Why I Love 37signals

I don’t own any of 37signal‘s products. As a matter of fact, using Basecamp annoys the heck out of me. But I love 37signals and everything they do and stand for.

Why? They’re not afraid to say what they think, no matter who might get offended. A week ago, I posted an article called Teaching Graphic Designers About The Web. Personally I thought it was a great article and it seem to do well traffic-wise.

However a small demographic of my readers decided to completely ignore the 700+ word article and instead focus on one word – gay. Yes, I called the Droid gay. And no, I don’t regret it.


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I don’t own any of 37signal‘s products. As a matter of fact, using Basecamp annoys the heck out of me. But I love 37signals and everything they do and stand for.Why? They’re not afraid to say what they think, no matter who might get offended. A week ago, I posted an article called Teaching Graphic Designers About  The Web. Personally I thought it was a great article and it seem to do well traffic-wise.

However a small demographic of my readers decided to completely ignore the 700+ word article and instead focus on one word – gay. Yes, I called the Droid gay. And no, I don’t regret it.

Why People Hate 37signals

I’ve never heard anyone say that they hated 37signals because their products stunk. Or their customer services. Or even their prices. Instead, people choose to hate 37signals because they think their “pompous” and “arrogant”. Apparently being truthful, speaking your mind and injecting humor into your writings now classifies as “arrogant” in the world today. Pity.

I’ve listened to every one of their podcasts and read all of their books. I have never seen one thing that was arrogant or pompous. I think their writing is hilarious and I actually enjoy reading their business books instead of falling asleep like I have with so many other’s books.

Why is it that in this day and age, we have to be so stuck up as to “punish” those that think outside of the box? You don’t want a full-time job? The government punishes you by making you pay double taxes. You want to be an artist? You get laughed at, the crappy building in college or told to get a real job. This world is seems to be built like a factory where from kindergarten you’re told to sit down, shut up and do the same thing as everyone else.

Another reason people hate 37signals is because 37signals writes about how they’ve been successful in business and people claim it can’t “always” be done like that. Well of course, it doesn’t work for everyone, otherwise we’d all be rich, right? Do you really want another general advise business book or a company writing about practices they don’t actually do; or do you want to hear about what a company actually did to be successful?

We’re The Same

I love this company not because of their products, but because of their attitude. You see, if you’ve been around here for any length of time, you’ve probably gathered that I’m the type of person who says what’s on my mind no matter how appropriate it is or isn’t. My mother taught me early on about the importance of truthfulness, and although it’s “offended” some people, it’s never led me astray.

Do you want to know how to really be successful as a freelancer? The type of freelancer who’s always scheduled up and making over six figures? I’ll tell you the secret and I won’t even charge you three payments of $79.99 for it…

Be You

The secret is this…be you. Have personality. Stop being a boring businessperson. No one wants to work with a serious robot. If they did they’d go to Agency X for work. They want to work with someone who knows how to joke, who can laugh and make the client smile when the client is freaking out.

Don’t worry about offending anyone. You could be the nicest person in the entire university and there’ll always be plenty of people who will take offense to that. Most of them are just waiting for an opportunity to be offended. Ignore them. You don’t want them anyways.

This world is so quick to put out personalities. How many times have you heard that you need “professional and serious web copy?” That you need to dress in a suit and tie to meet clients? That you should never smile or crack jokes? Those people are losers and I can guarantee they’re not successful.

This is me

So I’m warning you now, this is me. Yes, this blog is about design, development and freelancing. But if you want the same old crap, you can go to the 1,000,000 other blogs in existence. This is the blog of me. What I’m doing, what I’ve learned and how I can share it with you to help you get there faster than I did.

If you don’t like someone who speaks their mind, has a personality or tells the truth, please go somewhere else.

And that is why I love 37signals….

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Autor: Gabriel Catalano - human being | (#IN).perfección®

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