though I took a couple statistics courses while majoring in business. I am a math enthusiast, but my wife is the one with a math degree! I think Justin’s point was that I brought an analytical approach to life and business which worked for me.
  2. Dr. Yakuboff did offer to waive his surgeon’s fee at a time when my parents couldn’t afford any more. It’s my understanding that the insurance came through at the last moment, so he never needed to do work pro bono even though the offer was there. I might be wrong about that, he might have done it pro bono, but I was only 8 or 9 at the time, so I’m not sure.
  3. Ironically, I have to rely on witness accounts of the immediate aftermath of my accident. Some people like my mom report that I died, but in the course of researching a book I wrote with my wife, Dr. Yakuboff said in an interview that my heart never stopped, which means I didn’t literally die. He’s probably right, he is in a position to know, although he didn’t see me until about 45 minutes after the accident. The important thing for me, whether I did or not, is that I grew up believing and internalizing that I died. My outlook was affected as though I had died, even if the witness evidence suggests that I didn’t. That’s a mouthful in an interview, so I left it alone. Just for the record!

I hope you enjoy listening as much as I enjoyed doing it!

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Responses

  1. Sid Savara ()

    Hey Pete,

    Great interview – I enjoyed hearing more about your story and your thoughts.

    The first point I really liked was about availability bias. It really got me thinking, because that’s one of the ways I motivate myself – looking for other people who are similar to myself (or similar to the direction I am heading in). I’ve heard of the concept a few times but I enjoyed hearing your take on it

    I also liked the point about creativitis and just releasing something you’re embarrassed about ;). I think this is one thing that stops a lot of people and then people blame it on “perfectionism” – but in truth, it’s not just about being perfect, it’s also that people just don’t want to put something out that might make others think less of them. Myself included ;)
    .-= Sid Savara´s last blog ..13 Ways To Improve Your Concentration With a Distraction Free Work Environment =-. (Reply)

    • Pete ()

      Sid, you’re not alone. No one wins immediately. The best young designers have been embarrassing themselves on forums since they were 12, the best young programmers have been asking stupid questions since then too. Put yourself out there. The only people who will look down on you for trying are the people that have never tried anything for themselves. The people who produce work will respect you more for releasing, because they’ve been there. (Reply)

  2. Brad ()

    I listened to the whole interview too, it was great. While it wasn’t filled “market secrets”, and perhaps not even information most of us didn’t already know, it was inspirational to hear about your process and your thoughts and expectations of it.
    .-= Brad´s last blog ..Apotheosis =-. (Reply)

    • Pete ()

      Yeah you’re right. I guess the secret is that there is no secret. Pick a goal, make a realistic plan, and execute the plan, day after day. (Reply)

  3. Micah ()

    Enjoyed the interview. Thanks. I’m better for it.

    I enjoyed how you emphasize getting traction, or maybe inertia is a better word. To get moving is usually the overwhelming part.

    Breaking things up is a good approach to that. Many smaller starts. (Reply)

    • Pete ()

      It’s the same advice that new writers get. Even if you feel blocked, just start writing. It’s so much easier to change and mold words on a page than it is to put something down to begin with. (Reply)

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  5. Lucas ()

    Hey Pete,

    Thanks for a very enjoyable interview. I haven’t been seriously considering startups or the possibility of starting my own before, but the way you describe it is quite different from what I had imagined, and makes it seem very appealing. I’m not sure if I’ll be pursuing that path, but this certainly opened up a whole new range of possibilites for me. (Reply)

    • Pete ()

      Well, not everyone has the personality type to stay positive and roll with punches, but I really think anyone can do what I did. Let me know if you decide to get started! (Reply)

  6. Robert Tassarone ()

    I like how you posted the links to the audio and transcript in triplicate. :)

    I like how you posted the links to the audio and transcript in triplicate. :)

    I like how you posted the links to the audio and transcript in triplicate. :)

    - Rob

    - Rob

    - Rob (Reply)

    • Pete ()

      But you clicked it, didn’t you? Didn’t you? Didn’t you?

      Actually, I picked that up from Erica Douglass, who I think got it from Yaro Starek. In any case, it’s effective. (Reply)

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  9. Fred Tracy ()

    This was awesome. It got me thinking about using the concept of metrics for my site. I’m more of a writer and personal development guy than anything to do with marketing or business, so I could definitely use some expansion in that area. (Reply)

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