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On Podcast: Charles Duhigg on Self-Motivation, Mental Models, and Getting Stuff Done – The Upgrade by Lifehacker

March 25th, 2017 Comments off

Charles Duhigg on Self-Motivation, Mental Models, and Getting Stuff Done – The Upgrade by Lifehacker

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If anyone knows the difference between being busy and being productive it’s Charles Duhigg. The Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter for the New York Times and author of The Power of Habit has made a name for himself plumbing the science of productivity, and this week he’s joining us on the podcast.

Charles is, by any measure, a very productive person—he wrote a bestseller while working full-time and raising a family. And even though success begat success, he started to feel like he was treading water and didn’t want to come home every day after work to spend another five hours answering emails.

So he started calling researchers who study productivity as well as very productive people he admired to learn why some people manage to do so much while others struggle to reach the inbox zero promised land. Those phone calls and conversations are what led to his second book, Smarter Better Faster.

In today’s show we talk about many of the key principles Charles detailed in his book, including how pilots used ‘mental models’ to land a severely damaged airplane, how the worst automotive manufacturing plant in the country turned itself around when new owners gave the workers more control, and what it means to be truly productive.

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Noted: Podcast: The Assassins Of Creativity (and How To Spot Them)

March 22nd, 2017 Comments off

Noted: These 7 Books Are Necessary Reading for All Creatives – Product Hunt

February 27th, 2017 Comments off
I’ve read nearly all of these and highly recommend them. I need to read Bird by Bird again and also check out Big Magic and Creative Confidence, which are new to me. — Douglas

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Do It 2017! A Year of Making, Doing, Creating, and more!

January 12th, 2017 2 comments

Do It 2017

The holidays are a time for gathering together with friend and family AND reflecting back on the year that has past.We attended several parties over the holiday season and many other, smaller, get-togethers for drinks or dinner. In talking with everyone, one statement I heard again and again at these events was the desire to actually and concretely DO something this year.


Maybe they wanted to do more knitting or cooking or reading. Maybe they wanted to work on their new novel , take more photographs or even get more involved with politics. While the desires were quite varied, the desire to DO something was strong in everyone. Creativity is a major part of everyone’s live and when denied can lead to a life filled with dissatisfaction.

“Zorana Ivcevic measured personal growth by asking people about their continued development and realization of their potential (e.g., “In general, I feel that I continue to learn more about myself as time goes by”). She found that people who scored higher in a “creative lifestyle” (those who engaged in more creative acts in everyday life such as making a scrapbook, visiting an art museum, inventing a new recipe, and taking photographs) were significantly more likely to score high in personal growth.” – Scientific American

I know in my own personal case, when my time is completely occupied with “work” for others, I begin to feel an itch, a concern and, in some cases, an increase in feelings of depression and hopelessness. This is why, when you read my blogs, or follow me on social media, you often see a wide variety of content spanning writing, photography, music, technology, gardening and a hundred other areas. This is my defense mechanism. This is my mind screaming out for something creative, something interesting, something fun and, in some cases, something powerful in my life. I am guessing that you feel a similar pull in your life and similar results when you deny it and I feel this is why I am hearing the “create” as a mantra from so many people.

“Research has shown that creating or tending things by hand enhances mental health and makes us happy.  Dr. Kelly Lambert ( explored the relationship between hand use, current cultural habits, and mood.  She found that hands-on work satisfies our primal need to make things and could also be an antidote for our cultural malaise.” – Psychology Today


In an effort to spur my own creativity and execution of those creative ideas, I am starting this series, Do It 2017! I’ll be offering up my own experiences and 100 0177 2creative projects, interesting projects I find on the Internet, and maybe even a few interviews with others who are seeking to make something important this year.

I’d love to hear your plans for the year, too. What projects have you itching to get started? Do you need a little push to take that first step? Are you waiting on something to change in your life before pursuing these new ideas? What roadblocks — both personal and professional — stand in your way? Share your thoughts here and let’s build a supportive community of creators that can help each other move forward, even if just baby steps. I know for myself, taking action — even the smallest of actions — is often the best (and only) way of getting started. Let’s help each other take those small, concrete actions that lead to great things!

Here are a few of the projects (and general themes) I want to move forward in 2017:

  • Return to my guitar, piano and harmonica playing. Play music with others more often.
  • Create useful, cool and fun Internet of Things and other technology projects using Arduino, Raspberry PI and other technologies
  • Open a hackerspace/makerspace where I can share my creativity with other and help introduce them to the wonderful (and powerful) world of making things
  • Create other communities of like-minded people to support and challenge each other to do great thingsP7310559
  • Focus on photography more as both an artistic release and financial benefit by creating products of all sorts to bring more beauty into people’s lives
    • Aso, set up a schedule of regular photowalks to dedicate time to creating new photos
  • Find new food and recipes to add to our Recipes in Rotation
  • Travel more to both new places and places I haven’t visited in a long while. This includes some lovely places in northern California and also exotic places like Iceland.
  • Be outdoors more both in my own garden and in the amazing countryside that surrounds Los Angeles.
  • …and much more!

How about you? What are your creative desires for the coming year? How can I and all the readers here help you in your endeavor?

I’ll be posting a new idea of how I am trying to Do It! this year each week here on the blog. Subscribe here on My Word or follow me on any of my social media accounts to join in!


Top 25 Pages for 2016 from Douglas E. Welch

January 1st, 2017 Comments off

Looking back over my statistics for 2016, here are the Top 25 Pages here at

See something here you missed? Give it a click and check it out.

Interesting Plant: Campanula | A Gardener’s Notebook
Interesting Plant: Albuca namaquensis | A Gardener’s Notebook
TechnologyIQ: Codebender – An Online Code Editor for Arduino: Write Code & Program Your Arduino In Your Browser
TechnologyIQ: Projects: 10 best Raspberry Pi projects you can do yourself from Trusted Reviews
Project: Steel pipe garden edging | A Gardener’s Notebook
A Gardener’s Notebook
Douglas E. Welch: Art, Design & Photography Products | Redbubble
TechnologyIQ: Project: Arduino Wind Speed Indicator from Geeky Gadgets
My Word with Douglas E. Welch
DIY: PVC Pipe Strawberry Planter | A Gardener’s Notebook
Pinterest: An Organ Pipe Cactus Wall | A Gardener’s Notebook
“Winter Sunset” Mugs by Douglas E. Welch | Redbubble
“California Poppies” Spiral Notebooks by Douglas E. Welch | Redbubble
TechnologyIQ: Sparkfun’s Field Guide to Arduino introduces you to the Arduino family tree
Propagating pittosporum | A Gardener’s Notebook
Noted: Charming Garden Gate via Gorgeous Flowers Garden & Love on Tumblr | A Gardener’s Notebook
“Villa in the Vineyard – Antique Photo” Stickers by Douglas E. Welch | Redbubble
Garden Decor: The Bird sNest Box by All Lovely Stuff | A Gardener’s Notebook
Food: Homemade Ginger Beer | A Gardener’s Notebook
Douglas Welch – YouTube
My Word with Douglas E. Welch » Just hanging with my buddy today #cat #home #fun #funny #pet via Instagram [Photo]
The difference between your job, your work and your career – April 20, 2007
“A Face in the Garden ” Hardcover Journals by Douglas E. Welch | Redbubble


Video Rewind for February 2016 – What did you miss on DouglasEWelch .com? — 14 Videos [Video]

March 1st, 2016 Comments off

A playlist of all the videos I produced in February 2016

You can find all my past videos on my YouTube Channel. If you enjoy a video, please click the Like button

or Subscribe to the YouTube Channel. Doing that directly effects how many other people see my videos.

A playlist of all the videos I produced in January 2016 You can find all my past videos on my YouTube Channel. If you enjoy a video, please click the Like button or Subscribe to the YouTube Channel. Doing that directly effects how many other people see my videos.

Video rewind february 2016



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Video Rewind for January 2016 – What did you miss on DouglasEWelch .com? — 15 Videos [Video]

February 1st, 2016 Comments off
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Video Rewind for September 2015 – What did you miss on DouglasEWelch .com? — 21 Videos [Video]

October 5th, 2015 Comments off
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My Work 2: My Photography Products Direct to You, Your Friends and Your Family.

September 30th, 2015 Comments off

Due to the wide and differing nature of the work I do, I am often asked by friends and acquaintances, “What are you doing now?” This blog series will keep you informed and up-date-date on some of my bigger projects, blogs, podcast and more! — Douglas

My Photography and Products

As you may have noticed from my blogs and social media feeds, I have been working very diligently to gain some financial benefit from all the photographs I have taken over the years – -and continue to take nearly every day. One way I have been doing this is through RedBubble. RedBubble is an online site which allows me to create a variety of products quickly and easily. These means I can sell these items without large investments in time and without spending a lot of money on items that might not resonate with my customers. Each item is printed on demand and delivered directly to you. RedBubble provides volume discounts on some items and also regularly hosts 20% off sales site wide.

Redbubble logo

If you visit my RedBubble Portfolio today, you’ll find almost 100 different photographs, each available on 7-22 different products ranging from cards to tote bags to laptop sleeves to iPhone/iPad covers, mugs and more. I have been adding about 2 new photographs each day as I find them in my archives or take new photos on my various photowalk and excursions.

Douglas E. Welch RedBubble Portfolio

If you are interested, please check out my portfolio. I hope there is something there that might add a little beauty to your home, technology and life. Even better, if you like something, please consider sharing it with your friends or family either in-person or via social media. Selling products is a volume game, so the more people who know about my products the higher my chances of selling. After all, people can’t buy what they don’t know about. Thank you in advance! Your help is always greatly appreciated.

In addition to these RedBubble items, I can also create custom items directly on commission. See something you like, but want it in a different format? Send me an email and we can develop something together!!

On A Personal Note

These products are just one more way that I am creating a career out of many disparate parts. I have always had a variety of interests in my life and this hasn’t always fit neatly into the standard definition of a job and career. As I have grown older, I have sought out ways to combine all these interests into something that gives me the variety I crave in my work while also supporting me financially. It isn’t easy, but after several years of working in the corporate world, I don’t think that was the proper place for me, either. Despite the challenges of creating what I call a “hybrid career”, I think it fits me best. If you see something here that catches your fancy, please consider making a purchase and helping me in this lifelong quest to create something unique. Watch for more posts in this My Work series to see other parts of this “hybrid career” in action.

A sample of laptop sleeves created using my photographs

Laptop Sleeves from Douglas E. Welch

A Sneak Peak

I know it’s only the last day of September, but preparing for the holiday season takes a lot of time. so I am already creating a series of Christmas Cards so that you can share the spirit of the holidays with your friends and families! I’ll be adding even more Christmas-related cards and such in the coming weeks, so keep watching. Order early, so you can be sure if having your cards in hand when you are ready to send them out. All RedBubble cards come with a 30% on when buying in sets of 8 cards, so you can save by buying enough to everyone on your list.

Christmas Cards by Douglas E. Welch

This is just a small selection of Christmas Cards I will have available, so check back often to see more!

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Your Career is About You from Two Challenges in Building the Career You Deserve [Video Clip]

August 24th, 2015 Comments off

From the Career Opportunities Podcast…

A Clip from Two Challenges in Building the Career You Deserve with Douglas E. Welch. Watch the entire presentation.

Your Career is About You from Two Challenges in Building the Career You Deserve [Video Clip]


Douglas E. Welch ( presents to the class Career Development – Theories and Techniques at Pepperdine Graduate School of Education & Psychology taught by fellow CareerCamp Co-Chair, Danielle Gruen

The two biggest challenges are deciding what you want to do as a career and then building the career you deserve once you decide.

I discuss the Career Compass method of discovering your career wants, needs and desires and then using various social media tools to show people “What you do and how well you do it”


It’s not about those external things out there. Although, yes, we focus on resumes and we focus on interview skills and everything else, in reality it’s about you. It’s about the people you deal with and it’s about developing, as Danielle said, “The Career You Deserve” and I really do believe that. That became the subtitle for my column and podcast and I really do believe that. We all deserve a great career. We’re not entitled to it. It doesn’t mean that I get it because I’m a happy little special snowflake. It means that all of us, collectively as humans, deserve a great career and we can make that happen — and we can help others make that happen — if we think about it in this very personal way. 

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