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FASTer - Issue #75

FASTer - Issue #75
By Faizan Siddiqi • Issue #75 • View online
The IKEA Effect:
People value something more if they’ve helped to build it.
How to apply this as a builder/creator/doer/leader/people manager
• Engage your audiences by asking questions that make them curious
• Have aligned goals, if you have the end outcome defined every one wins
• Get feedback real time, the fit-test, is the solution fitting?
Why does this mind set work?
IKEA makes you build your own furniture…Reducing their cost…
Increasing your perception of the value of the furniture, because you built it/assembled it with your own hands.
Looked at in a work/creator/builder economy setting, when people have shared outcomes and build with you, they will be more accepting of the outcomes.

Building Together for better outcomes
Building Together for better outcomes
What makes a watch tick? How does a sewing machine stitch? Where does an iPod get its shuffle? For those who have ever asked questions like these, Things Come Apart is a revelation.
As a kid, I used to dismantle toys and found it odd, that other kids didn’t. As a kid, I wanted to try and put things back together more than wanting to take them apart. If you can see the inner workings of some thing from a distance(aka dis-assembly) you find joy in putting it back together.
The same is true with outcomes. You do not appreciate some days, what goes into getting some thing done. Thats where through extraordinary photographs, disassembled objects and fascinating videos, Things Come Apart reveals the inner workings of common, everyday possessions. It will help you appreciate what make things tick. Including your self.
Images of dozens of objects explore how things are designed and made and how technology has evolved over time. For example, the individual components of a record player, a Walkman, and an iPod illustrate the technical changes in sound reproduction over the years, and images of the parts of a mechanical and digital watch demonstrate different approaches to timepiece engineering.
Let your mind be curious. Let your mind explore. Some days you need to not work on new projects, or old projects, you just need to breathe and appreciate the beauty, simplicity and power of execution in the things around you.
Today I am sharing a visual investigation of design and engineering, Things Come Apart also celebrates classic examples of industrial design like the sewing machine, the mechanical pencil, and the telescope. Additionally, the exhibition explores ideas about reuse, repair, and recycling…. Let your mind wander..
Type Writer
Type Writer
Todd McLellan
Celebrate #SmithsonianMusic with a close up and detailed view of this accordion print at @EllaSharpMuseum
One New Thing (that I learnt recently)
That the first touch screen in a car was in a 1986 Buick Riviera. The display offered automatic climate control, AM/FM radio with optional graphic equalizer, trip calculations, gauges and even the vehicles diagnostic info. This included status on the powertrain, brake wear and electrical system.
Buick Graphic Control Center Buick Electronic Control Center|CRT|Touchscreen
Buick Graphic Control Center Buick Electronic Control Center|CRT|Touchscreen
What you should be Watching
“What’s your 2GB moment?”
Monetize your time | by breaking rules |
By solving things that matter.
By taking actions that are repeatable.
By building once and charging many times.
By decoupling your time with money.
From the earliest age, we’re taught to follow the rules. Look both ways before crossing the street. Don’t talk to strangers. Color inside the lines. Wait your turn. Say please and thank you. Raise your hand to speak. Don’t talk with your mouth full. The list goes on and on.
But all those rules don’t stop once we get older. In fact, most of the time, we all operate within a set of established norms, or unwritten rules. We talk a certain way, dress a certain way and always try to follow instructions. We don’t dare rock the boat. We pay attention to what everyone else is doing, and try to keep our own behavior in line. Whether it’s at work, school or home, most of us — whether we want to admit it or not — are rule followers.
So if you must do some thing today, break the rules when it’s the right time. Not the ones that land you in trouble with the law, but the ones that society has put on you to cap your abilities, to limit your ambition, to stunt your growth, to marginalize your outcomes.
Sometimes, following the rules holds us back from realizing our dreams and taking chances.
Meta-Rules; When to Follow or Break the Rules | Dr. Jordan Peterson
Meta-Rules; When to Follow or Break the Rules | Dr. Jordan Peterson
Made in Pakistan
We are hurting, there are millions displaced. We can continue to talk about what the government or politicians didn’t do. But what we can do is much simpler. Starting with sharing this link with folks who want to contribute in cash or kind to the cause from either within or outside Pakistan to help the displaced and hurt. is a crowd sourcing platform provides updates, alerts, list of volunteers, fund raisers & other important information.
zahid lilani
@xParacha and I have created this quick website/resource to list all the charities above, plus the ones in Pakistan.

All charities are crowd-sourced.

And please remember, we are aggregators and not affiliated with any charity.
One last thing
Jon Erlichman
Sony was founded in 1946. Its first product was an electric rice cooker.

Here are some early products from 11 other well known companies. 🧵👇
If Sony could start with an electric cooker. You can pivot too, in life and in any thing else you choose. Especially your work. Heres a short list of how things started and where they ended up:
  • Nokia -> toilet paper
  • Samsung -> exporting fruit and fish
  • Lego -> a wooden duck
  • Nintendo -> playing cards
  • Tiffany&Co -> stationary
  • Colgate -> soap and candles
  • LG -> cosmetics
If you don’t evolve all you do is revolve. Stop chasing the one dream, the one product, the one perfect idea. Give your self a chance to enhance your outcomes by doing things that you didnt set out to do. Cut yourself some slack, we all make mistakes, stand up, learn to live and to fight an other day. Perhaps that will be your best outcome yet.
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Faizan Siddiqi

I have been fortunate to have mentored founders, established CEO's & students for about a decade, across the world. Every interaction has been an enriching experience for me personally. What I've observed , every one wants to do things FASTer. Be successful faster, be richer faster, do more faster, get to the end state faster. To grow FASTer you must learn to rely on small data, small acts & pick up on small nuances. Most people need a little push, contextually aware advice, directionality and a candid forum to learn from mistakes, perhaps their own but ideally from the mistake of others. This is an attempt to provide a safe space to answer the questions you don't ask in public and providing Go To Market Snippets on every day things, so you can truly Transform to your desired end-state, FASTer.

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