Go out of your comfort zone, and fight your fears

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I’m like Batman! Unfortunately, it’s not because I’m a hero who saves lifes: it’s because I was afraid of bats. Two years ago, a bat, visibly sick, entered our apartment. It was the first time I was near one of those flying rats, and I learn something: bats were scaring the shit out of me.... Read more

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Life is too short – my silent retreat experience

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I’m always thinking, always: this brain of mine never turns off. I’m thinking about blog posts, new projects, work… I can shut it down only when I’m sleeping, when I’m drunk or when I watch a movie. Even in those cases, as soon as it’s done, I’m back at the thinking process. It’s exhausting, so... Read more

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Going out of his comfort zone doesn’t mean doing stuff you don’t like

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When I told my previous manager that I didn’t like my role because it changed too much, he told me that I should be happy, as I like to go out of my comfort zone. I had a very good relationship with him, and I know he was joking, but it made me realize that... Read more

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Cherish feedbacks

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We should cherish feedbacks. I’m not talking about non-constructive one: I’m talking about the one that make you learn, understand, and improve yourself. Being criticize isn’t a bad thing. Our first reflex is to avoid them, but we shouldn’t. I remember, when I started to do public speaking, I was afraid of those evaluation forms:... Read more

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Don’t be ashamed of self-promotion

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Let’s be honest, we all use our social media channels to promote ourselves, and our projects. Many people feel ashamed to do so. I don’t. I think we shouldn’t… There are a lot of things we can promote: our expertise, our friends, our ideas, our tastes, our knowledge, our projects, our company… Like everything in... Read more

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Street music #1

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Everywhere I go I like to take pictures of beautiful street art, but there is another form of street art that I like: street music. All those musicians, sometimes very good, other time, not that much, are part of discovering a new city. It’s not just about travelling as we have a lot of those... Read more

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Fred’s tees #37 – Responsive Web Design

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I’m a huge fan of the responsive web design technique. I did many talks on the subject, and helped countless people to understand, and make their applications as their sites using that technique. As with many of my t-shirts, it was a no brainer to me when I saw this tee on Cotton Bureau. Read more

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From shy introvert to colorful extrovert

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People are always telling me that I’m lucky to be an extravert, that it’s nice that speaking in front of people doesn’t scare me or that I have the power to do everything I want because of my personality. It’s true, but I worked to get that luck… Many years ago, I was one of... Read more

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It’s about how people perceive you

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As a teenager, I was working in a bowling. One evening, my boss looked at me, and asked me if everything was fine: she saw that I had red eyes. I knew what she had in mind: is Fred smoked weed before his shift? I didn’t know why my eyes were like this, but the... Read more

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Web first

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I evangelised mobile first, and responsive web design for years now. Not that I’ll stop, but I’ll switch my primary focus on something even more important, something I’m calling web first! I’m a big fan of giving a great experience to the users, and I know you are too. Unfortunately, that means native applications for... Read more

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