Josh Silverman tells us about teaching, laughing by himself in the middle of Joshua Tree and why people make him happy
Josh was born a designer and was designing before he knew what that was. He is a designer, educator, eternal optimist, early riser, traveler, writer. Many things make Josh happy, but the one constant in life and work is people.
As a teacher, helping people understand something and get that moment of realization makes him happy.
Josh teaches for General Assembly, which makes design and tech education available on many levelsâ€”on-line and in-person, through on-going classes or single workshops.
Josh is the first Design Fellow for General Assembly in San Francisco; he helps other visual designers in teaching and helps connect the dots between design and technology.
People can be evil to each otherâ€”it doesn’t make sense! Talking to a friend about their exes, they realized that some exes have no intention of remaining friends after breaking up. Josh things that people should be more optimistic about relationships and staying in each other’s lives for many years.
Josh has two long-term friend who are more optimistic in life and supportive, and are not the kind of people who wouldn’t speak to their exes.
The measure of a good relationship is whether you can go through different moments, good or bad, and still want to stay in each other’s life. You could even have that with someone you just met.
General Assembly allows Josh to instill the idea of designer as entrepreneur; he asks every student to come up with a problem to solve. This helps students learn visual design by igniting a passion.
Josh made time for himself last year by taking a road trip on his own around California. In the process, he had a moment of happiness in Joshua Tree; after dinner and some burbon, next to the fire and trees, and thinking of how hard last year was and excited about the rest of his life in California, he started laughing.
While people make him happy, he needs some “me” time to balance all the people time.
Curious people are Josh’s favorite people. Closed minded people have the opposite effect.
Josh travels for work and he enjoys immersing himself in each situation to learn about the culture from within it and enjoys listening from the people.
Josh thinks there’s a formula to getting different people together in a room to work on a project, and part of his international research is finding this formula.
Josh never knew he was good with people, even though that’s what he’s been doing in work by connecting people and bringing the best out of each person. He just assumed that was the role of running a bussiness.
If you are really good at something innately you don’t realize it’s a marketable skill, which is why you need to work with other people who can bring it out.
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