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Inspiration Episode: Brian Eno Teaches Us To Limit Our Options

Published 5/7/2015

In this week's inspiration episode starts with a quote from Brian Eno, a highly influential musician and audio engineer, about limiting options in order to better take advantage of our efforts.

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Hey everyone and welcome to Developer Tea name is Jonathan Cutrell and today is a very special inspiration episode for the week. Today I want to share a quote from perhaps one of my favorite musicians of all time but also an engineer, an audio engineer that has influenced quite a bit of music that you have probably heard including bands like you to and cold play Brian Eno. Brian Eno is an incredible musician. He's responsible for probably the earliest ambient music, really good music to work to by the way. Go check out some of his stuff on whatever you listen to music on. The quote from Brian Eno goes like this, software options proliferate extremely easily too easily in fact because too many options create tools that can't ever be used intuitively. Intuitive actions confine the detail work to a dedicated part of the brain leaving the rest of one's mind free to respond with attention and sensitivity to the changing texture of the moment. This is a very classic poetic language that Brian Eno is using here to describe what he's saying is an over abundance of options. And what I want you to take away from today's episode is that sometimes options can be disabling rather than enabling. So a lot of times we end up over tooling we use things that are far more capable than they need to be or have far too many options than they need to have to be useful and in fact those options cause us to slow down I know in my personal life and in my personal work when I'm. Given so many options to choose from it's very difficult to choose which one is best because I have so many different things to evaluate at a given moment in time. However, if I was given only a few options to choose from I would probably be more productive and more creative. So take this piece of inspiration from Brian Eno and the world of audio engineering and I think that you will find that it is applicable to your work with software development on a day to day basis. Check out Brian Eno's music of course quite a bit of it is instrumental it works really well as background music when you're coding go ahead and listen to some of it while you think about this idea of limiting your options and working with tools that are more simple. Thank you so much for listening to Developer Tea today my name is Jonathan Cutrell again you can reach me on Twitter at at Developer Teaor my personal Twitter is at J Cutrell that's C U T R E L L show notes can be found at DeveloperTea.com you can email me at Developer Teaat G mill dot com thank you for listening to the show and until next time enjoy your tea. you