Are you in your work?

This phrase has been in my mind since hearing Simon Collison’s closing talk at Build conference last year.

I’ve been meaning to create some kind of motivational wallpaper for my desktop based on this phrase ever since.

The picture is of one of the greatest memories I’ll never have – a photo of me on my grandfather Don’s lap on a boat trip in Norfolk. I must have been just nine months old when it was taken.

Don was probably the most influential person in shaping who I have become. He taught me the joy of reading, the need to question things, the fun of taking things apart and the importance of being yourself.