Episode 14
Craig Long
The Unexpected Life Plan.
Craig Long on how life is in the moments you didn't expect, quieting your inner intensity, helping others achieve complex goals when they don't know where to start, remote working, and disconnecting from technology.
December 20, 2018
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Episode Notes

Craig Long on how life is in the moments you didn't expect, quieting your inner intensity, helping others achieve complex goals when they don't know where to start, remote working, and disconnecting from technology.

Craig grew up in the mountains of Wyoming wanting to be an architect, and studied architectural engineering with an emphasis in mathematics at University of Kansas. He currently works at Autodesk, Boston, developing software for other designers that — like he did for several years at Zahner — heavily rely on computers to build intricate designs.

After knowing Craig for a few years, I couldn't agree more with Kevin Rooney's description: "Craig is the mentalist. He can tear apart a problem to its root core to reveal the best opportunities. He can move easily between general ideas to technical execution in order to make [things] happen. He is also an incredibly kind person."

Connect with Craig at (@craigalanlong).


Favorite quotes

  • "Life isn't always a deterministic process you know ahead of time."
  • "[Listening to podcasts on my commute] became this empowering and centering force."
  • "Part of growing up and growing older is learning that life is in the moments and things that you didn't expect."
  • "If I looked at the logistics and analytics of how often I pick up my phone there would probably be very disconcerting information. So that's what I'm trying to be. More attentive [and] intentional about turning off those those stimuli and being more present."
  • "Find what you love and do it to the best of your abilities."

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Chapters

  • 00:00 · Intro
  • 00:53 · Craig Long
  • 05:24 · The plan
  • 08:44 · Challenges
  • 12:03 · Starting a project
  • 16:09 · Manual vs. automated
  • 17:38 · The fun moments
  • 20:48 · Zahner
  • 28:16 · The last man
  • 33:23 · ShopFloor
  • 36:20 · Things you miss
  • 42:57 · Commute
  • 50:02 · Remote working
  • 54:55 · Helping others
  • 57:04 · Yourself
  • 58:08 · Creativity
  • 59:39 · Your best ideas
  • 01:01:17 · Disconnection
  • 01:02:42 · Email
  • 01:04:09 · Flow
  • 01:06:14 · Habits
  • 01:08:37 · Finding what you like
  • 01:09:59 · Digital workflows
  • 01:12:50 · Work-in-progress
  • 01:14:48 · Clutter
  • 01:20:51 · A comfortable user interface
  • 01:21:48 · Simple & intuitive
  • 01:22:46 · Success
  • 01:26:12 · One sentence to the world

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