I Have No Idea What I'm Doing

We've all felt compelled to say, "oh but I'm so bad at this," lest someone think we might have something valuable to say. We've all felt that surge of inspiration, followed by frustration, sometimes to the point of being unwilling to try again.

Why say you am not good at something? Doesn't being challenged matter? Is being good at something the only measure of its worth?

In this talk I explore how we learn, the fine line between deceit and "fake it til you make it," and discover some ways we can be intentful about how we learn, challenge ourselves, and share our knowledge.

  1. Be lucky
  2. Set Goals
  3. Work joyously
  4. Share your doubts
  5. Celebrate your wins
  6. Help others
FrontEndConf, St Petersburg, FL; July 11, 2014
CSSConf Oakland, Oakland, CA; December 9, 2014
Converge SE, Columbia SC; April 16, 2015

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Beautifully done for me by Jillian Adel! Thank you!

About Elyse

Elyse is a Front-End Architect at RetailMeNot. She's actively involved the Austin women in tech scene, teaches for Girl Develop It, and occasionally speaks at conferences. She has ten+ years of experience in HTML and CSS, and has spent her career writing CSS/Sass for large front-end apps. She has a GIF for every occasion, an epic makeup collection, and once got nicknamed Sparkles—and it stuck. When not at her computer you can probably find her doing yoga handstands, cooking, or devouring a book.

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