I suffer from anxiety and it's a constant reminder that I always experience the word through a filter. With anxiety disorder the filter can quickly turn from HDR to Black and White with no warning. Through therapy and meditation i hope one day to experience a no-filter world.
We are judged for our judgement. We can't avoid being judged. We can avoid judging, but not using our judgement. And if we could, at which cost? What defines our identity more than our judgement? What sums up better our values and experience than our judgement? Let's be accountable for (good) judgement.
Over and over I have excused myself for not doing my best at work because of a sense of lack of purpose in my job. It's not my passion, I would repeat myself, demeaning the task at hand. Why should I put effort into something that is just a task, I'd reason. The narrative of … Continue reading The passion excuse
"Writing is organized thinking on behalf of persuasion" reads a line in a Seth Godin blog post. Simple, elegant, thoughtful definition. But where is the art in that? Neither organized or rational are good appellatives of any artistic endeavor. Persuasive? Perhaps; actually, certainly. Art is, above all, persuasion. It pushes us to see things though … Continue reading Writing is organized thinking on behalf of persuasion
Scott Adams said that "a combination of mediocre skills can make you surprisingly valuable". While true today, 100 years ago the same skill stack would have left you homeless. In the past, specialization was the goal, it was earned through experience, by committing time to a single topic, by earning your PhD. Companies were built … Continue reading Leverage your skill stack
This post was inspired by Seth Godin's "It’s all horizontal (and books went first)". Which ideas have you cared enough to spread lately? How much of your reputation have you committed? How have you changed the mind of others? How have you challenged the status quo? How have you changed your own mind? How have … Continue reading Which ideas have you cared enough to spread lately?
"You have gained nothing but information if you have exercised only your memory" is a quote from "How to read a book" by Charles Van Doren and Mortimer Adler. In this book the author explains how to get the most out of every book you read. A key distinction in the book is reading for information … Continue reading How many books have changed the way you think?