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What now? Side Projects! 
Staying motivated when your passion (or lack thereof) 
has you feeling stuck. 
D. Keith Robinson...
! 
D. Keith Robinson 
Principal Product Designer, Salesforce 
@dkr / dkeithrobinson.com / about.me/dkeith
“Can’t never did anything.” 
- Mom
“Dammed if you do, bored if 
you don’t.” 
- Me
Give up?
Fork and Follow?
“If I lock myself in to a single job, title or 
hobby, that drastically narrows my view and 
could prevent me from eventua...
Do what you love meets love 
the one you’re with.
Try a side project. 
Austin Kleon: Steal Like an Artist
Why side projects?
STAY CALM 
AND 
! 
DO WHATEVER 
YOU WANT.
Consensus is for losers.
Get unstuck.
Action begets action.
ACTION. Not Reaction.
dangerismyfirstname.com
A rabbit hole for ideas.
We all love to learn.
Shoshin 
(BEGINNER’S MIND) 
More thoughts: Beginner's Mind
“In the beginner’s mind there are 
many possibilities, in the expert’s 
mind there are few.” 
- Shunryu Suzuki 
From: Zen ...
There is something special 
about making something for 
yourself.
And… 
you never know.
Shadelight. 
Illustrations by Don Aguillo
Don’t be afraid of letting your 
darlings die. 
It’s better than you might think.
How?
Start with a question. 
(See what I did there?)
“Asking questions is at the heart of 
collaboration, more so than any 
project management software or 
process. And if you...
If you had all the time and 
resources in the world, what 
would you do with them?
Make a list.
Take a class.
Help out. 
Partner up.
Passions + Interests
I’ll buy. You’ll drink. We’ll chat.
Try a side project. 
Until you find your white room. 
Elle Luna: The Crossroads of Should and Must
THANK YOU 
D. Keith Robinson / @dkr 
dkeithrobinson.com / dangerismyfirstname.com 
the-mason-jar.com / about.me/dkeith 
!
What now? Staying motivated when your passion (or lack thereof) has you feeling stuck.
What now? Staying motivated when your passion (or lack thereof) has you feeling stuck.
What now? Staying motivated when your passion (or lack thereof) has you feeling stuck.
What now? Staying motivated when your passion (or lack thereof) has you feeling stuck.
What now? Staying motivated when your passion (or lack thereof) has you feeling stuck.
What now? Staying motivated when your passion (or lack thereof) has you feeling stuck.
What now? Staying motivated when your passion (or lack thereof) has you feeling stuck.
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What now? Staying motivated when your passion (or lack thereof) has you feeling stuck.

What do you know when you're having trouble executing or when your passion just isn't quite there? You sit down and get to work. Side projects are a great way to help you get unstuck, and you never know, they can often be much more.

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What now? Staying motivated when your passion (or lack thereof) has you feeling stuck.

  1. 1. What now? Side Projects! Staying motivated when your passion (or lack thereof) has you feeling stuck. D. Keith Robinson ! !
  2. 2. ! D. Keith Robinson Principal Product Designer, Salesforce @dkr / dkeithrobinson.com / about.me/dkeith
  3. 3. “Can’t never did anything.” - Mom
  4. 4. “Dammed if you do, bored if you don’t.” - Me
  5. 5. Give up?
  6. 6. Fork and Follow?
  7. 7. “If I lock myself in to a single job, title or hobby, that drastically narrows my view and could prevent me from eventually finding new passions, new adventures, new challenges.” - Cap Watkins From: http://blog.capwatkins.com/sticking-a-fork-in-passion
  8. 8. Do what you love meets love the one you’re with.
  9. 9. Try a side project. Austin Kleon: Steal Like an Artist
  10. 10. Why side projects?
  11. 11. STAY CALM AND ! DO WHATEVER YOU WANT.
  12. 12. Consensus is for losers.
  13. 13. Get unstuck.
  14. 14. Action begets action.
  15. 15. ACTION. Not Reaction.
  16. 16. dangerismyfirstname.com
  17. 17. A rabbit hole for ideas.
  18. 18. We all love to learn.
  19. 19. Shoshin (BEGINNER’S MIND) More thoughts: Beginner's Mind
  20. 20. “In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, in the expert’s mind there are few.” - Shunryu Suzuki From: Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind
  21. 21. There is something special about making something for yourself.
  22. 22. And… you never know.
  23. 23. Shadelight. Illustrations by Don Aguillo
  24. 24. Don’t be afraid of letting your darlings die. It’s better than you might think.
  25. 25. How?
  26. 26. Start with a question. (See what I did there?)
  27. 27. “Asking questions is at the heart of collaboration, more so than any project management software or process. And if you want to truly collaborate, I’ve found you need to allow yourself to be someone without the answers.” - Jason Santa Maria From: https://the-pastry-box-project.net/jason-santa-maria/2014-march-15
  28. 28. If you had all the time and resources in the world, what would you do with them?
  29. 29. Make a list.
  30. 30. Take a class.
  31. 31. Help out. Partner up.
  32. 32. Passions + Interests
  33. 33. I’ll buy. You’ll drink. We’ll chat.
  34. 34. Try a side project. Until you find your white room. Elle Luna: The Crossroads of Should and Must
  35. 35. THANK YOU D. Keith Robinson / @dkr dkeithrobinson.com / dangerismyfirstname.com the-mason-jar.com / about.me/dkeith !

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